Taking a chance on a cabinet

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I really like re-doing furniture.  I can visualize what pieces of furniture can look like with some TLC, basic cleaning and conditioning, and a fresh coat of paint or stain.  I love seeing the possibilities! 

This all started with 4-H when I was involved in the Home Environment project.  We would purchase old furniture and I spend part of the spring/summer working on projects such as old trunks, tables, chairs, etc.  Today, I have moved down the path of milk paint and experimenting with other chalk based paints.  The texture and chipping elements add dimension and interest to the pieces of furniture. 

I love following Miss Mustard Seed (https://missmustardseed.com/) and I like using her milk paint to experiment with but it is not for the faint of heart.  But she provides tutorials and looks of creative content that is very inspiring on her site!   

This cabinet, was one of my biggest projects.  I found it on an online garage sale site and paid $65 for it.   When we brought it home, I thought “maybe I am over my head on this one” but after lots of cleaning, two coats of chalk based flat grey paint, and two coats of waxing on the front and on the shelves, it turned out well! 

It now serves as a pantry/coffee bar for us.  It can also serve as a linen closet or a hold a TV in a bedroom and baskets for clothing.  So, it is very versatile.  I love pieces that I can use in numerous ways.  Then I tend not to get tired of the pieces, especially large pieces of furniture.  Below are the before and after pictures.   It turned out well and fits our needs.  Looking forward to my next furniture purchase/project!

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