Time for the reveal of my second great find from a couple of weeks ago. This early 20th century Imperial Loyalist Hutch had me at hello. Pulling up to the store front window, I knew she was coming home with me. Isn’t she a peach ?!
She looked great for her age, aside from some water rings, scuffs and scratches which were all sanded down. I wanted to stain the two surfaces so all that high varnish needed to be sanded right off, while the rest of the cabinet just got a good scuff up.
Once your cabinet is ready for paint, make sure to cover the entire raw, sanded area with newspaper and tape to protect it.
With the exception of the two surfaces, the entire piece got a couple of coats of Heirloom White and distressing in all the right spots. I mixed up some glaze with brown paint and applied it all over the painted areas.
After the glazing
Both paint and glaze are dry and now it’s time to stain.
Brush on the stain. Be very careful along the painted edges, you don’t want your stain to bleed into the painted areas. Paint it on, wipe it off.
I really wanted this surface to be useable and durable. I applied a coat of polyurethane on top of the dried stain.
I love the wooden knobs and treated them the same with paint and glaze. The hinges were cleaned up a bit but were left in their original condition and color keeping the authenticity and rustic appeal.
It’s definitely not going to be easy to give this one up.
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