This is my Grandma Hoffman! Isn’t this a great old photo! Thanks to my aunt, who went through all the Hoffman photos and made digital copies for the family, I have so many photos of my mother’s family history. One piece I have from my grandmother is her corner cupboard. I remember it sat in the corner of her country kitchen and was painted white with black trim. When my grandmother passed away, the corner cupboard was one thing my mother chose to keep. I know that my mother said it was made by someone in the family, but I can’t remember who. Here’s a picture of the cupboard last spring when my walls were yellow.
My parents decided to have the paint stripped from the piece. Unfortunately, they had it chemically dipped, not knowing how damaging that process can be to the wood over time. When my mother passed away, the corner cupboard was passed on to me. The last few years, I have noticed the wood getting more and more orange in color and the wood was getting so dry that it was starting to crack in the back. I have wanted to paint the cupboard for a very long time, but held back because it’s a family heirloom and didn’t want to destroy the value of the piece.
Last week, after thinking about it a very long time – I decided to paint it! I kept thinking about how it was painted when my grandmother had it. If she were here, I think she would say, if you want to paint it Doreen, just paint it!
I didn’t tell anyone because I was afraid I would be talked out of it. I just got up one morning and started painting. I used paint that I had on hand from my dining room – Revere Pewter and Edgecomb Gray from Benjamin Moore. I decided not to paint the shelves, but did paint the back wall for contrast.
I wanted to be finished painting by the time my husband got home, because he was pretty vocal about my NOT painting the cupboard. In fact, as each of my boys got home and saw what I was doing, they all commented that I was going to be in trouble with dad! However, when asked, they all thought it looked better painted!
I wasn’t quite finished when Mark got home. I was sitting on the floor doing some touch ups when he walked in. He looked at me, looked at the cupboard, and said “it looks good!” WOW! Then he said, “I wouldn’t have painted it, but it does look good.” I’ll take that!
I have to say, I love it! It looks so much better in the room now and I do think that the paint is going to help preserve the wood in the long run. And, yes, the paint can be removed. There are still pieces of furniture that I would never paint – like the library table in my living room that is also from my Grandma Hoffman. The wood on that piece is amazing. I do think the painted furniture trend will eventually come to an end – but again, paint isn’t permanent and there are safe ways to remove it. Obviously, paint must have been popular in Grandma Hoffman’s days since the cupboard was painted when she had it and I think she would like how it looks today!
What do you think? Do you have any furniture that you would never paint?
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