Hoo Hooo Hoooosier Cabinet

Hey Ya’ll and Welcome Back,

First of all I would like to thank everyone that visited last week and commented on the post and also by email. I have had so many requests for a picture of the barn-door headboard completed with the bed. While delivering this headboard I asked my client if I could get a picture of the bed after it was finished and YES it will happen! Please look for it in the coming weeks. IT IS BEAUTIFUL! And…her ¬†husband now has the “vision” too. ūüôā

So remember the bedroom suit with the tiger design? remember the barley twist table with the four chairs? remember…oh yea this “remember” is for this week’s post. Here is another wonderful piece from my very special client for you to remember. Yes it is a Hoosier cabinet. This type of cabinet has been made from the early 1900’s and almost all of these cabinets were produced by companies located in Indiana. If you’re wondering why they are called “Hoosier’s” its mainly because the largest of these companies was Hoosier Manufacturing Co. of New Castle, Indiana.

This is what I started with. Not bad huh? There were some issues with the veneer on a couple of the panels and after that was repaired it was my turn.

Hoosier before

Here is the inspiration from Pottery Barn. They loved the different colors peaking through on the panels. Can you see all the colors?

Pottery Barn Inspiration

Initially, my client wanted Antibes but a softer green like the inspiration above. I mixed Annie Sloan’s Cream, Pure White and Antibes and had the match when they decided to use straight Antibes. If you have painted with this color you know that it can be very intense and was a bold decision on a piece this large. The Pottery Barn console looked to have used three colors. So, three colors are what I used too. First, I painted the whole cabinet with Greek Blue. I painted the whole cabinet instead of the distress points, because I ¬†had no idea where those distress points were going to be. Second, was Old White and thirdly, Antibes. The panels were painted Old White again.¬†TIP: If you don’t¬†have any Old White, four parts Pure White and one part Cream makes a perfect Old White!

The distressing on this piece, I have to say, was well beyond my comfort zone! ¬†¬†I first handled the cabinets as if I were using it to find where my hands would naturally go to and that’s how I started the initial distressing.¬†I sanded then let it get cold. I would come back to it and sand some more! After I had a starting point with this technique I then started the all-over sanding process. I used a sanding block, the kind you add your own paper to, because I wanted to control the grit of paper. The grain of the wood then took a life of it’s own and developed it’s own “worn” look.

Funky Hoosier

I had fun with this first picture by using a “funky vintage” look. Cool huh? Okay, here’s the original.

Pic untouched

I loved the built-in chopping board. I did show a lot more of the Greek Blue than the inspiration, but while sanding the drawer, WOW!…it just looked perfect!

Hoosier Drawers

The edges of the doors were well worn and I love the way they distressed. The latch was originally put on crooked and I left it that way.

Hoosier door detail

After the distressing was complete I waxed with clear wax then added a dark wax glaze that completed the WOW factor. I watched this piece take on that amazing aged look as I worked.

I could see this cabinet waking up in the morning with the crock bowl and old flour sifter and biscuits being rolled out on the enamel top. The rolling pin belonged to my grandmother. I remember sifting flour as a little girl with the sifter.

Hoosier rolling pin

I had such fun with this piece. I hope everyone that see’s this post enjoyed it as much as I have in creating it.

Thanks for stopping in for a visit and don’t forget to say hi.


My first…well almost first

I’m very excited for my very first “unveiling” this week! ¬†It was not my first piece to do but it is my first to reveal...and here is how it all came about…

As I mentioned in my first post I fell in love with Annie Sloan chalk paint‚ĄĘ. ¬†When I was visiting my daughter Kelli in June and having seen her paint some things around her house, I said that I was going to go home and do this too! ¬†“This” being hunting down like a mad woman any piece of ¬†furniture I could get my hands on and paint it with chalk paint and sell it as my own business! Okay, maybe she did have reason to think “this” could not be done because I hadn’t spent months researching it on the internet like she had and well…I had never actually used chalk paint. But ye of little faith…

As soon as my month-long visit with Kelli came to an end I hurried home and got to work. My conversations with Kelli started out with “but mom…” she said, “but Kelli…” I said. This hesitant doubt from her did not deter me and off I went to find my special pieces that I loved. When I got this piece home I wondered what I was going to do with it. I had already used Old White and I really wanted to paint it Paris Gray. While in the middle of painting it a couple of weekends ago there was a knock on my door. After the Publisher-Clearing-House-Prize-Patrol scream I welcomed in Kelli, her wonderful husband Dan and my sweet three-year-old Lily, all the way from Long Island, New York. Of course she couldn’t wait to get her hands on what I was working on.

I gave creative license to Kelli to finish it but before you see what was done you need to see how it began.This is the first picture in the little store I bought it in. As you can see it looked a little sad so I took it home and gave it some TLC.

The poor thing had an awful finish so I sanded it nice and smooth. Although it is not necessary to prepare the piece before using Annie Sloan’s chalk paint I did not want any color to bleed through so I did sand more than was really necessary. I painted the outside with one coat of Paris Gray and Kelli applied a “whitewash” in Old White. ¬† So here it is taking care of all my mom’s special linens.

The inside has two coats of regular latex paint, color matched to Aubusson Blue.

I can see this cabinet in a bathroom keeping your towels and pretty soaps, a guest bedroom with extra sheets and cozy blankets or in your kitchen displaying a collection of mixing bowls.

Has anyone else tried a whitewash finish?  This was our first time attempting it and we found it a bit of a challenge.  We can see its potential but were hoping for some suggestions for next time!

I can’t wait for you to see my next project. ¬†Please visit Kelli’s blog¬†¬†as well! ¬†Thanks for stopping by and be sure and say Hi ¬†ya’ll!

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