Hutch Transformation

I know it’s mid-week now, but I had a fabulous long weekend. We went to a graduation party and saw lots of friends, drank coffee on our patio, ate dinner on our patio, and even rescued and set free a turtle our pups found in our yard (follow my personal instagram here).

But most of the weekend I was happy working inside on a custom furniture project.

My client and I have been talking for MONTHS about me painting this piece and it finally happened this weekend! Yay!

IMG_0795This piece was her grandmother’s hutch from the 1960’s and she wanted it re-done to match the more updated look of their home. This piece is in her kitchen and after some looking at all the lovely Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colors, she landed on my favorite, Duck Egg.

Here are the inspiration photos we were going for:

Duck egg with light distressing…

and removing the glass to replace with chicken wire….

How quickly could I say I love that idea?! Not quick enough. At first we were not sure if all the glass (there is glass on the sides as well as doors) should come out and be replaced with chicken wire. But after I found this on Pinterest I was convinced, and so was my client.

The hubs and his summer intern (who is our roomie for the summer as well) worked to remove the glass by prying off the trim inside.

IMG_0833After they were done with that we moved it inside.

I removed the hardware and spray painted it ORB to update the gold.

IMG_0841Then I worked on painting this bad boy from head to toe, inside and out. Fortunately Duck Egg covers in one coat typically so I didn’t have to contort my back to paint the inside more than once!

IMG_0846I worked from top to bottom, inside then out and tried to get an even finish since my client only wanted a little distressing. Did you notices those splotches on the inside? They are gone now!

After it dried I got out my worn sponge, dampened it, and distressed (check out my technique on wet-distressing here) where it would naturally be worn – on edges and corners. photo 1 (78) photo 2 (80)

I let it finish drying overnight and then waxed with my new wax, S.C. Johnson’s Paste Wax. I stinkin’ love this stuff now! I plan on writing a full review on why soon. The wax is very soft and since I had just painted the day before it rubbed off a little more paint, mostly around the edges though so it still looked natural.

IMG_0844After waxing I installed the chicken wire (again, another post to come) and re-installed the hardware.

IMG_0853All done!

IMG_0874IMG_0870 IMG_0865 IMG_0866 IMG_0868One last before and after…

duck egg hutch

I LOVE how this piece turned out. It looks so beautiful and updated now! The chicken wire all around looks great and very shabby-country. My client and her husband loved the piece as well and I was so happy!

It’s great to have a family heirloom and make it your own. Even though it doesn’t look the same as when your family member had it in their house, it becomes a piece that goes in your home and is a joy to have!

Interested in custom work? Let me know- I would love to make an old, worn-out piece shine in your home again! Email me at

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