Saturday, December 1, 2012

1930s China Cabinet

Those of you who follow me know I love to paint furniture, but I don't usually paint good pieces. I like to find pieces that are really bad, then transform them into beautiful, useful pieces..
When I bought this china cabinet a couple of weeks ago it was tied to the back of a pickup truck and the glass had slid part way out making it look like it was broken (turns out it wasn't).
 It was filthy and stinky, too.
But after I got it in my shop and took a closer look at it, it was in better shape than I first thought.
The major things wrong with this are: The fretwork that is so beautiful is partly missing and it looks like a can of stain was sitting on the top and dripped down one side on the front. Plus it looks like the pediment has been replaced at some point.
So, all things considered, I consider this piece borderline. If I clean it up and repair it, the value would be about the same as if it were painted.
After thinking about it for two weeks I've decided I'm going to paint it.

After doing a little research, I learned this piece was produced by the Reaser Furniture Co., in Gettysbury, Pa. sometime in the 1930s.

The fretwork is really beautiful.

Also, when I decide on a color, I will paint the inside of the cabinet and the inside of the very large drawer the same color.
The beveled rim around the glass door would also be painted the same as the inside of the cabinet.

At this stage I also plan to eliminate the pediment.
It adds nothing to the piece.

Here you can better see the streaks running down the front.
My plan is to replace the top shelf with a glass shelf (maybe both shelves).
I would like to add a light.
I haven't decided what to do with the hardware yet.
I think I will probably paint the outside Heirloom white with a Burnt Umber glaze.
Then of course, I would distress it giving it a shabby chicc look.
I probably won't get started on this 'till next week so any input you have would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for looking...Connie


  1. Hi Connie,
    What a beautiful and interesting piece. If it was me, I'd definitely paint it.... and I'm such a white girl so agree with your choice of colour.
    Can't wait to see it finished.
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

  2. Hi Kerryanne, Thanks for your comment. Have a good day...Connie

  3. What a great piece Connie! It will be even more fabulous once you make it over.

  4. Hi Pamela, Hopefully, I will have it done in a week or two. Have a great day...Connie

  5. Gorgeous piece! I'm anxious to see it after the makeover!

  6. As soon as I saw the first photo I thought how fun that piece would be to paint so I'm excited to see your results. And then your china cabinet will have a whole new life ahead of it!

    1. Hi, Thanks for your input. I'ts already finished in my mind:) Now I just have to get to work...Connie

  7. Somethings just need to be painted and freshened up. To restore it to it's original glory would mean you wouldn't make a cent. You know I am all about the shabby, but anything you do will be gorgeous!


    1. Hi Carol, Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment. Have a great day...Connie

  8. It has such great bones, but needs to be prettied up. A fresh coat of paint will bring it back to life.

    1. Hi Betsy, Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment. I'm half way through the project. It is starting to shape up and look pretty...Connie


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