Happy Wednesday everyone. If you are reading this, it means you are almost halfway through your week. If you are like me, this means you are one day closer to your sale at Paris Flea Market and this weekend, at least Saturday, will be a working day. C’est La Vie!
A few weeks ago, I was shopping at my favorite Goodwill. Did you know I have a favorite? After I go to Costco, (an errand I don’t love), I reward myself with a trip to the nearby Goodwill. I spied this China Hutch in the furniture section. The price was quite low on it already, but since I had a pocket full of cash, and was willing and able to take it home that day, they knocked off another $20. Good tip to remember! Cash, carry? Ask for a better deal, often they will mark down large items!
It took myself and three other kind hearted women to put this in my van, verrryyyyyyy carefully. I was hoping a friendly neighbor would be around when I got to my house. This is what my neighborhood looked like when I arrived home.
You could hear the crickets. Being the bold soul that I am, and having quite a bit of furniture moving experience, o solo mio….I knew I could leverage it out of my car with the greatest of care. Who cares that I held my breath for a full two minutes, and maybe my anxiety was a tidge high for the rest of the day. I didn’t have to drive around with this in my car for the afternoon, and I could get started on it right away!
I don’t know why I can’t take before, before pics, but this is as before as it is going to get….
My first thought was to paint the inside Antique White and the outside a soft grey. I even went so far as to paint the entire outside Seattle Mist. It looked gorgeous, but I wasn’t feeling it. I went over it again with a mixture of Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black and CeCe Caldwell’s Vermont Slate. I did about half and half. I wanted a darker black, but I also wanted to be able to sand it smooth, the way you can with CeCe Caldwell’s paints. I was able to get exactly what I wanted! I actually sprayed this on with my HVLP sprayer. The inside I painted with Modern Masters Basic White.
Here is le top:
TIP: I had some overspray on the glass on the inside. The glass panes DID NOT come out. It was rather a large pane (get it????). Instead of laboring away with paint thinner, I used the edge of a razor blade to scrape the paint away. Worked perfect for every last drop.
Here is le bottom:
Here is le whole thing! I finished the entire piece off with a good coat of CeCe Caldwell’s all natural wax, and a little dark wax for character. My driveway is not the loveliest of staging areas, but this piece is so big, there is no way I could move it too far to take “beauty pics”.
How you like my noir et le blanc?
Sharing my tale of Black and White with these lovely parties: