In the house where I grew up, there was a small cabinet in the kitchen. I think it may have come from my great-grandma’s house. It was on wheels, even though it never really got moved around, and Mom stored baking supplies in it, and kept her bread maker on top of it. Somehow, when I moved into this house, I ended up with that little cabinet. And then, for Christmas last year, Mom gave me a bread maker – and guess where I put it!
When we redid the kitchen, I knew I wanted to keep this little cabinet around – preferably with the bread maker still on top – but it wasn’t really going to match at all. Mom gave her blessing on refinishing it, as long as I took “before” pictures, and last fall I did just that. This was a fast and easy project that really made a difference to the cabinet.
First of all, of course, came the sanding. There wasn’t a very a heavy gloss on the cabinet, so the sanding wasn’t too intense. I did decide that I wanted to use my blue knobs instead of reusing the hardware that was on it, so I had to putty in the holes and sand those down as well.
Next, I painted the whole cabinet with the same glossy white as the kitchen cabinets. (Although I apparently didn’t take a picture of that stage.) Even though I didn’t really need to (since I didn’t on other cupboards), I went ahead and painted the inside of the cabinet as well. The inside had never been varnished or anything, and I wanted it to be easy to clean. Nothing wipes out like a few layers of full-gloss paint!
So, in the end, I have a happy little cabinet that blends right in with the rest of the kitchen stuff, and is a perfect place for baking supplies – and my bread maker! (And, apparently, a random lamp and some paint samples – multiple uses!)
All in all, a very satisfactory heirloom.