Thursday, August 2, 2012

"C" is for Cabinet

Paint: serving cabinet makeover

My friend asked if I would refinish this painted cabinet:

Always eager for a good makeover I said 'yes' and after lots of muscle (and stripper) the cabinet is new again:

Although it may only look like a paint job this cabinet needed a complete overhaul.

It's built from tongue and groove pine: top, bottom, sides, doors AND shelves.
You can see in the before picture below that tongue and groove shelves aren't exactly practical:

 I removed the existing 'shelves' and installed 3/4" plywood solid shelves:

The back also needed some attention.  Part of the center board was missing and hardware cloth stapled over that hole?  I replaced the broken board and now the cabinet is solid again:

Here's a view from the inside:

And now the hole is fixed and we can use the cabinet as it was intended:

My friend also asked for wheels on the cabinet, to make it mobile on her porch.

You can see the wheels hidden below, not only do they make the cabinet mobile but they also keep the wood off the moist ground prolonging its life:

My friend wants to use this cabinet on her covered porch which means it will be exposed to sun and moisture.  I sealed the exterior with MacKenzie & Stewart satin poly, it has the UV protection we need and leaves a beautiful soft sheen without that yellow tinge found in oil-based sealants:

Perhaps my favorite part of this cabinet is the original hardware:

But it was sadly painted over and completely neglected:

I did some serious work on the hardware to restore it back to its original beauty (except that missing piece on the right door) otherwise the details are so pretty.

And here it is on my friend's porch ready for action:

Here's how I refinished the cabinet:

1. Remove doors, all hardware and loose shelving.

2. Use Kwik Strip stripper or Citristrip stripping gel.
Work in sections always keeping the piece you're working on parallel to earth, pour out stripper onto surface:

3. Use an old paintbrush to smooth stripper over surface, leaving a thick coating.
Immediately the old paint with bubble and loosen:

4. Wait 30 minutes and then start scraping:
I prefer a plastic scraper that won't gauge the wood.

5. Repeat the stripper process for a second time if your paint is thick:

6. Once done using stripper and dry, sand off any excess paint:
Sand the entire cabinet, including the base.
The LEFT door is completely stripped and the RIGHT door is still covered with green:

7. Moving to the back I needed to repair this screen filled hole?:

8. Remove the screen and staples.  Sand.
Then use a jigsaw to carefully remove the partial board:

All gone:

9. Enlist help to wash and hose down the entire cabinet:

10. Although not necessary I choose to bleach the wood prior to any refinishing just to really clean out any old crusties.
Mix 1/2 bleach and 1/2 water and brush all over cabinet, then let dry in the sun:

11. Once dry I inserted a 1x4 pine board ripped to fit into the open gap in back:

 12. The board is attached using my Kreg jig and pocket holes on the inside:

13. Next cut 3/4" plywood shelves for the interior:

14. There was an existing ledge for the shelves to rest on but I also secured them to the side walls with pocket holes:

15. Prime entire cabinet with Zinsser cover stain oil based primer.
Paint exterior one coat exterior grade white flat.

16. Sand to distress in keeping with tongue and groove style:

17. Apply Minwax classic grey stain:

No stain on LEFT, with stain on RIGHT:

18. Paint interior 3 coats high gloss white enamel:
(**Don't forget to do the doors in all these steps too!)

19. Flip cabinet upside down and seal base and all visible cut ends using MacKenzie & Stewart Isle of Skye waterbourne satin poly:

 20. Line up wheels in corners, leaving enough space for wheel and lock to spin freely without hitting feet:

21. Predrill and attach wheels:
Then apply another coat of satin poly, going over screws to seal.

22. Flip cabinet back upright and attach doors and hardware.
Then seal with two coats of MacKenzie & Stewart Isle of Skye waterbourne satin poly again going over hardware and screws to seal finish:

Ready to use:

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Korrie Bastian said...

You have really given this piece a new lease on life! Another fabulous project.

Allison@FabRehab said...

Fantastic redo, Jaime!!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

it looks awesome, jaime! LOVE the cleaned up hardware!

Chloe Grice said...

Lovely job! Really interesting to follow the whole process :-)

Pamela said...

Great makeover!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

You did a fantastic job restoring and revamping the cupboard so it will be around another few decades!

Inspired by you said...

Your hard work paid off. It looks fabulous!!

Life Of A Southern Couple - Brittany said...

Wow! You did an amazing job! I can tell there was lots of hard work put into this project but definitely worth it!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Great make over on the cupboard.
I like that you added the castors to make it mobile.


It's All Connected said...

I know that was a huge amount of work but it was so worth it! I love the idea of castors on an outdoor piece so you can move it aside to sweep out wind blown stuff and bugs. ~ Maureen

Jeannine said...

It's beautiful! Love the antique color!!

Jeannine @ The Concrete Cottage

Lauren @ The Well Crafted Home said...

This is awesome! I will have to show this to my hubby :) He likes to refinish furniture.

I would love it if you linked this up at my link party! You can find it here: