I was recently reviewing some photos of my work over the past several years, and this Hoosier Cabinet jumped out as one of the most fun–and most gratifying!
My client was given this cabinet and it was in pretty rough condition. Although the flour bin and sifter were in great shape, it was missing the roll-down door on the top and the decorative trim on the bottom of the base was no longer attached. The floor of the base unit had been replaced with paneling (yes, literally wall paneling) and had absolutely no support underneath.
As always, repairs came first. I tore out the old base floor, replaced it and added support. Next, I removed and cleaned up all the hardware. I reattached the decorative trim and filled in damaged areas.
We decided that since the pull-down door was missing, we would create some interest by adding a piece of pressed tin to the backsplash. In this case, I opted for a plastic version for both cost and ease of cutting. When I received the tin, it was the exact pattern I was looking for, but predictably, it looked like plastic. Using the newly-cleaned hardware as a color guide, I aged the “tin” with a metallic wax. It took on the patina of an old piece of tin–which is appropriate for the age of the piece.
It was finally time to put it all back together.
The finished cabinet now serves as a coffee bar in my client’s home. I hope she loves it as much as I do!!
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