I've been on the hunt for one of those old wall mounted spice cabinets
with little drawers to hold spices or whatnots. Well, I finally bagged my prize
in an antique shop in a small Wisconsin town on our recent road trip.
I forget the name of the town, but according to the banner strung across its main street
the city folk will soon be hosting their annual Rutabaga Festival. I'm not sure what
sort of activities are involved, but it sounds like a gas to me!
Here it is painted and ready to hang on the wall.
Now maybe I'm fixated on cutout designs lately, but if I were taking the
Rorschach test, the first thing out of my mouth would be
The ears may be slightly out of scale, but you can see it.....
Here's how it looked when I found it......
I've seen these cabinets priced anywhere from $20 to $140 and frankly can't
see much of a difference between the high priced cabinets and thrift shop models.
Lots of factory distressing and lack of dovetail joinery indicate this piece
is not of heirloom quality, which is why I got it at the low end of the price range.
It does have some history to it, though. At one point Kathy Bates had at it
with her baseball bat and broke both tibias. But being the kindly caregiver that
she is, she nursed it back to health with some gloppy wood glue.
Well, I bit the bullet, fired up the jigsaw......
and put it out of its misery!
(I amputated both legs.)
After performing the surgical procedure, I painted the cabinet with
homemade chalk paint, which is still new to me. I mixed flat green paint with
non-sanded grout. ( One cup of paint to one tablespoon of grout.)
The antiquing, on the other hand, is a decades old technique
practiced by decorative painters. A dab of burnt umber oil paint mixed with a dollop
of Johnson Paste Wax does the trick. If I'm too heavy handed with
the dark wax, I just go over it again with untinted wax. Sound familiar?
The last step is flyspecking. Water down a few drops of black acrylic craft
paint and flick it on the piece with a stencil brush (even an old toothbrush will do).
Here's a wide angle view of the cabinet hanging above the laundry chute.
In the background, you can see more of our unfinished projects like the
built-in bench in the entryway that has been stripped and.........forgotten.
Not to mention the unfinished wood floor we uncovered when
we removed the 1970's linoleum. And I'm so ready to paint over the
"Bear Paw" color of the kitchen walls!!!
It's time for a change.
But don't hold your breath. I've got one guest bedroom nearing completion and I
will not start another room home reno project
until said bedroom is back in use!!!
So. Did you see Mickey Mouse in the cutout design of the cabinet, too?
Hmm, that's too bad. :@
I'm sure there must be a self-help book out there for
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