Friday, December 21, 2012

1930s China Cabinet Update

I was hoping to finish this project before Christmas but I've decided it isn't going to happen. Some of the hardware I ordered is back ordered so I will just have to wait.
So for those of you that have been checking on my progress, I will give you a sneak peek.

To refresh your memory, here is a "before" picture.

I decided to paint the outside of the cabinet Heirloom White. On the inside I used Bird Song Blue.
This has been a big project.
So far I've worked about 20 hours but it will be so worth it when I'm finished.


Mr. Shabby did a wonderful job repairing the broken/missing fretwork.
After I painted the cabinet, I lightly distressed it.
I wasn't sure if I should distress the fretwork or not but it looked "too new" after I painted it.
A talented friend of mine suggested I add a little of the blue to the inside edges.
I pretty much had to distress it to make it look right.

The fretwork on this piece is just beautiful.
As soon as I finish this project I will be sure to show it to you.


Saturday, December 1, 2012

1930s China Cabinet

Those of you who follow me know I love to paint furniture, but I don't usually paint good pieces. I like to find pieces that are really bad, then transform them into beautiful, useful pieces..
When I bought this china cabinet a couple of weeks ago it was tied to the back of a pickup truck and the glass had slid part way out making it look like it was broken (turns out it wasn't).
 It was filthy and stinky, too.
But after I got it in my shop and took a closer look at it, it was in better shape than I first thought.
The major things wrong with this are: The fretwork that is so beautiful is partly missing and it looks like a can of stain was sitting on the top and dripped down one side on the front. Plus it looks like the pediment has been replaced at some point.
So, all things considered, I consider this piece borderline. If I clean it up and repair it, the value would be about the same as if it were painted.
After thinking about it for two weeks I've decided I'm going to paint it.

After doing a little research, I learned this piece was produced by the Reaser Furniture Co., in Gettysbury, Pa. sometime in the 1930s.

The fretwork is really beautiful.

Also, when I decide on a color, I will paint the inside of the cabinet and the inside of the very large drawer the same color.
The beveled rim around the glass door would also be painted the same as the inside of the cabinet.

At this stage I also plan to eliminate the pediment.
It adds nothing to the piece.

Here you can better see the streaks running down the front.
My plan is to replace the top shelf with a glass shelf (maybe both shelves).
I would like to add a light.
I haven't decided what to do with the hardware yet.
I think I will probably paint the outside Heirloom white with a Burnt Umber glaze.
Then of course, I would distress it giving it a shabby chicc look.
I probably won't get started on this 'till next week so any input you have would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for looking...Connie

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