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Before and After: Charcoal Gray China Hutch

Here’s a look at our newest listing – a vintage china hutch.  I found this a few weeks ago and liked it relatively small size, detail and overall quality.   What I didn’t like was the horrible brown speckle over the entire piece.  Almost every inch of this piece had this 1970s speckle to it – I just knew it needed a fresh coat of paint to bring this back to life.

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After doing so many dressers, I thought this cabinet would be a nice change.  I decided to go with one of my favorite colors from Annie Sloan’s chalk paint line: graphite.  I love the versatility of this color and have yet to be disappointed when using it.  It really brings a classic elegance to the piece.

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While painting this piece I came across a few challenges, but probably the biggest one was painting the glass doors.  I wanted to paint both the outer and inside frame of the doors and really wanted to protect the glass while doing so – yet these doors were really tough to thoroughly cover without ruining the glass.  I ‘taped’ them off a bit unconventionally using old magazine pages.

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Once the piece was painted, I decided to darken up the color with a mixture of clear and dark wax.  I love how the dark wax gives this paint an almost black color yet also ages it a bit.

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This was such a fun piece to work on and I’m so glad it’s completed!  I love how the original hardware pops against the fresh paint.  This piece offers so many options for displaying special items in your home.  Visit our shop today to see this piece as well as our other available vintage items.

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