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What can I even say about my old pine-board cabinet with the heart-shaped cut-outs?  I bought this cabinet back in the late 80’s when country decorating and pine wood furniture with the crafty little hearts was so popular.  I didn’t really have any pictures of the heart cabinet in its original state; I had to scrounge through a lot of old photos to find it in the background of a picture I had taken of my adorable son wearing Daddy’s work boots!  But you can get an idea of what it looked like anyway!

When I first got married we lived in a little farmhouse in the country.  It was the perfect place for country/primitive decorating and we didn’t have much money in our budget for new furniture so I had to make use of what I had.    It was a cute little cabinet with several shelves inside and I have used it in every room of my house for one purpose or another.

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At some point, over the years, I changed up the cute country look to more of an antique/primitive décor.  There was hardware cloth tacked to the wood behind the heart cut-outs to give it that country look.  The hearts just weren’t working for me anymore so I glued some diamond-shaped wood plaques over the heart cut-outs.  I screwed cast iron stars to the plaques to give it a whole new look.  I’ve painted it a multitude of different colors, if you look at the close-up you can see some light green peeking through here and there.

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It has moved to two more homes over the years and has been painted three or four more times.  Most recently it serves as extra storage in my kitchen.  I had painted it a dark espresso color to match my dining room table and dry brushed it with a black stain to make it look like wood grain.  I have no pictures of it with that finish.  I personally hated it but I did get compliments on it from guests.  It’s possible they just didn’t want to hurt my feelings by telling me it was ugly!

Every room in my new house, which I refer to as Mr. Grey, is painted a shade of grey.  Most of my furnishings are black or espresso colored and I’ve been trying to phase out the dark furniture.  I wanted a distressed look for this cabinet and I’ve discovered chalk paint is perfect for achieving that look.  What color did I choose?  Well, a light shade of grey, of course!

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I think the actual product color was called “putty”.  I applied two coats of paint and let it dry thoroughly.  I used sand paper afterwards to distress random areas and scuff the edges.  I love how the many different layers of paint are revealed here and there.  When I was done distressing it, I applied the wax finishing product to give it a soft sheen.  This is an important step, I wouldn’t skip it.  It really makes a difference to the finish.  I love how my old heart/star cabinet turned out!  I definitely see more chalk paint projects in my future.

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