Rosie – A vintage cabinet

Wow, it’s been a busy summer! I’ve had some home projects I’ve been working on and between that and my love of trail running and hiking I’ve hardly had time for furniture projects. I feel like once the weather warms up here in the Midwest, I have to get outdoors and enjoy every minute of it! I haven’t written a blog post in so long I almost forgot how! But, enough of that, check out this unique old cabinet my picker friend, Merl gave me.

He wasn’t sure what the original use was for the cabinet.  He suggested maybe it held record albums.  I noticed it had a lock at the top (no key though) so I thought maybe it was used for storing something valuable.  I searched online and found some similar items that were used as file cabinets.  The door, containing shelves, opens on a turntable which gives this piece the ability to be used with the door open as a display/bookshelf or with the door closed for storage, etc.  The shelves are adjustable to accommodate larger items.  I thought it might work well for towel storage in a bathroom so that’s what I staged it as.

Here is Rosie’s new look:

I sanded some rough spots on Rosie and cleaned her up with Krud Cutter cleanser.  I used latex eggshell finish paint by Sherwin Williams.  The color is Anchors Aweigh, a deep navy blue.  I replaced the old wooden knob with a decorative knob and backplate from my stash of used knobs.  I spray painted it gold and then used dark wax to bring out the details.

Some of Rosie’s original wood shelves had been lost or broken and someone replaced them with clear plastic ones which I removed.  I painted the remaining three wood shelves that you see here.  The shelf height is adjustable.

I love this unique cabinet!  Let me know what you think!


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