Falling in love with old paint

A few years ago I had the chance to pick up a set of three painted cupboards. I remember thinking $400 was a lot to spend on these three less-than-perfect pieces. But I thought about it for a few days and ended up buying them.

Two of the cupboards (I know some of you will cringe at this … I do myself!) I repainted. They were painted a light green color and they had the original green glass pulls. I simply cleaned the two smaller cupboards up, sanded them, and painted them white. They are striking with the green glass knobs too.

dining room table painted hoosier.jpgThey look nice, and they’re very functional. But sometimes I think I should have left them wearing their green paint.

The largest piece is a Hoosier-type cupboard with a base cabinet and a hutch. I didn’t do anything with that one right away because I didn’t have a place for it in my house. Recently we finished our dining room, which is the room I earmarked as the home for this cupboard. All I did with this piece was clean it with a weak detergent/bleach solution and painted the insides of the drawers in the base cabinet. I couldn’t bring myself to paint over the green paint with the scrapes and character marks.

And I’m glad I did.

I think it lends my dining room charm and warmth. Granted, the room is still quite empty – I have to go through my treasure storage to properly fill it – but I like my cupboard in its “as-found” state.

What do you think?

I even found my 5-gallon Red Wing sippin’ jug!

— Posted by Karen Knapstein

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