This small cabinet was absolutely free. I found it out on the curb with the trash in front of a house in my neighborhood. Yes, I parked my car and hauled this and one other piece of furniture (an oak pedestal table!) out of the trash and over to my garage where they’ve sat for a couple of months.
I think it’s supposed to be a night table. But I’m using it in my dining room to store napkins and tablecloths and other small serving items. It’s actually a great size because our dining room is small (and square at 12×12).
It wasn’t in bad shape before I painted it. It’s solid and sturdy and was sporting a creamy, distressed finish. When I finally brought it into the house after a few months of sitting in the garage I put in the corner of the dining room to see how it would fit. I liked the fit, but no longer liked the corner shelves on the wall.
So, I took those down and patched and repainted the wall too. Those shelves made a little more sense when the bar cart (now in the kitchen) was parked in that corner, at a diagnonal.
To paint the cabinet, I first wiped it down with a wet cloth to clean up the dirt and grime. Then I sanded lightly and wiped it down with a dry cloth. I also wiped it down with a liquid deglosser. After that dried, I painted. I already had the paint from painting the wine rack on the other side of the room. The color is Behr’s Teal Zeal. I used a brush on the cabinet but went over the top with a roller so you don’t see brush strokes. I still want to take an extra step to seal and protect. Maybe wax?
I also added two faux crystal knobs that I already had on hand (from Michael’s) to the drawers. The louvered doors are not my favorite and I’ve thought about taking the slats out. For now though, it totally serves a useful purpose and it cleaned up nicely.
As for the items styled on the surface, I shopped the house. The lamp is borrowed from the desk in the living room (with the shade borrowed from an office lamp). The silver bowl, a Goodwill find, moves around and was most recently on my bedside table. The bottle of sherry usually resides on the bar cart but together with a small silver platter and two glasses it’s ready for serving. As my friends say, not bad for $free.99.
Have you had any trash to treasure experiences lately?
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