As you all know I have this cabinet...it was my Honey's gun cabinet he made in high school...I have always loved it...just not the gun part or the 1980's finish on it! Well...keeping everything in storage for so long, it got mildew damage on most of it...I bleached it, I washed it...I even sanded it a little trying to get the mildew off. Nothing worked...so I ended up priming it with Kilz Primer trying to stop the damage...and that is how it sat for the better part of a year...
|Primered repurposed Gun Cabinet|
I took it apart and took out the "gun racks"...and put in two shelves from the wood I had taken off the wall upstairs...the planks are fabulous! They are 1/2" thick cedar with beveled tongue and groove. They have remnants of this house on them...paint, paper and knicks...rough on one side, smooth on the other...loads of character! I was at a loss as to what kind of finish to use to incorporate it into my house...I wanted white but I didn't want everything to be matched...I like the crackle finishes but my patience level is low...I could paint the whole thing bright white, cream...but then we are back to picking paint.....uh uh...that is the worst thing someone could go thru while trying to redo their house! I love the time worn finishes..chipping paint...worn corners...but it is hard to achieve the affects of time and have it look like it is authentic...
In my internet travels, I have saved pictures of various cabinets and display units...I have had this picture for the whole year I have been here:
As I have referenced before...I have a heat gun...they are the most wonderful things! They zip paint, varnish, any kind of finish off anything...they make nice, neat little paint chips to vacuum up or sweep into a bag...and they also burn your fingers...:) I am a testament to that...you really have to pay attention to what you are doing...Anyways...I decided to go with the above cabinet...it has everything...wood...white...old...worn...character!
|Shabby Chic paint job|
|repurposed weathered wood cabinet|
|White shabby cabinet|
|reused weathered cabinet|
I am going to ask Santa for a palm sander...so I can finish sanding it down to bare wood with only flecks of white like my inspiration cabinet....my poor lil arms are tuckered out! I also think it needs a beadboard backing or a color inside? My Honey LOVES it...