Monday, November 23, 2009

from 70’s nightmare to French country dream…..my journey to my hutch ;)

I just linked up to the Hutch Party at Sanctuary Arts from Home.

Edited to add: My mama informed me this piece is from the 50's.....not the 70's.

One day a while back my mom and I were strolling through downtown Fairhope looking in our antique and thrift stores. We had been through several, and nothing had caught my eye until I saw this baby: Now to most people it would look dated and…..well…..kinda ugly, but I knew better. What really sold me on this piece was the fact that my mama has this exact piece in a larger size. I grew up with this piece, and I’ve seen it in many different paint colors and finishes. I KNEW what it could be…..At $300 this piece was more costly than my normal thrift finds, but it is a great piece of furniture….solid wood construction….velvet lined drawers….well worth the price (Which was 40% off by the way). It was on layaway for a couple of months (yes layaway), and then Andrew brought her home……

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Believe it or not, this $2.99 plate from TJMaxx was the inspiration for my piece….I KNEW I wanted that blue with brown detailing on my piece, and I went from there…..

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We sanded and sanded and sanded and sanded and sanded and then rolled on 2 coats of antique white. It covered very well.

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After the paint was dry I rubbed some Smoke glaze on to antique it.

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And here she is today! I love it and what it does for our dining area. It’s now the focal point, and I look at it constantly! I am in furniture love……..

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The back panel and recessed doors are painted Halycon Green and glazed. I love the original hardware, and I think it looks amazing on the piece now it’s redone.

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Right now it’s covered with my thrifty finds, but my Santa dishes and Santa Clauses are on their way!

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another view:

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Before and after

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This piece was so much fun, and I can’t wait to find my next piece that needs a little lovin’!

I’m linking this to:

Metamorphosis Monday

and Miss Mustard Seed on Friday.

35 comments:

black eyed susans kitchen said...

I am so impressed! It looks like a completely different piece of furniture with so much more style and grace. Lovely.
Susan

Mandy said...

Its beautiful! I love the white and blue and it looks fabulous with the white dishes. Your DIYs are so inspiring!

barbara@hodge:podge said...

Love-love the miracles paint can perform! You did a great job!

Beeutiful by Design said...

Wow,Wow! It's adorable. I love hutches and I have seen this exact same piece on Craig's List several times. Next time I see one I'm going to steal your idea and grab it. Thanks for a great post - Jennifer

Jeannine said...

You did a great job with this piece. And it's great that you love it so much. Makes all the work worth it---and the layaway wait!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

This is so pretty! I love those plates from TJ Maxx, too!

Suzanne and Jayme said...

You did an amazing job..It looks beautiful

Grams said...

Gorgeous! The plates are pretty too. TJ Max always has neat stuff.

vail

Tammy@InStitches said...

Oh Loulou, it looks so pretty !

Misty said...

That is absolutely gorgeous!!!! You did a great job!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Beautiful! I love the pretty blue. :)

Shelia said...

Hi! Your cabinet turned out wonderfully! I love it painted white. Now I have a little china just like yours except mine is only two doors wide but other than that - it's a cousin to yours. I've been wanting to paint mine. You're inspiring me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

Lou...that is FABULOUS! Love, love, love, the blue and orange accents. And the inspiration plate from the Maxx??? Gorgeous! Dangit, now I gotta go to the Maxx...I NEED those plates!

~Amanda

p.s. Where does one find Halycon green?

Valeree said...

What a great job! It turned out beautifully!! Love the colors. Thanks for sharing.

Pamela said...

You make me wanna cry! I had those wonderful lovely blue plates but sadly they went back to the store in hopes of finding white ones. No such luck. Love your hutch and of course those lovely plates!

Sarah said...

You have a good eye. Your new hutch is lovely with its new coat of paint and collection of white dishes. Great job! ~ Sarah

Mimi said...

What a fabulous transformation! I love the colors you have chosen...those are some of my favorite dishes, such a soft blue.

Janice said...

Hi Lou !!!

Your new hutch is absolutely delightful! I love your color choices. I swear I can almost detect a smile on that hutch... I know it's so relieved to be loved again.

Where in the world did you find the time for such a project? I remain in awe !!

janice

Stephanie Lynn said...

What an amazing job - This looks fabulous!! and I love the dishes too! I keep seeing them in the store and want them!

~ RM said...

Oh, I love it!~ what a great job you did!! Can't wait to see it all dressed up for Christmas... GOod job!

Sedona @ MyDivineDelights said...

Love it!! Gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing that!! I'm going to have to go get a sample of that halycon green. It's beautiful!

Maureen said...

Just awesome!

hannah :: sherbet blossom said...

oh my heavens! that is AMAZING! beautiful.

Miss Mustard Seed said...

I LOVE it! Great job! You know I love French Country and you did such a wonderful job with this piece. FFF is on holiday this week, but make sure you post it next week. Also, check out my blog tomorrow, I'm posting a picture of your tray in its current state. It's almost done!

Jen R. said...

Beautiful! It looks perfect in the room too!!! Jen

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh.....I LOVE this! And, I wish I had the top to it too......I NEED one. I've been on a quest!

Warm blessings,
Spencer

Linds@ THAT'S SO CUEGLY said...

OH DEAR! That's FAB!
found you via Liv w/Linds

myrepurposedlife.blogspot.com said...

awesome redo! I love the colors!
gail

Living With Lindsay said...

That is so lovely! Great job!

BLJ Graves Studio said...

This is lovely! I love how it turned out. :-)

southerninspiration said...

Gorgeous!!!!!! I love your vision and the way it turned out!

Suzanne

Sandy said...

Nice work! Really show off the white pottery pieces.

spindlecottage said...

Very pretty transformation!

Jennifer Rizzo said...

Loulou , it looks so nice and it has such a great transformation! What a great piece!

Lee Laurie said...

I love it! Looks totally different. I really like the colors you chose to paint it. Perfect for your dishes.

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