Kevin inherited a beautiful Hoosier-style pine cabinet from his grandparents. We both LOVE the piece. When we first got it 2 years ago, I wanted to strip the original varnish. Kevin resisted the idea (as usual – he hates change. Funny that he married a chronic re-doer!!). But it had to be refinished – there were stencils of Amish people on it! I managed to win that round – varnish stripped. Amish people stencils gone.
Although it was a little big for the space, we put the cabinet just inside of our main entry. It was great for catching keys and such, and I had plans of backpacks going in the bottom cabinet. But it wasn’t quite big enough for 4 stuffed backpacks, and the idea never caught on. Over the years it became storage for a hodge podge of items. Not at all organized.
I decided to move the piece into our front entry on the other side of the house. Kevin resisted the idea (of course. poor guy.).
The cabinet looks so much more important where it’s situated now. It’s not crowded, and it’s much more useful in it’s new spot. Plus it’s closer to the kitchen, which is the room it was meant for. Hoosiers were built for use and efficiency – and I think that our little cabinet just looks happier where it is.
(Wow – can’t wait to get some curtains on those windows!!)
Soooo…. once it was situated and everyone was happy with it’s spot, of course I thought it needed a makeover.
I wanted to paint it. Kevin resisted the idea. I debated and debated. (Actually, it wasn’t much of a debate. Kevin was very close to his grandparents, and this cabinet holds so many special memories for him. I couldn’t live with the Amish stencils, but I could certainly live with it being un-painted!)
Kevin won that round. Go Kev!
I did add some stain to it though. I can’t remember exactly what I finished it with after I stripped it 2 years ago – I think that I used either linseed or tung oil. Whatever it was, I didn’t take the time to sand it off before this makeover. As usual, I was too impatient to get started. I used dark walnut stain, but it didn’t get as dark as I would have liked, probably because the residual oil prevented the stain from fully penetrating the wood. Also – I don’t think that pine stains as dark as other woods – is that right??
Most Hoosiers have a sliding counter top on the base of the cabinet – a lot of them are enameled metal. Ours was covered with laminate (which I don’t think was original). I was able to remove the laminate and the glue with a heat gun and lots of sanding and scraping. I had originally painted the counter top red because the edges were red, but it really didn’t do justice to the cabinet. Once the wood was darkened, black seemed like the best option for the counter top. (Thanks Jill!) I distressed it a bit, and I love how the red shows through!
To dress up the inside of the cubbies I lined the backs and bottoms with cardstock. Way back in June, I received the most awesome assortment of papers from Canvas Home Basics for winning the DIY Club’s Monthly Project Contest. (See my contest entry here!) The styles that they sent me happened to have the perfect look for the cabinet. I used glue dots to hold them in place.
Speaking of dots – I ran out of the small-dot paper, so I had to use a larger dot for the top shelves.
This is one hard-working cabinet.
I use it for storage and display…
As a library, and as a mini office…
The paper that I used for the blackboard came on a roll and has a sticky backing. The cork board that I used for the other door was cut from a sheet. Canvas Home Basics actually sent me a sheet of chalk stock and a sheet of cork stock. Really cool, but it wasn’t enough for the project and none of our craft stores carried it. (btw – Canvas Home Basics has no idea I’m writing this. The products are quality, and I am so grateful to have received them. I thought a shout-out was warranted!)
Don’t you love the flour sifter? Makes a great magnet board!
I am so in love with this cabinet! I think it’s a perfect addition to our entry/pantry/office makeover. What do you think?