Going on a shopping trip for “just smalls” is a dangerous thing for me. I just can’t help turning over the tags of pieces of furniture calling my name! There were several pieces that I was able to walk away from and I almost made it out the door without this piece, but I couldn’t resist. I had actually checked out and loaded my purchases and then pulled the checkbook out again and I bought it.
This is the piece I couldn’t leave…
Well, that’s half of it. I couldn’t put the hutch top on it, but you get the general idea. The gold was a little intense for me, but the piece was in great shape and had good bones. The interior was even nice and clean, which was important given what I went through with the primitive gray cupboard!
The original paint could still be seen under the hutch. Oh, I wish it was still that smokey blue!
I actually thought about painting it blue, but was a little concerned with how it would play against the gold paint if there was any chipping. For that reason, I decided to paint it in Farmhouse White. The gold that showed through distressing, or chipping if it happened, would look more like a yellowish wood under the white.
So, I painted it in two coats of Farmhouse White, lightly distressed the piece to highlight the texture and to age the paint, and then sealed it with Tough Coat. I’m having glass cut and should have the pieces to install tomorrow.
I love how this piece turned out. So much so that I kept hemming and hawing over it, not sure if I wanted to keep it or sell it. The jury is still out on that one, but it’ll most likely end up in the truck when we pack tomorrow. One can only have so many hutches before it’s out of hand. An ironstone collection is one thing. A hutch collection is quite another.
But then again, one needs a place to display said ironstone collection…
During the conversation about hutches, Jeff and I talked about other pieces that have been securely in my “keep pile”. Now I’m starting to think I need to get rid of more. I mean, how many store counters can you put in a house? Some of the things I want to keep are great “props”, but are they really things I’ll use in my home?
So, I think a few more tough decisions are to come.
Since we load the truck tomorrow, we worked on packing the ironstone and accessories that I’ve been using as props for my photos. I love so many of the pieces I’m bringing and I can’t wait to see the entire booth come together.
Well, that will happen on Thursday.