Earlier this week I came across an Antique Hamilton Printers Cabinet on Craigslist. I have been wanting one of these beautiful cabinets for some time but didn’t start looking seriously until this week. So, on Monday I spied a beautiful cabinet and after a few emails going back and forth with the seller, I decided to purchase it. I had to have it shipped to me, which added to the final cost, but I am very pleased, it’s beautiful.
Most of you can probably guess where I am going to place it in my home and what I plan on using it for-yes, my studio, and yes, for beads and other adorning objects and elements:) But first, I need to clean it up. I recently learned that not all antiques should be refinished..that its better to leave the original finish if possible. I hope this is the case with my cabinet.
So, my first step is to clean the hardware. Here’s an image of the dirty hardware…
I placed the dirty hardware in a plastic container with ammonia for about 10 minutes, rinsed, and then used sandpaper and a steel brush to remove the remaining dirt and grime. The hardware now has a shinier metal finish.
The second step, is to clean the wood. I also recently learned that a soft rag and dish detergent is all that you need. Once I finish the cleaning process, I will be able to determine if it truly does need to be refinished or not. If it looks good, I will add a lacquer coating to bring out the shine in the wood.
The drawers are in great shape, all the dividers are still in place. They are dirty and definitely need cleaning…this project will take some time but will be worth the effort. I truly enjoy the process of bringing it back to its glory.
The person I purchased the cabinet from will have another one available for purchase. It’s not a Hamilton Cabinet but it looks pretty cool. I will be sure to share with you the info once he is ready to list it. Have a great weekend.