Finally, the Hutch Reveal

9.02.2011

This project was so worth the amount of work it took and mess. This is my favorite by far. I wanted to create the look of a very old French antique that has really gotten very worn over the many years with layers of old colors showing through. I hope that is what comes across. I know some won't like this and some will think I ruined a perfectly good piece of furniture. The original was just a factory finish and now it looks more like a piece I found out hunting for the perfect antique. Beware there are lots of photos.


Here is a reminder of the before.

 And here is the new improved look. I moved the chairs so you could see it better. Guess I should have moved that great big ole dough bowl, too.











Here is a look at the inside. I am leaving the doors shut now since I love the way they turned out.

Or I may leave them open.


There are layers of colors on this piece. The main color is Paris Gray Annie Sloan chalk paint with layers of clear and dark waxes, heavy distressing and touches of Aubusson brushed here and there.


Several have asked where I purchased the chandelier from. I bought it locally, but found the same exact one here.

You can see more of this piece herehere, and here.

113 comments:

  1. OH my goodness Kim this is gorgeous!!! I don't even want to know how much work it took!
    But wow so worth it!!!

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  2. Kim, it turned out fabulously. Great transformation, and I love all the up close details.

    ciao!

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  3. Oh. My. Gosh... LOVING THIS!! Oh goodness how absolutely beautiful Kim!!! It is so perfect!! I was waiting to see what you did with this one... I have a somewhat similar piece in mind that I am thinking about painting over when I get some chalk paint!! Love it. Love it. Love it. Thanks in advance for sharing at my party too!! :)

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  4. I think your hutch knew exactly what it needed ~ it must be very smart! You did an amazing job! I love how it looks with the doors opened or closed and you definitely didn't ruin it! Beautiful!!

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  5. You would never dream that is the same piece! Looks fantastic Kim!

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  6. absolutely gorgeous!!! It was so worth the work and I have no problem painting perfectly good wood. It was a smart decision on this piece. Look how it has transformed the whole room! I love the new chandy also...

    xoxo

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  7. Luv luv luv..can't wait to read how you did it! Visiting from perfectly imperfect today.

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  8. Beautiful, Kim! You can tell you put a lot of work into transforming this piece into something that you now absolutely love!

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  9. Looks great! I can't imagine what a huge undertaking that was. You are much more brave than I am. Still think you should open a store, Kim.

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  10. WOW that is beautiful. Love it, Love it. Looks better than the original did. This is such an inspiration. I'd better get busy for sure.

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  11. You are an artist with a paintbrush, Kin! What a transformation. It does look a lot like the picture from Tina! Is that called pickled washed?
    Painting furniture is addictive isn't it? Every piece you do is a brush "stroke of genius"!
    Yvonne

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  12. Your hutch is gorgeous! Gorgeous!!

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  13. Wow! Your hutch is gorgeous, Kim. Wow. Love the way you styled it too. If the dough bowl is in your way you could always send it my way hehehe.

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  14. You've really outdone yourself! It's amazing and changes the look of the room completely, I need you to come up here and be my painting buddy to get mine done! eck!! just love it!

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  15. Fantastic! Can't wait for the tutorial!

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  16. I love all your cabinets. How can you find them all and make them look so beautiful. Now I understund why you have so man followers:-)
    I'm so happy that you are a follower of my blog and I really hope some of your friends will follow. I'm a follower of your blog and I have you on my bloglist.

    I'm trying to writ my blog in swedish and "swenglish", I'll hope you understand it.

    Regards from Sweden

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  17. Wow, it looks like those worn pieces from Belgium...great patina! This really looks perfect with those sconces and your stunning chandy! A masterpiece my dear!

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  18. I agree with Deb, you would never think that it was the same piece of furniture! I love it! Your diningroom looks fab!

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  19. Kim, you are really creating such different finishes on everything. This is such a pretty piece. I love that yellow ceiling too. Your new chandy looks perfect with the hutch. Hugs, Marty

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  20. oh my...that is so neat looking... so fresh and bright yet antique. I have a hutch I want to try something like this on too thanks for inspiring me to try

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  21. Very beautiful! Can't wait for the tutorial.

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  22. OMGosh It is gorgeous! Can's wait for the tutorial. I am inspired to make something I already have even more beautiful.

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  23. You nailed it. Your inspiration photo looks just like what you have created. It is just fabulous.
    An amazing amount of work I'm sure,
    but so worth it. Wow...you should be so excited to show this piece off...I would be. Thank you for sharing.
    Bobbie

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  24. Beautiful Kim, I love the piece and the whole room!

