Monday, January 24, 2011

China Hutch and Dining Room Reveal

As long as I can remember I have wanted a china cabinet. Growing up my grandma had two of them and I always knew I wanted one someday. I have been looking on craigslist off and on for quite a while. I kept seeing them in Seattle for a reasonable price but not locally. I happened upon one a couple weeks ago nearby. The lady was asking $150. I emailed her and asked if she didn't sell it would she take less. She emailed me a week later and said she would take $100.

My husband and I went and picked it up. It is solid wood and very heavy. It's the perfect size, not to big. So last week was spent refinishing it. It was a huge job. I had to sand the top of the buffet because it had some minor water damage. Then after a thorough cleaning I gave it 2 coats of primer, 2 coats of paint, 1 coat of antiquing glaze, and 1 coat of polycrylic. All the effort was worth it. I love the way it fits in with the rest of the dining room furniture.

After one coat of primer.

I also cut pieces of bead board to fit the back of the upper portion. I used liquid nails to secure it to the dark wood paneling. Then put these heavy cans on top of it overnight. I had to caulk around each of the panels to fill in the small gaps.

I used Ralph Lauren antiquing glaze (in Tobacco) to give it a bit of an aged look and it really made the details pop. I just brushed it on and wiped it off.

And these were taken this morning in the natural light. Isn't she gorgeous!

 I love all the detail especially the dental moulding. 

It fits in nicely with the dining room furniture.

Another look at the BEFORE

And the AFTER

I'm linking up with Transformation Thursday and Frugal Friday, and Show and Share Day, and Miss Mustard's Seeds Copy Me Challenge and Wassup Wednesday.


  1. You did such an amazing job!! Hutches are a ton of work :) Your dining room is absolutely gorgeous, you have great taste!!

  2. So, so cool! I love it. I like your entire home; the white is so lovely and you do it right! Thanks for sharing.


  3. I love the play of white off of black accents. You did a great job in painting all these white. I so love your collection of white dishes especially the cake pedestals.

  4. You should be very proud of your accomplishments. I am. It is very tastefully done...what a pleasure to come and see.

  5. Looks great and I love your dining room!!

  6. Wow that's really pretty! I love your dining room! You have such a warm and elegant style!

  7. Oh wow!! My mouth is hanging open! I love your hutch!! It looks so much better white! And your whole dining room is absolutely gorgeous! I'm your newest follower! :)

  8. beautiful hutch, and room. Makes me want to do even more white in my kitchen!

  9. That is wonderful! I love how it looks with all the other white in your dining room. Great job!

    ~ Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"

  10. Wow! You have a done a wonderful job created a neutral, rich, layered look in your home. That cabinet looks fantastic in white as well! You have a good eye. :)