I wish I could show you my office progress but I am trying to keep it all under wraps until it is finished. I can however show you this gorgeous makeover of an Architects Cabinet that is actually destined for my new office. This is one of those dream pieces of furniture that you come across once in a lifetime, I was trolling Ebay (as I do quite regularly) late last year when I came across this cabinet and I almost couldn’t believe my eyes, it was listed for $75 which is a total steal when you consider the rarity of these type of cabinets in such good condition and SOLID WOOD! Obviously, I bought this piece on the spot! When I arrived to collect it the sellers told me after I bought it they got about 100 calls from people begging to buy it and if for some reason I didn’t turn up they wanted it (no way on earth was I not turning up!). The sellers didn’t know what they had, it came with the house they just bought and they just wanted to get rid of it. Their lack of knowledge was my gain, I have seen similar pieces go for over $1000- online……I was one happy girl. It took three of us to get it into the back of my car (I have a 4WD and I measured inside my car before I set out to collect it) and little old me on my own to get it out once I got home. When I am determined to get something done nothing will stop me, so somehow I found the strength to get out of the car, even my hubby was surprised when he got home 🙂
It sat around in the shed for the last few months, gathering dust (and a whole lot of cobwebs) until I was ready and found the time to work on it…..it is so much easier to do projects to sell than makeover furniture for myself, I just can never make up my mind what I want to paint them! It is quite frustrating.
Once the colour palette for my office was decided (see my post on that here if you missed it) it narrowed down my colour choices. I felt that such a masculine piece of furniture needed a masculine colour so I decided to paint it Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Artissimo which is a gorgeous Navy Blue. Overall the cabinet was in good condition and needed little repairs but I did have to strip the top and glue it back together where a join had split slightly, I then stained and varnished it with Black Japan Stain & Matt Varnish by Feast Watson. The most time consuming job was removing all the original hardware and refreshing it with some hemp oil. Finally I lined the little parts of these huge drawers with scrapbooking paper….I used a coordinating range and stuck to black, white and yellow colours.
The top has a lot of gouges and dents from years of love and abuse, I didn’t try to fix these as what I love about vintage furniture is that it has had a life before me and it will have a life after me, this is just a new chapter in its story.
To go with the cabinet I wanted a little stool that I could sit at when working there, I found two of these stools on Ebay. Someone had tried to give them a makeover with oil cloth but it wasn’t really my style. I wanted something more industrial so I stripped everything off the seat, leaving the wood base and spray painted the legs Matt Black by Rust-Oleum, finally I added a number to the seat and I had a stool much more my style. Underneath the two layers of oil cloth and its original vinyl I found rather thick wooden seat, it was gorgeous and more than I hoped for when I began the makeover. It probably won’t be super comfortable to sit at for hours but, I don’t plan to and who really cares when it looks pretty?! Beauty is pain, right?!
I am loving this cabinet, it will hold all my art supplies and be such a beautiful statement piece in my office. Once in a lifetime find, right? It really will make my office a special space and I love that I can finally reveal something from this room.
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