so much fun.

The other day one of my co-workers came to my office, pulled up a photo on her phone and said “would you by any chance want this?”

little cabinet before

Um, yes!  Definitely.  The price was right and I jumped on it.  In case you can’t tell from the photo, this little guy is about 44″ tall.  Meant for a child’s play house I think.

I suspect it was homemade by some dad or grandpa for a lucky little girl.  The wood on the back looks like it was scrap from the packaging for a refrigerator.

The wood on the front isn’t especially pretty, but I knew that some milk paint would give it some instant vintage charm.

I gave this piece a many layered paint job.  I started with a layer of MMS French Enamel, then added a layer of Luckett’s Green, then a layer of Linen on the doors and drawer fronts, and another layer of French Enamel on the body.  My intention was to add some faux age as though this little cupboard had been painted multiple times in its life.  And here is how it turned out.

little cabinet 1

Just imagine how much fun it would be to play with this little cabinet!  Now you can see why I was so excited to find that little vintage tea set at the Linden Hills sales.  I knew it would be perfect for this piece.

cupboard with china

vintage china close up

I lined the drawers with some October Afternoon paper with a rocket theme.  Not so girly, true, but still fun.

vintage toy phone

I recently ordered some more vintage wallpaper from Hannah’s Treasures on Etsy.  I just can’t help myself when it comes to this stuff.  I love using it in the background when staging my photos.  Please note, I am not compensated in any way by Hannah’s Treasures, I’m just sharing it because I love it.  Also, FYI, she ships it so quickly and safely.  This stuff is a bit delicate, after all it is 70 year old paper.  But it always arrives in good condition.  I ordered another pattern that I will be using on a piece of furniture coming up soon.

vintage wallpaper

As much as I love this little cupboard, I really can’t use it anywhere in my own home.  It is for sale at $95, dishes included (but not the fabulous phone)!

vintage cupboard

If no one snatches it up after seeing it here, it will likely be at the Carriage House sale!


19 thoughts on “so much fun.

  1. It’s soooo cute! Any child would have fun playing “kitchen” with that cupboard. You have it staged perfectly, as always.


  2. What a sweet little cupboard! Kindergarden memories….. I love seeing the effect of the layered colors. This “plain Jane” cupboard now has the charm of a primitive painted piece.


  3. Wow, this cabinet is calling my name. I could put all my cute kid’s kitchen items in it and my granddaughter could play with it when she comes over. I also would just like it for decoration. How tall is it? Width too please.


  4. Great job Linda, I love it. I just bought a little chair like that, mine has a music box in the bottom. Thanks for sharing.


  5. I have this cabinet too! It was my Mom’s when she was little and I used it as well. Then my boys. I’m saving it for future grandkids. It has layers of paint, but not in a good way, so I’ll be re-doing it one of these years. The wicker chair on the side…I have mine from childhood, exact same! And you know I have the red phone… Wow, great post, brings back tons of memories. Love the dishes too.


    1. We are clearly drawn to the same things! Maybe you can sand down the layers on your mom’s cabinet and get a good look that way without having to repaint it.


  6. It is so sweet! I love how you layered the paint and that rocket paper is awesome! And that tea set is just the perfect addition.


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