With school holidays and snow days, this week has been a short one, but I have managed to get some things checked off the to-do list. One of the main things I wanted to work on was the cabinet in my office.
Since I knew it would be a time-consuming painting project (with having to paint the shelves, turn them over, paint the other side, seal them with Tough Coat, etc.), I decided to work on one side at a time. So, I got the left side completed!
The first thing I did was replace the hardware with a pair of antique latches I found on Etsy. The ones that were on there were not original and made more sense for drawer than cabinets. When they arrived, though, I saw that the “keepers” and latches didn’t really match. They did, but they didn’t originally go together, so the finishes were different. The new screws also stuck out like a sore thumb.
So, I pulled an old trick out of the bag and used some Rub’nBuff to make them match.
I just rubbed some on with my finger. I need to clean up the screws a bit and I might top it all off with some Antiquing Wax, but it’s a nice start!
I also painted the interior in MMS Milk Paint Farmhouse White. I did not apply a finish to the back, but I did apply Tough Coat to the shelves, to protect them from scuffing.
I am planning on painting those magazine holders, but I’m not sure what color, yet. The natural wood looks a little off to me, next to the patina of the antique oak. There are bigger fish to fry, though.
I’m planning to line some baskets along the top for some additional storage and to hide the router and other internet boxes. Once I get those, I’ll hang the framed magazine features above.
I moved all of the decorating books from my studio to the new bookshelf, so now I have to figure that one out again! I loved all of the books in that cabinet, but the shelves were not as stable as they needed to be for all of that weight. I should install stronger supports if I’m going to fill it with books again.
I do hope to fill that bottom shelf with art books, though. Any suggestions for good art/reference books? I have a lot of how to’s, but I’d like to study the work of other artists. Let me know if there are any “must haves” for my art library.
Now, I need to paint the other side…
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