Small Cabinet for our Farm Kitchen

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:

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  • Painted the backsplash white. Check how I did it here.

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  • 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.

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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

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  • 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.

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  • I sealed the entire piece with clear wax, then I applied some antique wax on nicks and crevices and close to edges.

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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?

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Also on Etsy, I found this cool board-wall art to keep our fruits. My boys love it!

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And here a few more pictures of my little cabinet.

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It all started in the spring of 2013. I realized how tired I was to see my house entirely decorated with IKEA stuff. Nothing against IKEA, but after 12 years, I just needed some change. I wanted stylish, original furniture, but noticed that everything I liked from retail stores was way out of my budget. Thanks to Google, Youtube, and a couple of amazing blogs, I was able to discover and explore the world of furniture refinishing, and it was the beginning of my addiction. I now spend my days rescuing old, dull, unwanted pieces of furniture to give them a fresh look so they can be displayed, used and loved again for many more years to come. Thanks for stopping by.

10 thoughts on “Small Cabinet for our Farm Kitchen

  1. patricia eu amei sua cozinha, vc eh uma artista mesmo! mas as fotos dos animais ficou sensacional! parabens, adoro seus posts explicando tudo!


    1. Obrigada Luana! Que bom que você está acompanhando. Espero que já esteja se aventurando com os seus próprios projetos. Bjs.


  2. Pat that is such a dramatic change in the cabinet. And of course the whole kitchen looks bright and fresh with lots of cozy touches. Isn’t it nice when you can do furniture for yourself and not just for others?


    1. Thank Mary!
      It feels good to be doing things for myself but I also noticed I struggle much more to decide what color and style I should paint each. I’m always afraid I’ll get tired of my choice in no time.


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