Odd title I know. There is a story behind it. This hutch was originally purchased as a keeper for me and storage in my sewing room. In its original state my mother insisted it was an exact match for my Nana’s china cabinet. For some reason I cannot find the before pics I took. You know the cabinet though. Federal style mahogany, fretwork and glass on top. Any how….. my mother wanted this cabinet to flank my grandmothers buffet with 2 china cabinets. SO I unloaded all of my fabric and set this cabinet in the guest room until Momma or I could haul it to her house in Charleston. After about a year of holding on to this cabinet my mother texts me to tell me she needs more storage than this provides, she bought shelves and I can redo this and sell it. Gee thanks! After a fair amount of swearing and pondering I decided to totally transform this girl from the “everyone has one” china cabinet to something unique and different.
In my pondering I decided to replace that fretwork and glass that was gonna be a pain to paint anyway and replace it. I thought about chicken wire but she didn’t seem like a chicken wire kinda girl. This girl seemed like she could pull off a casual but not a country look. I went online to Amazon, my fav, and cane up with punched tin, like you see used in radiator covers. I went with the clover design.
I mixed up some Miss Mustard Seed Grain Sack milk paint and put down a base coat on the case of this cabinet and then followed with a coat of Miss Mustard Seed Linen. The drawer and cabinet doors were painted with Miss Mustard Seed Luckett’s Green. Yes, I paint in my family room and sand on the patio. Doesn’t everyone? I didn’t use any bonding agent in the paint but it adhered pretty well. I got a little chippiness and helped it along with my putty knife and a sanding block. I sealed the chippiness with Miss Mustard Seed wax and highlighted with a bit of antiquing wax.
I added new updated hardware and here she is, ready for a new life in her comfy new makeover.
Well I think the finished product was a total transformation into something beautifully useful. She could be used for storage in any room in the house. So Momma if you are reading, this makeover is for you.
Until next time……