Do you remember the old children’s song, The Farmer in the Dell”, how the farmer takes a wife and the wife takes the child and the child takes the cow, and so on, until you get to the cheese, and the cheese stands alone?
Well, for whatever totally random reason, writing this post reminded me of that poem, because one thing led to another and another and another. At the end, you’ll see what “stands alone”, like the cheese did in the song.
Let the randomness begin! 🙂
So…I picked up this cabinet for $4 at a thrift store several months ago. It’s been hanging in my entryway, looking tacky,but I needed more storage for small paint cans and this worked.
we I decided that we my husband should remodel the entry way, so while he started tearing apart this wall (beginning stages seen here), I decided I wanted to make the cabinet look like a farmhouse cabinet for my kitchen.
You may recall that when we remodeled our kitchen, I opted for open shelves, instead of upper cabinets, which helps the kitchen look more open and spacious than it really is, but the thrift store cabinet is small enough that I knew it wouldn’t detract from the open look.
I removed all the hardware and I talked my husband into taking a break from working on the entryway, to attach some leftover crown molding to the top, then I painted the whole thing white.
I didn’t want to use the knobs that were originally on the doors, so I bought rustic drawer pulls by Hickory Hardware (affiliate link) to use instead. These are the same pulls we have on the drawers above the lower cabinets in the kitchen.
I kept the original hinges and just spray painted them to match.
Here’s how it looks with the doors back on.
Although I may use it as kitchen storage, for now I just wanted to have fun decorating the inside of it.
The cutest old milk carton went in first. I found it last week at an antique store, and had to have it.
Then one of my old pretty platters and one of the “sisters” in my ironstone pitcher collection were added to the vignette.
Then I decided all the rest of the sisters in the family needed to be added too. I have lots of different sizes of pitchers, from a mini creamer size, to a very large one.
Tucked in next to the mini pitcher is an antique rubber stamp I found at another antique store a few weeks ago. Originally, I thought I would sell it in my shop, but I just couldn’t part with it.
On the lower display shelf, which the doors don’t cover, is my favorite upcycled tin can, that I put an antique can label on (printable (here). I love that cow image!
An old fryer basket holds my red stripe towels.
I now carry these towels in 3 colors in my shop – red, black and blue. Available HERE.
On the wall next to the cabinet I hung some old enamelware lids and a hook to hang a towel or apron on.
Under the cabinet sits my antique kitchen stove.
It belonged to my husband’s grandmother. His parents gifted it to me several years ago, and I treasure it.
And can you guess what helped me decide how I wanted to decorate the cabinet?
Yep… the little red chair I painted last week! I had no idea where I would use it when I painted it, but I loved it so much when it was done, I knew I had to make a place for it in my kitchen.
So what started as a farmhouse cabinet project,ended up with a milk carton, pitchers, a rubber stamp, a tin can, dish towels, enamelware lids, an old stove, apples…
and ended with my sweet little chair.
Heigh ho the derry-o!