Antique Cabinet Makeover!

Before we get to the makeover, I want to let you know what’s happening in my personal life.

My husband and I have always believed that things happen for a reason. Recently, that philosophy was tested to the max. My husband had a heart attack 3 weeks ago. It turned out to be a very serious one that they call a widow maker and he could have died. After the initial shock wore off, we looked at the situation and came up with this: We live in the Rochester N.Y area which has some of the best medical care available. The fast action of the EMT’s and the cardiac team at Strong Memorial Hospital are why my husband is alive today. As far as why it happened, according to the doctors there were no indicators that would have predicted it. He does not have high cholesterol or high blood pressure and he eats pretty healthy. What he does have is a history of heart problems in his family. Father, grandfather, uncle. As a result, the family has become more in tune to this history. Is this why it happened? I don’t know. All I know is that he is here with us, our family is now taking steps for a healthier future, and we are treasuring every moment together!

If you have been following my posts you know I have been preparing for the upcoming “Purple Painted Lady Festival” on September 18th and 19th. To be honest, with everything that had been going on, I had not been focused on the festival. But, when my husband came home from the hospital and was recovering, I knew I needed to make a decision to participate or not. I was leaning heavily on the not side. Even though my husband was doing well, it was hard for me to leave him for a few hours let alone two full days of the festival. My family had other ideas. Apparently, there was some sort of secret meeting and the boys and my husband decided I should do the festival. The boys offered to help set up and help in the booth. I am truly blessed!

Now on to the cabinet makeover, which will be for sale at the festival!

I purchased this cabinet on Craigslist a few months ago. I liked the lines of the piece and thought the medallions on the door were cool!

It had a back piece I did not like. Lucky for me it came right off really easily.

I used DRYDEK Spackling to fill the holes. It goes on pink and turns white when it is dry and ready to sand. So easy!.

The inside of the cabinet needed some work as well.

I painted the top, sides and interior of the cabinet with Annie Sloan Athenian Black Chalk Paint. I left the doors wood so the medallions would pop!

I liked the direction it was going! After I applied two coats of chalk paint, I sealed it with Annie Sloan clear wax and used Tung Oil on the doors to help restore the finish.

Here is the finished piece styled as a front entry table. A perfect place to set your keys on and drop the mail.

It also has storage underneath for purses, scarfs and anything else you may need.

The storage box also comes with a lid if you want to keep things tucked away. This is also an item I will be selling at the festival (wow two shameless plugs in one Blog post).

It would also make a very nice bar cabinet too. Plenty of room on top to prepare drinks and storage below.

The perfect set up!

Lastly, I styled it as a television stand. There is room in the bottom for all the components and even a couple of blankets.

I hope to see you at the “Purple Painted Lady Festival” on September 18th and 19th. Please stop by and see me at “Impulsively Creative”.

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