Vintage Card Catalog
Remember the vintage card catalog I found on kijiji just before we left Toronto?
Well, it’s been sitting in the garage collecting dust patiently waiting until I had time to give it a little facelift.
Yesterday was the day. It’s been a while since I’ve refinished anything and I was itching to get my hands dirty!
Here is the before…
Structurally, it was good to go. Aesthetically, it was rough. I really just wanted to paint it with chalk paint. That was the “easy” way out. So I did what I do when I know the right answer but I need to hear the right answer…I asked my husband. And, just as expected, he said I would probably regret it if I painted it. Dang. That meant I had to sand this bad boy!
So I removed all the pulls from the drawers and lemme tell ya there was 89 years of FUNky behind them. Look how the original color of the wood is so much lighter without the gunky build-up. And the paint splatters weren’t helping either. I numbered the drawers so I could make sure they went back in as easily as they came out! Tip: This is good to do whenever working on a piece with a lot of drawers.
I threw the pulls and screws into a pail of hot soapy water to clean them. They are brass but I didn’t want them “polished.” I wanted to keep the patina, but lose the gunk.
So I removed all the drawers and started sanding. And sanding. And sanding. You know the wish I had to get my hands dirty? It came true. 🙂
Just look at the difference a little sanding makes.
After the sanding, I used the shop vac to get rid of the dust, cobwebs and cooties in the drawers.
I didn’t want to stain the piece, I wanted something to bring out the natural grain and beauty of the wood. So I applied Howard’s Restor a Finish. Look at the difference it makes on the one drawer that’s done.
Once the Restor a Finish sat for about 30 minutes, I applied Howard’s Feed n Wax. It sat for 20 minutes and then I buffed it out. One of the smartest purchases I’ve made is a car buffer. It was around $39 bucks and sure does make buffing furniture a whole lot easier! Wax on…wax off! 🙂
I put the pulls back on and my sweet hubby who just wanted to watch the British Open in peace, moved it into the house for me. Did I mention how sweet he is? 🙂
The perfect spot for this card catalog was in the corner of our family room behind our mack-daddy sectional. I will share the sofa saga with you another day.
And here it is in all it’s refinished glory.
I was so eager to get it into place that I forgot to take an “after” photo of the whole piece! Duh.
Well, you know the drawers you can see? Imagine three more rows jusssstttt like them! 🙂
One more quick before and after.
It is perfect in its new home.
I’ll be posting photos of our completed family room this week so be sure to come back now, ya hear?