Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Before and After (finally)...

Bonnie in Missouri reminded me this morning that I had never posted the "After" of the old grey cupboard last month. Taxes and boxes of new spring goods got me off track and once you do that to me someone has to take me by the hand and lead me back to what I was originally doing, sorry about that everyone. Thank you Bonnie.

So to remind you where we started, a few of the before and during photos:
((((((she is ready to be adopted too only $595))))))

The "before" outside...

The "before" inside...ewww...poor gal had been in some greasy garage. This picture was taken AFTER she had been to the carwash for a good soaping. She still needed a good undergarment to clean up her shape (don't we all?) so since I always seem to have piles and piles of old sheet music to the "bars and refrains" we went.

The "during"...I started out with Mod Podge as I have used for years but found a premixed wallpaper adhesive and used that instead. Much faster because a 5-inch brush fit in the pail perfectly.

The "After" outside. After several bottles of industrial cleaner and raw hands she received a coat of wax rubbed on, allowed to dry, then buffed off with soft cotton cloths. I actually think I heard her sigh a few times.

With her earrings on .

The "after" inside...loaded with soaps, vintage inspired soap holders, loofas, Farmhouse Fresh products. Can't you see this overflowing with fluffy white towels, old jars full of bath salts, bowls of sponges & loofas, baskets hiding all your stuff you want hidden.

Farmhouse Fresh body products (YUM!!! Love the foot scrubs, the Strawberry Smash and Sweet Cream Body Milk, all of them!) Available in the "Boudoir" shopping area of my website here.

The end of the rainbow is in this cupboard! I should have looked in here on St. Patrick's Day...who knows what I might have found!

Voices in the cupboard (the "voices" from the "Before" post last month convinced me not to paint this gorgeous old gal...she cleaned up well and a coat of wax rubbed all over her loosened her up a bit, now she's looking quite European **more on this below** ...thanks "voices!) voices = those that left comments, emailed me or spoke with me in the store

Now, back to the European comment, below is the setting in which I see this lovely lady spending the rest of her days. She would be very stately, in the corner, unobtrusive but quite the matriarch. This photo is from Paul Massey's website. Able House N8
is located in Crouch End, North London and is available for hire for use as a photographic and film location. Wonder if he would rent it to s for vacations? Who wants to go with me?


Anonymous said...

Well the "Old Gal" cleaned up beautifully! Thank you for letting us watch your Cinderella's transformation. She is beautiful and stately and ready for any ballroom. I wish I had the room for her, but I'm certain she'll find her way into the perfect castle soon. I'm determined to travel in your direction sooner or later and can't wait to stop by Thornville!
Bonnie (in Missouri!)

Lisa said...



sepiadreams said...

Ok, I am really loving the color and the papering that went on inside....Great Job!!!! Hugzzz...Tiina...

Maison Douce said...

Wow, it looks so much "happier""!!! Love the transformation!

WhisperWood Cottage said...

Insanely beautiful!!

countrycharisma said...

The old cupboard turned out a beauty. Good work! She could go anywhere! Love what you did. Thanks for sharing her with us. blessings, carrell

Kurstin said...

this is awesome! great ideal! i absolutely love it!
great job.


Old Centennial Farmhouse said...

So glad to see the "after" and I would love to take her home! Could you tell us what kind of wax you like to use to preserve the patina of an old painted piece? Thanks for showing and telling and have a great Sunday!

urban farmhouse Ohio said...

Joni, I use Briwax paste wax. It comes in clear and other colors. For this piece I used the clear. Sometimes it is sold at antique stores. I have not been able to find it at any of the large chain hardware stores.

Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous restoration ... I used to sell Hoosiers & vintage cupboards ... love them, they have such personality.
I hope you will pop by the blog I started last week ...
TTFN ~ Marydon

Laurie said...

I stumbled upon your blog and fell in love!!! I hope to visit your store soon and Dream of one day owning a shop with the same feel as yours. Any pointers from a pro?
Thanks so much,

Jeanne Oliver said...

It turned out will be snapped up in no time.

Lori Miller, Round barn Potting Co. said...

love that you left it the original color...grey. My favorite color right now along with white...keep it simple, right?
The inside changes are also a good addition. I bet it looks great in your shop.

It' an Evolution said...

Perfect display piece! Your hard work and love paid off...hummm she would look wonderful in my house. I have to get to your store one day soon. I just love everything you do.

Kasey said...

lisa, it looks great.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

What a lovely 'ol lady! Love, love, love the color too! And, the inside??? How Coooooooool is that?? That's a great added "touch".

Many blessings,

Anonymous said...

You did good!! I love how the piece turned out. But, we love grey so think it looks fab inside and out. Hey, about that London vacation, where do we sign! LOL