Sorry for the technical difficulty yesterday. That was just my Flintstone fingers that hit “publish” instead of “save draft”. Here is the actual post ….. with pictures!!
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Have you noticed that when you’re on the hunt for something specific, you can never seem to find it?? But before you were actually looking for the item, they were everywhere? That’s how it went when trying to find a matching file cabinet to one I had purchased at a garage sale …. oh …. about two years ago!
They were either way too expensive or a cheap reproduction. I wanted solid wood, and I finally found one at a good price that was close, but not quite an exact match.
The plan had always been to float an old door and plexiglass over the top and use it as a crafting station up in the bonus room. But then the pair just sat …. and sat … and sat. I knew what the problem was. Those are some pretty deep drawers. I was afraid the drawers might become an abyss. Would things go in, but never come out?? Since I’ve challenged myself to let go of items I don’t actually use, (and that includes craft supplies) this probably wouldn’t make a great crafting station for me. (But if I were into paper crafts or it was going to be used in an office, this desk would be THE BOMB!)
While I’m a little disappointed this isn’t a desk reveal, they are rather handsome file cabinets. 😉
There is something about the combination of black and brass that make anything look good.
This was a pretty strait forward makeover. The cabinets were first cleaned with TSP Substitute. I couldn’t remove some of the hardware, so I just rubbed a little petroleum jelly on it so the paint wouldn’t adhere. (I don’t know how, but petroleum jelly also polishes brass–no kidding!!) The hardware that I could remove cleaned up gorgeously with Brasso.
I haven’t painted with powdered milk paint in a while, so that’s what I decided to use for the cabinets. I think I mixed the paint too thin, because it took three coats to cover, and I was painting with black. (Who am I kidding … the drips on the garage floor confirm that I mixed the paint too thin!!) It’s an easy fix — just add more powder and remix. I have a garage sale immersion blender that I use specifically for mixing up milk paint.
I’ve waxed over black paint before and the finish looked a little “cloudy”. I was going to finish off the file cabinets with hemp oil, but then I got to wondering .. if hemp oil can be a finishing product over milk paint …. why not tung oil? These garage sale pieces were good ones to experiment on, so tung oil it was
The milk paint absorbed the tung oil just like it would absorb hemp oil. Both products state on the packaging that they penetrate into the surface to protect from moisture and provide the look of a genuine hand-rubbed finish. Both products have an odor …. definitely comparing apples to oranges on that one. Huge difference in the price and availability though. Tung oil can be purchased at a big box store for way less than hemp oil. The final (and most important) test is the “touch test”. I’m pleased to announce that these cabinets feel silky smooth, without a touch of oiliness. Just to be sure, I’m going to keep them around the house for a while and see how they hold up. For today, tung oil is a success. 😀 Do any of you have experience using tung oil? I would love to hear about your experiences!!
Because the cabinets are finished on all four sides, they can be floated in a room. I’m kind of liking them being used as an end table!
They would also make great nightstands for a taller bed. Sorry, no pictures. These *&^%$#) are HEAVY!! No way was I lugging them up the stairs by myself. (I’m strong … but I’m not stupid!!)
For your convenience, I’ve listed the products used for this makeover. If a purchase is made, I may receive a small commission, but it does not affect your sale price. Just sharing the products that I actually use and like. 😀
I’ve got a busy week ahead. I’m starting on a CHURCH PEW (which I’m so excited about!!) and I have my Zumba certification course on Saturday (which I’m a little nervous about!!) But painting and Zumba are both things I enjoy …. So, I’m a lucky lady. Hope your week is just as FUNderful!! Cynthia
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