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  25. Wow, Kim! You have become an expert in painting and distressing. Love the way the blue back looks against the white ironstone....very nice. Linda

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  26. Wow Kim! What did Mr Savvy have to say?? The Hubster would have freaked if I did that!:( I will say that though I truly loved it before and have it as one of my inspirations that I truly love it now as well!:) I know how much work it took and am so glad that it turned out just the way you wanted it too! Now if I can just get mine finished!

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  27. You know you are an amazing lady. I can't image taking on this project, Kim. It looks fantastic. Love all the white ironstone displayed on the shelves agains the background color. A+++++++

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  28. Kim, Your hutch looks great, you did a wonderful job bringing out the details. Thanks for shaing.
    Sandy

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  29. I love the transformation!! It really looks so much better, has such great style and it coordinates with the chandelier fantastically, but I know that was part of the plan!

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  30. I love your dining room. This is exactly the way I want to decorate my breakfast room. We just purchased a dark-stained dining set with cream chair cushions. We have a 16-yr old china cabinet (oak stained) that I want to antique in blue. Then, bring the blue together with pillows in the chairs and the drapes. In my mind, it will be lovely. The only way to get my point across, however is to show my hubby your room. Wonderful job on your china cabinet AND putting this room together!!

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  31. Bobbie, there was no inspiration photo. The chest I shared was a picture I found this morning long after this project was finished. I was just showing the handles were the same on both pieces.

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  32. OMGoodness Kim, your hutch is absolutely gorgeous! This is by far the best chalk paint project I have seen yet. You can tell there was a lot of work that went into transforming this hutch.

    Enjoy your weekend,
    Gail

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  33. Kim! That is absolutely incredible! It really does look like something you found on a European shopping trip and with your new chandy it is perfect. :-) Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday!
    Vanessa

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  34. I am a person who usually prefers a wood finish. Not today! I love, love, LOVE your hutch!

    It is absolutely gorgeous, and you did an amazing job on it.

    Blogless Peggy, turtlemss@aol.com

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  35. Oh Kim!!! That is Fantastic!!!! You done good, girl!

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  36. Hi Kimmie! OH, my goodness! You made your hutch finish look just like that inspiration picture! You're amazing!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  37. Oh my, this is gorgeous! It is hard to believe that something so pretty to begin with could be so improved! You are an artist with your paintbrush and supplies!

    I do hope that you will link to Potpourri Friday. Your participation will certainly help it to be a success.

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  38. That is absolutely beautiful!

    Janet

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  39. Yes! I love it! What a beautiful finish Kim.

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  40. It looks great, Kim. I like it a lot and the finish is perfect for the piece. xo Diana

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  41. I LOVE IT! The piece has so much more personality now!

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  42. Kim!!!!

    You outdid yourself on this project! PERFECTION! Love everything about it.

    I KNOW how much work it is to paint
    a big piece like this one.

    Worth every hour you spent!

    Cori

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  43. I like the distressed look of it--it goes well with the wavy glass in the doors. Good job!

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  44. It's simply gorgeous, Kim! You've got the painting fever! You need to come help me in my new cozy little house!
    Brenda

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  45. Oh my!! How BEAUTIFUL your hutch turned out. You are one very talented lady.

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  46. Kim,
    You amaze me with your energy and your ability to transform these pieces of furniture. This one is indeed your best yet. You are an inspiration to so many of us.

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  47. Kim, this is a beauty. You really know how to refinish furniture. Gorgeous!

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  48. You have got it going on! I love this Kim! I loved it before too. You always have the best paint finishes!

    Nancy

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  49. Kim that is amazing. It must have taken hours. Such a great transformation. I love the end result.. Great Job

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  50. Now that is inspiration from within! You saw it, I would never have thought it would turn out. Love the glass in that piece.

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  51. Wow, what a wonderful change. Now I would love to see the two arm chairs painted. LOL The chandy is 2-die-4.

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  52. I'm stopping back by to say thank you for linking up to Potpourri Friday and helping to make it a success! I appreciate you!

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  53. WOW! Just beautiful! Love it and it's has to be worth all the love!

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  54. Kim!!! You have outdone yourself! Your hutch is beautiful. You should be so proud of yourself. You have an amazing talent!

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  55. I LOVE it! It is beautiful!!

