Most of the hardware was still attached and in remarkable condition.
I've always wanted to experiment with distressed painting techniques. It turned out well, though one day I plan to take it back to original stain.
Under the dreadful brown paint, beautiful oak!
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The vintage medical cabinet was in remarkable condition. After stripping the paint, it only needed a light sanding before applying primer. For best results, we used Sherwin Williams automotive paint in a navy blue. Using the original shelf as a template, we had glass shelves cut for the glass cabinet portion and use the metal shelf in the closed cabinet for additional storage.
Antique apothecary cabinets are a rare treasure. Aside from the black and gold sponge paint, this piece was in exceptional condition: original skeleton key, original hinges and hardware, no rust, and it included the interior shelf.
This Drexel Heritage "Old Shirley" Buffet was a fantastic estate sale score. Our plan was to stain the top and chalk paint the base. However, the piece was so nicked and scarred I didn't know if I could salvage the top. We took a chance and it turned out to be a great decision. The scars and water rings were all superficial, little sanding required.
ACME found this Library Bureau card catalog covered in brown paint but with most of the exterior original hardware.