Although, I have to be honest. . . .it’s been done since last weekend! I’m just having a hard time coming up with a display that I’m satisfied with and on top of that, I wasn’t happy with how my cupboard looked in the many. many photos I’ve taken! I’ve tried so many different lighting angles, but they all kept making it look blotchy and shinier than it really is. I’m not happy with the pics that I’m posting, but I wanted to show you my cupboard. These pictures definitely don’t do it justice!!
So, without further ado. . . . .my new Stepback Cupboard!!
Instead of using stain, I gave the cupboard two applications of Dark Brown Briwax. And it’s ironic, since we’re all posting about textures, but this thing feels amazing!! I have painted and refinished a lot of wood and I have never finished a piece that feels as smooth and rich as this one does! It is so soft and luxurious feeling, it’s unbelievable!! I guess that’s why I’m upset with how it looks in pictures, because I can’t capture the true essence of the finish.
I had to use a flash in the first two photos and it makes the aging I did around the edges look a little harsher than it really is. Again, these pics really don’t do my cupboard justice!!
Did you notice that I solved my display dilemma? Even up until today, I was playing around, trying to come up with something (I even stenciled a new sign!), when I realized that I could take photos without getting the complete top area in the picture! AHA!! And what you see peeking out of the bottom picture isn’t staying.
I even cross stitched this little bag using a free pattern from primitivebettys. Click here, and it will take you to her blog. Thank you, Betty, for generously offering these fabulous free patterns!
Are you wondering where I’ve put this cupboard? It’s in my bedroom. It’s replacing a big ole clunky cupboard that we made a few years ago to accommodate an older 19” tv. And, unfortunately (or should I say “fortunately” - wink, wink), the tv broke and we replaced it with a much slimmer 22” flat screen!
This is as you walk into my room, there’s double bi-fold doors to the right of where I’m standing. You can see a portion of the old cupboard poking out on the right. And there’s the blanket crane that I did a tutorial on a while back. If you missed it, you can click here, and learn how to make one for yourself.
I’d like to reupholster the wing chair with the fabric on the left and my dream bedding is the tea-dyed Pinwheel quilt from Choices Quilts, pictured on the right.
I desperately need new bedding! lol We made all of the wood pieces shown here. We cheated on the nightstands, though. We bought unfinished kitchen wall cabinets from Home Depot and put side panels and a top on. I made the tree behind the bed. I’ve never been fond of the artificial ficus trees, so I bought some realistic leaf stems from my local craft store and drilled holes in a large, straight stick I found in the woods behind my house, then hot glued the stems in the holes. I made two other trees (I’ll show them on another post), one looks like a cherry tree and the other looks like a willow tree. I put them away for a while because one of our cats kept trying to climb them, even after he was declawed.
There’s an area to the right of this night stand that just has a laundry basket sitting on the floor where all of the dirty laundry gets tossed into. I’m working on an idea to replace the basket. And then after that area, is a doorway that goes into the master bathroom (which is to the left of my stepback cupboard). I’ll share pictures of all of the bathrooms in a later post.
So, that was a little tour of my bedroom. I hope you enjoyed it! I’ll share more pictures later when I get my cupboard display figured out and I also want to tweak things on the white shelf over my bed (that’s why I didn’t show an up-close photo!).
I have many projects lined up to work on, including a new peg board to hang in my living room and a “now you see it, now you don’t” project for my dining room. I’ll definitely share those with you when I get them done.
Once school gets back into session, which is this Thursday, I’ll be back into my normal routine and should get a lot of stuff done!! Yayyy!!!
So until then. . . .Kris