an old pot cupboard makeover
Thu 30th, Oct, 2014
Well how the devil are you beach cottage people from above, I am good, I am wanting to show you a little treasure I found recently…this is one very lovely little pot cupboard…it was pennies…I was going to pass this one on to another coastal vintage loving person, but she’s staying with me for a bit…one always needs a good vintage pot cupboard in their life.
It was a lovely little thing but a bit grubby, actually scrub that it was right in need of some love – and grotty in that it needed a good clean and a good Dettolling but also it had a sad feeling about it…I know I am weird when I assign human feelings to old furniture but this felt like it need a slot on a makeover show.
So the other day it got a coat of white paint, first of all I was going the full monty white, but I wanted to keep the rustic features of the door, as I’ve said before you can’t buy true aged paint, shabby old peeling and a faded patina…the paint was put on roughly to keep with the feel of the door and I dry brushed over the top the thought in my head being that it wouldn’t be too perfect…now talking of perfectly painting if you have been a reader of this blog for a while you will remember that I once received an anonymous comment from what must have been a professional furniture painter who doubled as a troll and had copied one of my shots of my deck table, blown it up and examined my painting skills and informed me that I was full of drips…yup rolling about on the floor here to to even think that someone would have the time or the inclination to do that…she commented that the table showed the amateur that I am…but that’s the point for me, I never set out to be a professional…this is an old ratty vintage piece of furniture to sit on my deck and hold bits and pieces…this is not for me to give to the Queen…
Anyway, so in that I am saying that I just wing it in making over things, it’s not a biggie, when I first started I just grabbed a can of paint and got going…there aren’t many secrets….what I do know is that I don’t use any particular special paint, there are not any magic paint secrets to me…but I get asked what paint I use ALL the time, to be quite honest I am not too precious about it really, I wish I could give some fandangled answer….and I don’t really do designer paint brands though I have used them, I reckon they are pretty ok, same thing with the chalk paints, there is an awful lot of hype about them I reckon, it’s paint at the end of the day really to me…having said that some of the colours are nice in the boutique paint brands…I am sure lots of people will disagree with me…so anyway what I am trying to say is if I fancy spending $60 on a tiny tin of chalk paint (that’s the price here in Australia) I do…if I have a large area to paint I definitely do not…most of the time I get colours mixed up in cheapy little pots using the smallest tins they have where you can mix your own…if I’m wanting a chalk paint look I go for flat emulsion water based, if I want something that will last and not mark and can be wiped down I get water based enamel no sheen.
OK, I am rambling about white paint now, it’s obviously getting towards the end of the week…I guess I should go really, it’s late here, I’ve had a busy day with wonderful weather, I’m sitting in the front room, all is quiet, candles and oils about to go on, a bite to eat…then I’m spending the rest of Thursday evening in bed with Lorelai.
Good night all