It’s something I struggle with. Finding a beautiful antique piece of furniture, wanting to update it, but hesitating to actually put paint on it! How many times over the years have I removed paint from antiques and thought unkind thoughts of the owners who had slapped paint on a beautiful piece of wood?
But now here I am, putting paint on a 1914-ish Napanee Dutch Kitchenet.
When we purchased this house in 2014, it was the very first piece of furniture we bought for it. It’s taken me this long to get the courage to paint it.
The Kitchenet, or more commonly called a Hoosier, is a free-standing kitchen cabinet that also serves as a work station. It was very popular in the early 1900’s since most houses did not have built-in kitchen cabinets at that time. (Paraphrased from Wikipedia).
This is a picture I snagged from the Internet of “our” Hoosier in its full glory.
This is what ours looks like – a lovely oak.
But this just doesn’t work for me anymore. And as I said, I have a vision.
So right now, THIS is what our Hoosier looks like:
I’ve set up this workspace in part of our kitchen. The tile will be replaced soon, the wallpaper put up by the previous owner needs to be removed (you see I’ve been picking at it a little), and the walls need to be repaired and painted. Not that this has anything to do with the Hoosier project but in case you are wondering…..
I commit to having it finished by next week so I can show you; and saying it out loud will make it happen.
But I’m curious. How do you feel about painting antiques?