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Restoring an Antique Hamilton Type Cabinet: Part 2


I warned you in the previous post that this was going to be a long project – and I wasn’t kidding! I spent most of Saturday creating new drawers from 90% new materials and the original drawer fronts. The process was pretty easy for the 3 drawers that I rebuilt from scratch – but then I came to the drawers that only needed one side to be replaced and that’s where things got a bit tricky. So by the end of the day Saturday, I had 3 new drawers and 5 repaired drawers.

Below is a picture of one of the drawers – unfinished and sanded (the front) so that I can even the stain across the entire front of the cabinet.

You can see in the picture above – the bottom 3 drawers are the “brand” new drawers. The bottom lip of the cabinet is just there for structural support at the moment – the next steps in this cabinet re-do are:

  • Removing all drawers and inspecting runners for rust – grind to repait
  • Sand entire outside of the cabinet, repair interior as needed
  • Add wheels to bottom (cause this is one heavy beast and I want to be able to move it)
  • Repair bottom front and router new trim to match

Then once all that’s done – it’s on to sanding and staining the drawers and the entire piece! Only another 2-3 weeks worth of work on this baby!

PS – the green tape is on the drawers so that I can remember what order they go in


  1. I’ve just found your website today and have loved all your before and after pictures. We live in Tomball/Spring for 12 years and miss it greatly. I am just starting to repurpose furniture for resale and am curious as to how you ship out of town purchases so please share this info with me.

  2. I have just found your webpage today and am enjoying your before and after pictures. I lived in Tomball/Spring for 12 years and truly miss it. I have just began remaking and selling furniture and was wondering if you would please tell me how you go about shipping furniture to out of town buyers. I also wanted to tell you that I just refinished a dresser just like one you pictured with the curvy front and it turned out beautifully. Thanks for your help. Linda

    • Linda –
      We don’t ship at this time but you can try greyhound depending on how heavy the piece is.

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