Kind of scary, huh? The guy I bought it from gave up after attempting to strip it.
There's always hope with a fresh coat of paint and a lot of patience.
I applied two coats of Graphite Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, distressed it a little, then used clear and dark wax. A postmark stencil from Royal Design Studio was a perfect fit on top.
The original handles were too far gone, so I filled in the holes and started over. I was going to use three milk glass knobs, but it looked too stark and proper. I switched out two of the milk glass knobs for clear glass and clear glass with some chippy white paint.
When I got it home and put my glasses on for a closer look inside, I realized the pretty blue velvet wasn't pretty at all, and it wasn't coming out without a fight. I had to attack a few sections with a chisel, then sand it down to get rid of the glue and fuzz. No wonder the guy
gave up on it.
Much better now...clean and fuzz free. I used Mod Podge and wrapping paper with images of vintage ads to cover the inside.