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How to Refinish and Restore a Hoosier Cabinet






Hoosiers are very popular and we restore at least one every year in our studio. Many of them that have crossed

my path have spent years In basements or garages. I guess that is because they are such great storage cabinets.

This Hoosier Is a good example of that. This particular Hoosier seemed destined for the curb, but the owner was

committed to restoring It and I was happy to do it for them.


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The Hoosier Manufacturing Company, although the most renowned of the kitchen cabinet
companies, was not the only producer of these popular kitchen accessories. Sellers, Napanee, Boone

and McDougal also built a variety of  this style cabinet from the late 1800's through the 1930's. Since these
companies were located in Indiana, The name Hoosier was applied to all these handy and now very
collectable kitchen cabinets.

The one in our restoration project is an original built by the Hoosier Manufacturing Company.


Below: Years of deterioration are shown here In the before pictures.

Time was not kind to this Hoosier.


Hoosier Before Restoration



This is a detailed step by step tutorial performed by The Restoration Studio. All the steps are explained and shown

 in the full version within our Members Section. This method was something Rod learned through his 30+ years of being a professional refinisher. Like many of Rod's techniques, it's a self-taught method of trial and error and fine tuning over

the course of many years in our Professional Studio.


There are many ways to do this procedure wrong, and I am sure you can find several of the incorrect methods on

YouTube or elsewhere on the net. Attempt to do this using the wrong products or techniques, and the job will be botched

and you'll wind up wasting a lot of time and money, or even damaging your furniture beyond repair.


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You come here to Learning Center to save time, money, and do a job correctly, right?  So, here is how we perform this

technique in our professional refinishing studio. Our client paid $1100 to have this Hoosier restored, but

in this tutorial I will show you how to do it yourself.





Happy Finishing !