One Way To Rehab A Delaminating Cabinet

August 3rd, 2012 in member junk     
CleverJunk CleverJunk, member
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When I see a forlorn piece of furniture like this cabinet, it's like looking into sad puppy eyes for me.  I just want to adopt.


There was quite a bit of delaminating 

so I took a five-in-one

tool and just start peeling off anything that wanted to come off. In this case,  I had to actually do a little deconstruction to properly delaminate. I removed the top to get to both sides then I took the legs apart and took the crossbars off so that I could remove the laminate from the crossbars as well.





Then it's just a lot of sanding until you can get everything smooth.   To decide when enough is enough, I rub my hand over a surface and close my eyes or look away.  It should "feel" perfect.







During the dismantling process, I decided to remove the two front pieces and add a thicker shelf to make the storage space more functional.  Because of how the front pieces were installed, a great deal of wood filler was require.  Using a good quality wood filler, I filled in layers and allow each layer to dry thoroughly before adding more.  After a good sanding and paint, you won't even notice.



I painted the inside and the shelf a robin's egg blue.   The outside was painted a creamy white and given a little crackle finish.


I use Fiddes Supreme Wax in Rugger Brown to give it that antique looking finish that highlights all the scars and details.  


It's a tobacco color with a little yellow in it which warms up the white and turns the blue a sort of vintage looking green.


I prefer to apply the wax using a chip brush and wipe away the excess with rags made from recycled teeshirts.  After the wax dries within a few minutes, use a pine brush attached to a drill to buff the whole piece.  Then wipe it down again with a clean rag.













When possible, I like to just wax the tops of furniture that might receive a lot of wear and tear.  It's easy then to just spruce up the top with a coat of wax instead of having to refinish it when it gets a little...shall we say "character".




Pattern or design used: My own design - Sherri Spear
posted in: member junk, shabby chic, vintage cabinet, delaminate, vintage green, antique white, robins egg blue

Comments (2)

BillyJo writes: SO GREAT. LOVE THE SAVE! BILLYJO Posted: 9:32 am on August 5th
annebell writes: It looks fantastic! You do great work! Posted: 9:41 am on August 4th
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