After 60, birthday surprises are harder to come by, so I thought! The surprise wasn’t so much what was coming, but how COOL it was. For my birthday, I asked Jon to drive me in his truck to a town where there is one of my favorite “antique” junk shops. Every time in the past I have explored their offerings, I have noted several corner cupboards. But wouldn’t you know it, that on the day I go prepared to haul something home, nothing is suitable. There were a few corner shelves made from old doors and things, but not an official corner cupboard. Shucks. But I at least enjoyed the hunt, so it still counted as my birthday outing. Jon mentioned after seeing the offerings, that maybe he would make me one. I happened to have a corner cupboard building plan on my “Creative Displays” Pinterest board, so I emailed it over just in case he might want to keep it simple.
I sent over this link: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/500251471092033493/
At my birthday party, I was given a progress report.
Jon was using lumber from a tree he had cut down and milled on his sawmill. I am standing by the stump cleaning up some walnuts the previous fall. I was seriously impressed with the makings of my cupboard. I did not have to wait too long for the final product to be delivered to me.
Jon has the picture of the message he burned into the wood on the back, and I insisted he sign his name and date. I will add that pic at a later date.
Now for the job of painting or staining it. I pretty much decided I wanted to try Miss Mustard Seeds milk paint products.
See here: http://missmustardseedsmilkpaint.com/
I ordered my product locally from El & EM at www.elandem.net. Their service was timely and efficient: critical components for DIY folks. The hard part was choosing a color! I wanted to try quite a few, but after assessing my decor, I settled for Layla’s mint. I had a hard time not choosing one of the blues or lavenders. Also, I have not waxed or oiled my cupboard yet. The product was easy to use, and I read all the information on Miss Mustard Seeds’ web page before starting.
This is a close up of the bottom of the cupboard. Jon put silver sailboat knobs on the cupboard, and I just love them. Inside the cupboard on the bottom shelf is a quilt my great grandmother made for me when I was born. It is done with 1940’s fabrics in the Arkansas Snowflake block, and the bottom quilt was made for me by my sister and mother, and it is so worn, that I can only display it now.
This is a close up of the bottom shelf of the top half of the cupboard. I arranged some dried and silk flowers in an old brown bowl used for baking beans that belonged to my great grandmother. On the right is a pottery made my son Dan, and the left is a ceramic “granite” watering can. Since I love birds, I had to nestle one in my arrangement.
Now for a close up on the middle shelf.
Here, I decided to be different and hang my little bird plate. Suzanne gave me the ceramic blue Mason jars. I do not have anything in them YET. The butter dish is from my favorite pottery company:http://www.polishpotteryonline.com/polish-pottery.html
Also on this shelf is a very old wooden train that is used for displaying birthday candles on a cake. My grandfather, worked on the railroad all his life, and anyone in the family who wanted or needed five candles or less, could have this train on their birthday cake. The little brass mouse displays the thought for the day, or when I get it changed. This one says:
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life” Proverbs 11:30a
I thought that was a fitting verse, for a cupboard that was a tree not too long ago.
And to close, the last shelf at the top has my set of Chinese noodle bowls and a beautiful pear candle.
Thanks for your time.