Wow! Mid-February already?
Many of you followed along on Facebook as I refreshed a 1920’s metal filing cabinet I nicknamed “The Big Green Beast.” The Big Green Beast was manufactured by Baker-Vawter, a Benton Harbor, Michigan company. Baker-Vawter was the largest manufacturer and supplier of steel filing cabinets.
Though this piece was old, and could easily be replaced, it had a sentimental value to my clients. This was a filing cabinet that their father used. “My dad stored tools and electrical supplies in the ‘big green beast.’”
After a consultation, my client decided on Cranberry Red by Fusion Mineral Paint. I had never used Cranberry, so I was really excited to see this beautiful color. I was even more honored to be refinishing such an important family heirloom. “Thank you for creating an heirloom.” What a compliment.
The Big Green Beast was ready for a fight! I mean a fight! Believed to be made after World War I, the Big Green Beast had some tough paint on it. I am almost positive it was left over army tank green paint. It was on there and it was on there GOOD!
I can’t honestly say how many hours I worked on stripping the paint. Maybe it was the fumes? Who knows? But, every time I thought it was all gone, it would reappear as if it was ghost paint.
FINALLY! It was all off! It took some time. I shined up the aged file catalog holders and brass pulls with a Black and Decker angle grinder. Man, did they shine! Then came the primer. Probably the easiest part. I applied several layers of Rust-Oleum rust metal primer in gray. It was really taking shape. I was nearing the end. Finally, it was ready for the beautiful Cranberry. I applied several coats of paint and then a satin clear coat by Miss Lillian’s. Next, the meticulous and tedious task of hand painting all ten little squares. WOW! Then I added another few layers of satin protectant. I’m not gonna tell you how I feel at this point, but let’s just say, some tears may have been shed.
Staged and looking fabulous. The Big Green Beast transformed to The Cranberry Beauty. So, I sent over a picture. With approval in hand, I toasted goodbye to The Big Green Beast!