I shared this watchmaker’s cabinet with you a while back and was waiting for some inspiration and cooperative weather, preferably to occur on the same day. 😉 Yesterday was that day.
My plan of attack for this piece was to get rid of the heavy varnish and refinish the wood. I also needed to replace the pulls, which did not fit the vibe of this piece. At. all.
So I began sanding, hoping there was some gorgeous wood under all that varnish. No such luck.
Refinishing the ugly wood was pointless. You know the old saying “you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear?” EXACTLY. Painting it was my only option at this point.
I had really hoped to restore the original beauty of the piece and now the drawers were my only hope. I sanded them down and happily discovered gorgeousness underneath.
So my new plan involved painting the “frame” of the piece and refinishing the drawers. Ahem…all 18 of them. 🙂
The drawers were refinished in Briwax dark brown followed by clear wax. I drilled holes for the new brass pulls (I’ve never chosen brass hardware in my life, but I think these just “fit”) and re-attached the brass card frames. I printed numbers onto ledger paper to go into the card frames.
For the frame of the cabinet, I chose Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite (very dark grey) because I thought the contrast with the wood drawers could be really beautiful.
I literally held my breath as I painted. Hoping that it would look as good in reality as it did in my mind!
Okay, enough blathering….on to the reveal.
Can I just say that if this chubby forty three year old body could do backflips I would totally be doin’ em???
I’m so incredibly happy with how this turned out!
BTW, if anyone is interested in the 17 original pulls (one broke) just leave me a comment. First one to ask gets them! (Lower 48 only, please).