Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Stepback Cupboard Makeover

I recently purchased this stepback cupboard. It wasn't very attractive with its red stain and thick layer of varnish but I new it had potential to be beautiful.

I always jump right into projects forgetting to take before pictures. This was taken after I had already stripped the top. Cupboards seem to be a slow sell right now, but buffets are popular and usually move quickly. I knew this piece would be great for a kitchen island, a sideboard for a T.V. or a buffet for a dining room. The top was removed and will be used in another project.

 Citristrip is an amazing product. (This isn't a sponsored post.) I wish I had taken a picture of the buffet top before I stripped it. It was so ugly with a really thick varnish. There was no wood grain showing through. It took three applications of Citristrip to remove it all. I hate to sand and with Citristrip I didn't have to.

I couldn't believe this gorgeous wood was covered up under that ugly red stain and varnish. It was so beautiful that I decided not to stain it. I only rubbed it with Howard Feed-N-Wax which left a beautiful finish. (Not a sponsored post.)


 Because I have a very tight budget, I am always checking the oops paint section when shopping at hardware stores. A few weeks ago I found a gallon of  lovely Behr paint that was almost a perfect match to a popular chalk paint color. This was a premium exterior paint with primer that I got for $5.00! I added a little Calcium Carbonate to a smaller container of paint and it went on like a dream! Amazing coverage!

Here it is again. Such a fun project! Now I need to figure out what to do with the cupboard. Any ideas?

6 comments:

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

The end result is lovely. The finished product is as much a result of the original piece as it is the one who refinished it. You are able to see beauty where others,myself included,would only see some old furniture.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Another fine cabinet.

Betsy Adams said...

Wow---that is GREAT. You really made a huge improvement on that buffet... Love that beautiful top... I cannot believe it was hidden under all of that varnish.

Can't wait to see what you do with the cupboard...

Hugs,
Betsy

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

What a difference! Excellent job!

Indie said...

Wow, how impressive! I never noticed all those beautiful curves in the doors until you showed the new painted piece. Much better!

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