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Vintage Card Catalog Repurposed

I luv sharing vintage finds with you guys so much! This little treasure I found in my parent's garage where my father was storing a bunch of tools, nails, coins, etc.. It's a piece that he actually made many, many years ago. However, it was definitely in need of repurposing.

I luved the character of it, and my thought was to refinish it, so it would fit on a console table in our living area. I couldn't decide between painting or staining it. Therefore, I began with sanding it all down, which definitely brightened it up.

The handles and nameplates are permanently installed and therefore not easily removed to either sand or paint. That's when I decided I would stain it vs. paint it, and if I didn't like the outcome, I could always tackle painting it and removing the vintage nameplates later.

Here is the vintage card catalog after sanding.

The sides were made out of plywood, unfortunately, and I also needed to add a back piece, as it was wide open in the back. I really luved the rustic look and didn't want to lose that charm!

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I added a simple pine board on the back and decided to leave the plywood on the sides as is.

I also added 4 6" Hairpin Legs that I found on Amazon.

It definitely kept its rustic charm.

I used regular 8 X 10 white paper and printed out numbers for each brass slot that was already installed on the piece. The numbers are sized at 25 points and I printed them in bold and cut them to size. So simple!

I decided to stain the vintage card catalog with Minwax PolyShades Mission Oak Satin 385

and a rag that I already had in my workshop.

Decorated with some personal vintage decor and of course flowers and a candle.

Since my father originally made it, I added a photo of he and I skiing when I was only about 4 years old.

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I'm really happy with how it turned out and my husband thinks it looks like a

home decor piece you could purchase from Restoration Hardware! How about that??

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Hi, I'm Ann!

Welcome to Dabbling & Decorating, a home & vintage decorating blog.  I luv sharing decorating tips, vintage and thrift store finds, DIY projects, and antiques from winters in Vermont to summers renovating our coastal Maine family home. And our berner, Ella who pops in from time to time...  I'm so thrilled you stopped by today and hope you will become a regular here at Dabbling & Decorating! 

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