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Primitive Cabinet – Reloved

It’s garage and yard sale season. Those words are music to my ears. Most Saturdays I spend scouring garage and yard sales looking for my next “projects”.

I’ll be honest, I’m not into revamping or reloving vintage items and selling them for the money. I have great appreciation and admiration for those that do make a living doing this. I do it mostly for the satisfaction of keeping a beloved vintage or antique item out of the landfill. It fills me with joy when someone purchases an item I’ve saved or reloved and I must admit I get a little giddy when it happens. I like to recoup the money I spent on the item and the supplies – I never charge for the hours I put into a piece. I know some people aren’t going to be thrilled to read this but this is my hobby more so than a business.

If I can find out a little bit of the history of an item, I’m more motivated than ever to make sure someone else loves it too. Take this primitive cabinet for example (one door was off in this picture).

I was able to talk to the original owner and she told me she’s had it for 50 years and used it to store her preserves that she made each year. Alas, the time to downsize came and she had to move from her family home to a seniors resident. I bought it on the spot without even asking her the price first lol I was determined to find a new home for it.

I loved the red color but it needed a refresh so I decided to keep the original red on the inside. I chose an aged grey for the outside (ChalkPaint by Rustoleum). It took about three coats of paint to cover and two coats of Polycrylic. I did my best to mimic the same distress spots. I even kept the original knobs which were made from a cut down wooden thread spool. I hope to find a new home for it soon.

I wonder if the original owner would approve 🙂


Check out this quick video of the unveiling of the inside 


Reloved vintage primitive cabinet – It’s A Wandaful Thing!

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