In typical fashion, my decision to get rid of the chartreuse walls in my craft room snowballed into a more comprehensive room make over. My original thought was to just repaint the room, maybe repaint some of the existing furniture and restyle the room a bit. But as I thought about it, I realized that painting over the black on my existing cupboard wouldn’t give me the result that I wanted. I decided that if I could find a new-to-me cupboard at a reasonable price, I could buy it and then sell the black one on craigslist … hopefully with a net outlay around $0.
And within days I found this guy.
A clean canvas for whatever color I wanted.
But boy oh boy, did I go round and round about what color I wanted!
First, I was convinced that I had to paint it in my signature aqua. Love that color! And I pinned this example for inspiration.
Yes, it would have been gorgeous in this color. I seriously considered it.
Then, I had a moment where I thought ‘white!’ Back to basics. Keep the entire room bright and filled with light. I even found a cupboard on pinterest that is very similar in style and painted white.
I like color. And I wanted this cupboard to be the focal point in my study (that’s what I’m going to call it now since I rarely actually do any crafts in here). So I decided to go with a rich shade of blue. Miss Mustard Seed painted her jelly cabinet in exactly the color I was looking for, so I decided to just copy her technique.
She started with a layer of Artissimo, so I did too.
I really wasn’t sure about this pine finish that I was painting over. I suspected it might chip like the dickens. But the first coat of Artissimo really didn’t chip at all. Hmmm. OK. I wanted a little chipping, so I was a little disappointed not to get any. I waited a full day and then moved on to add a coat of Flow Blue on top of the Artissimo. And then guess what? It started chipping. And then it chipped A LOT. I freaked out. Some cuss words may have been uttered. This is the point in many projects where I decide to sleep on it. Maybe even wait a couple of days before making any decisions. But I really thought I was going to be sanding it down and starting over with chalk paint. Not the end of the world, but I’m not a fan of starting over.
Then, on day 4, I came home and took another look at the cabinet. I pondering the extreme chipping and I realized that it was starting to grow on me. Maybe I could just go with it, maybe play it up a little. And thus, the chippy farm cabinet was born.
I love it! Every time I walk in to the room, I smile a little inside because this cupboard makes me happy. I think it’s the rooster. Whatever it is, this is the response I want to get from my decor. So if it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, that is OK, because it is definitely mine. And since I’m keeping this one, I’m the only one who has to like it. Well, it’s a bonus if Mr. Q likes it too, and he does.
A couple of things about the color. First of all, my color doesn’t really look much like Miss Mustard Seed’s jelly cupboard. I think I followed her exactly, a coat of Artissimo, followed by a coat of Flow Blue, and then finished with her antiquing wax. Why so different looking? Maybe because my piece started out a different color? Maybe because the lighting is different in my photos? In addition, in person the cupboard doesn’t seem to have such a color variation between the top and bottom. I’m not sure if that is another trick of the lighting, or if it’s just something that isn’t so noticeable in person.
I added some vintage drawer pulls to this piece from my stash. I wanted it to feel ‘old’, and these helped with that quite a bit.
What really pulled it all together for me on this cupboard was the rooster feed sack. That was just a little bit of fate at work. I knew I wanted to put something behind the glass because I want to be able to shut the doors and not see all of my stuff (unlike the old cupboard). I figured I would do a stenciled piece of linen or something, but as I dug through my fabric I came across this feed sack. The coloring couldn’t have been more perfect. And that rooster is just plain handsome, isn’t he?
I staged the cupboard with some ironstone and some blue canning jars just for these pictures.
Once I have it in place in the study, I’ll show you how it will look in ‘real life’.
But in the meantime, what do you say? Chippy farmhouse? A ‘do’ or a ‘don’t’?