This is how the piece looked when it came into my possession…
Typewriter MMSMP is our color of the month for October, so I thought it was good timing to use it on this piece. I generally don’t paint pieces all black, but I knew bleed through would be an issue and nothing hides that better than black.
Here’s how the piece looked when I last showed it to you…
…and here’s how it looks now that it’s finished.
I painted it in one coat of Typewriter without the Bonding Agent added. The piece was sanded to give the surface tooth, though, so adhesion wasn’t an issue. I allowed it to dry and distressed it pretty heavily with 80 grit sand paper. I’ve always loved the look of warm wood against black paint. The top was finished in Minwax Dark Walnut stain and the entire piece coated in Hemp Oil.
I picked up the hardware at Hobby Lobby.
The inside of one of the cabinets has some old newspaper for the liner, which I loved and left intact.
All of the accessories in the shoot are things from around my house. I’ve bought and sold a lot of typewriters (I’m bringing TWO to the Chapel Market, in fact), but I’ve always kept this one. I bought it for $10 at a yard sale, if you can believe it. I like that it’s so tiny.
I bought the perpetual calendar off of Etsy a few years ago.
…and the binoculars and opera glasses are from antique stores.
Here’s one last look at the before and after…
This piece will be making the trip with me all the way to Alabama for the Chapel Market this Saturday (October 19.)
I wanted to share one last thing. I received the most amazing gift in the mail today…
Cindy Austin, the artist of Eulalie, the white cow painting you see in my header, and I have been chatting for a few months about another painting for my home. She kindly painted Eulalie for me a few years ago and never asked for anything in return. That collaboration, though, has worked out well for both of us. I got an original oil painting I absolutely adore and she has been able to sell the giclee print of Eulalie to those who love her as much as I do. So, we collaborated again on another cow, this time a young, spotted Holstein for my family room.
I need to make a frame for her AND need to have the very important “name that cow” contest, which has become a tradition here! Don’t start sharing names, now. Wait for the contest! I’ll share a full shot of her in a later post, but if you’re totally smitten at the preview and can’t wait, you can buy a giclee print of the painting HERE.