Refinishing a Stepback Cupboard

Refinishing a Stepback Cupboard - farmhouse kitchen

The stepback cupboard for our kitchen is officially DONE!  I should have listened to Jason when he tried to tell me how much work refinishing this piece would be :).  I found our vintage stepback cupboard on ESTY after pricing out brand new cabinets at our local home improvement center.  New cabinets can be so expensive!

Refinishing a Stepback Cupboard

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Refinishing a Stepback Cupboard - before wrapped in plastic

After talking Jason into getting this piece and trying to convince him it would work I realized quickly how wrong I was after it was delivered.  My lovely perfectionist husband was right… this piece was a hot mess!!!

Refinishing a Stepback Cupboard - before peeling paint

It looked much better with the plastic wrap on :).  I was told that this piece was taken out of a home on the Eastern shore of Maryland.  It reminded me so much of the built in cupboard we had in our first house.  I had used it to display all my favorite vintage Fiestaware pieces that I had starting collecting since I was in college.  I imagined displaying my collection on this piece once again.

To be completely honest, Jason is responsible for at least 90% of refinishing this baby.  It took way more time to finish than any other furniture remodels to date….MONTHS!

Refinishing a Stepback Cupboard - scraping

We started with sanding and got almost nowhere.  It had at least 7 layers of paint on it.

Refinishing a Stepback Cupboard - paint remover

Jason decided to try paint remover on it.  I can’t even remember how many cans of paint remover we bought.  It think maybe 6.


Refinishing a Stepback Cupboard - paint remover

Refinishing a Stepback Cupboard - scraping the paint off

He added the paint remover to the cupboard and I worked on the doors.

Refinishing a Stepback Cupboard

The paint definitely came off a lot easier with the paint remover and more and more of the original character started to come back like this pretty detail around the doors which unbelievably matched our kitchen cabinets.

Refinishing a Stepback Cupboard - sanding

Lastly, Jason sanded it down and filled in the cracks with wood putty.


Refinishing a Stepback Cupboard - wood putty

Refinishing a Stepback Cupboard - wood putty

I had hoped to preserve some of the wood rather than painting it but it was too far gone.

Refinishing a Stepback Cupboard - reinforcing the bottom of the cupboard

Jason strengthened it up with extra molding, wood, nails and screws.

Refinishing a Stepback Cupboard - painting

We painted it white and it is FINALLY in our kitchen :).

Refinishing a Stepback Cupboard - painted

Along with some new polished nickel hardware from Home Depot.

We liked the hardware so much that we added it to ALL the cabinets in our kitchen.Refinishing a Stepback Cupboard - polished nickel hardware

And… my vintage Fiestaware has a new place to go along with all the mugs, glassware and some dishes and bakeware.

Refinishing a Stepback Cupboard - fiestaware

Refinishing a Stepback Cupboard - kitchen

Refinishing a Stepback Cupboard - kitchen

We are still very busy remodeling this kitchen… adding a vent hood, putting a beadboard ceiling and we have a new island!!!

Refinishing a Stepback Cupboard - kitchen

Refinishing a Stepback Cupboard - kitchen

Can’t wait to share more of it with you guys soon!

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4 thoughts on “Refinishing a Stepback Cupboard

  1. O Tara, it looks like the project from H E double toothpick. Your Jason is a gem and a keeper. It looks gorgeous now. Can’t wait to see the island. I almost thought your kitchen was too narrow for one. I’m looking forward to your magic!

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