Farmhouse China Cabinet Makeover

I found a hutch for sale on a Facebook Buy & Sell page.  They were asking $100.00 and they lived close by - can't get any better than that!!  I got a friend to help and we packed home my new china cabinet. It was solid wood!!  Not a really great quality of workmanship, but solid.

After it was in the house for a few hours, I noticed a strong smell of cigarettes coming from the piece.  Odd because the house it came from didn't smell at all.  Oh well, that just made it easier for me to paint the wood without feeling any guilt.  I spent hours on Pinterest looking for ideas and found so many I couldn't choose. If you want to see the 800+ pins in my Furniture I Heart board, click HERE.  In the end, I decided to use what paint I had on hand already and I got started.  Here's the result:



It's interesting how the photos make the colour appear grey, it's actually a pretty sage green.  I created my own colour by adding black craft paint to Benjamin Moore's Lenox Tan.  Then I added baking soda to create a chalk-finish that could be sanded easily.  It worked really well!  I painted the inside of the cabinet in a pale aqua and the drawers in a deeper aqua, sanded and dry brushed white over the top.  With another good sanding and a coat of dark paste wax, the piece looked fabulous!   I also replaced the glass with hardware cloth (a square wire mesh) to give it more of a farmhouse look.

Here are all the photos:



Trying on the colour for size

Hmmm -what to paint and what to leave as original finish??

The glass has been removed and replaced with hardware cloth that I stapled in place.

I removed all the hardware and soaked it in boiling water and baking soda, then I sanded the bejeebers out of it to get the antique finish off.  The brass base now looks like old brass!  Yay!
The drawers are aqua and the interior of the cabinet is a very light version of the same colour.

My new/old farmhouse hutch!


 I absolutely love it!!






My first project of 2014 - off to a good start!

Have a great week!


With a small budget, big dreams and a love of a challenge, Anne blogs about renovating and decorating her tiny 1930s bungalow. A self-taught artist and professed power tool lover, she enjoys writing, gardening, photography, nature and diy'ing. And she's never met a dumpster she didn’t want to root through! Come along for the ride!!
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83 comments:

  1. Wow....absolutely gorgeous Anne! You transformed this piece into a amazing treasure.LOVE the color selections,LOVE the side drawers painted and I LOVE the inside color.It is perfectly styled too!
    xx
    Anne

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  2. I absolutely love it Anne!!! The mesh looks great in the door! You did a wonderful job! :)

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  3. Beautiful! Love the colors, and the items you chose to accessorize. Beautiful work as always!! Great idea to use the hardware cloth!! Wonderful 1st project 2014!

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  4. Ann,
    This is just fabulous. I love it. What a beautiful piece.
    Great job. You never cease to amaze me. Have a great start to the new week.
    Kris

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  5. Wow, what a makeover. That reminds me of one my parents had in the 70's but your transformation takes it to a whole new level.

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  6. Oh my gosh, Anne! What a fabulous redo. I love your hutch!

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  7. I love how it came out! I really like how you left the top wood.

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  8. QUE LINDA COR ESCOLHEU VOCÊ .PARABÉNS PELO BOM GOSTO.BOA SEMANA.VALÉRIA.(BRASIL).

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  9. Anne,it is absolutely beautiful!!!!!! I love the colors and your work is so perfect.
    What a gorgeous piece of furniture it turned out to be.
    Blessings from Alabama,
    Diane

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  10. Ann,
    I love it. You did a great job. So glad you replaced the glass, it really makes a difference and the colors you chose are perfect!
    Tami @ Curb Alert!

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  11. Bejeebers, Anne!! This was well worth the wait, it's fabulous!!

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  12. Anne
    It looks great! I like what you did with the hardware too.
    It definitely looks like a Farmhouse piece now!

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  13. I'm curious... did you add any color to the top? Did you top it off with anything? I want to do something like this with an old dresser but the top needs a little shine added.

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    1. Hi Sandy, I didn't have to do much to the top. There were some big scuffs so I used mineral oil to minimize the look. I let it sit overnight and wiped the excess off in the morning. Then I buffed it with a cloth. Good luck!

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  14. This is so pretty Anne, love that you used the hardware cloth rather than leaving the glass. I was wondering yesterday where you where. Smile! Now I know, working on this piece.

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    1. Thank you Di! I was taking a bit of a break from blogging. It was worth it! xox

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  15. Well you ended your little "hiatus" with a spectacular reveal and masterpiece!....Beautiful start to your 2014 makeovers!...I love the color and the use of the much loved aqua inside the cabinet....Never knew about adding the baking soda for the chalk finish...Magnificent job as always Anne!

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  16. It's beautiful Anne, I love it!

