Country Cupboard

I cannot write this post without first (once again) thanking my Aunt for her help. Without her pushing me along on this project I would still be sanding away at it today… No seriously, sometimes in this line of work being a perfectionist is not a good thing.. I KNOW people love some pieces to look old and chippy… I’m just having a hard time determining what is “good” old and chippy and what is “bad” old and chippy… maybe it’s all good?!

So the before photo I have is when I took a picture of it in the store… those are NOT my bottles..



The cupboard glass had been replaced with Plexiglas at some point and whoever painted this should NEVER be allowed to paint again… I cannot tell you how many drips and drops there were! The best part.. wait for it… the very best part… they painted OVER the shelf paper that lined all of the shelves! Really.. too lazy to remove shelf paper? I bet they didn’t even clean the paper before they painted it! Also, it looks like the middle section used to have a drawer but was removed at some point…I kind of like it now better! So there were some issues… but I do love the vintage look of the piece..

There is a happy ending for the cupboard…

We sanded, removed the shelf paper and replaced the broken latches on the base cabinet doors. I also replaced the Plexiglas with real glass, installing the glass with silicone caulk and then finishing it off with window pane putty. I removed the paint from the interior latches and the handles by soaking them over night in a solution of Ammonia and water.. the paint literally peeled off..

We painted the exterior of the cupboard in Duck Egg chalk paint and the interior was painted in a custom green chalk paint made by mixing Versailles, Pure White and Spring Green. A top coat of wax was applied then the entire piece was buffed… it was a lot!

The big reveal…



Some yummy chippy details…


Original handles… PERFECT condition under all of that paint!


Love the green & blue combination!


I think this would be a great area to put a wine glass holder Laughing out loud


What do you think… just enough chippiness or what?

Thanks for stopping by… until next time guys!

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Posted on April 29, 2012, in Furniture refinishing and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Bravo!!! I personally don’t like the syle of this piece, but you’ve created something beautiful in spite of that – and I LUV your coice of colors! Well done!


  2. First, I really love your color choices. Second, I think it is the perfect amount of chippy. I think any more distressing on such a simple piece would take away from it. You took this piece from zero to hero!!! I mean really, painting over shelf paper, yuck!!! I’d love if you’d link this up to my Frugal Treasures Tuesday party. It starts at 7pm tomorrow! Hope you had a great weekend.


  3. Love the two tone. Thanks for sharing,liz


  4. It looks great. Love the colors.


  5. This piece looks fantastic, and your patience and perseverance has certainly been rewarded. I think it would make a great place for a wine rack. 😉


  6. Followed over from BNOTP Metamorphosis Monday just because of the color of this piece – i adore it! You did a great job.


  7. Lovely!
    Greetings from Australia♥


  8. that is adorable! that color combo is just so happy- love it!


  9. I love that color combo! And, I agree with you, a wine glass holder in that space would be perfect!


  10. LOVE Love Love the color combination! Definitely would find a spot for this in my home — it would give me a smile everyday!!


  11. Susan, I am in love with this color! I’ve been dying to use ASCP and still haven’t tried it yet. You did a fantastic job with this cabinet!


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