The Best of You: Carol’s Hoosier Cabinet Redo

We have always loved Hoosier cabinets at the Unconventional Farmhouse.  Anytime we run across one up for grabs somewhere we always linger over it and covet it, but we never walk away with it.  One day we will grab one up, I’m sure of it. But for now we always seem to have more pressing needs so we will just live vicariously through others.  (For the record you have our permission to go ahead and send us info if you happen to know of one for sale for a great price in our local area- who knows maybe the timing will be just right.)  A Hoosier cabinet is a cupboard that was popular in the first decades of the 20th century.  They are named after the Hoosier Manufacturing Company even though there are other companies who made them as well.  They fell from popularity when built in cabinets became the kitchen norm.

There are many Hoosier cabinets out there that are beautiful in their current condition, and then there are plenty that are in need of a facelift.  Carol Pettijohn sent us this Hoosier cabinet make over and we couldn’t wait to share it with you.  It combines two of our favorite things: (1) A beautiful piece of history dying to be upcycled and (2) Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

This is what Carol told us about her cabinet:

“This is an antique Hoosier cabinet that I inherited from my aunt years ago. I’ve always wanted to use it, but never knew how I wanted to fix it up to use in my home.  It has been sitting in my garage for about 10 years.  I finally decided to use Annie Sloan chalk paint- old white and duck egg blue. I love the results and it’s something I can always remember her by!”

Carol's Before Photo

Carol’s Before Photo

Carol's Stunning After Photo

Carol’s Stunning After Photo

A little sweat equity sure can go a long way!  Thanks for sharing Carol- we LOVE your project.


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  • Well, I wish I would have known, Kelli. I sold my old Hoosier cabinet at a yard sale. It even had the flour sifter in it. I still have some cool things. How about a bean picker and sorter? I used it as a plant stand for years. It’s time for me to get rid of my old treasures. When we come back to the states in May, I’ll show you my things that I’m almost ready to part with. There’s the word…”almost”. I don’t know why I hang onto my old things. It’s time to part with them.


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