    Tania

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  17. This turned out beautifully, Anne...a wonderful transformation!

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  18. OK. You NEED yoga after this one! I didn't realize that you changed the glass out. LOVE the new wire stuff. So it's not glass? Just a sheet of wire?? And baking soda in the paint? How much? Just think, it's probably working as a deodorizer for the cabinet, soaking up what may be left of the cigarette smell. :)

    That little 9 drawer dresser I'm painting? I'm painting the outsides of the drawers too! Sista!! It makes me SO happy!!!!

    You hard work paid off. This piece is totally transformed. The little plate holder things? Where did you get those?

    XO

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  19. It's gorgeous, Anne! The aqua drawers and interior are so fun, and the hardware cloth looks so much better in the doors. You totally transformed an ordinary cabinet into a lovely jewel.

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  20. Love the way this looks! I've been trying to convince my husband for awhile now that we should repaint our hutch.

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    1. Erica, I hemmed and hawwed over the first piece of furniture I ever painted - turns out the stupid thing was just veneer over particleboard!! Not worth anything at all. Men are really difficult to convince when it comes to painting wood. If you own a quality craftsman piece, don't paint. If it's anything else, go for it!!! xox

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  21. This piece is beautiful! I need to do this to my dining room furniture. I've had it since the mid 70's. I have a Broyhill dining table, w/chairs, china cabinet and a serving piece that all match in a medium oak stain. Of course, 36 years ago I thought it was gorgeous. Not so much now! I've never tried to refinish furniture with paint, and I'm feeling quite intimidated. Could you share with us the kind of paint and colors you used? Do you have instructions? I'm also wondering if you sanded the piece before painting? Sorry for all of these questions. I will appreciate any guidance you can offer!

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    1. I used Benjamin Moore Ulti-matte latex paint in Lenox Tan (about 2 cups worth), then I added black craft paint to it until I got a grey-green colour that I really liked. Then I added about 1/4 cup of baking soda and mixed it all up well. This allows you to sand the paint off more easily and get a distressed finish. It also lets you skip the sanding and priming stage of painting furniture. I do suggest a light sanding of the surface though. Once you paint everything twice, sand it lightly again and coat it all with paste wax. Let the wax dry an hour and buff to a sheen. After about a month of curing, the paint should stick really well. Hope that helps! email me at designdreamsbyanne at gmail.com if you need more help. xox

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  22. Anne this piece came out great, love the color and the aged look you gave to this piece. You came out with a bang for your first of 2014.

    Cynthia

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  23. It turned out sooooo pretty! I love the mesh stuff you added!
    Great work....
    :)
    xx Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

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  24. That is a big project, and it turned out great. Of course I love the hardware cloth in place of the glass too, as well as leaving the top wood toned.

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  25. That 's a wonderful transformation! I love the way you have painted the inside a different and inside of the drawers. I will try using baking soda too next time I want a chalk finish. Sarah x

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    1. Thank you Sarah! The baking soda worked really well, and I always have boxes & boxes of it on hand!
      Have a wonderful week xoxox

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  26. Wow you did a fabulous job! I'd never have the guts to do it! The color looks great. We have a store in town that sells all sorts of custom painted wood furniture. The look you created reminds me of their stuff. Great job!

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  27. Anne, it looks awesome! I love that you painted the insides aqua :-) Good idea leaving the top stained wood, the contrast between the wood & paint is really nice :-)

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  28. wow! beautiful, I especially love the way you finished the inside sides (make sense?) of the drawers and the inside of even lover cabinets. really beautiful!

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    1. Thank you LaVerne! It was more work, but so worth the effort!

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  29. It looks absolutely stunning. It must have you hours to even paint the sides of the drawers!

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  30. What a great transformation for your first project of the year. I like how you opted to paint the sides of the drawers too. Great job!

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  31. It looks amazing Anne! I wish I had room for a hutch- I would love to makeover a piece like this. You did an amazing job!

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  32. Anne, what a beautiful job you did! The paint freshened it up so much and made it look brand new! You have such a talent.

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    1. Aww what a nice thing to say! Thank you so much Ida!

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  33. Oh I missed this Anne - it's just gorgeous - looks like an authentic beautiful French Country buffet - hutch
    Gorgeous makeover :)
    XOX

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  34. I am so impressed by this amazing transformation! All of the steps must have taken forever, but the finished product is beautiful!

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  35. All I can say is, "Well done, my friend. Well done!"

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  36. Oh I saw this when you posted it on facebook! So gorgeous Anne! I'd say you've started 2014 out with a bang! What a steal of a deal and you made it look beautiful. I'm curious about adding the baking soda to the paint. That's a new on on me. Nicely done lady!

