surveyor’s cabinet makeover
So I found this antique surveyor’s cabinet on craigslist. I’ve never seen a cabinet like it before.
I love all the different sized drawers. The top drawers are letter drawers with dividers in the middle. The middle drawers are regular file drawers. The bottom section is a map cabinet.
The pulls on this piece are fantastic. They are bronze and have such beautiful patina.
The feet are another favorite part. They are iron. So very cool.
I also love that the name of the cabinet company is on the front. I wanted to keep that if at all possible.
There was plenty that I liked about this piece. The only thing that I really didn’t like was the color. The stain color was reminiscent of a 70’s picnic table. I had something else in mind for this beautiful cabinet.
The first step was to fix the 14 (yes, fourteen!) drawers that were in need of repair. Armed with Gorilla Wood Glue and some finishing nails and a hammer, I repaired them all.
The next step was sanding off all of the stain. This part took forty forevers. Not gonna lie. It was a big ole pain in the butt!
After sanding and cleaning, I gave the whole piece a coat of Howard’s Feed ‘n Wax. I was hoping to use Howard’s Restor-a-Finish afterwards but the color wasn’t dark enough.
So I went with my go-to Minwax “Dark Walnut” stain. Perfect.
Then I put the hardware back on. All 28 pieces. 🙂
I love how the Dark Walnut gave the cabinet richness and warmth while still allowing the grain of the wood to show through.
I’m using this cabinet in my new studio (I’m converting the living area of our guest cottage into my new workspace) to store all of my stuff.
One more glance at the before and after…
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