Monday, January 14, 2013

Card Catalog is pretty much done!

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

Aloha, Rebecca



  2. You're so lucky to have this card catalogue. It turned out looking so sophisticated too ;)

  3. That piece is too cool! I LOVE it...lucky! Thanks so much for sharing on Super Sweet Saturday.

  4. rebecca, i love this cabinet, i have wanted one forever, you are so lucky your family gave this to you! aloha, angi in hana

  5. I love how your card catalog turned out ~ you chose great colors for it. I like your site, too. I'll pop back again soon. I'm here from the Tatertots & Jello link party. (Lori @ A Bright and Beautiful Life) Have a great day.

  6. What a great piece of furniture and you did a fabulous job on it - enjoy it! It looks perfect in you room, too

  7. This is wonderful! What a fantastic piece to own and you did a great job with it!

  8. Absolutley gorgeous! The knobs look great!!

    Jenna @

  9. You did an awesome job. I'm glad you left the wood color, too. It looks great!

  10. this looks amazing!! you did such a great job- stopping in from serendipity and spice :) going to follow!

  11. I love it! You did a great job keeping the charm of the card catalog but giving it a fresh look!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection!
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured :)


  12. What a beautiful job you've done. I love it. Megan

  13. Wow, what a piece, would love one. You did a great job!


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