Thursday, May 23, 2013

French Country Cabinet Makeover

Finally, there are no more dark brown pieces of furniture in the front entry.

I painted a brown hutch that we inherited with the new house to match the French Bench across from it. 

This was how it looked 'before'.  I was about to take the piece to the goodwill, but it fit perfectly in the entryway.  It gave me just enough storage for seasonal décor.  What to do??
Paint it, of course.
Here's a quick look at the process.
Putting on the first coat

First coat on

Second coat on, still wet

Paint is all dry, ready to do a light sand to remove any brushmarks

Brushing on the dark furniture wax

You can see the waxed, and unwaxed area
As you can see in the 'before' picture, there was leaded glass in the doors.  Unfortunately, it did not come out in one piece.
But, I had some chicken wire in the barn.  And some hot glue :)
Here's the finished piece.
The lilacs around here have been so beautiful.  It's my surprise garden again.  Rhododenderons and Lilacs, and things of all kinds blooming everywhere.  I put together an arrangement of white, dark purple, and traditional lilacs, together with green hellebores and euphorbia.  I put them into a white soup tureen. 

They made the whole house smell amazing.

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  1. Lovely! I love the chicken wire and hot glue solution, too.

  2. I'm impressed! You have a new follower! I never would have seen the beauty that could be in an old hutch like that! It is amazing what you have done!! That is pure talent! And who doesn't love lilacs! I hope you have a good day
    ~ Stacy

  3. This is beautifully done! I love your header.

  4. New Follower! Would love for you to share at Simple & Sweet Fridays. So pretty!