Wednesday, April 25, 2012

French Provincial Hutch

 Here is our "before shot".
Boring boring brown all over!
Now it is time for your makeover!
And here it is:

I used DIY chalk paint in a nice ivory all over.
I love chalk paint as you don't have to prime first!
I then went over (spending hours) with dark wood stain.
I used a dry brush method and rag to wipe back.
The trick to aging is thinking where dirt wood naturally collect over time.
You also need to only "distress" where parts would actually be rubbed/scratched.

If you notice on the carved foot, more dirt would have collected in the deep carving while rubbing would have occurred on the very farthest point of the round foot.
You can see it is very white and smooth with a ding right where there should be one.
The hardware I did paint and rubbed down a little to look as though they had been rubbed smooth over time. 
The exposed wood and shelves where stained a deeper brown as real wood darkens over time.


  1. Nice job! I did a similar one last year and it was a bugger!

  2. I know what you mean about spending hours staining. I finished a china cabinet very similar in February and spent more time staining than I did painting it! Your cabinet looks great!! Congrats on your big piece!

    1. Thank you! :) The staining did take up a lot of time! But I am happy with the results.

  3. Just gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing.

  4. I'm slightly obsessed with re-doing furniture, and I LOVE what you've done here! It looks beautiful! I love your blog; I'm a new follower!
    -Allie @