I had to give this china cabinet a makeover not because I wanted to but because I had to! Read on!
So when I came back to New York this past fall it was definitely on my list of things to upcycle. I wanted to keep the beautiful wood tones and just add a bit of shine to it.
What I Used:
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Lucky for me I have knowledgeable friends. Ann Marie of the blog Iris Abbey told me that was a “ family-owned business, believed to be founded by Danish immigrants, Holman Manufacturing existed from the early 1900’s to sometime in the 1990’s. They sold their furniture to higher-end department stores.” This got me to thinking about the value of the piece.
In fact more and more pieces came off.
I was heartbroken to say the least.
I used a wood reclaim to even out the side of the cabinet as best as I could. This took about five coats of the product. I think wood filler would probably work too.
I mean it was bad enough I was painting the sides, but I certainly wasn’t going to paint the front with it’s lovely walnut grain patterns.
After painting it with the chalky finish paint, I finished it off with Ultra Matte Varnish. I did about 3 coats in a few hours. And you’re supposed to let it cure for a while, but I put the upper part on the bottom cabinet because I couldn’t stand my messy dining room any more. The matte is really matte, no shine at all. And it kept my white color white, no yellowing!
Mind you, this wall all done in one day after the initial procrastination period of three months.
I think if you didn’t know the full story you might get mad at me for painting it but now that you know I’m sure you understand and forgive me! “wink”
I’ve managed to preserve enough of the wood so you can see the walnut grain.
This is the same room which previously housed these bookcases.
If you like Mid-Century Modern furniture make sure to go and visit Iris Abbey. Their blog is a wealth of information on these sorts of pieces.
Now that this mid-century modern china cabinet has been saved from the basement I can honestly say that all that procrastination on my part was worth it. I desperately needed a cabinet to store all the baking stuff and this was the best solution for it. What do you think?
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