That time I promised to paint something…

Howdy Folks!

It has been awhile! Forgive me for my prolonged absence- it’s been a whirlwind couple of months! I moved houses, celebrated my golden birthday, went on a much overdue vacation to Nashville and New Orleans, and orchestrated a huge work project.

I have also been working on some side projects that I hope to one day make my full time gig(s). Allow me to share one with you!

The Project: Oma’s Cupboard

When I moved into my apartment my Oma gave me a small wooden cupboard that had been given to her mother in 1930’s Germany. She gifted me this piece of furniture with one condition; paint it. And I promised I would…eventually. After a year and a half, I finally got around to painting this darn cupboard. Sorry it took so long Oma!


Step #1: Cupboard is wiped down with warm water, then smoothed down with a block sander and painted with a flat acrylic primer.



Step #2: I filled in hand traced designs onto the primed cupboard with acrylic paint. This takes forever because I am not ambidextrous.


Step #3: Once the decorative painting is done, the rest of the cupboard is painted with 2 coats of semi gloss acrylic paint (this particular color is called East Bay).


My inspiration for the design of the cupboard was influenced from the furniture my grandparents had in their house, a beautiful mix of Swedish and Norwegian painted wooden pieces. The style of painting is called Rosemaling, originating in Sweden and Norway in the late 1850s. My design is much more flamboyant in color than traditional Rosemaling pieces, but I really love how the colors pop.

I love finding projects like this one on other people’s blogs or Pinterest boards. If you have a project that you’re super proud of please share!

P.S. I have a couple other pieces that I’m currently working on so stay tuned!

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