I have been super side tracked lately with some of my projects. I’m sure many of you can relate. First, it was the crazy busy of Thanksgiving, with friends and family visiting. Then, I blinked and we were preparing for the hoopla of Christmas (and traveling away from home the week prior, returning just before Christmas eve). To the dreaded De-Christmasing right around New Years….and I’m still tired from it all.
Alas, I was finally able to get my hands on this cutie….which has been sitting in my workshop for 3 months…..so embarrassing. But totally true. I was excited when I came across this piece. It is an authentic Chittenden & Eastman Pie Safe/Cupboard. May date back to.the 1920’s. I actually saw one similar (highly restored) on Ebay for $1500. Rest assured, this piece is not quite that quality. You can tell it had been a little ‘too’ loved over the years….So I had to bring it back to life.
While it definately need some sprucing up, I was delighted to see that it still had the side, tin, vented panels in tact (though they had been very sloppily painted silver) & the interior was painted a funky pale yellow. I quickly whipped up some DIY chalk paint and gave the entire interior 2 coats of a creamy white. The exterior need wood putty and sanding in areas but I knew I wanted to accent the cabinet door insets with the same creamy white, as well as, paint over the pre-painted tin panels.
I decided that a neutral French Linen color would be nice on the exterior and help to cover up many of the aged and old repairs that must have been made decades ago. Its a wonderful, timeless color that really goes with anything.
I tastefully distressed it and applied a nice coat of dark finishing paste wax for that perfect aged touch.
It really turned out so fun and super functional as well. These types of pieces are very versitile too and not overly big. Wish I had a space to keep it. Now, this lovely needs a new home.