Mr. Q and I invited my sister over for dinner one Friday evening a while back, but it was all part of a secret ruse to get some help moving my giant English cupboard into the house.
We followed the advice that Marilee gave me and removed the doors from the cabinet to both lighten it up and make it easier to grab onto (thanks so much for that piece of advice Marilee, it made this so much easier). Of course we also took all of the shelves out. Even so, this cupboard is still big, bulky and heavy. We used some moving straps to lift it, Mr. Q on one end, my sister and me on the other.
It actually went more smoothly than any of us thought it would. I gotta tell you, in person the size of this cupboard is pretty intimidating.
I’d asked all of you to give your opinion as to whether I should paint the cupboard, or leave it ‘as is’. I totally expected the majority to say I should paint it. After all, painting furniture is what I do and also I assume why most of you enjoy my blog. In the end I only got two votes for painting it, one of them from my sister which really surprised me (after all, I’m pretty sure she reads this blog because she’s my very supportive sister, not because she loves painted furniture). On the other hand, several of my fellow furniture painters voted for leaving it ‘as is’ which also really surprised me. But the really unexpected result was how many of you suggested I consider adding a lime wax finish. Eureka! I hadn’t even considered that, and what a great idea.
But for the moment, the advice I decided to follow is to live with the cupboard for a while ‘as is’ and see how it feels. At a minimum I wanted to at least bring it into the room to see how it looked in place.
So far, so good. It fits perfectly into this space and I absolutely love it. I still have the blue rooster cupboard directly across from it next to my desk.
I was worried the room was going to look a bit cupboard-heavy with two large cupboards, but I don’t think it does in person.
Of course, the inherent danger with this ‘live with it for a while’ plan is that I’ll grow complacent. Now that the cupboard is in place, it will be a little bit more trouble to refinish it and I won’t be as motivated to get it done. Will I end up just leaving it ‘as is’ because it’s the easiest option? Or will it truly be because I love it ‘as is’? We’ll just have to wait and see.
In the meantime, I’ve decided to fill ‘er up and see how well it functions for storing my many craft supplies.
Since I was transitioning from a dresser with drawers to a cupboard with shelves, I had to come up with containers for holding things. In other words, I didn’t want to just pile my glue guns, craft paints, greeting cards and colored pencils in a jumble on the shelves.
Fortunately I already kept quite a few of my craft supplies in cool vintage tool boxes.
My glue guns and extra glue fit perfectly into the rusty aqua toolbox my co-worker Jodie gave me for my birthday last year (the same aqua toolbox that’s pictured in Vintage Holiday!).
And although they aren’t here yet, the green box and possibly one or two of the toolboxes I brought home from those lunchtime garage sales last week will probably make their way into this cupboard as well.
My unopened bags of milk paint can just line up on the shelves along with an ironstone pitcher full of wax brushes and some glass canisters full of knobs (I keep my opened bags of milk paint in an air tight rubbermaid bin to extend their shelf life, exposure to too much moisture can ruin the powder).
I’m still thinking about that lime wax that so many of you suggested, but for the moment I’m just happy to have this giant storage piece in my Q branch. It holds so much stuff, and I know I’m going to get some great use out of it.