I love vintage stuff. LOVE it. Especially when it’s rusted, banged-up, dented, chippy, in-desperate-need-of-a-face-lift vintage.
The thrill of turning something from “yuck” to “yum”? It just can’t be beat.
In walks this beauty, stage left.
I didn’t take any photos of the inside of the cabinet, but let me assure you…it was nasty! At some point in time, this poor lady obviously sat in someone’s dark, dank basement, because her bottom was full of rust. Gross.
I spent hours cleaning this baby up with steel wool and rust remover, and then added a thick coat of rust preventative in primer form.
To improve upon the vintage appeal of the cabinet, I chose a fun retro aqua called “Opal Silk” from Behr.
Yep, I just used a latex paint over my primer! As long as you use the correct primer, you can pretty much paint anything with latex paint. I just made sure the finish was on the shiny side so you can wipe it down if it gets dirty (satin or gloss, whichever you prefer).
Here is the final product:
Isn’t it amazing what a coat of paint can do?
We originally used this in our kitchen when we lived in Bay View (a Milwaukee neighborhood south of downtown, right on Lake Michigan). That flat was the upper floor of a duplex built in 1905, which meant basically no cabinet space. It used to house all of our dishes, wine glasses, and pots and pans. It fits a LOT of stuff!
After we moved to our new flat, we had no need/room for this cabinet. The new kitchen has plenty of cabinet space, and there are two built-in china cabinets in the dining room. This lady, unfortunately, took up residence in a basement yet again. This one is dry, so no worries of rust, but I still felt bad about neglecting the poor thing.
I decided to sell the cabinet on Craigslist in hopes of finding her a good home, and lo and behold, I did! She is now sitting pretty in an academic office space in an updated warehouse. Hooray!
I obviously have a strange attachment to furniture…don’t judge me.
“Before and After” time!
I hope I’ve inspired you to make something old and yucky look new and pretty again!
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