Several years ago my father gave me my maternal grandmother's tiny "extra china" china cabinet. I was thrilled, not because it was a beautiful piece - it is not- nor was it in good condition. But I remember as a child getting the everyday china out of it when we would visit and I remember playing on the hardwood floors beside it in the corner of her HUGE kitchen. I have never used it as a china cabinet, but as a book/what-not shelf. And to be honest, the poor old thing was sort of embarassing! Wanna see?
Rather reddish finish
Ok - here is the bad part. In my excitement to get this done, there are no "during" pictures. But you probably all now the routine. First I removed everything that I could. Sanded it down to the bare wood anywhere I could and used stripper in the small details. And then I stripped again. Really old varnish is stubborn!!! Then I sanded again with 220 grit. Following Miss Mustard Seed's instructions I stained it with Minwax Dark Walnut Stain and several coats of minwax rub on poly in the satin. I did not want it too glossy. I removed the top detail piece because it was damaged. I tried the soap on the drawer trick I had read about, but no luck. So I sanded the side of the drawer until it fit. Probably the very wrong thing to do, but it worked!!
And here she is now.
- side note - I am not THAT old. My dad was a teen in WWII and my parents were almost 50 when they had me. Just sayin' -
I know this does not compare to so many of the INCREDIBLE projects out there. But this one gave me alot of joy because of the wonderful woman it belonged to. There were no markings on it to indicate how old it is but I know it is over 60 years old minimum. And this was my first project to "move mountains in my home." And it gave me the confidence to conquer that nasty front door!!!
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