A Jacobean Hutch Makeover

May 8, 2017 | Chalk Paint | 0 comments

This Jacobean hutch cabinet had been calling my name for almost a month at Morgantown Market.  I knew it would look amazing once it was painted, but I kept passing it by because it had a super glossy finish on it.  In order to milk paint this bad boy, I would have to do a TON of scuffing, which (in all honesty) I simply wasn’t in the mood for. 

As time went by and other projects made their way out the door and into The Marshmallow, the hutch was still calling my name. One day, it went on sale and I happily snagged it. I got the hutch and its matching sideboard at an amazing price all thanks to the market’s owner, Stacey. Let me tell you, dear readers, if you’re anywhere local to Morgantown, you really need to stop by. There are oodles of gorgeous buys and Stacey has a great eye for antiques.

Once my Dad practically threw his back out helping me lug it upstairs (thanks Dad!), it became clear that this piece simply wasn’t meant to be milk painted. While 99% of the projects I complete are milk painted, it doesn’t always suit every single project. That’s true for any paint line. There are some projects that come along where you may need to use a different product than your ‘ol reliable.

I’ve been a little obsessed with combining yellow and white together on pieces with intricate details, so I decided to repeat my combination with this hutch. I mixed Arles Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan with a bit of her Pure White to create a soft buttery yellow. I painted three coats on and proceeded to spend almost an entire day highlighting all of the gorgeous details with Pure White. While endless episodes of Gilmore Girls played in the background, I painted away with various sized artist brushes while the cat sunned himself next to me.

The inside needed a bit of a spruce as well, so I hand-sanded the shelves and stained them with General Finishes Java Gel Stain to make them more uniform. Everything was sealed with their High Performance Topcoat in Satin so the wood is protected but not overly glossy.

Unfortunately, the original glass in the door broke the minute I moved it into my truck, so I replaced it with some chicken wire that I spray painted in oil-rubbed bronze.  I thought that painting the wire dark would match better with the dark interior of the hutch. 

After some distressing, this hutch is all ready for its new debut.

The details on this piece are absolutely breathtaking.  There are matching medallions on the top and bottom.

There’s a big drawer on the bottom for extra storage for napkins and tablecloths.

The original knobs are understated and their dark color tie the interior in with the rest of the piece.  The dark pops of wood in the distressed sections also help to tie the dark bits in as well.

I staged the hutch with our dishes that we got from our wedding.  They’re our everyday set and are fancy enough to be in a hutch, but simple enough to be in a cupboard too. 

There are scrolls, panels, recessed edges, and tons of little details that are simply gorgeous.

Those legs just kill me!

This pretty piece is currently available at Morgantown Market for $195.  Stop by and visit if you’re interested!


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