Monday, March 4, 2013

Depression Era Hutch Redo


I'm a Jane Austen fan (sometimes I think I was born in the wrong place and the wrong century, but then I realize I am way too sassy to have lived in England in the 1800's!  No man would have ever married me!).  Pride & Prejudice is my favorite story (how can you not love a witty young lady and a dashingly handsome, rich young man?) ;) .  I've watched the BBC version and won't tell you how I felt about it (although it's grown on me a little-lol).  But, I really enjoyed the Keira Knightly version. I know. I know. ;)

I absolutely fell in love with this room--more particularly the color and texture of the walls!




They inspired me on this piece.

Sorry, this post is going to be a little pic heavy because I just couldn't help myself--it's so lovely! :)


Before




 After










This is my second time using ASCP.  I have been secretly coveting a quart of Duck Egg and I finally broke down and ordered it.  I couldn't be more thrilled with it!  I love the variation in the color after you  wax or clear coat it (I've done both).  It distresses so well and really does have that vintage look.









 There was a little "inset" at the bottom of the piece so I used the opportunity to turn it into a french label.  I just white washed the spot before using wax paper to transfer the graphic.








 Another set of great legs!  Ooh la la!!





The hardware couldn't be more perfect for this piece.  At first, I put the original hardware back on.  I stared at it for about 30 sec and then decided it just didn't "fit" anymore.  So, off with the old and in with the new!  It's so feminine (and my dear hubby informed me this color was "girly" so it is absolutely perfect!!).
















 I used a wet rag to distress and it looks so natural and left the dark finish underneath (where a sanding block would have removed a lot of that dark stain).  









I hope she finds a good home (or, just maybe, I secretly don't because then I will be forced to keep her!)

This china cabinet was featured by Courtney @ A Diamond in the Stuff
Peggy @ PJH Designs
Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.
Deborah @ Green Willow Pond
and
Leslie @ House on the Way

 Thank you!!

This makeover was linked up at Jennifer Rizzo's Springsperation Linky Party



Linked up here:
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
If It's Not Baroque...
Three Mango Seeds The DIY'ers />
Ivy and Elephants

Homespun Happenings


Designed Decor
Dear Creatives
Common Ground
Button pic 9 The Shabby Nest

48 comments:

  1. This is absolutely beautiful!!! I"m inlove with the color and I too am a HUGE Pride and Prejudice fan!!!

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    1. Thank you Rita! Everyone should have a Mr. Darcy! And, I can't help but change the way I talk just a little every time I see the movie! lol

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  2. Bragged about you on my Facebook page - just love this!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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    1. You are sweet Stacey. Thank you. ;)

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  3. Lovely and definitely not too many pics. I love them all. BTW...came over from FB. Thanks Stacey for the post.

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  4. Great hutch love the color you picked to paint it.

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  5. This has to be one of my favorites! I love it, and I think it would be a keeper, I don't think I could part with such a beauty! And the Keira Knightly version is my favorite too!

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  6. Hey there...I'm visiting from Elizabeth & Co. Beautiful! I can't wait to get my hands on a piece like this to play with. I'm fairly new to ASCP as well, and love it! You did a tremendous job...Congrats!
    -andi

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  7. Pinning it, I love it!

    Bliss

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  8. Beautiful makeover! I love the new color.

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  9. I love it, I love it, I LOVE IT! Did I say that I love it? This is a beautiful piece of furniture and the paint color, new hardware and drawer liner have just elevated it to a whole new level! Perfection! You really did an outstanding job! Hugs, Leena

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  10. I thought I knew what I wanted to say but your friend Pink*Cherub*Moon said it all quite succinctly and perfectly. I would so love to have that piece but think it might be a bit pricey for me to have you ship it or for me to come up there to get it. You're not having real nice weather right now either according to our weather man so guess I'll have to love it from afar. Whomever buys that piece is one very lucky person. I am down right envious. Your choice of knobs is perfect for that piece.
    Happy March

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  11. Beautiful....Dee from My Painted Stuff

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  12. Beautiful job!! I see so many of this style needing some TLC!!

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  13. You did a great job on this. Love all the detail and the porcelain knobs are so pretty!

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  14. Love this!!! I'm a huge P&P fan too ;)
    Jamie www.somuchbetterwithage.com

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  15. This piece turned out beautifully! Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!

    Hugs,
    Deborah

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  16. You certainly did justice to this beautiful piece. It's a charming design and you've sympathetically transformed it without over-doing the distressing.

    The colour reminds me of my new favourite-colour-of-all-time called Summer Sky: it's a chalk paint too, I've been using the brand you mentioned earlier for a very long time but the limited colour choice led me to do some in-depth research in the market and I discovered AUTENTICO chalk paints.

    The range is vast - more than 120 different AUTENTICO colours, so NO more random mixing. It behaves better too, it does not go on thick and gloopy, it glides on smoothly and the finish after two coats, and waxing, is gorgeous and more to the point is more robust.

