I ended up with this card catalog from a family member last summer. Isn't it gorgeous?! It's so amazing, and I've been himming and hawing about what to do with it, and it's been in our work tent ever since.
Once the Christmas decorations came down on New Years Day, we decided we had room for it in our tiny 700 sq. ft. home. I had already used Miss Mustard Seed (MMS) Milk Paint in Luckett's Green on the drawers, and I'd sanded the rest of it. I wanted to paint the rest of it in Shiloh, but was getting opposition from my husband and my dad about covering up the gorgeous wood.
I decided to use MMS Antiquing Wax on the drawers. Basically you use a lint free cloth, rub it on, and rub the excess off.
See the difference? The drawer below on the right has no wax. The darker one on the left is waxed. It really brought out the wood grain.
Then Kit got involved. (I love it when that happens). He said I should polish the antique knobs. He took them outside and used an electric sander to make them shine. They look amazing.
It looks so good. Perfectly aged, but new again.
And here it sits smack dab in the middle of our living room:
It's now a charging home to our iPhones, iPad and Mac. I love it. I feel organized.
And since taking these photos, I put labels on the knobs, printing them on scrapbook paper.
It's actually REALLY confusing if your card catalog drawers aren't labeled. I was opening and closing every drawer trying to find what I was looking for. Now that they're labeled, I feel really organized.
TIP: If your drawers are extremely squeaking like mine (nails on a chalkboard!!), rub soap on all the areas that are rubbing against each other.
I like it with the green and with the wood. I do probably need to put another finish on the wood portions, but for now I just love how it looks in the house.
Like what you see?
Scalloped rug is from Urban Outfitters
Fabric Covered Bucket Post is here
Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint and Antiquing Wax can be purchased here