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  56. Oh wow, that turned out fantastic! Love the gray. I may have to try out that color.
    So glad you found a solution to your beading problem too!

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  57. Whoa...! How cool is it that it turned out almost exactly like that expensive and elegant french piece. It looks stunning...with doors open and shut!

    Cindy

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  58. IMPRESSIVE. where do you get your energy? It was totally worth your time.

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  59. I love the close up of the handles. Shows the wonderful play of the scroll in the metal against your new finish. It looks great with the doors open or closed. So go with your mood for the day. :)

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  60. Oh, that looks beautiful, Kim! I love the color. I keep seeing all the great projects everyone is doing with that chalk paint and it makes me want to try it out too!

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  61. Beautiful Kim! This is my first trip to your blog. I'll definitely be back!

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  62. Oh WOW! That is gorgeous! I love the finish on it. The gray is really pretty. Great job with it Kim! The inside is stunning too against the ironstone. Thanks for linking it to Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  63. Hi - I'm visiting via MMS - I love your hutch, and your white ware looks great in it!
    - Revi from www.revisionarylife.blogspot.com

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  64. GORGEOUS Kim!!!! Between the hutch and your new chandy it looks like a whole different dining room! Martina

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  65. I think this looks totally magnificent! It is the VERY BEST chalk painted piece I have seen. Truly MAGNIFICENT!!! If anyone criticizes you for painting over the original finish, they are crazy. It is a million times more lovel now. Can't wait for the tutorial!! If that was in my house, I would not sleep tonight. I would just sit and stare at it. :)

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  66. Hi Kim,
    This is stunning, beautiful work!! Now I know I am gonna have to get some chalk paint, I am looking forward to the tutorial!
    Bella

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  67. Just beautiful! Looks like the real deal. Makes me want to speak in French! You should be so proud!

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  68. I love that you can hear what your furniture want you to do for it!

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  69. Kim...I'm tempted to try doing a finish like that to my four poster bed. The finish is wearing in some places and I'm just having the envies to create something like your chest, but with the bed.

    I'll be thinking on this one..
    Thanks~

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  70. It looks like it came straight out of an olden French antiques store on the streets of Paris somewhere.
    My gosh o'mighty, this is sooo perfect and so pretty, Kim.
    I have a black little hutch that is hollering at me this very minute..she wants to look very much like this!! I'll be watching for your guiding info. :)))
    xo, bj

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  71. You are so talented I love this piece. Can't wait for the tut.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  72. You have outdone yourself with this one! Absolutely wonderful. Two questions: did you do a technique to the hardware? Also, did you "score" the cabinet doors on the bottom half? There appear to be horizontal lines on them.
    Can't wait to hear your tutorial.

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  73. Wow... it looks so much like the French piece! I love it.

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  74. This looks really well worn and loved. It's much more interesting than a factory pieces. Great job, Kim.

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  75. Fantastic! You've done an amazing job, it looks stunning and VERY expensive :) I know what you mean about painting over a perfectly good piece. I have just painted my mahogany french polished dining table which I'm sure some people will freak over! But it's what floats your boat that matters :)

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  76. Kim your hutch looks amazing!!! You did such a fabulous job on it.The word for it is gorgeous.

    Kathy

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  77. Kim, it really is beautiful and what a difference it makes in the room. I just don't care for the look of dark furniture anymore, and am considering painting my dining room furniture as well. You are always such an inspiration!

    Kat :)

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  78. This is positively gorgeous!!! You did a great job!

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  79. applause, whoop, whoop! well done. Love it! Hugs

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  80. WOW!!! It came out great. Looks gorgeous!!!

    'Please visit our new website www.tableandtop.com and check out our blog http://tableandtop.blogspot.com’

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  81. It's simply fabulous! love the color...love the texture...love,love,love!
    I have a hutch to redo, very scared to touch it. It has issues and history.
    How does one go about painting something that was given to them by family, that is being passed down from other family...
    is is mine to do as I wish?
    or
    am I left to keep something in the state it was handed down to me.
    Anyone deal with this issue?

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  82. Kim,

    I really like how the gray balances the yellow tones in the room. Yellow and gray look so great together!

    Kristina
    @PearlGateway
    www.pearlgateway.com

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  83. Great job, maybe one day I will get up the courage to paint my oak hutch.

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  84. Wonderful ! Now it looks like it could tell a story, if it could talk .

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  85. Wow, Kim! It is absolutely stunning. Kudos to you, and I like the doors open!

