I’ve been painting furniture for a very long time. Since the early 90’s in fact, when Rachel Ashwell made painted furniture a hot commodity. This was way before I knew about things like chalk paint or milk paint. Back then I painted everything with plain old latex, including my black cupboard which has been used in a couple of different spots in my house, most recently on the front porch.
It made a great display piece for my vintage camera non-collection.
But then last winter I restyled my living room and I moved a bunch of my cameras into the shelves in there which left the black cupboard mostly empty.
That had me feeling all Marie-Kondo-ish. You know, discard everything that doesn’t spark joy. And I thought, gosh, maybe I’ll just touch up the paint and sell this cupboard because it no longer brings me joy.
Then Prima Marketing sent me those samples of their new Summer 2019 release transfers including this one called Beautiful Botanist.
Now let me preface this next part by saying I’ve never particularly been a fan of the idea of using a transfer inside a cupboard with glass doors. I’ve always thought that doing so makes the cupboard less useful. After all, the purpose of the glass doors is to allow you to display something inside on the shelves. And putting stuff on the shelves pretty much blocks whatever is behind it, right?
But, as you know, my motto is never say never. Just when I’m convinced that I’m right about something like this I generally manage to prove myself wrong.
So I decided to try this transfer at the back of the black cupboard to give it a little more personality before selling it.
First things first, I repainted the inside of the cupboard. The shade of grey that I used the last time I painted it had a bit too much green in it. I’m afraid I can’t really tell you what the color is that I replaced it with, it’s a custom mix of chalk paint that I had left over from a previous project. I felt like this color would work well with the transfer.
Applying the transfer was just a bit complicated because the shelves in this cupboard are not removable. The transfer comes in 3 pieces though, and I used it that way here. I had to trim just a little bit off the middle piece and several inches off the bottom piece. But because of those shelves, you really can’t tell that any of the design is missing.
Application was further complicated by the fact that the back of the cupboard is not flat.
I solved that problem by using a razor blade to slice the transfer vertically on either side of each raised section (like I did with the picnic basket I shared a while back).
The application of this transfer would have been a lot easier if I’d had Prima’s new Transfer Tool.
I didn’t get the package with the tool in it until after I’d already finished this cupboard though. I have used it since I got it though and it’s pretty slick.
Once I had the transfer in place, I was contemplating what to use to stage the photos of the cupboard. I wanted something that would work with the botanical theme of the transfer, and then I remembered my clay pots. Perfect!
I also added a few old books, a rusty garden ornament and an old wooden radio.
As I was playing around with stuff, I was loving the way it looked more and more.
In fact, dare I say it? It was even starting to spark a little joy.
And then I noticed the piece de resistance … did you already notice it?
Yep, there it is. Our name. Just like it was meant to be.
So, as you’ve probably guessed by now, I’m going to keep this cupboard on my front porch after all.
I added a couple of vintage suitcases to the lower shelves, and they fit perfectly.
I ended up having to take the glass out of the doors to get some good photos without glare, and I think I love it even more this way.
As for whether or not it’s worthwhile to put a transfer in the back of a cupboard, I’ll let you judge for yourself.
But personally, I am loving it so much that now I have to keep this one.
Thank you to Prima Marketing for sharing this new transfer with me. If you’re wondering where to buy this transfer or the transfer tool, check out Prima’s ‘where to buy‘ page.