Stepback cupboards have a top section which is set back from the bottom. They are a popular design which dates back centuries. The cupboard that I painted was primitive in design and handmade. The stain which was opaque was dried out and peeling away in most places. This is what it looked like on Etsy where I purchased it from a local business called In the Raw Vintage.
I had to do a lot of sanding to get rid of that peeling stain.
I painted the cupboard in Annie Sloan Country Grey and added Old White dry brushing to give it texture. The inside was painted in a Provence mix.
This is a closer view of the dry brushing. Country Grey is a perfect colour for a rustic piece like this. It is a neutral “greige”and the type of colour you see on old furniture. I don’t think the handles and knobs were original but they are old brass. I painted them with both colours and added copper gilding. Now they look like verdigris.
The painted version is definitely an upgrade over the original which was not usable in its peeling state.
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