After we got the cabinet home, we started to clean and sand it a bit. Aaron really worked at sanding the drawers. He was ridiculously thorough in light of the fact that we were planning to chalk paint it. Chalk paint is great medium to use on almost any surface and requires no prior sanding or priming! I don’t think all of his hard work was for naught; there was a pretty strong odor that seemed to live in the old finish. Stripping it insured that it would be gone when we finished.
You can see how gross they looked before. The cabinet also got a little sanding, but more importantly it got a little trim- as in we trimmed off the areas of water damage on the bottom.
We took the cabinet doors off, the shelf out and the back off because it was in two pieces and damaged.
Not looking much better than when we started, you say? Well, the real transformation comes with the paint which I’ll share more of tomorrow.