Step Back Hutch {Before & After}

We have been playing musical furniture in our house a lot lately.  My favorite hutch found a new home in our dining room.  While the cabinet has made a world of difference in its new location, it has left a gaping hole in our kitchen!

Kitchen Wall

Lucky for me, I found the perfect sized Step Back Hutch at Simply Vintage of Cape Cod.  It came from an old kitchen in Osterville, MA and is thought to date from 1910-1930.  Surprisingly it has a solid one-piece backing (the top cannot be removed).

Hutch sv before 6

Although the size worked,  I hesitated because I thought it was a bit primitive looking and the hardware looked out of place.  I wanted something more farmhouse style and was not quite sure if a paint and hardware update alone would do the trick.

hutch sv before3
I sketched out a plan in my Annie Sloan Workbook to help visualize the changes without any distractions.  Sorry for the terrible rendering but it gave me a quick idea that the piece would work!
Hutch Sketch2
Once in place,  I cleaned the cupboard (with help from my Mom and one of my willing daughters) and removed the old hardware using wood filler to banish the holes.
Hutch Before
I found left over cabinet drawer pulls from our kitchen renovation (classic bin pulls from Pottery Barn) that would be a perfect fit for the larger drawers.  For the smaller drawers I  decided to use file-label draw pulls in a matching finish.
file drawer pulls
The plan was to paint the cupboard with Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.  The exterior and shelving would be painted in Old White with a pop of color planned for the shelf backing and the inside of the drawers.
colors
I decided on a custom color mix using Provence (2 parts)  Florence (1 part), and Old White (2 parts).
custom mix
This is the in-progress version (before wax).
Hutch During
I  love how the Old White brings a more unified look to the hutch while the custom color brings the piece to life.  Next, the hutch was finished with Annie Sloan’s Clear Soft Wax and the new hardware installed.
Hutch After Open
For a more streamlined look, the cabinet door hardware was eliminated.
Hutch After Closed 1

After a short respite at Simply Vintage of Cape Cod, this freshly painted hutch is back in service as command central in our kitchen.

Step Back Hutch After 3

Hopefully it will keep for another 100 years!

Mixing it up with Pearl Plaster & Chalk Paint®

I mentioned in an earlier post that Artisan Enhancements Pearl Plaster is now available at Sea Rose Cottage.  Learn more about the magic of Pearl Plaster or purchase here.

Pearl Plaster adds a lustrous, pearlescent quality to furniture and wall finishes.  In its natural state, its shimmery pearl color is just fabulous!

What is also fun about Pearl Plaster is that you can tint it with Chalk Paint® too!  The general rule of thumb is to use 10-15% Chalk Paint® to Pearl Plaster.  Be careful not to thin it down too much.

I was working on a project over the weekend and ended up tinting the Pearl Plaster with a custom mix of French Linen & Paris Grey Chalk Paint®.  The color had a modern zinc-like feel.

After I saw the result,  I became curious about the many Pearl Plaster color variations that can be created with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan and her rich color palette.

 

While I didn’t mix all of Annie’s 30 gorgeous colors with the Pearl Plaster, I did pick out a few of the more saturated ones.

Like Aubusson Blue and Florence…

Provence and Emile

and Graphite and Old Violet.

I used 1 Part Chalk Paint to 10 Parts Pearl Plaster for my mixes.

I love the beautiful shimmering light blue-grey of Aubusson Blue  & Pearl Plaster.
 The light sparkling spa-green color created with Provence is just exquisite,

and with Graphite, Pearl Plaster creates a wonderful modern silver-grey finish.


Mixing it up with Pearl Plaster and Chalk Paint® is a great way to extend your metallic color range!

How would you mix it up?

 

Meet Florence at Sea Rose Cottage’s Next Workshop!

Introducing Annie Sloan’s beautiful color Florence!  Released as a limited edition in Europe, it will soon be available in the U.S. and Canada.  It is a beautiful addition to the historic palette of Chalk Paint (TM) decorative paint colors now available in the U.S.

Florence is a rich jewel green that looks great by itself or over Annie Sloan’s Provence (pictured middle, right below).  The possibilities are endless!

 

Work by Annie Sloan, photo by Christopher Drake.

 

The color Florence is inspired by malachite, a copper mineral that was historically used as a pigment in paints until about 1800.  The beauty of this natural stone continues to be reflected in fashion and home decor in a variety of ways.  Learn more about Annie’s color inspiration here.

Photo Credit Dlloyd at the English language Wikipedia

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Florence is debuting at the Haven DIY and Blogger Conference in Atlanta this Thursday & Friday June 21st and 22nd!

Haven Conference 2012
If you are lucky enough to go, please visit the Annie Sloan Unfolded Sponsor Booth to take your chance on some fun and fabulouse giveways!

Our first shipment of Florence is arriving Tuesday.  Please email nan@searosecottage.com if you want to reserve a quart or sample.

Florence will be featured as a bonus sample finish during Sea Rose Cottage’s next Restyle-Your-Furnishings Workshop scheduled for Thursday, July 19th!  Follow this link  for a full workshop description and to Register Now.  Class size is limited to 6 participants, spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Happy Painting!