I’m not terribly savvy when it comes to Facebook. I don’t seem to notice when people leave me messages there, so if you have ever left me one and it took me forever to get back to you, please don’t take it personally. Somehow I just don’t see them. I also rarely post stuff on Facebook. I do have my blog linked to my Facebook page so my blog posts appear there automatically, but if you really want to interact with me the best way is to leave a comment here on the blog.
That being said, I recently joined a new Facebook group, How to Paint like a Pro, that was started by the Fusion people. It has reminded me to never underestimate what you might learn from a group of like-minded individuals on Facebook.
I was randomly perusing the posts and I stumbled across one about some new furniture rub-on’s that are available from Sweet Pickins.
Seriously, are you freakin’ kidding me? How long have I been wishing I could find large furniture sized rub-ons?? And how did I not know these were available?
I immediately dropped everything I was doing and went online and ordered two. Each one was $23, plus I paid a flat $6 for shipping. I think that is a bargain when you consider that one is 24″ x 36″ and the other is 18″ x 36″. These are large rub-ons (or transfers, if you prefer).
They also arrived lickety split. I ordered them on Wednesday and they arrived on Friday.
And I simply could not wait to give one a try and luckily I had the perfect ‘canvas’.
A couple of summers ago I purchased a pair of primitive cupboards. I sold one, but kept the second one. It was a bit dingy and had some water stains.
I was planning to use it in my bedroom, and I even went so far as to paint it with one coat of Miss Mustard Seed’s Eulalie’s Sky, but that was as far as I got. It had been sitting out in my carriage house ever since. I even removed the door and used it to display merchandise at my last Carriage House Sale.
I wanted to go back to white, so I started by painting the cupboard with a couple of coats of Rachel Ashwell’s Clear Primer. Those water stains that I mentioned earlier had bled through the Eulalie’s Sky, and I didn’t want to see them coming through the white. Next I added three coats of Miss Mustard Seed’s Linen milk paint. The primer did its job perfectly, no stains.
I intentionally left the area around the door’s hardware unpainted and blended my paint around the edges of that area, I love the worn look it gives the cupboard. I also sanded the edges a bit to distress. You can’t see that very well in the photos but it did make a difference.
Next I separated the transfer from its backing paper and taped it in place on the door.
I adjusted it a couple of times to get it centered and straight. Once I was satisfied with the placement, I used the little wooden tool that came with the transfer to carefully rub the entire design onto the door. This was a little putzy and a bit of an arm workout to be honest. It took close to 30 minutes to do the entire thing. But it was so worth it!
Once I was satisfied that I had the design rubbed on sufficiently I very slowly and carefully pulled away the plastic sheet it came on making sure as I went that the entire design was adhered to the cupboard door.
In fact, I could not be any more in love with this product, or this cupboard. So much so that I am going to keep it right here in this spot.
You may have realized at this point that this is where my Kitchen Scale buffet used to reside.
Yep, it’s being replaced. I’ve actually been thinking about making this switch for a while. You see, the thing is, this is the room that I paint in during the winter. Instead of housing china and silver, my buffet was storing paint supplies. This cupboard is going to work so much better for that.
Somehow it now seems entirely appropriate that the door to this cupboard says “specimens de la decoration et de l’ornementation” right?
By the way, I didn’t alter the inside of the cupboard at all. It came with these painted boards as shelves and I just love their chippy patina.
After all, I’m just storing painting supplies in this cupboard. If I was going to use it for clothes or linens I would add a coat of two of some kind of sealer to the boards.
What do you think? Would you have kept the buffet, or made the switch like I have done? And what do you think of the cupboard’s new look?
If you’re thinking of ordering a couple of transfers yourself, I should warn you that I went back and ordered six more yesterday so you better get on it before they are all sold out.
And P.S. the Kitchen Scale buffet is for sale. Check out my ‘available for local sale’ page for more details.
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