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Vintage Card Catalog Repurposed

Vintage Card Catalog Repurposed

February 26, 2019

Ann

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!

 

 

Hover and Swipe over photos to see details.

 

 

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  Since my father originally made it, I added a photo of he and I skiing when I was only about 4 years old.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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Hey there, friend! I'm Ann, and welcome to our little red farmhouse ranch in the green mountains of Vermont and our newly inherited coastal maine raeside-dame home! I love creating & sharing fresh ideas that will help to enhance any home Decor with DIY projects and thrifty ideas that showcase a cozy and fun vintage style. Including a few other things that I luv to "Dabble" in!  

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