Farmhouse China Hutch

China hutch painted in Graphite and Country Grey chalk paint.

I found this china hutch at a local thrift store. I gave it a classic farmhouse style finish in a Graphite and Country Grey with hints of dark wax. I worked on the hutch indoors during the recent deep freeze, and will post another time about managing a large project indoors. In the meantime, please enjoy the finished photos.

Farmhouse china hutch painted in Graphite and Country Grey

Glass doors of hutch open

Painted knobs on glass doors

Country Grey is a wonderful neutral color. Not too much grey, almost a "greige", with an undertone of green. It's difficult to capture the true color of cabinet interiors, so I shot the next photos with props in white and red for a better comparison.

White pitcher against Country Grey interior

Red apples in white bowl against Country Grey background


Natural wood top on buffet

Drawers lined with chambray linen paper

Painted bat wing drawer pulls

Interior pine shelves


Oops! I almost forgot to include the "before" photo!

Before old and grungy cabinet

It was old and a bit grungy, but its new finish is clean and stylish.

Side view of farmhouse china hutch

Eggs in white bowl


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Comments

  1. I love it painted black and distressed. Totally transforms and updates this piece in an expensive looking hutch. It also inspired me for another project I've been waffling about! Pinned

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    1. Thanks so much Marie! I'm happy to hear it inspired you, and I appreciate your kind words.

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  2. I love this piece! when I saw the before, I envisioned what I would do with for my home. I would have done the same as you! It's just to my taste. You did a wonderful job. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. I'm glad to hear you liked the finished piece.

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  3. Really really nice job! it turned out so pretty.

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  4. Beautiful! Did you do anything to that original hardware?

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    1. Thank you Diane! I kept the original hardware. I painted it Graphite with a light sanding and sealed it with clear wax.

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  5. WOW!!!!! Simply Gorgeous!!! I'm usually not a painted-wood person...but this is AMAZING!!! How long did it take?! Loooove it!

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    1. Thanks so much Amber. I don't remember exactly how long it took, but I worked on the project over the course of 3 - 4 days., and one of the days was devoted to cleaning it.

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  6. Absolutely beautiful! Perfect for my home (when I find it). Would be so nice with my farm table in same colors. You are an artist!

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    1. Thank you so much. I also like how the colors work so well together. Good luck on finding your home some day!

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  7. I was so happy to stumble upon your project. I have a desk very similar to yours and have been researching what could be done to fix it up. How did you determine that the top could be removed? I am wondering if I might be able to do the same.

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    1. There were screws in the back of the cabinet that attached the top to the bottom. It was easy to remove the screws. Good luck with your project!

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  8. You said you spent a day cleaning it. What did you do to get it ready for painting? I have a very similiar size cabinet with the glass inset doors on the top like yours, but the bottom half is a secretary (with a fold down desk) with drawers underneath. It was my great grandmother's desk. It's looking pretty rough and I love the look of your completed project. Also, maybe you mentioned this already, but what brand of paint and/or wax did you use?

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    1. Hi Laurie, This piece was very dirty when I bought it. So I cleaned it inside and out with Dawn dish soap and water. Then I cleaned it again with diluted Mr. Clean and a final clean with Dawn again prior to rinsing twice with water. Most pieces I get don't require that much cleaning, but each piece is different. The paint I used is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite and Country Grey for the interior. I also painted a secretary desk that was my grandmother's. If you would like to see that project I will include the link: https://theblacksheepshoppe.blogspot.com/2018/05/colonial-style-secretary-desk.html
      Good luck with your project.

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  9. Can you talk more about the dark wax you use? When, where, how? I'm new to this. Thank you.

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    1. I used Annie Sloan Dark Wax to seal the chalk paint (also Annie Sloan in Graphite). Chalk paint must be sealed. You can you the clear wax, dark, black or white wax to seal the chalk paint. The dark wax over the dark paint gives an extra dimension of color. However, if using dark wax over a light color paint I always seal first with clear wax before applying dark wax. It's best to experiment first to make sure you get the results you want.

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  10. Where can I see prices that you charge. I am interested to see if this would be a viable business for myself as I love painting

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    1. My prices vary on each piece depending on a number of factors. It also depends on if you are only selling furniture from your home or if you are renting a booth, participating in markets, or running a small shop. You might want to check out the FB group Vintage Market Tips and Tricks. Good luck with your venture!

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  11. Love love love .just popped across from Hometalk to see the extra photos and I'm in love with this colour scheme. Well done on such a beautiful piece .I mentioned my Ercol solid base cabinet that I recently found the China shelf top to and I'm really looking forward to choosing colours to update it .I'm a bit if a wuss when it comes to braving painting classic pieces such as my lived Ercol piece but, the top has seen better days and the choice is either strip back and revarnish, trying to match the deep patina my base has acquired over the years of me lovingly polishing it, or, go the while hog and with the times and paint it something fabulous to showcase it's curves . I think you've persuaded me with the latter. I might even be brave and do the base too!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by from Hometalk! This was my first time using Graphite and Country Grey together, and I loved how they worked so well together. I understand your hesitation on painting a classic piece because if you paint it and change your mind it's not easy to strip the paint. Sometimes I will strip the varnish and then decide which way to go (paint or stain). Good luck with your project Michelle.

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