Step 1: Strip the Cabinet
Step 2: Treat the Wood
Step 3: Sand and Prime the Surface
Step 4: Apply the Finish
Step 5: Install the Backing
Step 6: Reassemble the Cabinet
Remove all the hardware, including the hinges and shelf supports, and unscrew the fittings by hand using a screwdriver that matches the slot size of the old screw heads. Remove the beading and separate the glass panes from the door and sides.
Mix 1-lb. oxalic acid with 1-gallon of warm water. Wearing rubber gloves, an apron and eye protection, scrub the solution into the wood and leave for 20 minutes.
Neutralize the acid by mixing 1/2-lb. washing soda with 1-gallon of hot water and scrubbing it on. Leave it for another 20 minutes then hose down with clean water.
Wipe excess water off the cabinet and doors, leaving to dry for about two days. Smooth the cabinet and doors with 180-grit then 240-grit sandpaper. Apply a water-based stain blocker and primer.
Finish with two coats of high gloss enamel, or use an acrylic-based paint.
Cut fabric to fit into the cabinet and apply glue over the backboard, positioning the fabric to avoid creases.
Polish and replace the brass fittings and hinges and secure the doors. Apply a bead of silicone to seat the glass panes, securing with the beading.
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