I got out my cleaning supplies, gave her a good wipe down and then began lightly sanding. Because the piece is so old, I used a fine grit sandpaper and only sanded enough to smooth out the globs of paint from the previous poor paint job. I also removed the hardware and decided to remove the glass door as well.
Here's the new hardware I picked up at Target.
I repainted the whole piece using leftover trim paint from our wainscoting install in the dining room. She still looked a little plain, so I added dark brown scrapbook paper that matched the wall color in the dining room on the back of the inside.
Just cut to size and use double sided tape to get it to stick.
And here she is in all her glory-
And a peek at my Thanksgiving table this year-
This was the first large piece of furniture I have done, and although more time consuming, it was very easy. I plan to do more pieces like this, as time allows. I love giving new life to otherwise discarded old furniture. It's cheaper, can be personalized and almost always better quality than you find today.
Cabinet (ReStore) $60
New Hardware (Target) $20
Scrapbook paper (Hobby Lobby) $1
I'd love to hear about any pieces of furniture you've redone or plan to! love, S