I did not get a before pictures, but this was just about what I saw at the side of the road. The girl explained that it was built in to the wall and they broke it up taking it out.
We just had to figure out how to get it back together. The glass was actually built into the sides and panels, so had to go in when we glued the pieces together. This is the front skirt part. See all that old glue. All old glue has to be cleaned off or the new glue will not hold. I paint full strength vinegar on and let it set for a little while then scrape it off with a knife or putty knife and steel wool.
It is messy, but has to be done ... when the wood is free of all the shine, then the glue is gone. Now ready to re-glue.
Here it is with the two side panels and the skirt. To fit it into the wall, the back legs had been cut off and parts on the side of the skirt had been removed.
The missing piece on the side of the skirt.
I dug in my box of furniture parts and found something that would work.
I cut both ends off and they were a pretty good match.
Once painted, it was hard to tell that they were not original.
I also found this neat old chair foot and painted it while I had paint in my brush.
Most of the work was done on the work table, but when it was time to work on the inside, we sat it up on two work benches so I could get inside to tape off and paint. Not too easy to get to the inside front wall.
It is about five feet tall and four feet wide. Not tall as most china cabinets are, so I sat something on top to give it height.
Paint is a DIY mix chalk paint, using unsanded grout ... just used some OOPs paint. Went on gray, but sanding brought out the green. Stained with MinWax dark walnut and buffed with MinWax clear wax. Lightly distressed. We added rollers for easy moving and to lift it off the floor just a little.
The shelves sit on boards that span across the side glass panels; are adjustable and each has a plate groove. The inside is painted a warm white, tinted with a little green.
Do you feel embarrassed when you pick up something out of someone's trash pile?
Should I have felt embarrassed ?
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