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
What do you think… just enough chippiness or what?
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Posted on April 29, 2012, in Furniture refinishing and tagged 1940's cupboard, chalk paint, chalk painted cupboard, country cupboard, painted cupboard, updated cupboard, vintage cupboard. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.