September 26, 2011

New project...

I found a beautiful hutch on craigslist. It was just the right size for my studio space. It was solid cherry, a lovely Temple-Stuart 50's piece.
I am painting it of course, and I am feeling a little guilty about it...not enough to stop me, however. The price was right, $50. Here is the progress so far...

The cabinet knobs and pulls are being replaced, I found these small matte black, clay knobs at Hobby Lobby for half price. The drawers will have matte black, bin pulls that I ordered online. They are cast iron and have a raised design of rose and thistle, love them. Painting the hutch with Annie Sloan, old white, has been easy and the results are just what I was hoping for. Two coats, straight on, clear wax, distress edges, dark wax, buff to a gorgeous sheen. This is my second project using this paint and the blog land hype is well deserved. Next up is the cabinet and hutch top. I will water down the paint slightly and roll it on with a foam roller. The surface area is large and the results will be smoother than painting with a  brush. Hopefully, soon I will have the finished furniture to show you. Do you think I should paint the back of the hutch another color or wallpaper it?


  1. Thanks Karen...I think paint also. I am leaving a comment and hoping it is fixed.

  2. It looks like it's going to be beautiful! Don't feel guilty about painting the wood~it'll still be there under the paint. :) That's what I tell my husband when he says things like "You can't paint walnut!"
    I think either paint or wallpaper would be pretty. You could stencil the back, too, if you were so inclined.

  3. Oooo...this is going to be pretty! I'd choose paint, but I always choose paint :)

  4. It's going to be gorgeous. I wouldn't feel guilty about painting it though. Love the comment from Suzanne...the wood is still under the paint. I'd probably paint the inside a contrasting color. Such a great project.


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