    Back to your piece: I haven't seen anything like this in UK and I'm a collector at Auction so I get to see a vast range of furniture coming through.

    What do you call a piece like that, and what was it's traditional use?

    Happy painting gals!

    Regards
    ~ Rhianne aka @Ladybizbiz

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    1. This is a mahogany Depression-era china cabinet (c. 1930s). They were mass-produced, and finding one in good condition can be a challenge. Women stored their china and silver in them, as well as any other important serving pieces. Nowadays people use them all over the house, but the original owner would have almost exclusively kept them in the dining room. These pieces were primarily owned by the middle class, and would have been a show piece, not only because the piece itself is beautiful, but the china inside was displayed for guests to see (chalk that up to Americans' insistence on conspicuous consumption). The middle class generally lived in smaller houses (basically a living room, dining room, kitchen, and 2 or 3 bedrooms and a bath) and would not have had a butler's pantry like the wealthy or upper middle classes had. They are very popular right now because they look fabulous painted!

      I wonder if the paint you mentioned is sold in the colonies (haha).

      I have a mild obsession with this paint color right now, too. My brother bought me a quart of it for Christmas and it's so rich, especially with the wax applied. This piece looks great! I much prefer using a wet rag to distress. Less mess!

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    2. What a beautiful surprise! I have the same piece in my garage right now (see "before" shot above). It's been handed down though my family over the years & while its got good bones, it is in desperate need of some tlc. I absolutely love what you have done to this & am so glad to have found more info on it. Thanks!

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  17. Well done! Love the French label too. Found you through Pinterest.

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  18. Oh me oh my! I just don't even know where to start....! This piece is AMAZING! It has such wonderful shapes and your re-furbish job on it is gorgeous, and it looks so great in you home, and and and and, I like the lining, and I can go on and on! What a terrific find!

    hugs x
    crystelle

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  19. Beautiful! You had great inspiration. I love the way your piece turned out.

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  20. I am seriously in love! That is one amazing piece of furniture & I love what you did with it! Thanks for sharing & linking up with me. Hope your having a great week! Theresa @ DearCreatives.com

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  21. You had me with Pride and Prejudice! The colour you chose is amazing for the piece!

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  22. Such a great color! Love your inspiration photo too. I love all the distressing you did on the piece...just enough. Great little label on the bottom and fabulous knobs! Thanks for sharing how you achieved such a great look. I saw your post over at "Miss Mustard Seed".

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  23. Stopping over from Miss Mustard Seed's linky party. I love the Duck Egg color, I may have to succumb and order it also! Your piece looks great with it...and don't worry about there being too many pics, there can never be too many of those!
    Your post is inspiring me to get out some of my Jane Austen movies, just to look over some of the interiors!

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  24. Beautiful! I love duck egg too, and I love that whole house in that movie! :) Thank you for linking this up to Rustic Restorations Weekend!

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  25. Oh what a pretty pretty color. Fabulous change my dear!! I love pride and prejudice too---just reread it this past summer.

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  26. Love pride and prejudice and that color is gorgeous! Great job!!

    Brie @ Breezy Pink Daisies

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  27. I totally love that hutch in THAT color! Fantastic!

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  28. Beautiful! Just beautiful!!!

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  29. What a gorgeous piece...love the color!
    You must keep her!

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  30. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the color blue you chose. Thanks for linking up at Talkin About Thursdays.

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  31. Beautiful Lisa! I love me some Duck Egg Blue! I love the new hardware and the French label. Thanks for sharing at Transformed Tuesday.
    Hugs,
    Peggy

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    1. Guess who was the most click link this week at Transformed Tuesday! See you later tonight.
      xoxo,
      Peggy

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    2. Thank you so much Peggy!

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  32. I love that color. You did such a great job. Thanks for linking up to The DIY'ers!

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  33. Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing it at my Twirl & Take a Bow party at House on the Way. Stop by tomorrow to see it featured! Be sure to grab a Featured Button too!
    Leslie

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  34. Loving all of the pieces you do! I am a new follower now! Going to keep looking through past projects :) Would love if you visited my blog!
    http://theweathereddoor.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much and I will definitely be checking it out!

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  35. Another beautiful piece & the French label just set it off perfectly!

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  36. I love this look so much! I've been trying to convince my husband to let me do something similar to a piece that belonged to his grandmother.

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  37. This piece is gorgeous! I'm on my third piece with Annie Sloan Paint...and loving it!
    I adore how your personalized this piece to make it more " now " with the french label and girly knobs! I have a china cabinet in my basement of a similar vintage crying out for chalk paint... I'm just keep wavering on color! LOL If you like, please join my weekly blog hop... Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop! Tomorrow is our 100th anniversary! Keep painting!

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  38. LOVE this piece! I see you like Hobby Lobby knobs too:)

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