Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Vintage Card Catalog Transformation

Are you familiar with the Instagram hashtag #colddeadfingers? It's a really fun rabbit hole to fall down, full of awesome vintage and thrifted finds. As in, "You could have this vintage card catalog in my living room, but you'd have to pry it from my cold, dead, fingers!"

A few weeks ago, a librarian friend of mine was looking to get rid of one of her old card catalogs to raise money for her school's new media center. She's turning it into a coffeehouse for her students! What an awesome idea! She knew I was dying to have a card catalog of my own, so she messaged me first, and I had it picked up a couple days later. I bought it for a really decent price, especially considering they go for anywhere from $500-$800 on Etsy and Ebay, and momma's gotta pay for two kiddos in daycare! 

Here is the before photo she sent me in those first messages. 
When I got it home, I sanded down the top and sides, and stained it with a mix of Minwax Early American and Weathered Oak. I got lazy decided to leave the twelve drawers in their original state, with all the original hardware. I think my laziness paid off, because it turns out I'm a big fan of that contrasting wood tone. But then I knew she needed something else... a lovely pair of legs!

I am in love with midcentury modern hairpin legs. I love their straight lines and the bit of industrial vibe they bring. I found these on Amazon with free shipping, and thought they were a great deal for 4 legs. They came raw and untreated, so I spray painted them with Rustoleum spray paint in oil-rubbed bronze so they would not rust. I liked that they were made here in the U.S. of A, and they are gorgeous. I just screwed them straight into the bottom of my card catalog, and Boom! Done! 

Y'all, I just love it so much. It's got great surface area for dropping keys and sunglasses when we come in the door, and allllll those drawers! I haven't even filled them all  yet! I'm thinking they'll be great for odds and ends like stamps and address labels, crafty supplies I need to get my hands on regularly, and my girls' small toys.

What do you think? Are you super jealous? Do you have any #colddeadfingers finds in your house? Should I paint the inside of my plain front door something fun?? Let me know in the comments! 
P.S. I'll be back later in the week to talk about the sign I made hanging in the entryway! 

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