One of the first things I learned about antiques was by doing it the hard way. Each and every time I have to strip and refinish a piece, I say never again. On this old step back cupboard, I learned they often used different types of wood on furniture pieces and thus, they had to be painted.
I don't know my woods very well, but this cupboard was oak and other woods and weighs a ton. So, after stripping it, I had to paint it to cover it up since the woods didn't match. I decided to try a trompe l'oile with a speckled blue graniteware top, then painted tea towels on the side.
Painted the inside black and the front of the cabinets too.
Some hanging herbs and the metal farm set I got at a Paris flea market. Have always loved them, but wonder about that purchase now. Anyway.
Basket of apples on the other door.
But my favorite part was this note tacked on the side of the cupboard. I got a kick out of it back when I painted it, but now, it might not be so funny anymore.
This went well at the farm, but does not go in the city house. My son says he wants it someday, but evidently not in the near future. It is now in the guest room and I wonder how long it will remain? Forever is my guess.