Circa 1920's Restoration

Teresa Becker
by Teresa Becker
This cabinet caught my eye and knew immediately the inside middle would be the perfect spot for our wine fridge. As you can see it was in pretty rough shape. Not to worry, I had a plan. The mere cost of the cabinet was $10.00.
First things first. Remove the doors, strip off and peel the veneer, start filling, and sand...don't stop sanding yet.
We're making progress. I confess, there was a point in time it just seemed like it wasn't worth salvaging. The problem that kept surfacing was nothing could accommodate the depth of the wine fridge. Press-on. More sanding and filling. Removed the middle back too.
It is beginning to take shape quite nicely. With a little more elbow grease the hardware except for one piece was salvaged. Soaked it in Simple Green, sanded, and spray painted the old hardware hinges, screws, and two handles. Luckily, we found two new handles for the others. The old and new compliment the piece quite well I think. Decided to go with a gray color-washed look.
My husband even made a wine rack for the middle plus added shelving.
Taadaaa! The big reveal! Not too shabby for my $10 find. One quart of gray paint, white paint on hand, one can of Rust-Oleum Metallic spray paint for the old hardware, two perfectly coordinated handles from Lowe's, and shelving. The extra wood was used for the wine rack. What do you think? I had a vision.
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