Monday, November 4, 2013

Antique Hutch in Milk Paint

Been so busy with the mid century stuff, I've totally neglected doing the antiques.
I found this mahogany hutch w/some walnut inlays awhile back. The lady said
it had been in her family since way back (I always like asking the history of pieces!) 
She had recently had it shipped out here from Minnesota. 
 The glass in the door was missing, as were bits of veneer here and there. 
The legs were quite scuffed. I love doing milk paint on antiques and thought the 
new color I got, light turquoise, would be perfect. 
In chalk paint tones, Duck Egg and Provence, would be close. 
This piece chipped to the max!! Normally I've done the milk paint on oak. I think this was my first mahogany. But as with the other paints, if you are going light you must prime! The tannins bleed thought on milk paint as well. There was also a shiny finish on the wood that had to be sanded. I guess I just could have added the bonder to the milk paint and got max adhesion, but I had to sand anyway.  To stop the bleeding, I chose to prime with a wood sealer-shellac. Too bad they don't make a clear primer :( 
 Obviously I didn't want white primer showing through when I distressed this. 
 This was the first coat! Super chippiness! 
And you can still see some of the tannins bleeding through. 
second coat and a coating of tung oil to lock it up
The sides really wanted to chip. So I went with it. 

 To tie in the wood with the outside, I made sure to leave some wood on the inside. 
I gave the bottom shelf a quick sand and stain, painted the shelves a white chalk paint, 
and the inner walls ASCP Provence. It looks more of a baby blue in the photos, but it's not. 
After the final light sanding to remove the excess chips, the whole beauty got a heavy coat of 
tung oil. The oil gets sucked up quickly. I might have done another coat. The following day
I waxed the whole shebang inside and out to seal her up! 
Seriously, that inner blue is not that blue! It's a shade darker than the outside color.
I love this new piece and had fun painting it. It's such a versatile piece. I was 
telling a friend that this would be awesome in a period style bathroom that had been
painted white and aqua with carrara marble (floors and tile in the shower and countertop), a crystal chandelier, and chrome fixtures. This would look cool in a spot to house towels and bathroom accoutrements. N'es pas?? 

kinda like this: instead of the toilet, put my hutch! LOL

Linking up at my fave parties!! :
Kammys Korner - Trash to Treasure Tuesdays
Domestically Speaking - The Power of Paint Party
The Shabby Creek Cottage - Transformation Thursday
Miss Mustardseed - Furniture Feature Friday
Funky Junk Interiors - Saturday Night Special
Knick of Time Interiors - Knick of Time Tuesday
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  1. You are so brave and creative. I really enjoyed this inspirational post. I would love it if you would share this post at our What’s It Wednesday linky party? Hope to see you there!


  2. Lovely! It has beautiful bones. A wonderful piece for any home.

  3. I love the way it turned out. The color is beautiful!

  4. How fun is this? Great job! Visiting from Restoration House Interiors...hope you'll come over and follow along and say hello! Happy Thursday!

  5. Great job. It retains the appearance of an antique and I like that.
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

  6. That is a gorgeous piece! You really did a great job!

  7. woow. that´s ia really a great job.. just LOVE it :)
    and do not miss...


    it is FUN :)
    Håkan ( The Roseman)

  8. Awesome! A lovely piece and a lovelier paint job!