Sunday, November 20, 2011

Restored Card Catalog

I cannot take any credit for this project at all, but I had to share it. My husband spent so much time and energy tuning this into something worth displaying. The results are incredible!
Here is the before

He had already started working on it before I had a chance to take a complete before. But you get the idea. The drawers were cracked. There was a lot of sun damage.

This is after most of the sanding was finished.

And the after......

Amazing, huh! I love it!

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  1. I love this style of cabinet. I have one (not nearly as beautiful) that I was going to sell though I don't think I can now (even though I have no where to put it!).

  2. What a beauty! Very nice finish...the piece still holds it's charm.

  3. Thank you so much Sherry and Kristine for stopping by and taking time to leave a comment. I really appreciate it.

  4. I love this...I have been looking for one to restore, but so far they are all too pricey. Great job. I'm a follower so stop by and see me and follow if you like.
    Warm wishes, Lori

  5. Lori, thanks for follwing me. I will definitely stop at your blog and follow you also.
    We were given this card catalog by my grandpa, he was cleaning out his garage and would have gotten rid of it. We got very lucky!

  6. I love how it turns out. I am a new follower. Thanks for dropping by in my blog.

  7. Oh my heavens. I love it! I have coveted having card catalog drawers (even though I have no place to put them) and am still hoping to find some at a thrift store or yard sale. Yours look fabulous!

  8. This is gorgeous! I love it. I'm a new follower! I hope you'll follow me back but no pressure!

  9. I have always wanted a piece like this! It wouldn't fit in my home with the as-is decor but believe you me I would redecorate me ENTIRE house if I scored one of these ever!

    It's beautiful

    Pamela @

  10. Wow, just wow. Do you deserve a hubby like that? LOL! ;) Visiting from Boogie Board Cottage.

  11. Nice job!!!! I have a really old one that I have been trying to just get clean... I am now inspired to finish thanks!

  12. You did such a great job on this piece! I can't imagine the time it took to take all the hardware off. :) I'll be featuring it on my blog this Friday as part of my Favorite Friday Finds...come by and grab a button!

  13. What a wonderful hubby! He did an amazing job! It looks like some of the original drawers were missing...did he have to remake some of them?

  14. Wow! That piece is beautiful. What great work he did!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

  15. Your hubby did a wonderful job!

    visiting from the Inspiration Board Party.

    Have a happy thanksgiving.

  16. Oh my goodness - this brings back so many memories :) I hope one day to find a card catalog! Enjoy yours!
    Thanks for sharing at Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

  17. Love old card catalogues. So beautiful. What a great job your hubby did!

  18. What a nice restoration! Your husband did a great job. I love card catalogs. Curious about how and where you will use it.

  19. Wow! This is one of my dream projects, if only I could get my hands on one of those card catalogs. Well done, thanks for the inspiration!

  20. It's just fabulous and you did a lovely job! I do wish I could find one!

    Thanks for sharing your project at Potpourri Friday!

  21. Fantastic! I would love to have that!!

  22. It looks beautiful! So glad you linked up with us!


  23. Amazing indeed!! Love it!
    Thanks for sharing at Show & Share!

  24. Wow this is fantastic! It would be great in my craft room! I saw one of these at home goods but they wanted $200 bucks for it! Crazy! I would love for you to share this at my linky party over at The Inspired Collection! Hope you will stop by!


  25. I want one! Your husband did an amazing job!

  26. This is beautiful!! What a great piece.

    Thank you for sharing, newest follower.

  27. Wow I am so jealous! I watch Big Band Theory and I see their card catalog in the background and always think I want one. Great job to you and the hubby!

    I am a new follower through the project queen linkup. I hope you'll stop by some time.

  28. This is gorgeous! And it's EXACTLY what I hope to do with an older card catalog in my possession!

  29. It looks great. My mother in law was going to give me a HUGE 8 drawer antique file cabinet that I had to turn down because of it's size. My husband said that it would have been a nightmare to move. This reminds me of it. I would love if you linked to my linky party at:

  30. This is BEAUTIFUL! What a great find! Thank you for sharing!

    Lauren @

  31. That is great! I've always wanted one of these- you are lucky to have it! They are hard to find. And you did a beautiful job!!

  32. I love this! Where did you find it? I have "dibs" on my great grandfather's old apothecary cabinet and can't wait to get it. In the meantime, I drool over your card catalog!


  33. Love this! I would love to snare one of these beauties one day...where did you find yours?

  34. Love this! We have a light colored card catalog that we'd love to refinish this way - would your husband share what stain/color he used? Thanks so much!


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