…the chicken cabinet – painting

I really didn’t know what I wanted to do with this cabinet. I wanted it to be really country. Raw and peeling and farm-ish. I wanted t0 maybe try a new color and the interior a contrasting color. Hmmmm.

Of course then I saw in live-and-in-person and found out that it was oak! What is the special thing about oak you may ask? Well, because it has a real texture to it you can use a Weathered-Wood Painting Technique as outlined in Annie Sloan’s book and in my YouTube Tutorial. I was so excited when I figured out how to do it because it really creates that coveted Restoration Hardware look. It is an aged and weathered wood look even if the wood is not old. Here’s the link:

The deal is you really need oak to make this technique work. This is what my piece looked like when it arrived. Oak.




Sun-stained and not very inspiring, if you ask me. Ah, but there is such freedom when you can paint! This piece could turn into anything! I wanted to try something new. A new color. I asked you all on Facebook if you had tried AS Versailles. You posted some gorgous photos of your work. Thank you! Just for reference, let’s take a look at Versailles and AS’s inspiration for the color.


Wow. That’s pretty incredible, yes? I had to try the paint out after seeing this space.


For those of you that have not tried it either, this color has a bit of a yellow/greenish undertone. It’s very pretty, but less in the brown family. 

Once you have your oak piece and your paint you will then need a clean rag handy.


Dip your brush sparingly in your paint.


Brush lightly WITH the grain.



Then take your rag and wipe the paint off lightly WITH the grain.


The paint still stays in the crevices of your wood, but come off a bit on the raised areas.


It will start to look like this (above). If you want less paint on your wood then get a damp cloth and wipe some of the excess paint off. This looks a bit heavy here, but keep in mind that it still has to dry.



Paint loves wood detail and so do I! Don’t paint the crevices. Let them be the natural wood color for contrast.


Brush strokes enhance the look. Just make sure you are consistently light in your painting.


This is still wet so it looks a tad dark. It will lighten. Time for the hutch & interior! Big reveal & my thoughts on it tomorrow.

FYI – this entire piece took me about 45 minutes.


…the chicken cabinet- shipping

Many of you ask me about shipping and I always start with the same line. It sucks. If you are not a large company and you are trying to ship items that are heavy & awkward – like furniture – then it is expensive and hard to schedule. Shipping from your house? Even more of a challenge. Once you wrap your brain around this then you can figure it out if need be.


I have shipped my pieces for about 4 years now all over the country using USHIP. USHIP is a bidding process that allows you to list an item to be moved and shippers going that way will bid on the item. These are basically truckers or individuals that need some extra cash and are willing to come to your front door to help if you can pay them. If you are shipping for a client then you have to do alot of back and forth to make sure you find a price and pick up/drop off that works for all parties. It takes quite a bit of time. Hence why I put on my Etsy shop – “serious inquiries only.” However, when you get all the stars to align it can work. First task is making sure clients know that shipping state to state from a small business is not cheap.


Back to my chicken cabinet. As I posted yesterday, I purchased this item from Ebay kinda by mistake. Now I needed to find a way to get it all the way down the east coast. Ugg. Turns out the chicken cabinet was nestled in an antique shop near Niagra Falls! Oh boy. It took me less than a day and no USHIP bids to realize that no shippers were going to upstate NY. The seller was super patient with me and even gave me a few names of trucking companies to call. The problem with these is that if they are the big boys then they charge big bucks. Like more than the $799 I paid for the piece.

Back and forth.

Back and forth.

I finally found a shipper that gave me a price that I could work with. Three months later and the piece arrived. Whew! I took a huge breath as the boys unbundled it from the moving blankets. You never really know what you’ve got on your hands until you get it to your door, yea?

It was a miracle.

It was beautiful and it was…..oak! What’s so exciting about oak? It means that I can use the Weathered-Wood Painting  Technique. What is this? Stay tuned.