Reviving an Art Deco

4 Materials
8 Hours

I purchased a vintage art deco cabinet from a yard sale for $40.00. The cabinet had good bones but needed some TLC

The Before

The first thing to do was wash the cabinet. I used some warm water and murphy's oil soap. As I was washing, I realized the back of the inside was lined with a silk fabric. It was shredding off as I was washing.

After washing

After washing it, I used two (ebony and walnut) stains to restore the damaged wood area. I applied a couple of coats, letting each coat completely dry before applying another. The bottom had some scuffing and I just gave it a light sanding to smooth the area out. After the staining was done I applied two coats of Old English lemon oil to bring back the shine. The other dilemma was the interior. I ordered glass shelves from our local glass company and the cost was $30.00 (easy fix). To line the cabinet, instead of paint or stain, I wanted something that would really stand out and make it pop so I did some research for art deco wallpaper. I found a pattern I really liked and thought it would make a bold statement for the cabinet.

The after and new look

I used a stain pen on the glass inlays.

The cabinet has a much smoother and polished finish

I used a peel and stick wallpaper

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  • Retta Robinson
    Retta Robinson
    on Dec 12, 2020

    What did you use the ebony stain on? I see only walnut. Where did you get the gorgeous wallpaper? I love the art deco design. So-o-o beautiful !

    • Jamala W
      Jamala W
      on Dec 13, 2020

      Thank you! The ebony was on the bottom and the scrolled pieces on the glass front doors. I ordered the wallpaper from an etsy shop called coloritto. I'm glad you like the new look

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  • Jamala W
    Jamala W
    on Dec 7, 2020

    Thank you so much!! I truly appreciate your compliment! I was worried about the inside because a friend didn't like it and tried to talk me out of it.. but I wanted excitement and went for it.. glad you like it

  • Lorri Annette Curto
    Lorri Annette Curto
    on Dec 24, 2020

    This is by far the best makeover I have seen! You did a beautiful job but the real stunner is the wallpaper you used for the inside. Simply gorgeous and true to it's art deco origins! Grand slam!!!

    • Jamala W
      Jamala W
      on Dec 24, 2020

      Awww thank you so much!! I truly appreciate your compliment...

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