I worked on a couple projects while we were at the farm this week. The one that got done first was a former school supply cabinet refinished and re-purposed as a fabric arts cabinet. It was an unusually deep cabinet and a bit taller than a standard counter. Likely built in the 1950's or 60's based on the construction techniques and materials.
The face of the drawers had been marked, perhaps by splattered ink or paint. The original finish seemed to be a very light stain on beech (I think) lumber and plywood.
A close up of one of the file drawers showing the stains and the condition of the original finish.
I sanded the cabinet and all the drawer faces and then stained the whole thing with a medium brown stain that we had left over from last year's window project.
A coat of clear semi-gloss polyurethane over the stain sealed the deal. The original hardware and drawer labeling brackets were reinstalled.
Number Four Son (or as I call him - Nephew Number One) came over for dinner and was shanghaieddrafted asked to help carry it in the house to the sewing studio. Looks like it was meant to go there.