The redo of my Hoosier cabinet…Taa Daa…looks for less is always best for me!!! To see the whole humble, and oh so messy beginnings, of this sad little “piece of junk” that my son-in-law refused to allow my daughter to accept here…it also included a history of Hoosiers.
I restored this vintage Hoosier over a 6-week period. This is what it looked like when I bought it for $60…Most of the pieces were present, but not in the correct places…the important parts were there. I did have to buy some new hardware.
the in between…(work)…I stripped away years and years of paint. About 6 coats of stripper were necessary. You must be patient if you want a good restoration. It does not go quickly and you want to quit many times. But the end result is work ALL the effort. This is an elbow grease project indeed!
After all that globby mess was safely removed and disposed of… I sanded it well…and I mean WELL!!! You can have some remainders of paint, but the surface must be smooth to the touch. The hand of a piece I redo is important to me. I do not want someone running their hand across the surface and feel any remainder of the past. I also dug every piece of paint residue from all the joints and joined areas. If you are going to do it, do it right is my motto when doing a piece of furniture. Yes, there are quicker ways to redo, but I aim to create an heirloom piece. So it must be right!
I had to repair the tambour door…I used book binding fabric…and good flexible glue. This is the most finicky part. Each slat must be the exact space apart. One speck of old paint residue will make is unworkable. This part has to be just right to be a moving part. Take your time to remove all paint in between the slats. Reposition them and glue a good backing fabric on them. The fabric must be thin and strong.
Trying to find the right shade of red for the interior… That took a lot of my color theory skills as I mixed and used universal tints to get the red just right. If you have a good paint store, it is worth a visit to get the exact shade you want.
The painting took two days…not the red only…the red and the white. I opted for a semi-gloss bright white for the outside. It is a little more difficult to work with (it leaves brush marks if you don’t know how to lay off the paint) but it cleans well when dry. A note about red paint. It takes four to six coats of red to get a solid coating. There is less pigment in reds, so they are always sheer. If you have ever tried to paint a wall red, you know what I mean!!! Just keep at it and eventually you will have a good, solid red.
The interior is complete…
The exterior is complete….
Finished and I am so tickled with it…It was such a mess when I bought it. Now it will be a beautiful part of my home!!! I love to create looks for less!!! It is in the foyer of my new home and home. It holds my spices and baking stuff as well as cookbooks. I am so glad my daughter didn’t want it. I smile every time I pass it. Below is how it looks today, fully functioning!