With milk paint and distressing and the right combination of techniques, one can give a pretty convincing aged look to a piece of furniture. But, none of that can compare to what time can do.
And time did a beautiful job on this piece…
It’s perfectly dented, scratched, cracked, crazed, and worn in all the right places.
And this was a total heart purchase. Not a head one. I probably won’t make any money on it and it might not even sell, but that’s okay. I just knew that this was a special piece.
Oh, that blue/gray paint!! It was probably the paint that did it for me.
It does have a few unfortunate spots of spray paint on the interior of the doors and some superfluous nails that need to pulled out of the back, but a little TLC will remove those “modern additions” and let the old girl show off her age properly.
In addition to that beautiful primitive cupboard, I have several other furniture pieces to work on. This empire dresser is one of them…
…and this buffet, also an empire piece…
Everything I’m finding seems to be massive! Well, not everything, but I’ve set out looking for small-ish dressers and chests of drawers twice and I keep bringing home hutches and cabinets!
I have been finding some great smalls, though. Ironstone, crocks, scales, baskets, crates, totes, stools, and the like.
We’ll get it all unboxed this week and I’ll try to take some pictures once I get it all organized.
The last piece to arrive at the studio was this old cabinet base. The doors are in rough shape, but the rest of it is sturdy and just needs some cosmetic work. It was so ridiculously cheap that I couldn’t pass it up and I think I have the perfect plan for it.
…but more on that later.