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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.


P.S. We would love to share your best stuff with our readers.  Check out this post on how to send those wonderful ideas in:


Announcing The Best Of You

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We get messages and emails all the time sharing the awesome things you guys are doing! Because we know you have many great ideas and projects that are worth sharing we have decided to start a new “The Best of You” Section! We want you to send us your projects…big and small that we can share. Don’t be afraid to put it out there! Sometimes the simplest projects are the most rewarding because anyone can do them and they plant the seed of inspiration. The big projects can be great because they make us all go “WOW”, and even though we might not be able to recreate it, we can certainly glean inspiration from it. We want them both, big or small! We would love to see what you’re doing in a variety of categories…home décor, diy, construction, gardening, arts and crafts, kiddo ideas, cooking, canning, handy fix it tips, anything, everything, all those things! Please share and help us build a community of idea sharing! Your ideas can be original or borrowed (the best ones usually are) and both are acceptable!

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Here’s how you contribute:

*Email us at

*Attach photo(s) that are good quality (email the highest resolution you can even if you need to send multiple emails). Don’t stress if the photos are not perfect, ours certainly are not and we know this is a weakness of our blog right now. (It actually held us back from starting for a long while until we changed our mindset to just jump in and figure things out as we go.)

*Answer the following questions: Where did your idea come from? How did you do it? Why do you love it? Are there any websites or people out there we need to link to your post for original idea credit? Tell us a quick blurb about you and where you live. What else do you want to share about it? Don’t feel pressured to fit any kind of format, you can keep it short and sweet or you can be long winded it’s up to you!

*Optional: send us your photo (or one of you and your family) to personalize it.

*Send it in any format you wish and we can tweak it. Don’t be afraid!

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Thanks for helping us meet our goal (sharing the creation of….stuff!)

Happy projecting,
Kelli & Aaron