Remember these two pieces?

Well, it took a bit of time to develop (three times lifting that hutch up onto the base and lots of looking and discussing to be precise), but these two pieces finally came together to make one awesome, bead board hutch.

And wow-wee…some matches were just meant to be.

The piece was a group effort.  As I shared, my dad and I worked together on rebuilding the base and I removed the rotted doors and all of the flaking paint.  From there, Emily and I tag-teamed the painting, distressing, and finishing of this beast.  (Emily, by the way, came up for a few days to learn and help.  She is based in Raleigh and you can find her at PennyandIvy on Instagram.)

She spent the better part of those three days with her head inside this cabinet!  It was a lot of painting, but we agreed that it needed to be painted, inside and out, in MMS Milk Paint Grain Sack, to make the two pieces work together.

The exterior of the hutch top was already a Grain Sack-ish white, so we just sealed that with Tough Coat.  The interior was a bright blue/green and, even though it was a pretty color, it was too bright and looked off when the doors were open.

You can see all of the flatware I’ve been collecting for my “flatware bar” that I’ll have set up at Lucketts.  I have oodles of forks and knives, but I’m still on the hunt to fill my spoon jar.

The linens are from my personal stash, but I am ordering more to sell at Lucketts.

And I’m so pleased with how this piece turned out.  It would be perfect for display and/or storage in a home or commercial space.

While we’re on the topic of Lucketts, I wanted to share that I will be offerings holds again this year for VIP ticket holders.  Pieces will be held until noon on Friday and then they are fair game.  I like to offer this, so that shoppers who invest in the $40 for first pick can, hopefully, get the item they really want without feeling like they have to race to get to it first.

I’ll be sharing more details about that soon, but I wanted to let everyone know, since some of my veteran customers have already asked for pieces to be held.

Also, since I’m closing the studio in June, I don’t want to take a lot home.  Everything left on Sunday will be heavily discounted, so it’ll be a great shopping day for bargain hunters and dealers wanting to resell.


  1. Sandy Ross

    Looks great now! Also love that chippy blue crate on the bottom, could definitely see that at my house. Unfortunately Luckett’s is a little far from the Seattle area😓

  2. Lilia

    Hello Marian,
    I LOVE everything you do and admire your entusiasm and energy!
    Anyway, I have a point. Don’t you think that it needs legs? I always add legs to pieces without it, it’s like adding some caracter. Don’t you thik so?

  3. Sandra

    Marian –

    Good morning! Do you have any idea which part of the USA you think that your family will be headed?

  4. Atina

    You’ve done it again! Looks great. My only complaint is that the Spice Girls “Two Become One” song is now in my head on repeat.

  5. Julie Briones

    I love this. It actually looks like two different pieces to me (two that were not made to go together)… But, I like that look!

  6. Gilda

    not sure this ‘marriage’ works…the widths are so disparate…hmmmmm

  7. Jo Ann

    How did I miss that you are closing your studio in June?

  8. Mary

    I like the fact that this married piece can be separated and used in a different way if needed.
    You are not stuck with one big piece if your situation changes. Very nice.

  9. Michelle O

    I love how this has come together! Such character in both pieces! Lovely!

  10. George

    very nice rehab job Marian, looks great. Did you consider putting feet on the bottom? maybe just a simple bun, or something to match the rustic feet on the upper piece? Just my 2 cents 😉

  11. MaryLisa Noyes

    I’m looking forward to Luckett’s and these wonderful pieces!

  12. Elizabeth

    Beautiful job… I love the unexpected tie-in of the breadboard at front with the interior headboard below. Very nice.

  13. Kim

    Have I missed something…..Are you moving to a new studio? An old chippy barn would be awesome!!

  14. Mary T

    Will you still be blogging when you move? (and beautiful pieces, by the way). Will you continue with the Miss Mustard Seed paint line? I must have missed something.. I’m sorry!

    • Marian Parsons

      Yes! I’ll still be blogging and I’ll still have the milk paint line. I’ll just be doing it all from somewhere else. 🙂 You can read about it here…

  15. Suzanne

    I would love to purchase some of the flatware…how would I go about it?

  16. Annie (Canada)

    It turned out fantastic! You’re so right these two pieces were meant to be together.

  17. Naomi Shelton

    I’m still not convinced that I like the two cupboards together. They are nicely restored and painted but it’s the difference in width of the two and those little foot-like things on the top part. They look like they should be on the floor to me. And I’m not sure putting feet on the bottom piece would help a lot. But, as I said the other day, someone will love it and be happy to take it home with them.


    What a wonderful job you have done with those two antique pieces! Marian, they look great together! Sure wish I could head to Lucketts!

    Have a wonderful week-end!

  19. M Daniels

    Great color match. I wonder what it would look like if you flipped the top piece over so that those feet were on top instead of on the bottom, the trim on top now resting flush with the base cabinet?

  20. Cheryl

    You did good! Love it as one piece!!

  21. Sherri

    What a beautiful piece! You did an awesome job!!

  22. Robin

    It’s gorgeous Marian! Wouldn’t change a thing! I’m excited for your new adventure! Can’t wait to follow along!

  23. Linda Clement

    It is beautiful! I love the color. You did an amazing job. I am sure it adds grace and charm to your room.

  24. Debbie

    I know I am alone on this one but…I would rather the two pieces be separated. I don’t think they go together because the scale is off. To me, it looks like you put a small cupboard on top of a bigger cabinet, painted it the same color and tried to convince the pair to live together happily ever after. I would put casters on that wonderful base cabinet and sell it as a craft storage center or kitchen/storage worktable, or use it as a tv console (so many uses!). The top cupboard would easily sell by itself. Both pieces are wonderful–alone. jmo

    • Marian Parsons

      That was actually what our discussion was about as we kept trying it on and taking it off. I agree that both pieces look good on their own, but honestly, the hutch would be hard to display in an outdoor booth and it makes a stronger display together. If someone wants to buy the pieces separately, though, I’d be happy to do that! I don’t think there is a right or wrong in this case. Just preferences. 🙂



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