Another favorite find of mine is this lovely old cabinet that was left behind from the previous owners at the first house we ever bought (do you see a pattern here? I like cabinets! 🙂 ).
It’s essentially a few plywood boxes with a drawer and doors. I loved the amount of storage it offered as well as its convenient size. The one thing I did NOT love, was its finish. Plywood, in its natural form is not the most attractive of finishes so I set out to change that. I started with a deep, hunter green shade of milk paint which I used on the entire body of the cabinet along with a light beige for the doors and drawer fronts. Speaking of milk paint, boy has it made a comeback in recent years! It’s right up there with chalk paint these days. It’s a timeless paint finish having been used for thousands of years. In fact, some of the earliest cave drawings dating over 20,000 years ago were painted with milk paint. My cabinet isn’t quite that old, but it’s old!
Okay, back to todays favorite…..After painting the entire piece and slightly distressing it, it still wasn’t “enough”. I’ve always admired antique folk art whether painted on furniture, dishes or the side of a barn. Plus, the meaning behind the symbols are quite fascinating (read on to learn about the symbolisms). So, I decided to use some of the symbols that were meaningful to me, creating my own folk art inspired design.
Today, this beauty holds board games, cd’s (and cassettes, I told you it was old, and so are the cassettes!), decks of cards, pool table equipment, etc. with room to spare.
I love transforming pieces disregarded by most, and turning them into a new creation! This old piece has been in every house we’ve lived in and I won’t be tossing it out anytime soon.
As I mentioned previously, many elements have historical symbolism across many nationalities and religions. I chose the items on this piece for the following meanings.
6 pointed hex = 6 attributes of God: Wisdom, Power, Majesty, Love, Mercy, Justice
Lamb = Lamb of God, Jesus, Gentleness
Rooster = A sinners acceptance of Jesus
Vine = Jesus (the branches = the church/believers)
Tulip = Faith, Hope, Charity; also the Trinity, Father, Son, Holy Spirit
Heart = Everlasting love
I hope you’ve enjoyed learning a little more about the things I love. If you’d like to share some of YOUR favorite finds, please leave me a comment below and include pictures, I’d love to hear from you and I just might feature your favorite on my blog!!
Until next time,