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  37. Wow! Great job - it looks beautiful! That type of project takes a lot of patience :)

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  38. Very nice, Anne! I love the color you chose for the inside too- so fresh. Nice to score good quality furniture pieces for little money, isn't it!

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  39. Anne, your hutch turned out great! I'm having to pinch myself, though, because it is eerily similar to the one that I did last week. (Haven't photographed mine because the light hasn't been so great since then.) I love the aqua interior and how you've styled it. What a good buy, and a fantastic end result.

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  40. Hi Anne: This is such a pretty transformation to your new china cabinet! You got it for a great price, too--way to go :) I love the paint colors you chose, love the contrasting paint on the inside and inside the drawers, and I like that you left the wood alone in the middle portion--I just really like the contrast of the wood with the painted finish. Also adore your farmers' market sign--did you make it? It's cute!

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  41. Bee-you-ti-ful Anne!! Love the color and what a gorgeous makeover!

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  42. This turned out awesome! It is so much more interesting painted. Love the finish. ~Deborah

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  43. Wow Anne, your cabinet looks great!! I really like what you did with the mesh on the uppers - nice!!

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  44. Wow, Anne - your makeovers never cease to amaze me - and I love that you created your own chalk paint, and I think you left the perfect surface in place - nicely done!

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  45. I love the makeover! The cabinet looks so much better painted. I love that you left the top stained.
    I like that you used hardware cloth in place of the glass doors.

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  46. I cannot believe the difference in the two pieces.

    You did a fantastic job turning the ugly duckling into a swan. I also love how you staged it - those blue goblets are gorgeous.

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  47. First off, I can't believe that you got the cabinet for $100! What a great deal! I love what you did and the colors you chose. Great work Anne!

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  48. Wow! You certainly got your money's worth out of that piece! You did a fabulous job updating the hutch into a farmhouse style that goes with your home. I love the colors you chose!

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    Have a creative day!
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    P.S. Ok, two things. 1. Honestly, with all the readers and comments you have, how could you possibly consider throwing in the towel? Keep at it girl! 2. Your blog filled me with incredible guilt because I started salvaging furniture and intending to do what you do, I got as far as one finished piece. Now several fill up our garage...

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  50. That is a fantastic makeover, Anne. I love the new colour as it appears to have a real depth to it. You really outdid yourself painting the drawers and interiors and it really added a nice touch. I love hutches like this and just goes to show how some paint and effort can really transform a piece.

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  51. What a stunning piece you created here. Just beautiful.
    I have a smaller version of your hutch, unpainted and screaming for some PRETTY. I love the color you used but since you mixed it yourself, I'll just look at paint samples and find something close. It DOES look gray.
    Beautiful job...

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  52. Anne, you did an amazing job! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the fan favorites at The Sunday Showcase from the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link so you can check out your feature. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2014/03/sunday-showcase-from-make-it-pretty.html Hope to see you again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  53. You did a fabulous job on your china cabinet, Anne!! Love the color combination you used.
    Thanks for the visit,
    Mary Alice

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  54. Anne, I agree with everyone ... beautiful job ... good choice of paint colors and looks great on that wall...perfect fit. Enjoy.
    Hugs,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  55. What a beautiful transformation, Anne! I'll be featuring your gorgeous china cabinet on Give Me the Goods tomorrow. :) Thanks for sharing!
    xoxo
    Rachel @ Maison de Pax

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  56. WOW, the hutch looks FABULOUS!!! I must be the last person in blogland to have never painted a piece of furniture!!! LOL! My hubby made the hutch in our morning room so there is NO WAY he would agree to me painting it. Where did you get (or did you make) the pieces that hold the dishes on the top shelf? LOVE that!!!!

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  57. Oh wow, I love it too!!! The colours you chose are perfect together and what a huge difference painting made in the look of the hutch!
    Debbie :)

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  58. I love it, incredible transformation. I really like that you left the top natural but painted the rest. Great idea, too, about covering up the smoke smell. Take care - Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com
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  59. GORGEOUS!!!!! I absolutely love it. I had a similar one when I got married (back in the dark ages 1977). Sure wish I had it now that I see what you did. Baking soda added to paint? how did I miss that? Great Job Anne

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  60. Wow, that's a night and day transformation!

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  61. this is gorgeous, Anne. love the gray and how you've kept the cabinet top natural, really a lovely job!!

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  62. This is so beautiful! I have a cabinet that is itching for a makeover and I am totally inspired! Thanks so much for linking up to the Sunday Soiree!

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  63. I am always working on furniture makeovers and really beautiful ones always catch my eye. ;) I love how this one turned out! Pinning, and thanks for sharing at the #bestofDIY party!

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