It has been awhile since I showed a proper furniture reveal, so I thought I’d do that today!
Say hello to this cute red country cabinet that might be my most favorite furniture piece ever!
I feel like I might have said that before… 🙂 This cabinet was in SUCH terrible shape before-hand and I spent a week just doing repairs. Some people might think that it wouldn’t be worth it. But she has ORIGINAL glass knobs for heaven’s sake! I had to give my best effort at least!
Ok, so here is the deal on this red cabinet. Most of the repairs I had done before on previous projects. Except this one had adorable wood applique on the legs and door fronts that had some parts missing! I normally remove wood applique that has pieces broken off or missing. But I really didn’t want to do that! So I thought about it for a couple days and still couldn’t figure out a solution.
Then I slept on it.
And I had a dream of how to fix my wood applique dilemma!
I’m not even joking. I dreamt the solution and woke up in the middle of the night and remembered every detail. Then the next morning I still remembered it and got right to work.
I know we all have our different beliefs, but I truly believe God is involved in every detail of our lives and cares about what we care about. He gave me that inspiration, I have no doubt in that.
So now, I’m going to pass on that inspiration and hopefully it will help someone else out there!
Ok, it basically requires two items: sculpy clay (or something similar) and plaster of paris.
1- Using the clay, make a mold of the applique that is complete (in my case, the other leg).
2- Fill it with mixed plaster (2 parts plaster powder with 1 part water) and let it dry completely (30 min).
3- Carefully remove clay so you don’t break the plaster. Make sure the plaster doesn’t feel cold or slightly
damp still… it can break easier if it isn’t completely dry.
4- Using something sharp (I used old scissors but you can use a knife), carve around edges, cleaning up the
design, and also on the bottom, making it completely flat so it will be flush against the furniture.
5- Wait 24 hours before gluing the plaster applique with epoxy glue. I laid the cabinet on it’s back, so I
didn’t need to clamp it down.
Before of door front:
After (repaired side):
I also had to repair a hack job someone did when removing the locking mechanism on one of the top drawers. I used layers of wood filler and sanded it smooth:
Another repair I did that was new-ish for me was the inside of a drawer. Someone had glued the drawer bottom into the side grooves, so it couldn’t ever be replaced without ruining the drawer completely. Only problem was there was a slice of wood missing that wasn’t even a straight slice! I took some paper and made a template by placing it over the missing slice, tracing the shape I would need, and then transferring that shape to a new piece of 1/4 inch plywood, so I could cut out the exact shape with a jigsaw. I sanded the new wood slice a little and got it to fit pretty snug (top picture below). Then I used wood filler to fill in the crevices (middle picture below). Lastly, I painted the interior of the entire cabinet with oil-based Zinsser Primer, to seal off stains and smells.
I also had to make some repairs to the doors. They were cracked, loose and one of the hinges were missing.
Now, on to the full reveal!
I LOVE the back of the inside of the cabinet! (Isn’t there a name for that? I totally spaced)
I used Emperor’s Silk with Dark Wax.
And again… from the front: