I don’t know how things are going where you are, but here in Minnesota our governor recently announced a ‘four-week dial back’ in response to sky-rocketing COVID cases. As part of that plan, ‘in-person social gatherings with individuals outside your household’ are prohibited.
That meant it was time to re-evaluate the plans for my birthday yesterday. We were initially planning to have a wild party with 50 of my closest friends. OK, not really. But we were thinking about having a few people over for Chinese takeout. Instead, we canceled those plans and I decided to treat myself to a day of rest.
Do I know how to have a good time or what?
Actually, not only do I not know how to have a good time, I also don’t know how to have a day of rest. The previous Sunday I had also planned to have a day of rest but instead I painted the inside of my Welsh cupboard.
Quite honestly, this is something that I have been putting off since I first painted this cupboard back in 2015.
I originally painted the outside in Miss Mustard Seed’s Linen, and the inside in Fusion’s Linen. And I never really liked the Fusion Linen (and this color has been discontinued, so maybe I’m not alone in that). I always felt like it had a sickly greenish cast to it.
So finally, five years later, I’ve gotten around to painting over it. This time I went with Dixie Belle’s Gravel Road, a gorgeous, deep, charcoal grey.
I’ve used this color on the insides of a couple of cabinets lately and I loved the way it made my ironstone pieces pop when I used them to stage the photos of those cabinets.
So I emptied all of the ironstone out of my cupboard and gave just the inside two quick coats of Gravel Road (I left the outside as is), followed by a coat of flat clear sealer. While waiting between coats for the paint to dry, I washed up my non-collection of ironstone.
At least I chose the appropriate dish towel for my day of rest 😉
I’m fairly sure that it took me longer to wash all of the ironstone than it did to do the painting.
I broke all kinds of rules by putting my ironstone back in the cupboard without giving the paint enough time to cure. In this case, do as I say, not as I do. You really should give your paint a week or so to cure before loading it down with lots of heavy china. But hey, it’s just my own cupboard, I don’t care if it’s not perfect. I probably won’t move any of these ironstone pieces for another five years (or more).
I re-styled the contents a bit as I put them back in. I chose not to put everything back, this time I wanted to keep the look just a tad cleaner.
I recently pulled out my Cricut machine and added some holiday-ish words to plates to bring in to the shop. I hadn’t planned on keeping any, but ‘joy’ and ‘peace’ looked so good in my newly painted cupboard that I had to keep them.
Since I was on a roll with the holiday decorating, I added some greenery to the top of the cupboard to snazz it up for Christmas.
I love the fresh new look of the cupboard, and I love the way that ironstone really pops now.
How about you, do you like the new look or did you prefer the old one?