After several weeks, I think I can finally say our kitchen is ready. Of course I’ll keep making changes over time, but the essential elements are there, and I really love how it looks now. It has the rustic coziness of a farmhouse kitchen, and at the same time feels fresh and new.
It’s been a lot of work for many days and I am more than ready to start working on another room!
Here is a list of all things we got done:
- Painted the walls in light gray.
- Painted the doors and window with General Finishes Lamp Black.
- Painted the backsplash white. Check how I did it here.
- Added a lovely Coffee Bar made from a Hoosier Cabinet. (I tell all about it on this post.)
- Added wall decor (farm animal prints, Farmers Market Fruit Baskets, shelf, and large clock).
- Added this lovely little cabinet in our breakfast area.
I scored this cabinet on a Facebook tag sale group. The seller was a lady who lived less than a mile from my house and she was getting rid of some wonderful pieces for almost nothing. I paid $25 for this solid wood cabinet. I just wish I had space to buy all her stuff.
It was already super cute and in very good condition, but I wanted something brighter.
This is how I refinished it (this post contains some affiliate links).
- First I cleaned well with some TSP diluted in water.
- Next I stripped the finish from its top with Zip Strip (use gloves and closed shoes with this product) then sanded it down with my random orbital sander.
- I stained the top with two coats of Varathane Weathered Gray
- After the stain was completely dry (about 24 hours) I applied GF Black Glaze and wiped it off in linear movements using baby wipes.
- I then sealed the top with two coats of GF Top Coat, Satin
- I removed all hardware then painted the bottom part of the cabinet with a mix of two shades of gray. Sterling and Ash, both by Fusion Mineral Paint. (Three parts of Sterling and 1 part of Ash)
- Next I did some dry brush using the Sterling paint. Check out my post on Dry Brush technique.
- I then distressed the piece very slightly by sanding only some edges and details.
- I sealed the entire piece with clear wax, then I applied some antique wax on nicks and crevices and close to edges.
I installed the new knobs and… voilà! Now this little cutie was ready for my kitchen. I had the perfect spot for it under my farm animals wall, which by the way, I bought from this wonderful artist on Etsy.
Aren’t they adorable?
Also on Etsy, I found this cool board-wall art to keep our fruits. My boys love it!
And here a few more pictures of my little cabinet.
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