Today’s Throw Back Thursday project is about the dirtiest things I ever bought! I tend to do strange/big projects when Bikeman is out of town. When he’s gone that means I don’t have to stop and cook. I just eat whatever and whenever I want… sleep is the same way. For example, I’m writing this blog post at 4:58 a.m. because I woke up and was hungry. Maybe because I forgot to eat dinner???
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Anyway, he was gone last week for a conference so I prepped for the Roses and Rust Vintage Market and finished up some other projects I’d been putting off.
One was cleaning the dirtiest things I’ve ever bought! Remember back when I went to the flea market in Lompoc and found these spice cabinets? Here’s the photo I posted on Instagram.
These weren’t just dirty. They felt like they’d been in a kitchen where a lot of food had been fried then dust from years had stuck on top of the thin layer of grease. Yuck! I’m really hoping they came from an abandoned house. I can’t imagine anyone living with that much dust. I got a great deal on them since the dealer I bought them from didn’t want to clean them either.
The cabinets were interesting but it was really the bottles I was after. I’d been wanting spice bottles ever since we did a little thrift store shopping up in Canada while we were snowed in. I saw soooooo many spice cabinets completely full of bottles. Around here I usually find the cabinets without the bottles. But my luggage was full and I couldn’t get anything else on the plane so I left them there.
I figured even if they were filthy the glass could be washed and sanitized. So I emptied the cabinets out on the patio. They were filled with all sorts of interesting known and unknown spices. There was frankincense and myrrh… but unfortunately, no gold. But there was a pair of false teeth in the drawer. (Really, I need to start checking drawers before I buy things!) Those went straight to the trash along with the contents of all the bottles. First I wiped the dirt off the bottles, then soaked them in a sink full of hot water with a tiny bit of bleach. THEN I stuck them in the dishwasher. They’re clean now!
I know our shop owner paints chalk type paint right over dust but these cabinets were a different story! I swept the layer of greasy dust off with a broom then wiped them down with a rag. (The rag went directly into the trash afterwards.) Then I went over them with a new rag and some household cleaner to work on the grease. Nasty job but I think it was worth it. Take a look:
I gave them each a couple of coats of CeCe Caldwell’s Vintage White, drybrushing the metal door inserts. After the paint was dry I went back over with a damp rag and distressed it a little. I left a lot of the metal showing to give some contrast.
What’s funny is after I bought the first two cabinets I found another one EXACTLY like the one with the wood dowels in the door so I ended up with three cabinets.
If you’d like to see more of my painting projects check out these projects:
- Top 5 DIY Painting Projects from 2014
- The Biggest Jewelry Cabinet I’ve Painted
- The FIVE Biggest Mistakes You Make When You Paint Furniture (Country Living)
- Most Common Types of Wood for Home DIY Projects
- Spray Painting Metal Chairs at The Country Chic Cottage
- My Chalkboard Coffee Table Makeover
Thanks for reading…now leave a comment and let me know about the dirtiest thing YOU ever bought!
‘Til the next project,
Ann @ Duct Tape and Denim
Originally published February 16, 2015. We share at these blog parties.