Furniture Makeover

The big, pine cupboard was scratched and scuffed, its plain brown surface dull and coated with dust, its knobs and handles tarnished. Yet Lynn Maddocks, an educator from Dedham, saw beauty in the old piece of furniture. Made of solid wood, it was a sturdy piece, made to weather generations of use. A wavy trim framed its top. Its many doors and drawers were still in great working condition. And the wide wooden panels backing its shelves would look beautiful if painted a fresh, cottage white.

“I knew with this piece that I needed to brighten and lighten it,” said Maddocks, holding a paintbrush coated with white milk paint.

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