「箪笥リメイク」Refurbishing my kimono closet

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For a long time now I wanted a proper way to store my kimono.
Japan gets really humid in summer, which can make the silk kimono moldy, light can burn the colors and of course there are insects which just love to eat holes in your favorite kimono, so they need to be protected.
Cedar wood is a natural insect repellent and kimono closets are constructed that they close almost air tight. (The wood expands and shrinks depending on the weather, so on a sunny dry day you can open and close the drawers like a breeze, on rainy days they are rather tight.)
When closing one drawer, the other ones tend to pop out slightly due to the air being pushed out. It’s quite cool.

前から着物の保存のため、箪笥は欲しかったですが、置くスペースなどがなくて・・

絹の着物って結構デリケートでアートみたいなものでちゃんと虫や湿気から守りたいものですね。桐ダンスはでも安くないし、新しいものより日本製の昔のやつはきちんと作られたと思っています。中古で探しても綺麗なものはいい値段になりますね。そして一般的の大きな箪笥ではなく、半サイズの大きな方が欲しくて。。

使用感ありの少しボロい箪笥なら安く手に入る。そうしたら自分で綺麗にするしかないですわ。はい、決定w
誕生日に桐箪笥は届きましたーー 嬉しくてたまらなかった。

Since kimono closets aren’t very cheap (and I didn’t want a huge standard one either) I looked around for a while online for second hand/vintage furniture.

The ones which are gorgeous and in good condition are also very costly so I thought I’ll try to snatch up a slightly more shabby looking one and attempt to refurbish it.
So I did. This baby was delivered to my house on my birthday:

Tansu refurbishing

Tansu refurbishing

As you can see it is a little beaten up, has many scratches and discolorations.
But I liked its size and arrangement of drawers.

I have never refurbished anything like that before so I was a little scared to do harm to this lovely piece, but thought if I don’t try I’ll never know.
A quick search online pointed me in the right direction and so I was off to get everything I need from a home center.
A new nut and ratchet set to take off the drawer handles and sandpaper in 3 different grain sizes. Usually you’re supposed to have some firm block to wrap the paper around but I was too cheap to buy such thing so I looked around at home and could only find a box of old name cards.. I stuffed it to the max to make it firm and taped the sides closed. Haha.

分かると思いますが、傷など結構ありますね。でも引き出しのサイズや数は良かったので購入。
リフォームなどに全く経験ないので少し怖かったのですが、インターネットで少し調べた上にホームセンターで買い物。サンドペーパーを三つの違うグレードと引き出しのハンドルを取り外せのための道具をゲットしました。
サンドペーパーを巻くブロックを買うのにケッチ、家で四角いものを探し出した。名刺のペーパーケースしかないなー ま、そこに名刺を買うギリギリまで入れると結構強くなるからそれにした。(笑)

The closet without drawers was moved onto the balcony, put a mask on and started sanding on the side first to see how things turn out. After a while the wonderful cedar wood started shimmering through.

I basically spent 6 hours sanding the whole thing down in 3 steps until nice and smooth. After the main part was done I moved on to the drawers.

The next morning I double checked and noticed the drawers weren’t done right (I was in a rush because it went dark out the night before and I didn’t want to stop), so I sanded the drawer fronts again to make them smooth like a baby’s butt.
Of course you also want to clean the dust out afterwards and wipe down with a damp cloth.

箪笥はバルコニーに移動、マスクをつけて、まず端っこに少し試しに削ってみました。大丈夫そうでしたので全力で三つのステップに分けて本体を削った。
6時間くらいかけて本体と引き出しをサンドペーパーで削りました。

Tansu refurbishing

Tansu refurbishing

Tansu refurbishing

Tansu refurbishing

桐だとコーティングはいりません。自然的に虫除けになるし、気は燃えにくいです。

The kimono closet made of cedar doesn’t need any coating because the wood itself doesn’t burn naturally and coating it would be more offending than anything (my first plan was to make it black, but my mom-in-law wanted to kill me hah)

So here is the result.
Before and after!
ビフォーアフター☆

Tansu refurbishing

Tansu refurbishing

Tansu refurbishing

Tansu refurbishing

I say it was definitely worth it and looks way better than before.
Of course I’m super proud, even I had no feelings in my hands anymore after sanding 6 hours straight. Not to mention the sore muscles in my arm on the next day.

作業は終わってから指先を感じなかったし、次の日も腕の筋肉痛はやばかったです(笑)でも結果をみるとやはり大満足です。嬉しい!小物までちゃんとスペースができました。
そして経験はなくても、頑張ればなんでもできる!

Also finally my accessories have a proper place.

Tansu refurbishing

Tansu refurbishing

Another lesson for life:
Don’t be afraid to try out new things and challenge yourself.

Have a great one,
Anji

2 Responses
  • fritz
    July 21, 2017

    shiny and new!

    • Anji SALZ
      July 21, 2017

      Hehe! It is! Especially after all the hard work I feel like I can appreciate the closet even more.

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