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  86. Gorgeous!!!! After seeing this hutch, I think I have the courage to tackle my french armoire with the same look as your hutch. I am on the edge of my seat waiting for your tutorial. Amazing job!

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  87. I honestly cannot believe how perfect this s. It looks exactly like a $10,000 one at Layla Grayce. This hutch may have spoken to you, but you had the talent to hear what it was saying. Simply amazing....you should be so proud!
    Stacy

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  88. Kim, it's beautiful! You did a fabulous job; this was worth every minute and drop of sweat you dedicated to the job. Thanks so much for sharing with us... one day I will dare to do the same with hopes of posting. Of course, my inspiration will be you. I'm happy I found your site!
    http://decoratingwcents.blogspot.com/

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  89. I love it Kim!!! You sure know how to paint girl friend!

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  90. It's so lovely, you done such amazing
    job on this.You should be very proud of yourself.

    Love an Blessings Carol

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  91. what a nice piece and so worth all the work and mess.
    Hugs,
    Ellen

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  92. Gorgeous....truly a layered, time-worn finish. I love it!
    Thanks for linking it up this week!!
    :-)
    shaunna

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  93. Wow what a gorgeous look! I am new to blogging & this is just a fabulous post! Visiting from perfectly imperfect ~ thanks for sharing....I just posted some barn doors that we made & I might just have to try this on them :) I've never tried this technique so wish me luck!

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  94. Beautiful! I can't wait for the semi tutorial! :) I'm your newest follower.
    www.DavisDomestications.com

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  95. Wonderful! Anxious to get your tutorial.

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  96. Absolutely gorgeous! I'm about to refinish my dining room table and can't wait for your tutorial!

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  97. Kim, I think this will be perfect for our tradtional (Drexel) highboy. Do you think it would do well for that? Did you go over the steps somewhere yet? I need those!! I can't wait to start.

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  98. Kim, I am sure this was a ton of work. You can see several layers of colors and the distressing alone had to take a while. You have become a painting machine. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  99. Can you please provide details on how you did this? It is beautiful! I'm completely new to chalk paint and I bought a tester can the other day in Paris Grey and Pure White,,, I plan to paint my furniture set that's currently a maple stain. Love this look!

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  100. Wow, that is beautiful! Can you please give me a hint on how to begin? I'm new to chalk paint... I bought a tester can in Pure White and Paris Grey. I'm planning to paint my bedroom furniture that is currently a boring light Maple. And this is so lovely, I would love to know how you did it!

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  101. Everything you do always turns out so very, very nice! You really did a beautiful job on your hutch! Happy New Year, Kim!

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  102. Hi there! I think I saw your hutch over at shaunna's blog and your hutch has inspired me to do my table and chairs. absolutely gorgeous!!!!

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  103. Hi,
    I think it looks great. I am wanting to transform my oak built in cabinet in my family room to look like an antique from Sweden or France. I am also going to use the Annie Sloan paint as it has the right look of chalky old paint. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  104. You did a beautiful job on the hutch! I am getting ready to paint and armoire for my Master bedroom and I am a bit nervous...but I am determined to get it done! Such inspiration for me!
    Betsy

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  105. This piece looks A-MAZING! I realize this is an old post. Just wondering if you can point me in the direction of the tutorial you may have posted for this?? Thanks so much!

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  106. I know this is an old post, but had to tell you (along with the previous 110 comments) that this piece makes me heart go pitty-pat. I saw it in your header and had to find out how you did it or just see it close up. I've been thinking of painting some pieces with a blackish inside too and yours was the only one I've found. Love your home, your blog, and this piece of furniture!

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  107. Hi Kim - I am only seeing this now- great idea having your projects on the sidebar (I need to do this!) My china cabinets in my dining room are nice and I have the same hardware - but the wood is a bit boring! I want to paint it - thinking ether a pink or a green (probably Scandanavian Pink with an Old White or Cream wash or Versailles antiqued). My husband doesn't want e to do this but I think he will relent. I want to do my chairs also - they need some color and a new fabric on the seats.

    Thanks for your inspiration - and for your link party... It really helps getting new eyes to my blog whenever I post a project!

    Linda

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  108. Kim, I've recently subscribed to your yummy blog. YOU are just the yummiest. Love your projects, style, all of it. If I sent you a picture of my ugly boring oak hutch in my kitchen (that I want to chalk paint finish JUST like yours), would it usher enough sympathy for you to give me some hints as to what colors/layers you used for the end result? Pretty please? :)

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