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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Card Catalog Drawer Makeover




I wanted to say thank you again to everyone who voted for me in Circle of Moms Top 25 Design Moms.  I really appreciate your votes.  I finished up at No. 61 and while I didn't quite make it into the top 25, I was thrilled that I made it as far as I did. 
Thank you for helping me get there!!
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I thought I would share a quick project with you.
One day, I would LOVE to find one of those really big card catalogs like the ones I can remember from elementary school. 
However, I also love these little single card catalog drawers too and I have been on the hunt for one for quite some time.


 I was in the Salvation Army a couple of weeks ago {it's my favorite place} and I came across this nice one for a dollar.


I sanded it down to the original wood with my brand new {awesome} sander that Mr. French Cottage bought for me.  I love this sander.
 I left just a little bit of the original green so that when I painted it gray and then sanded it again, I would see some of the green peeking through.
A nice, layered effect is what I was going for.
Once the paint was dry, I sanded and distressed the drawer and as a final step, I went over the whole thing with Minwax stain in Dark Walnut.
I applied it in small sections and then wiped it off with a paper towel.  I left the hardware in its original condition
 {a little rusty and crusty}


She looks pretty now!


Much better!




Have a great week!

xo and God Bless,
Kathleen

15 comments:

Rose Garden Romantic said...

You did a wonderful job making it look old and weathered! What is it about drawers that we all love so much? Maybe it's the mystery of what could be tucked inside...
Michelle

Rose Garden Romantic said...

You did a wonderful job making it look old and weathered! What is it about drawers that we all love so much? Maybe it's the mystery of what could be tucked inside...
Michelle

Barb @ The Everyday Home (formerly Grits and Glamour) said...

Love this. I have a four-section card holder. I gotta pull it out. Its perfect for my recipe cards from my Mama and my Grandma and my uncle who was a great Southern chef. I think I may have to paint mine, too. :)

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

What a great transformation. And you gotta love Salvation Army! Love the green, and the waxed effect.

PURA VIDA said...

Perfect for letter writing

Art and Sand said...

I too would love to find an old card catalogue. I love what you did with this one.

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Anne Marie said...

there were a few of those here at the sale last weekend...I almost bought them...now I am having flea market remorse!

hope you are doing well -
xo+blessings,
Anne Marie

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh..........so much better now.

Blessings,
Spencer

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Love it...but then anything you touch turns to beauty!! Hope your well...lots of love to you!

Evi said...

"she" came out lovely.
A far cry from what she was!

A Shabby Moment in Time said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE it! You did a great job giving that card catalog a makeover. Just perfect.
Blessings & hugs,
Karen

Do you love him Loretta said...

Oh thats a great piece and you really did a wonderful job on her! All that for a dollar (and some elbow grease)! I'd buy that over a coffee any day!

EnchantedBella said...

It turned out wonderful. Great job!! I am going to start my hunt for one right away. Wish me luck:)
Rebecca

Christie said...

These turned out amazing! Great job! Christie at Three Pixie Lane