My sister and I headed over to our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore the other day. I wanted to pick up a few more cupboard doors to use to make signs. I found 4 good sized doors for $4 each, but before heading out we took a quick look around and I also found this fabulous little primitive cupboard.
I knew this would be a fun project to work on, and that a little paint and a transfer would really make it shine.
I started by sanding it lightly, then giving it a good cleaning. Then I painted the inside in Dixie Belle’s Gravel Road and the outside in their Sawmill Gravy.
Once the paint was dry, I sanded heavily because I wanted a lot of distressing on this one.
Next I pulled out an old IOD transfer called Specimens and applied it to the front of the cupboard.
I only used the bottom half of the transfer, and that was perfect.
Next I added clear wax to the entire thing. I also added some heavy duty D-rings to the back so that it could be hung on the wall.
This cupboard has a clever little latching mechanism for keeping the door shut (it totally reminded me of the one on the washstand I shared a while back).
I’m always a sucker for these sort of primitive details, how about you?
I was channeling my inner Nina Hartmann when staging this one.
Are any of you familiar with her work? I’ve mentioned her a few times here before. I have several of her books, and they can be hard to come by here in the U.S. I ordered the latest one, Living with Swedish Antiques, directly from her website (to order click on webshop, then books). Don’t be totally freaked out by the price, it is shown in Swedish krona. That being said, her books aren’t cheap. After converting krona to dollars, I ended up paying around $80 for this one, including shipping.
The book on the bottom of the stack, among vintage & friends, is also totally fabulous. Here’s a page from that one …
I think you can probably see why it appeals to me.
But I think my favorite book of hers is My home with vintage & antiques.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any tips on how to acquire either of these older two books. They are out of print and priced exorbitantly if you can even find them online. So I apologize for telling you all about how amazing they are, and then following it up with ‘and by the way, you can’t get them anywhere.’ But you can get her newest book, so you may want to jump on that.
The primitive look of this cupboard, the color of the Sawmill Gravy (white with a hint of grey), the crackled ironstone and the mostly bare evergreen are all inspired by Nina’s style.
I love how this little cupboard turned out. Once again, I’m tempted to keep this one. Or maybe swap it out for some other piece I already have.
But then again, maybe I’ll just be happy to see it go to a good home. So if any of my local readers are interested, be sure to check out my ‘available for local sale‘ page for more details.
So, how about you guys, are any of you already fans of Nina Hartmann? or just simply fans of pale, painted wood pieces with lots of character?
As always, thanks to Dixie Belle Paint Co for supplying the paint used on this cupboard.