Once upon a time, my amazing BFF had a china cabinet in her garage. She was in the middle of a farmhouse deal (sadly, it fell through) and the sweet man who owned the house was kind enough to give her a few things he couldn’t take with him. And once upon a time, I was lucky enough to be on the receiving end of one of those treasures.
However, I certainly didn’t refer to it as a “treasure” when it landed in my garage instead of hers.
Scary Before Pics
Six hours of cleaning. That’s right – six hours. This thing was beyond disgusting. And it is huge – 80″ tall and almost 60″ long! I took off all the hardware, removed the door, and removed the drawers. There was a nest of some sort buried in the bottom that I couldn’t even bring myself to get out – That was a job for my sweet and patient husband. It was amazing how much dirt and grime were layered on this piece. I believe it belonged to the man’s grandmother and it had been sitting for ages in a barn. But six hours later and tons of elbow grease and she was ready.
The Fun Part
Finally, the fun part could begin. I chose not to prime it because I was going for a distressed look. I used my trusty Antique White off the shelf Valspar paint in satin finish. This one took a while to paint. I am partial to the distressed look because you don’t have to be quite so careful when painting. It still helps to try to minimize brush strokes, but if some of the original wood shows through, it’s ok. That will help when distressing. I’ve tried many different ways to distress, but this one was plain old sanding blocks. The white color worked wonders – all the amazing detail and molding was hidden in the dark brown before.
I really wanted to bring this one inside to style it and pretend I have room in my dining room for something this big. No such luck – too heavy and too much effort for pretending. So she had her picture made in my garage and sold to a lovely lady that bought it for her daughter.
Lots of people would have tossed this one out for the trash. Not this girl – I knew there was potential under all that dust. I can see why the original owner just couldn’t let it go to waste. All it needed was a little love and a lot of work to turn it from a dusty mess to a beautiful farmhouse china cabinet.