「箪笥リメイク」Refurbishing my kimono closet

「箪笥リメイク」Refurbishing my kimono closet

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。桐ダンスは安くないし、新しいものより日本製の昔のものはきちんと作られていると思います。中古で探しても綺麗なものはいい値段になっちゃいますよね。そして、わたしとしては、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。。

新品は高くて買えません。古い桐ダンスをリフォームしてくれる会社さんもありますが、やはり、私には高い(汗)。
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:

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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.

見ていただくと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。
リフォームの経験が全く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でホームセンターで買い物。サンドペーパー(図工のときの紙やすり)を三つの違うグレードで、そして、引き出しのハンドルを取り外すための道具をゲットしました。
サンドペーパーを巻くためだけにブロックを買うのはもったいないので、家でとりあえず四角いものを探し出した。ちょうどいいのが、なんと名刺のペーパーケースであることを発見ー。強度ついては、そこに名刺をギリギリまで入れるて結構な硬さに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、引き出しなどの金具をはずした上で(なくさないように注意!)、バルコニーに移動、防塵用にマスクをつけて、恐る恐る、まず端っこを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。いい運動だ。。
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。

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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、燃えにくいのです。

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。なんということでしょう(かつてあったあの番組風に)!☆

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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の感覚がなかったし、次の日は腕の筋肉痛がやばかったです(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。
もちろん完璧な仕上がりを求めるならは、プロの方にお任せしたほうがいいにきまってる。汗と涙でなんとか自分の素人目の水準では、それなりの仕上がりになったよ。
教訓:経験はなくても、頑張ればなんでもできる!って思った。

Also finally my accessories have a proper place.

Tansu refurbishing

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

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  • fritz Reply

    shiny and new!

    July 21, 2017 at 10:34 PM
    • Anji SALZ Reply

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

      July 21, 2017 at 11:09 PM

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