Here she is.
This little twofer makeshift hutch finally got the makeover she deserved!
Now she looks more like a China cabinet
and far less like a makeshift hutch…or whatever that storage thing was before it got a
fresh coat of paint, a pretty curtain, and a little bit of texture on its backside.
Before and After Painted China Cabinet
The Bare Bones of the China Cabinet Before
This is what she looked like before.
We all love a good before and after and are nosey creatures, right?
I know you’re curious, so click over to the
Before the Before of the Before DIY Furniture Project
and come back for all the details about how I achieved this look.
Now that you’re back-
See that prison bar rail on the second shelf?
I lived with that piece for a few months
until I realized it reminded me of a hitching post straight out of a John Wayne movie.
Giddy up, hee-haw, and ride em’ cowboy.
I dubbed it the “Okay Corral Thing”- it bugged me- so I pried it off and tossed it in the garage.
The Paint- The Brand- Finally A Perfect White Paint
Is it necessary to point out how painfully obvious a fresh coat of paint was needed?
Every day I could hear the cries for help.
Dingy and still dirty after scrubbing paint finishes aren’t my favorite finish.
I decided clean and a crisp white was the way to go.
You’ll never believe it, but I used an off the shelf white!
Considering my frame of mind at the time,
I had neither the patience or inclination to deal with samples, light, shadows… ya’ll know the routine.
I used Sherwin Williams HGTV Showcase White.
This paint truly is a perfect pure white without any weird undertones of blue, yellow, or purple.
It felt like the heavens opened and sang to me with the first loaded brush stroke.
Painted Beadboard Wallpaper Review
The back of the cabinet is lined with beadboard wallpaper.
Neutral lovers know the secret to pulling off the look is to incorporate textures and
beadboard did the trick, not to mention it added French Country cottage charm.
If the shelves had been removable I would have used real beadboard
but that was way too much measuring, cutting, and fitting for my liking.
I’ll admit, I was unnecessarily leery of using wallpaper made to look like beadboard.
There truly isn’t a noticeable difference between real beadboard and the wallpaper kind
and it’s pretty darn easy to use!
As for painting wallpaper that worked out splendidly and made it look more like real beadboard.
I did use pre-pasted wallpaper.
After I measured not once or twice but four times,
I made the cuts and laid each section on my kitchen table.
Using a water bottle I sprayed each one down fairly heavily with water.
I didn’t soak each piece in a bath.
The water bottle method worked fantastically.
While applying one section to the upper
portion of the cabinet I sprayed the next section and folded it over to help activate the adhesive.
In truth, I was a bit skeptical about how the wallpaper
would look but I couldn’t be more pleased with how it handled and the end result.
What matters is that it looks like the real stuff.
I’m 100% sold on using this product for hutches and cabinets.
Curtains for the Hutch
I sewed it myself! Unbelievable, but I did!
I haven’t sewn in years.
Back in the day, I used to sew my own clothing and even competed in
sewing competitions with A.C.E. schools.
The real miracle here is that I figured out how to work my sewing machine
It was a gift from my father-in-law almost 8 whole years ago.
I didn’t get all crazy and technical with stitching this curtain.
I took a piece from a drop cloth, measured floor to the top of the lower portion of cabinets.
It was about 33 inches.
I added a few extra inches, drew a line, and cut the fabric.
I cheated a tad bit because I kept the hemmed edges for the bottom and sides.
Once I had the gold cafe rod attached to
the trunk of the cabinet I flipped the raw edge over it and pinned the fabric.
The middle of the curtain has a frayed hem.
Right now, I like that extra bit of texture.
All in all, I’m happy with how this hutch turned out.
It was exactly what I envisioned and it’s a great little piece
for storage and holding my collection of Ironstone dishes until I can find something else to take its place.
If you haven’t used beadboard wallpaper, don’t be scared to it.
I almost forgot to share two of my most favorite parts about this project!
It’s the lined shelves behind the drop cloth curtains.
Isn’t this such a pretty Frenchy print shelf liner paper?
Major crush going on over here!
And then there is the close-up of the French applique, also a favorite detail.
It was primed and painted using liquid gold leaf product
and then toned down using Faux Effects glazing medium tinted with white paint.
I used three coats of VarnishPlus in satin to
seal the paint finish and protect it from scratches and yellowing.
This is my go to product for all of my furniture and cabinetry finishes.
Faux Effects Silver Label finishing products are open
to the general public but the Gold Label are only available to professional finishers and painters.
If furniture is more your thing, I have an album here with some of the pieces I’ve completed.
Now, I’m certain that I’ve covered all the details and what I used without forgetting anything.
I hope you enjoy this as much I as I love this recreated China cabinet.
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