A Jelly Cupboard
Several weeks ago I spied a little cabinet at a thrift store I frequent. I had looked over it, and passed, but two days later still hadn’t gotten it out of my head. I went back, and to my delight and surprise it was still there. Upon an even more thorough inspection, I discovered it was solid wood, the drawer was dovetailed — although there was some sort of hodgepodge hot-glue fixing session that went on before it arrived at the thrift store. But, the rest of it was sturdy and I could see the potential once it was painted and added legs. I have been wanting a buffet, a french buffet in particular, because we don’t have a lot of counter space, and I have thought it would be nice when we have groups over frequently, to have the drinks on a buffet.
I know, it’s lovely, it even had fruit tins attached to the bottom.
This is by no means as large and beautiful as the french buffet I have pictured, but until I find that perfect piece, I am quite smitten with the end result.
I painted it with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Shutter Gray, with a little bit of Grainsack mixed in too. I sanded the piece down by hand, but still the finish was quite shiny. I wanted a chippy look originally, but my experience with other milk paint that chipped even with the bonding agent, sent me to use bonding agent so it wouldn’t be out of control chippy. But, I have to say, Miss Mustard Seed’s products seem to be superior to the milk paint I worked with previously. I was shocked that there was no chipping at all. So I did just some light distressing around the edges. I finished it off with some Miss Mustard Seed Hemp Oil.
At first I didn’t know if I would paint the inside. But it just seemed too dark. I used MMS Grainsack for the inside. I am so glad I did. I looks finished now!
I took, the ugly silver metal out of the doors and my hubby found some metal grate down on his parents property that was abandoned. I was so happy, it was just what I had in mind! I spray painted that with Oil Rubbed Bronze.
The top I decided to sand down and restain. I just love that look. It turned out to have this funny bleach spot on the top though that wouldn’t accept the stain, so I went with it, and dinged the top up even more with scratches and gouges. I think my husband thinks I’m a little crazy for damaging wood I just refinished.
I was at first thinking to keep the cost at the original $35 I spent at the thrift store, but realized new knobs would really make it. So I ordered these from Hobby Lobby. I am so glad I did. I think it really ties in the white inside, the wood top and the metal grate.
My wonderful husband helped me by adding the legs. He really doesn’t enjoy wood work at all, so it means a lot to me that I bring various projects that need a little man-power after I pretti-fy them. What can I say, he’s a good man.
I’m thinking I might put some childproof locks on the doors so I can put more of my pretty dishes in there. I decided to try it at the end of my photo session and was pleased. With a one year old though, it must be proofed, first.
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I love it, Cheryl! I also love that you can see the potential in something ugly like that. I surely would not! The legs and the knobs made it so cute!
Thank you, Andrea! Seeing potential in something beyond it’s present state is so fun! Then seeing it actually come to be is amazing. Kinda like God, how much He must see in broken people, and then bring life to them.
I love it! Great job Cheryl!
Thank you, dear Melissa! It was a lot of fun, as you well know.
it’s unrecognisable! love the addition of the legs. well done
Thank you so much, Fiona!
Amazing! You’ve got such a gift! Love it. So inspiring for a few pieces I have sitting around my house to tackle. Never used milk or chalk paint. What is the difference between the two and which would you recommend?
Thank you dear Ashley! As far as milk paint or chalk paint. Milk paint is an OLD recipe, used for hundreds of years. It is absolutely non-toxic and so even people who have chemical sensitivies and/or pregnant are safe using it. It comes in powder form, and is mixed with water. It is literally a milk base, so once mixed with water it will needs to be placed in the fridge for up to a week. I usually only mix a little at a time. I love the look of milk paint, and love how buttery smooth it turns out after a light sanding and oiling or waxing to seal it. Milk paint and chalk paint both have to be sealed. I LOVE milk paint, probably because I love the old fashioned stuff. You can get the chippy look very easily, or add bonding agent and have it adhere beautifully and evenly. It’s different than latex, much thinner. I kinda have this thing against latex on pure wood furniture. Personal preference I know, but it always seems a little sticky too.
Chalk paint comes premixed (or you can make it yourself). The hot market item is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I have never used it, but there are a lot of brands out there. You can make your own (via Pinterest) but it starts with a latex paint and it still has the latex feel to me at the end, even after sanding and waxing. Chalk paint’s claim to fame is that no sanding is needed before painting, however, most experts still suggest a light sanding for better durability. I haven’t tried Annie Sloan, mostly because of cost, and I have become a huge fan of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint, http://www.missmustardseed.com. She has a great post on the difference between the paints, if you “search” on her blog. I think, in the end it all boils down to personal preference, and budget. Latex paint will always be cheaper. 🙂
Beautiful job! What a beautiful makeover! Thanks so much for sharing at our party! Featuring you tomorrow 🙂 Hope you join us again!
Thank you so much!!!!!
Great job refinishing your jelly cupboard. I can hardly believe the before and after. Love the feet and knobs you added. Take care, Tara
Thank you so much, Tara!
What a darling piece and I love the colour you chose! Visiting from Anderson & Grant. Have a great day!
Love the look of this cupboard. The feet on the piece are beautiful since they are so chunky, and I love how unique the wire grate looks on the doors.
I’ve chosen this project as one of my hostess features today at Your Turn to Shine (in addition to you being chosen by Kendra as her group feature.) Thanks so much for sharing with us!
Thank you so much Jamie!
Talk about an ugly duckling to a swan! Love the finished look.
Oh wow, what a compliment. Thank you!
I love what you have done with this piece! I am stopping by to invite you to share this project (and others hopefully) over on my blog! I am hosting my first ever linky party exclusive to furniture this coming Thursday August 6 starting at 6:00pm (MST). I would be honored if you would join in!
Have a great day!
Thank you Terry! I am soooo excited you’re doing this. I will join you every week I have new furniture up. Thanks for the invite!!!!
Just a quick note to say thank you for joining in on the party! There is much to drool over on your blog!
You are so sweet Terry! I appreciate your stepping out to do this. I love your blog as well, so it makes me all the more happy to be join you!
I love this cabinet! The hot glued fruit before was hilarious! The things people think look good sometimes scare me! You made it look just perfect.
Thank you so much! I so appreciate it! Yes, the fruit was a bit scary, but you know, it made it all the uglier so no one else would buy it in the first place. The ugliness reserved it for me!
Love it! Sharing tonight on The Painted Drawer Link Party!
Oh, thank you!!! What a privilege. I love, love all your work, what an inspiration you are.
Love what you have done here ! What a great transformation, especially like the colour and the new metal grills on the door.
Thank you, Claire! It was a fun, fun transformation!
I love, love, love this! Your website makes me happy. I keep wanting to explore all that you are doing here. Keep going!
Oh, thank you Jane! Your comment made me smile. I hope it continues to bring joy. 🙂