Sunday, November 13, 2011

From Basic Black To French Ooh La La

This project was a long time coming!  It actually took only a few hours to paint and wax the hutch, but three weeks to wait for the dark wax to come in.

Here is the finished hutch.

And here was my inspiration piece.


Most of you remember it when it looked like this, below in black.

And a few of you who have been around for a long time might remember the post I did on it here in 2008 at my previous house.  I painted it black, removing glass doors and replacing the glass with chicken wire.  It look like this...

I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and both the AS Soft Wax in clear and dark for the first time.  The paint went on easily and dried fast.  I only had to use one coat to cover the original black paint.

Here is a picture with the top half of the hutch having the dark wax applied and the bottom of the hutch has not yet been waxed. 

I purposely added more dark wax to the outside parts of the hutch and less on the door and drawer panels, to give some contrast.


I applied gold rub and buff to the original bronze handles and pulls to lighten them up.

I really enjoyed working with the chalk paint.  I am looking forward to my next painting project.  Once I finish up some other projects in my loft area, I will show you how it looks in place.

I am still waiting for the staple puller to arrive in the mail, so I can finish working on the settee.
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Penny

62 comments:

Strawberries and Sweet Love said...

I love it, looks so much prettier!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Hi Penny,
You did a beautiful job on this makeover...really dresses her up!!! I'm starting tomorrow on a few painting projects with chalk paint..LOVE this stuff!!

Blessings,
Linda

Pondside said...

I'm sure it was worth the wait for the wax, as the piece is beautiful!

MelMel said...

You have made a lovely job of that.....beautiful!x

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

You did an amazing job Penny! She sure is a pretty looking oh so frenchy piece now.

Lynda said...

It looks wonderful, Penny!!

Kelly said...

I love how it turned out! It looks like a completely different piece now. It looks like you spent a lot of money on it. You did a great job with how you styled it too.

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Oooh, looks great! Sometimes it's always about waiting for something to arrive in the mail, isn't it?

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

GORGEOUS Penny! You did an awesome job. Definitely looks like something you would see in a Charles Faudree design book! Martina

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Penny, that looks so good. I love the appliques you added. Great color. The inspiration picture looks like the finish on my dining room hutch.

Cozy Little House said...

It's quite lovely, Penny! I can't wait to see it in its spot.
Brenda

Eileen said...

Penny, this is simply beautiful. You did a fabulous job. I absolutely love it.

Melanie said...

Stunning piece! I actually like it better than the inspiration piece! The white detailing is gorgeous and really stands out. I've heard so much about this Annie Sloan chalk paint. I think I'm going to have to get some and get working on a desk I have in the garage...

Sandy said...

This really looks lovely now, in fact, all of your blog is lovely.
I see you are in the Blue Ridge
Mountains. This is my birthplace and I am still living here sixty years later. I am in beautiful Asheville.
Blessings~

Richard Cottrell said...

Looks wonderful and surly is not another just white painted piece of furniture. Looks beautiful and so much like your inspirational pieces. Richard from My Old Historic House.

Miss Jean said...

Sheer genius!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Boy, you weren't kidding from your last post, Penny! It looks fantastic! When are you coming to Ohio to do my new dresser? : )

rachel@Acts of Life said...

Bellissima!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Penny, It is a beautiful piece! I love the toile and the paint color.
xo,
Sherry

Blondie's Journal said...

Gorgeous! It really has a wonderful French look. I like how the dark wax worked out and how you used more around the edges. And the chicken wire looks fabulous! What a difference. I'm glad you liked the ASCP...I have been keen to try it sometime!!

XO,
Jane

Sherri said...

Penny, that hutch is absolutely fabulous!!! You put alot of hard work into this piece and it shows! Wonderful job!!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

It came out great Penny~I love the what the wax does to make it look like it has some age. REally nice!

rkbsnana said...

It's beautiful. Great job.

Vee said...

It came out beautifully. I'm impressed that it only took one coat of paint to cover the black. Still have my eyes and ears open for any place that sells Annie Sloan paint in my corner.

Shelia said...

Oh, Penny! It's gorgeous! I think your piece is much pretty than your inspiration piece! You did a super job!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

I always admire people who will tackle a project like this! I'm a big chicken ... but hopefully soon I'll get over it and try. I've seen a lot of people using A.S. chalk paint. What's so different about it?

bj said...

