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This piece is furniture has had A LOT of use.  I remember it being in my Great-Grandma’s basement, I think it had jellies or homemade canned goods.  Then my mom inherited it.  It sat in her kitchen for years, it was right between the kitchen table and the trash can.  So, as you can imagine it got a ton of wear.  When my parents moved my mom gave it to me!!!  I was thrilled!  Not so much with it’s lack of beauty, but with the memories.   But I knew it needed a mjor make-over.



Here is what I did.

1) I stripped it using paint stripper.  THREE times!  There were a gazillion layers of old latex paint.

2) Cleaned it with mineral spirits.

3) Once it was dry I sanded it smooth it out and to prep it for paint.

4) I used Pitch Black Milk Paint and foam rollers and painted it.  Three coats.

5) Since Milk Paint is fairly delicate I used a water based poly-acrylic as a protective finish.

6) Lastly I cut beadboard to fit the back of each of the three top shelves and spray painted them with Rustoleums Heirloom White.

I still need to new “old” drawer hardware for the drawers.  And I can’t decide if I should reattach the doors or not.  Maybe just the bottom ones?  Or just the top?

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  1. Mayra on the 24. Apr, 2010 remarked #


    i LOVE YOUR BLOG!! decor and projects rock!!

    Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Diana Lilleeng on the 25. Apr, 2010 remarked #

    Hey Holly! This is great! What a wonderful idea to turn your projects into a blog : ) I love this makeover of the cabinet. I think it looks nice without the doors at all, but if you’re going to re-attach, I would do just the bottom ones. Leave the top open for easy access and so your pretty dish-ware can be seen!

    • Holly Young on the 25. Apr, 2010 remarked #

      Hi Diana! Thanks for taking a look! The cabinet turned out even better than I had hoped. I think you are right…it would look best with just the bottom set of doors:) I hope to keep posting new projects and I would love your input!!

  3. Fawnda on the 26. Apr, 2010 remarked #

    This turned out beautiful! I love it!

    Thanks for stopping by F&J! You blog is wonderful! :)

  4. Nichole@40daysof on the 26. Apr, 2010 remarked #

    This looks amazing! I think IF you put doors back on , only do the bottom. And even though you didn’t ask, can I put a vote in for brass (dull, not shiny) on the hardware? It’s coming back in a big way and it looks great against black.

  5. debbie on the 26. Apr, 2010 remarked #

    What an awesome project and transformation!~ I am glad I found your blog and look forward to more that you do!

  6. Sammy on the 26. Apr, 2010 remarked #

    Wow that turned out gorgeous! I love finding something that most people would see as junk and making it beautiful. Good Job :D And thanks for stopping by Scraps N’ Strings!

  7. Sammy on the 26. Apr, 2010 remarked #

    Oh and totally following now. Love your site :D

  8. Kaysi @ Keeping It SImple on the 26. Apr, 2010 remarked #

    Wow that looks great! I LOVE the beadboard!

  9. barb on the 26. Apr, 2010 remarked #

    Hi..I’m Barb from New Friend Fri. I am your newest follower. I hope you will get a chance to visit my blog @
    & get inspired by something for your family/home. I hope you will follow me as well. We also are having a Mother’s Day Giveaway til Wed. hope you can join in. Nice to meet ya new friend!!!

  10. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions on the 26. Apr, 2010 remarked #

    What a well-loved piece! I love that you love it and how you refreshed for today’s times. A piece with history is wonderful to have.

  11. Christy on the 26. Apr, 2010 remarked #

    Gorgeous transformation! I love the black! Congrats on your new home, thanks for visiting my blog!

  12. Samantha on the 26. Apr, 2010 remarked #

    Looks amazing, love the contrast between the black and white and you’ve accessorised it beautifully!

  13. denise on the 30. Apr, 2010 remarked #

    Stopping by from Trendy Treehouse’s Follow Me Friday. I am your newest follower.

    Love the cabinet AND your blog!

  14. Nicole on the 30. Apr, 2010 remarked #

    What a great DIY projest. It came out beautiful. I love spicing up old items in my home and making them look new again. I found you @ The Girl Creative New Friend Friday. Im your newsest follower!

  15. Anne on the 30. Apr, 2010 remarked #

    LOVE this!! What a great project – inspiring. :)

    Anne @

  16. Lacy McKettrick on the 01. May, 2010 remarked #

    You did a beautiful job on the cabinet. I have one similar that I redid many moons ago. I am visiting from NFF. Come by and visit sometime.

  17. Leanne on the 02. May, 2010 remarked #

    The cabinet is so beautiful and what beautiful memories. Thanks for visiting me so I could find you and congratulations on your new home. I look forward to seeing more of your projects. I have an Organizing Party every 2 weeks if you ever have anything to link, that would be great. Have a great day!

  18. Liz on the 03. May, 2010 remarked #

    Hi, I’m your newest follower and I love your blog. You are so creative and talented! ~Liz

  19. Kim W on the 03. May, 2010 remarked #

    I love furniture with memories! It turned out beautiful. I love the beadboard in the back. Great job!

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