Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Aunt Julia's Memory, a cupboard makeover




First to those of you who helped with advice on what to do with this piece...Thank you. Second to those who said "Don't paint it, I am so sorry."
I painted it.



Although I did love the old wood, the piece was just so dark and since it is large in a small home it didn't blend well, for my taste anyway. I did love the rich contrast but I went ahead with the paint.

As I began, I realized I loved the gray idea, but it was not going to go with the room at all, and the yellow ......was the exact color of the wall.
Although the  wall color was bought years ago and was another brand ....It matched it perfectly, had I tried to do that- it would have never happened!
I even put a splash of paint on the wall and you couldn't even tell where it was.
That put the yellow as the primary out! The pumpkin I had ended up being too dark, so the ever trusty white came around, and yellow went as the accent.




Because the piece was old, it roughed up easily but I did put candle wax on the edges, keeping paint from adhering and then making the sanding go much quicker, thanks Emma for the tip!!



I realize some will say....."you ruined it!"
  But I love pieces that look like they came out our your great aunts farmstead. Whenever I see pieces like this I think of my great aunt Julia. She had red hair and always wore a print dress with an apron, along with over boots as she went about slopping hogs and feedin' chickens.
She would stir up a pot of stew and slurp right from the big spoon, dunking it back into the broth, slurp and all!
She lived on a farm in the middle of a town that used to be.

Her house was on top of the hill that was filled with Crocus every Spring.


I don't remember the exact things in her house, I know they were dated.
The new things came from the 60's, the floors were crooked and the house was...well lived in.
I loved every trip there.
  for some reason, this makes me think of that time
                 and that makes me smile.






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20 comments:

Susie said...

I love what you have done! It looks bright and cheerful. You are right light colors are much better in small places. Well done.

Emma Kate at Painted Style said...

You have totally NOT ruined it! It's gorgeous! You have breathed new life into it, well done! I'm glad it's making you smile! :)

NanaDiana said...

It looks great, Shannon. How wonderful to have that piece- xo Diana

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Shannon!
I LOVE IT! You hit this one out of the park...a.k.a. HOME RUN! SCORE.
I was so curious how it would turn out with the yellow being so close... and the 'red' you had...just didn't do it for me. I think you chose perfect colors. The distressing is spot on...and NOT over-done.
I pinned it already!
Pat

Lil Cabin on the Prairie said...

looks AMAZING!

Sue at Serendipity said...

It is lovely and not ruined at all!

This is one of those pieces that might not have survived for future generations if it wasn't revamped.

I have several pieces like that in my home - I stripped the old paint off the quarter-sawn oak. Someday, someone may paint them again.

"The circle of life" for vintage furniture. Great job and the colors are wonderful!

Blondie's Journal said...

This looks fantastic, Shannon! I love how you distressed it, it really looks like an heirloom. You have some sweet memories of your great aunt. Some people stay in our hearts forever.

XO,
Jane

Sharing Shadymont said...

I like it better too Shannon! The shade of yellow is perfect! I think you made a wise decision to paint it. Love the red with it.

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Oh, this is just adorable!! You were wise to paint it. It looks much fresher now. Your Aunt Julia would be proud - great story about her. Don't you love those kinds of memories? Nice job!!

Ann in the UP said...

I totally agree that it looks great! You really don't need to ask advice, you know. You can trust your own good eye.

Spittin-Toad said...

I love it ...you made the right choose for sure!!! I pinned it to my Awesome Furniture board, :)
Denise

Debra said...

Looked wonderful without paint and looks wonderful with it. You couldn't have gone wrong either way so it is good that you went with your heart ...:)

Deb said...

As soon as I looked at this I was taken back to my grandmother's summer kitchen on her farm. *big smile here*
You did a wonderful job painting it and I love the granite-ware. It is just so charming. Deb

chateau chic said...

Your piece is charming the way you painted it. Love it!!
Mary Alice

Scribbler said...

You are a great story-teller -- I could just see your aunt, in her kitchen, tasting that soup! Women of that generation were a marvel. They invented multi-tasking long before there was a word for it.

You did a fine job on the pice, and I love the reds and yellows. (Yeah, I am a Leo!)

Jann Olson said...

Oh I think it turned out fabulous! It has such old farmhouse style now. Love the white and yellow. Fun story about your Aunt. I think sometimes people now days are so worried about germs it's almost pitiful. Sure didn't hear all the hoopla growing up. She's a woman after my own heart. I have heard of the candle wax tip but have never tried it. I just painted some wooden blocks and used vaseline on the edges for the same reason. Worked well. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.
Hugs,
Jann

Janel from NellieBellie said...

what a sweet redo! This doesn't look like the same piece!! It's lovely. And perfect color with the red stoneware!

JKaye said...

I have a dining table that originally belonged to my great-grandmother. I'm guessing it was purchased in the 1930s. It is oak, with an oak stain. But guess what -- it originally was painted! Apparently it was originally white, with some little flowers stencilled on top (which sounds cute). I know this because my mom, now 81, remembers eating at the painted table when she was a girl. It got passed through the family, endured some repaintings, then my mom stripped and stained it and gave it to me. She didn't tell me ahead of time what she was doing -- I probably would have preferred the paint! But, the point is, some furniture starts out stained and gets painted, some starts out painted and gets stained. Maybe the main thing is that it keeps getting loved and used, no matter what the finish. Your piece looks like it's useful and also fun to decorate. That's great! (I found your blog via Brenda at Cozy Little House, by the way.)

Sherry said...

What a great piece of furniture and I love the memories it evokes! I will feature it tomorrow! This is what Home Sweet Home is all about! Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for joining me at HSH!
Sherry

Jann Olson said...

I know that I featured you last week at Share Your Cup but girl you made me do it again! lol! Just love your sweet cupboard!
Hugs,
Jann

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