In case you haven’t noticed, I’m drawn to farmhouse style. Maybe it’s because I live in what was originally a farmhouse. Or maybe it’s because I always enjoyed visiting the South Dakota relatives who still live on the family farm where my grandmother was born. This photo of one of my grandmother’s sisters and her farmer husband was taken there.
Most probably, it’s just because it’s really popular right now and I tend to fall for trendy stuff.
Whatever the reason, when Mr. Q brought home this little washstand, I got a vintage farmhouse vibe from it.
This came from the same couple who sold me the primitive cupboards. When Mr. Q went back to pick up the 2nd cupboard, he was offered this piece plus a galvanized metal pie safe. He figured it was a safe bet that I would want both of them, so he brought them home. And he was right!
After stripping the top, I originally put two coats of Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint in Mora on the rest of the cupboard. If you’ve used the Mora, you know that although it is a very pale grey, it has an almost minty green undertone. That green tone just wasn’t working with the dark wood top. If a color isn’t working for me, I’ll cut my losses and start over rather than try to be happy with results I don’t like. So, out came the Marzipan. Turned out that the warm almond color was perfect on this piece. By the way, the finish on this was so dry that I didn’t get any chipping at all with the milk paint.
You may also have noticed that I changed out the hardware. I was not a fan of the drawer pulls that came with this. I filled in the extra holes on the drawer and used some distressed glass knobs instead.
I left the rustic inside alone, and as you can see I staged it with just some of my many, no longer dirty, vintage blue Ball jars.
This little cupboard was missing its original casters when I got it, but I could see that it must have had some at one time. Luckily I have a stash of old casters so I was able to replace them. I like how they lift the piece up off the floor (or in this case, the ground) a little.
The top of this piece was in slightly poor condition. One section had split off from the rest. I asked Ken to repair it for structural integrity, but leave it kind of rough looking. I also stripped the remaining finish, but I didn’t try to sand out all of the imperfections. I liked the rustic nature of it. Once it was stripped, I added a new stencil that I just got from Maison de Stencils. I used black acrylic craft paint. Once it was dry, I sanded over it to give it an aged appearance. Then I just waxed the top with Cece Caldwell’s Aging Cream.
This little cupboard sold very quickly at Reclaiming Beautiful in Stillwater, so clearly I am not the only fan of farmhouse style out there!