A large part of finding “good stuff” at antique stores and junk shops, is taking the time to really look through each booth and, in some cases, to dig around. I know when I hit antique stores that I will usually end up needing a good hand-washing and a change of clothes when I’m done with the place!
This cool, really old wood and glass display case was literally buried. It had another cabinet stacked on top and stuff on both sides and leaning against the front. I had to move things to even get a partial look at it, but the sneak peek I got of the old wood piqued my curiosity.
It was really dirty, but I could look past that and see it was a gem and a great price. Unfortunately, the glass on the front door cracked as the employees of the shop freed it from everything around it. The glass wasn’t original, so it wasn’t that big of a loss and I got a further discount because of the breakage.
To make it easier to paint, we removed the rest of the glass and gave it a good cleaning. We took turns painting it in three coats of MMS Milk Paint Farmhouse White. We probably could’ve gotten away with two, but the wood was so dark and I wanted really nice coverage.
Painting it was a lot of work, but putting each pane of glass back into the right place was the real test of endurance. Each piece was cut to fit in one spot and I only figured that out about 30 minutes into trying to put the puzzle together! All of the panes were finally back in place and this piece is a real stunner…
I ordered a piece of glass for the front, but decided to photograph it without the glass in, so I didn’t have to deal with the glare.
I’m not sure if this piece was a store display or perhaps a pie safe that once had screen instead of glass. At some point it had trim on the top or was maybe built-in or even a hanging piece. Painting the cabinet drew attention away from that, though.
I decided to leave the milk paint unfinished. The flat look really fits the age and primitive style of the piece and I like the idea of letting it wear over time.
This cabinet has the sweetest little knob and latch. It’s often the little things that draw me to a piece.
As always, I had a fun time styling it for its “close up”. Everything in the shoot will be for sale at Lucketts, hence all of the tags and ties! Yes, even the table and that amazing vintage stool. (Actually the little spice jars have sold to two readers who pulled on my heartstrings, but the rest will be there.)
Lucketts kicks off in just three weeks. The countdown is on!
Are you coming?