How to fix up this hoosier-type cabinet

by Anna
I'm looking for ideas on how to spruce up this cabinet. It is not in the greatest shape. We want to use this to be behind our bar in our basement.
  15 answers
  • Elaine Elaine on Mar 28, 2016
    All I would do is strip and clean it. If the wood is good, stain it. If not, repaint to suit the area you plan to put it. A flowered stenciling would be nice and etched glass top cabinet. It is possible to knock out centers of the cabinets so that all could be etched glass.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 28, 2016
    Honestly the piece I think would look amazing with just new hardware.
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    • Carol Carol on Mar 29, 2016
      More valuable with as much original pieced as possible including hardware.
  • there's shabby and then there's 'shabby'!! this one is the latter! Just some sprucing up would work wonders. Found two on Pinterest like yours. The 2nd pic, you could strip off that old paint on the door fronts, sand and either stain them or oil them. Then sand off most the other paint and repaint in whatever color you like. If you are going to repaint, you will have to sand off the flaking, chipping paint regardless. Wear a mask.
  • Pauliegirl1 Pauliegirl1 on Mar 29, 2016
    I think I would start by making sure all is sturdy...tighten screws, replace if needed, glue, nail, whatever needs it may have. Then I would scrap off the peeling paint, but be sure to wear a mask...depending on age, there may be lead?? Do some light sanding, stand back and take a look??? Is it the look you want?? I would replace the drawer pulls, maybe add casters?? I personally like the other hardware. If you have a router, I would take out the panels in the top doors and replace with glass, maybe frosted? I would give it all a good top sealer, wax? oil? poly? I mean, it already has the distressed, shabby chic look....if that is what you are going for?? If not, paint? stain? sure to let us see your final look!!! It is already a beauty!!
  • Rita H Rita H on Mar 29, 2016
    I have one just about like this in my basement. I also would like to do something with it. It has the flower mill in it. The wood is not good wood to stain in most cases. How about painting it white with the door panels the color of your kitchen.
  • Carol Carol on Mar 30, 2016
    It is not the worse I've seen. A good cleaning and tightening would help. Check what they sell for in your area so unless you intend ti keep it, you don't spend too much to restore it. Most people try to keep as many original pieces that they can and only basically repaint/refinish it. There is a ton of information on the internet including replacement hardware. Good luck.
  • Nancy Nancy on Mar 30, 2016
    This piece is in beautiful shape. Just a little sprucing up. I would keep every original piece possible. I envy you.
  • Joyce Berry Joyce Berry on Mar 31, 2016
    I also have one that we bought and it was in need of repair. My husband took of the doors, handles and took out the drawers. He then sanded it all down and found the original paint that had flowers painted on the doors. So we saved that part, After it was all sanded he bought a really good oil base paint and painted it white. The insides all we had to do was wash them out. It had the flour shoot and the roll down top but I didn't use them. I use the metal sliding shelf all the time when canning. I love my hutch and it has the original paper from the Hoosier factory where it was made.
  • Carolyn Carolyn on Apr 01, 2016
    I re did my hoosier and it is gorgeous first of all the handles are usually nickel or brass they will clean and are gorgeous. sand before you paint it I did mine in white semi gloss like the original color I also did the interior of my drawers in jadetite color paint as that was the original color. I did a little repair work on my chipped edges I am still missing the flour bin & hope to find the right one. I have found many of the accessories on line or ebay. You can even find the wheels if you need them. I use spring rods at the back of all my shelves with a curtain against the back walls for seasonal color. I also change it out for holidays. at christmas I do her in gingerbread man (baker) I call her jenny & she is alot of fun
  • Diana of all Trades Diana of all Trades on Apr 05, 2016
    I think this would look better with a new coat of paint then distressed a little. You can save 10% on chalk based paint at by using the code DSD at checkout.
  • Amy Lauzon Amy Lauzon on Apr 05, 2016
    If you want to touch up the enamel, I found two products that work well. Porcafix And rustoleum appliance epoxy. They both come in small bottles with a brush like nail polish. I used the appliance epoxy on my porcelain enamel kitchen table along the edges where it had chipped and it looks like new! The Porcafix I used on a chip in my shower and it has held for over 10 years without discoloring. If you sand your Hoosier you should test for lead paint first and take safety precautions if necessary.
  • Debra S Burke Debra S Burke on Apr 08, 2016
    Is it Oak? If it is I would refinish it.
  • Marcia Marcia on Apr 10, 2016
    I stripped mine as it looked like yours. Its a lot of work though but I like to see the natural wood.
  • Anna Anna on Apr 11, 2016
    Thank you everyone for your comments and suggestions! I have decided to strip and stain it. It is on it's way to becoming a real beauty! I need to replace the back, and I will clean up the original hardware. I will post pics when done!
  • Prissy 50 Prissy 50 on Feb 10, 2019

    Go on Pinterest, they have the best ideas and colors for your hoosier cabinet.