I guess that's part of the reason I want to rescue everything. I find value in the materials and respect for the artisan who created it.
When I see a forlorn piece of furniture like this cabinet, it's like looking into sad puppy eyes for me. I just want to adopt.
There was quite a bit of delaminating; too much for me to try and tackle replacing so I'm grateful for "shabby chic"...thank you Rachel Ashwell for making it cool.
Then it's just a lot of sanding until you can get everything smooth. The top had three layers which took a bit of time and patience but don't give up, you'll get there. To decide when enough is enough, I rub my hand over a surface and close my eyes or look away. It should "feel" perfect.
During the dismantling process, I decided to remove the two front pieces and add a thicker shelf to make the storage space more functional. Because of how the front pieces were installed, a great deal of wood filler was require. Using a good quality wood filler, I filled in layers and allow each layer to dry thoroughly before adding more. After a good sanding and paint, you won't even notice.
I painted the inside and the shelf a robin's egg blue. The outside was painted a creamy white and given a little crackle finish.
I use Fiddes Supreme Wax in Rugger Brown to give it that antique looking finish that highlights all the scars and details. It's a tobacco color with a little yellow in it which warms up the white and turns the blue a sort of vintage looking green.
When possible, I like to just wax the tops of furniture that might receive a lot of wear and tear. It's easy then to just spruce up the top with a coat of wax instead of having to refinish it when it gets a little...shall we say "character".
So, the next time you come across a sad little piece of furniture...or maybe you already own one...don't take it to the dump....if you're not up to the task yourself, place it on the curb with a free sign on it and someone like me will rescue it and nurse it back to health.