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Primitive Cabinet Refinished

Wow this summer is already off to a busy start! I’ve been splitting my time between my sunroom remodel and cleaning out our backyard gardens. I am starting to see some progress with the sunroom but the gardens are a bit more work (for another blog post

Over the past week I’ve clean the room & windows from top to bottom, painted the floor and have started to bring some of our pieces into the space to put it together. I still need to finalize a few more touches until I can say it’s officially done, but it’s coming together nicely and I’ve enjoyed a few nights sitting out here. All the hard work is starting to really pay off.

One piece that I’m really excited about is this cabinet that was hanging in the garage when we bought the house.  It needed some work but had great character and we saw some potential.  We are not sure where it was used originally since it didn’t look like a typical garage cabinet, so we suspect it may have been one of the original kitchen cabinets.

I really regret not getting a before picture of this one as we made a lot of changes (I was too excited to get started and it slipped my mind). I’ve found one not so great pictures where it’s in the background that can give you a little hint at what we were working with. Originally the front was a light, mint green color, the sides were unfinished wood and the inside was painted yellow and accented with a bright blue spray painted “HI” someone added in the middle.


The original paint was too stained to save so I painted the outside of the cabinet with my trusty favorite Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Duck Egg Blue. I painted the inside in Annie Sloan French Linen and just love these two colors together!

I sanded off a few places and then put a layer of Annie Sloan Clear Wax on it. I really debated for awhile whether I wanted to add a dark antique wax or leave it, but ultimately decided I wanted a subtle dark wax treatment as it looked to “clean” for the space it was going to go in.

I used an “Annie Sloan Dark wax glaze” method I read about at  Sunflowerhugs Blog and it worked perfect!! It wiped on very easily and left the subtle texture I was looking for. I really like the “Dark wax glaze” method – it was so much easier than applying the dark was directly to the piece and it had the added benefit of not having to waste any of my clear wax in wiping it back off!




There wasn’t much of a top left to this so I had Peter add wooden boards to make a planked top and stained it with Miniwax Dark Walnut and finish it with wipe on Poly. I also had him attach some legs to the bottom to give it just a little more height.


I’m so very happy with how this turned out – it ended up being a perfect place to put my new potted herb garden in the sunroom!!


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Octagon Side Tabe

I found this table on Craigslist and immediately knew I wanted to restore it – there is something about unique side tables I just love. The previous owner had tried to paint or stain or something on top and it had a very rough to the touch texture.



Once I stripped and sanded the top I knew that I wanted to stain it – the wood was too beautiful to paint over. I went with a dark stain and a wipe on poly finish. On the bottom I painted it with my Annie Sloan French Linen paint and added a clear wax topcoat. I just love how this cute little table turned out!



Thanks for looking!  ~Jess