Dated Dry Sink Cabinet Gets a Makeover!
Well I'm not sure if this is technically a dry sink, but that's what first came to my mind when I saw it. It could be called a server, buffet, or cabinet. I think it is from the 1960's or 1970's, and it is made of solid wood. Of course there were a few issues that needed to be addressed. My husband thought it was dated looking and wasn't as excited about it as I was. But I knew it could be fabulous!
Before / DuringI do a quick evaluation when I purchase from the thrift store and then do a more thorough inspection after I bring it home. Luckily there weren't any surprises with this project. The dry sink was in mostly good condition. The problem areas were:
- Surface scratches and a few gouges
- One of the louver slats on the door was detached from the pull
- One missing door knob
- Scratched & dry wood on interior
|Evaluate damage of thrift store furniture|
|An orbital sander will quickly remove the damaged finish|
I needed to find two small knobs for the doors, and I also wanted to replace the bat-wing drawer pulls with something new. I found the drawer pulls and a pair of small knobs at Hobby Lobby, however, they were not a matched set. Nevertheless, the color is similar and since they're not right next to each other, I think it worked out just fine,
|Replacement door knobs from Hobby Lobby|
|Hinges painted in Graphite with gold Rub-n-Buff|
|Paint large areas with a 2-inch brush and tight spaces with a small brush|
|Reconditioning the wood|
AfterMy initial inclination was to paint the cabinet in a blue tone, but I thought the style would work better as a neutral. I painted the cabinet with two coats of Old Ochre. I sealed the paint with soft clear wax.
|After: Painted in Old Ochre|
I decided not to seal the stained wood top. I think it will age nicely over the years.
|Stained wood top|
And here's a collage of the 3 different hardware styles and colors. Overall I think they work very nicely together.
|Three hardware styles coordinated together|
|Reconditioned wood interior|
|Dry sink with 2 drawers|
|Distressing paint plays up the vintage character|
|Vintage dry sink before and after.|
- Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan (Old Ochre on the base and Graphite on the hinges) and wax (clear and dark). Click on the link to find where you can by her products from local stockists. Some stockists also ship via online orders! If you live near a stockist I encourage you to visit in-person to get advice and inspiration. If you prefer to order online I have used and recommend either Fleurish Home or The Purple Painted Lady.
- Orbital sander and variety pack of sand paper (60, 80, 100, 150, 200-grit). The sander is an investment, but it makes quick work of the job and many times eliminates the need for messy chemical strippers. You can find it for $50 or less and if you work on a lot of projects it's worth it. An alternative is to try to save the finish with Restore-A-Finish or remove it with CitriStrip.
- General Finishes Gel Stains Prairie Wheat and Antique Walnut
- Rub-n-Buff I purchased a sample set a couple of years ago and use it frequently on my projects. The tubes are also sold individually.
- Restore-A-Finish (I use this frequently and it saves many vintage pieces! However, I find it doesn't work on lacquered type finishes).
- Feed & Wax (for drawer interiors)
- Flexible sanding pad These come in a box of 20, but I cut them in half so I get 40! One box will last for a very long time as they are re-usable. The pads also come in a superfine finish for even smoother results. If you don't work on a lot of projects, then just use plain old sandpaper. I prefer the 3-M brand.
- 220-grit sand paper for heavier distressing.
- Tack cloths for quick removal of sanding dust!
- Lint free shop rags (for removing excess wax). These can also be used to buff the wax. Or use old t-shirts.
- Various brushes: 2-inch, small flat brush & large wax brush.