Does this cabinet look familiar?
In case you don’t, let me refresh your memory.
Here is how the hutch looked when I found it on craigslist…
It had a lot going for it. A pretty and simple shape, interesting details and I liked the wire in the upper cabinet doors.
It was painted a most unfortunate shade of brown, though, and the interior was a mess.
The contact paper and a smattering of cream paint wasn’t working for me. As I was working on upholstery, Kriste asked what she should do with it. I suggested painting the outside first and then we’ll deal with the inside. It was just a delay tactic and we eventually had to deal with it.
It involved scoring the contact paper, ample amounts of Goo Gone, and scraping with a scraper and then a razor.
It was not a fun job.
I know it looks like I made Kriste do everything while I snapped pictures (and ate chocolates), but we worked on it together. I don’t like asking people to do things I’m not willing to do myself and I think not-fun work goes a lot faster when you can tag-team it (and listen to some good music while you work.)
Once all of the contact paper was removed, we cleaned the cabinet with a grease-cutting cleaner and allowed it to dry overnight. The next day, I sanded it, just to make sure all of the sticky residue and texture from the splattered paint was smooth and ready for paint.
I painted the interior in two coats of MMS Milk Paint in Mora. The exterior is painted in a mix of Grain Sack and Trophy with Farmhouse White on top and some 100% Beeswax finish in between the layers to encourage some chipping and crackling. (You can find a tutorial on that technique HERE.) Bonding Agent was not mixed with the paint for this project.
I liked the shape of the old knobs, but they were crusted with multiple layers of paint, so I decided to replace them with glass. They fit with the farmhouse look of the cabinet, but add a bit of sparkle.
I really love the chipping and crazing we achieved on this piece. I don’t want an old piece like this to look freshly painted.
Oh, that crazing!! I don’t know why that thrills me, but it just does!
And this was a fun one to photograph. You just fill a hutch with some ironstone, pretty bowls and linens and you’re good to go!
Everything (almost) in the photo shoot will be for sale at the Lucketts Spring Market, May 20-22, 2016.
This piece definitely wears Farmhouse White better than it wore baby poop brown.
We were all thinking it and it just had to be said.
I worked on two more chairs and the chalkboard on Friday, so I am getting close to being finished with my stash and it is satisfying! I won’t have a pile of things I’m trying to ignore every time I walk to the sewing machines or supply closet.
I have two more chairs and two ottomans to slipcover and a few other odds and ends to finish and then I’ll be done. I’m planning to have four more solid workdays in the studio this week to get that stuff done and one shopping day to pick up more goodies.
It should be another exciting week…