Refinished Antique China Cabinet

The House on High Street

As you may know by now, Scott and I thoroughly enjoy hunting for antique furniture. We’ve been to several local auctions since moving into The House on High Street. Today, our home is full of unique treasures- obtained from auctions, hauled here on dad’s pick-up truck, and refinished with some TLC and elbow grease.

I love having a story for each piece we’ve collected in the home. 

Antique furniture is undoubtedly pricey. You’re paying for real wood such as walnut, oak, and chestnut. Hand-craftsmanship. Special hardware. And, history. But, if you can pick up these items at an auction, you have a very good chance at taking home a prized possession for a very reasonable price. 

The best advice I can give when it comes to home-auctions is that many antique store owners have a lower price threshold than the consumer. Also, if it is a big piece, the consumer has an even better chance at snagging the item because the store-owners have to consider hauling fees and basically “store real-estate”. (Big pieces take up big spaces!) 

When Scott spotted this beautiful oak antique china cabinet at the auction, a few weeks ago, I fell in love with it. It was just the right size to fit in our dining and diving rooms. (That was half the challenge.) Our ceilings are 12 feet high on the first floor, and so this piece, being 10 foot high, was perfect!

Fortunately, Scott got it! For like 75% less than we’d purchase anywhere else. But, it did require some refinishing. There were some scuffs, and the hardware needed a little tweaking. 

Scott cleaned the top and bottom piece and polished both using two products:

Restor-a-Finish by Howard in Walnut
Feed-N-Wax Wood Polish and Conditioner by Howard

This is the bottom piece. Scott had to cut around an HVAC return vent that came through the dining room floor. Evidently, it had to be done this way in order to go around a large beam in the basement. I had no idea how we were ever going to be able to conceal this eye-sore. But, leave it to Scott. It is now hidden within the lower half of our china cabinet.

This is a before photo. Here you can see a little discoloration in the wood. You can also see the stickers from the auction.
A closer-up view of the detail in this piece. And, the work that needed to be done.

This is probably the last big piece of furniture that we will bring into The House on High Street, from an auction. However, we will continue to enjoy hunting for wall decor and home accent pieces. 

Have you ever been to an auction yet? I’d love to hear about your favorite finds! 

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