September 20, 2013

Farmhouse Hutch Dresser in Duck Egg and Old White

A couple of weeks ago I walked into one of my local haunts and spotted this...
a solid timber dark stained hutch dresser...I had to have it of course!

I love upcycling hutch dressers - in fact the very first piece of furniture I painted was a hutch dresser 
(no need to start small and work up, is there?)

I have only actually done two this year - this one, and the Florence hutch a few weeks ago.  I just don't find too many decent ones at a decent price, so I was thrilled to find this one :)  I got straight to work on it, removing the top glass doors then painting three coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Duck Egg on the outside, and around four coats of Old White on the inside (I lost count!)

I distressed it by hand, then waxed with Annie Sloan's Clear Wax.

Here's how it turned out...
I think that leaving the doors off the top gives it quite a different look and feel- obviously more dusting will be required, but I think it gives better and more versatile display options.

I could see this piece in a kitchen, dining area, kids room, playroom or even a large bathroom.  
It would also make a sweet display space in a shop or salon.
You could even use the top shelves as a bookcase...something that would look odd if it still had the doors on it!

I think the Duck Egg colour works really well over dark stained pieces...not so much over orange/tan pine which seems to clash quite badly and change the tone of the paint.

The pink and the yellow vintage plates belonged to my late Mother in law -I love them, and miss her!  The plate in the centre I found at a second hand store in Havelock North, New Zealand, on a road trip holiday in 2011.  You may recognise these plates - they appear in my blog header!

 And...a side by side...
This piece was snapped up last night as soon as I had the photos up :)
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  1. It's huge, lucky for your big studio! great colour combo and great sales Karen, you certainly know your market. have a good weekend

  2. I love it Karen - and I love that you took the doors off, as you say it gives you loads more options. I'd love to try one myself one day :)

  3. This is really very pretty!! I love it. I just purchased a hutch yesterday that I want to make over. I use chalk paint on my pieces all the time but can you tell me, did you sand or prime your piece??? Since it had that heavy stain? Any bleed through?