French China Hutch!





I was not looking for a china cabinet, even though I have my Great Grandmother's china. 

But, it seems when one has something on their mind, these things tend to find a solution.

I happened at a garage sale last fall and came upon this...
I adore French looking furniture. There were several things going for this piece;
 1) It's French style,
 2) It's Drexel Furniture (Excellent Quality), 
3)Price, $40

Here is what was wrong with this piece...It's HEAVY since it's all one piece! Ouch

I bought it anyway and figured that I would figure out the logistics later. LOL
It got too cold to paint this piece in our unheated hobby garage, so I contemplated it all winter. As soon as it got warm enough, I was out there working on it. I had decided on a light gray with white accents. I think I had a right call on that decision based on how beautiful this turned out.
After finishing it, I called in the troops, two of my strongest men to carry it from our hobby garage to into our study. That cost me another $40.
I painted the shelves white and the back that I had removed, I wall papered in Anagalyptia wall paper that looks like old tin ceiling and then it gets painted. I wanted to add texture and interest when you looked inside.
 Initially, I had some of the key pieces of my Great Grandmother's china in this bookcase in my master bedroom. It looked good and worked fine until I came across this old window that I had to have.
Out went the bookcase (I sold it) and in came the huge arched window. But I digress.
So now you see where the 'solution' came in when I found this piece to hold my heirloom china.
This is a picture of the china and my Great Grandma with her five children just after her husband passed away at too young of an age. She never remarried. My Grandma is the oldest girl to the right.
(Above,  you can see the Anagalyptia paper backing I used)
 The lower shelf has a picture of a ship that carried my Great Grandma when she was a little girl, along with her family from Germany to Ellis Island before they settled on a Kansas farm.
On my next post, I will show you around this room and tell you more about these awesome columns.

I am sure that I will have fun moving pieces around and adding some silver to this fabulous piece!

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  1. That cabinet was a wonderful find, and your Great Grandmother's china looks great in it.

  2. Oh it's gorgeous and it fits perfectly where you placed it, it's like it was waiting to come! I love them both. You did a magnificent job with this pretty piece.
    Hope you are having a lovely Easter weekend.

  3. I am so jealous! Awesome find {I can't believe you only paid $40!} and I love the color you chose to paint it!

    I would love for your to share your creativity on my Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party! We are live now and the party starts each Saturday morning at 8:00 am EST!

    ~ Ashley

  4. Wow I wish I found deals like these. It's beautiful.

  5. What a great find and your transformation is just beautiful!! I know that you are going to enjoy this piece for many years!

  6. Wow, what a beautiful piece and I can't believe it was only $40! Great job it looks fantastic! take care, Maryann

  7. I want to comment on this hutch great find even if it cost you an extra $40 but how did you paint the( wire) mesh in the front did you take it out and spray paint it ?that looks like the hardest part. but sure is beautiful.Susie

    1. I first made my own chalk paint, then as I was brush painting the piece gray, I also ran the brush over the mesh. You have to be careful that this will cause splashes on the area around your piece. Use a dry brush, meaning after dipping the brush in the paint, use a paper towel and take some of the paint off the brush before you brush the mesh. You can redip back on the paper towel and pick up more paint and keep doing this, inside and out of the mesh.

  8. Looks lovely - what a great piece to hold your treasures!

  9. Ab.so.lute.ly. BeaUtiful!
    GOOD JOB! On finding it--painting it--and color choice!
    Yes, I want the arched window too! And the awesome columns!

  10. Wow, this piece is stunning and I adore the gray and white. Beautiful. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  11. That is a great find at a wonderful price, I wouldn't have passed it up either! You did a wonderful job, yup I'm drooling have been looking for one just like it myself! Following to see more!

  12. Beautiful Terry! Love the French Linen.

  13. Wow, beautiful job!

  14. PERFECT choices every step of the way! Wonderful job!!!

  15. $40!!!!???? WOWZA! that was a steal and you did an amazing job with it! LOVE it sooo much! :D

  16. Beautiful hutch, Terry! What a great find for $40.00! Love the colors you used on it. It seems like that spot was made for it, too.

  17. Fabulous makeover. I love the two tone. You got a great deal on this piece.

  18. Such a beautiful hutch now.......it was "ho-hum" before....nice, but now it is fantastic! Thank you for sharing this.

  19. Wow Terry what a steal even with the extra $40! It turned out perfect for your space. Thanx for partying at THT!

  20. That piece is stunning and you got quite the deal! ... And funny thing, I've actually stopped buying really big pieces because they are just too darn heavy or maybe I'm just getting too darn old to help carry them!

  21. Terry, this is stunning!!! It looks like it was made for that space. If we both had been at that yard sale, I would have fought you for it ha ha :) Seriously, it's beautiful, great job! XO

  22. Great hutch Terry! Thanks for joining HSH!

  23. It is a gorgeous piece Terry! I imagine it was a beast to move. I love the colors you used and the way you've displayed your family heirlooms in it. Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!
    Blessings, Deborah

  24. You really did an amazing job. What color specifically did you use to create your own chalk paint and what recipe for chalk paint do you use? I will be featuring this tonight at my Swing into Spring party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

  25. totally gorgeous, I'd also love to know what kind of paint you used and the color, because I'm going to have to repaint all my off white pieces to this same color. it's just beautiful and looks perfect in that spot!

  26. Wow! It is Beautiful!! I love it! Great job!

  27. What an amazing transformation! I just love a good deal too :) Visiting from DIY By Design,

  28. Stunning !
    LOVE the shape of this beauty - don't think I've ever come across one quite like it - and I if I ever do it won't be leaving !
    Beautiful transformation
    Hopping over from My front porch to yours - congrats on the feature :)

  29. Visiting from Pamela's...oh my gawd! $40??? that's an absolute steal! I love it, Terry. THAT is exactly what I'm looking for, and I would gladly pay a little more, esp, for Drexel. Way to go!

  30. What a wonderful way to display your family treasures. Congratulations on a fabulous transformation!

  31. Your hutch turned out beautifully! Great price, too. Love the way your displayed your china with the photo of your grandmother...sweet. : ) Thanks so much for sharing at Revisionary Life Thrifty Life Thursday! I plan to feature you today. Sorry the post is up so late!

  32. Terry, I just spent a long time on your blog, sighing, and oohing and aahhing. Your chair makeovers, and the fabrics you choose are lovely. Stripes here, toile here, a bird here and there a number once in awhile.....I love everything you do!

  33. What a fantastic piece. Do you actually paint the paper you put inside? Great detail. Thanks for sharing.


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