Step-Back Cupboard

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A Casual Country Classic

Project designed and built by Steve Rigrish

This charming cupboard earns its step-back name from the fact that its upper section is shallower than the base. But it’s also a step back in time in terms of materials, joinery, hardware, and finish. Its overall dimension is 19"d x 48"w x 82" h. 

The entire piece—front and back—is solid hardwood, without even a sliver of plywood. And the hand-planed surfaces and joinery duplicate the no-nonsense practicality of time-tested country craftsmen. The tradition continues with authentically-styled vintage nails and hardware. We distressed the cupboard to replicate generations of wear, using milk paint and shellac finish formulas that have remained virtually unchanged over hundreds of years.

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