I can’t say it was very easy. But easy enough if you have a hammer and some tools. Be sure to wear safety goggles too!
Get a china cabinet. This one was really cute but it wasn’t selling in the shop so I thought I could at least make it into a usable display space by taking off the front.
I wanted it to look like a rustic farmhouse plate hutch. Something Joanna Gaines would use in a dining area or kitchen.
I removed all the glass doors first. I then basically took a chisel and a hammer and took off the rest of the wood fronts. This did leave a bit of a divet where they were attached but I sanded it down and filled it with wood filler, sanded again, before painting. Paint the whole piece. For this piece I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Old White finished with a coat of wax.
I pried off the back piece of plywood with a screwdriver. I bought regular fence boards from Orchard, stained them with a mix of Annie Sloan Dark Wax and Mineral Spirits (50/50), trimmed them to size and attached with my finish nailer. You could also use a hammer and small finish nails to attach if you don’t have a finish nailer.
This isnt going to come out perfect but I believe a farm hutch should have its imperfections. Character people!
This weekend I visited Solana Beach with my family for a little break. While there I stopped in at the local Chalk Paint® Stockist, Tadah. Her shop is amazing and beautiful, filled to the top with gorgeous home decor and gifts.
When I worked at the show Junk Bonanza a few weekends ago, Tadah was also one of the local chalk paint® stockists to work the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® booth with us.
A Junk Bonanza vendor asked us to give her “money bags” a little extra chalk paint® bling. So we stenciled them with Florence #Junk.
A shot of the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® booth at Junk Bonanza in Del Mar last month.
Here at Something Borrowed Something Vintage in the city of Yorba Linda we sell the Chalk Paint® color Henrietta. Its supposedly the color requested by Sandringham for decoration of the nursery for Royal baby #2.
Of course this is a rumor. But Annie Sloan herself has said we can “neither confirm nor deny” that this true. What color is Henrietta? “A beautiful rich complex pink with a hint of lilac. ” according to Annie Sloan’s website.
Chalk Paint® is absolutely safe for a babies nursery. It has no VOC and almost no odor. What is VOC you say? It’s an abbreviation for Volatile Organic Compound. According to a Consumer reports website “VOCs are solvents that get released into the air as the paint dries.” So obviously the less of these in the paint the better. Annie Sloans Chalk Paint has no VOC’s.
Looks like I’ll be busy at the shop tomorrow painting something in Henrietta. Come and visit me at Something Borrowed Something Vintage, if you’re in Yorba Linda, an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® authorized retailer and Stockist.
I made these sweet little benches. Great for staging items at different heights.
Glass and Copper Cloche, great for displaying my collection of vintage travel clocks
Another favorite build. My salvage DIY wood pallet tray.
Sweet little clocks.
They all still run too when you remember to wind them. These remind me of when I was a small girl sleeping in a double bed with my sister in the upstairs bedroom of my great grandmothers home in England. She had one of these sweet little clocks on the bedside table. It’s ticking sound was comforting to me.
Vintage books are so amazing to decorate with. They can give varied height to displays and vignettes. They have amazing color and patina. And sometimes they’re even a good read.They’re also the best way to learn about our past and history. Forget about Google, I’d rather feel the pages under my fingers and smell the ink on the pages.
This is my newest favoritist blog. I love a great transformation! While looking through Pinterest like I do EVERY night for furniture inspiration I came across this blog and practically pinned every transformation!
It’s called Better After and it’s exactly that. If you have a piece of furniture that you’ve transformed send in a before and after pic. Maybe you’ll be featured next!
I have a desk just like this waiting for me to do this….yay looks great!
I think this one is my favorite…love the yellow and the birds
No, maybe this one is my favorite. Do you know how many of those ugly ole’ plastic front dressers there are at the GW??? To think I’ve always passed them up. I think I feel a thrift store run coming on….