O.MY.GOSH. This is sooo awesome, Penny. You did such a great job on it. You also added some wooden appliques....looks fabulous.
Now, where do I get this paint and dark wax? Or, maybe I can google it.
Oh, I REALLY love this....
Thanks for letting me know you had finished it.
xo bj

Lorrie said...

It's utterly charming, Penny. What a great way to freshen up a piece.

Sweetina said...

Penny, this is the most beautiful transformation I have ever seen of a piece of furniture ever! Gorgeous job....you are so talented!

hundredsofideas said...

I adore your hutch's new look!

Jojo said...

The transformation is amazing.

Kathleen Grace said...

Wow, what a transformation! I have always been a fan of painting furniture black, I just liked the formal look it gave, but this french blue with the dark wax just looks fantastic. I guess it just proves that every once in a while it's good to look around and get out of the rut!

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Absolutely beautiful Penny. What a transformation.
Sam

Sue said...

Penny, Your cabinet's paint job is just wonderful!! You really did transform it to look similar to the inspiration piece. :-) Sue

Chrissy said...

Oh Penny, your cabinet turned out fabulous. I love that blue with the dark wax. I did my bathroom vanity awhile back, but it looks boring compared to this :)
Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Just georgous! I love the decorative onlays you added and the change in the hardward adds a lot too. Really, really nice.

pinkhousetreasures said...

Well Penny I do love how the piece turned out....I like the clear and dark wax on the Louis Blue and how you did the contrast on the doors. I have not put dark wax on that color - but am thinking I should....Great work! Can't wait to see what else you create. Side note - loving the loft area.

fromgentogen said...

This looks absolutely beautiful! I just started blogging about my reclaimed furniture projects --- what great inspiration.

Blessings, Becky
www.FromGentoGen.com

Donna said...

It's absolutely beautiful, Penny.

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Oh Penny! That turned out so lovely! I love the color choice and your use of the inspiration piece was dead on! Wonderful job!~Hugs, Patti

Penny said...

What an inspiration you are! Is there anything you can't do? I am looking forward to seeing the settee and that chair and ottoman you picked up. Will miss our antique forays this Winter.

Hugs,
Penny

Bonnie said...

Penny, It is absolutely lovely. Did you mention where you put it? Bonnie

Canadian Chickadee said...

A champagne toast to you, Penny. Your armoire looks absolutely beautiful.

Now I will have to screw my courage up to the sticking point, and do some redoing around here!

You are an inspiration to us all.

Hugs, Carol

KarenHarveyCox said...

Penny,
This truly is one of your best makeovers. I love the color and the softness of the piece. It looks beautiful.

Karen

dgmills said...

It is truly gorgeous. I cannot believe it is the same piece of furniture. What a super job you did!

dgmills@tampabay.rr.com

Jeanne said...

Wow Penny, this is beautiful. I love the light and dark treatment. Good job my hardworking friend.
Hugs, Jeanne

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podso said...

This hutch has quite a story. I hope you document it and stuff photos. etc somewhere in it for posterity to find and marvel at!

Pat said...

It's absolutely beautiful Penny!! I love it!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Wow! It was worth the wait to see the beautiful results! Amazing what a little dark wax will do. Penny, you did a wonderful job. I do remember when you transformed the piece in the beginning - has it been that long? Wow! It looks amazing. Bravo, dear friend, Bravo!!!

xxoo

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Hi Penny, this is a gorgeous piece; and you did an amazing job! It is so interesting to see all of the transformations that it has been through. Thanks for sharing!

michele said...

such an awesome transformation!

michele

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It really looks great! I love that soft color! ♥

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Love the results! I have a cabinet that I may end up doing like this!

Thanks for linking to 2nd Time Around!

Sarah said...

Wow, Penny! I love the new look. I remember when you changed it before. I admire that you will tackle a project such as this. I need YOU here at my house.
Looks gorgeous!

Catherine Holman said...

Amazing! I absolutely love the colors.
Hugs,
Cathie

Adrienne said...

I love your finished project! It's absolutely gorgeous!
~Adrienne~

Allyson Pecilunas said...

It turned out FABULOUS and I'd say you hit really close to your inspiration piece. Great job! I just found your blog and am now your newest follower. Stop by and check me out sometime if you get a chance.

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Katie said...

Beautiful job! Love the color.

Buttercup Bliss said...

What a beautiful piece!!! So sweet and country french - I love it!

Pamela said...

How beautiful! I love that you puttee toile on the back!

Becolorful said...

Loved this and wanted you to know I featured it tonight on Motivated Monday at BeColorful
Pam