I have been wanting to refinish my hutch and dining room table for some time. My tastes have changed and I am loving cottage style and french country. Basically, I am loving white. I took inspiration from town & country living blog. Her home is so cozy! This hutch started out pickled oak about 20 years ago when that was all the rage. Then, I was going for a cottage black, but it didn’t work and the dining room became a room used on Thanksgiving only. I refinished in Annie Sloan (surprise) and gave it a clear wax. I didn’t want the glass back so covered with mod podge and beautiful paper from Stampin’ Up! I left the handles black and love it! I can’t wait to fill it with stoneware and my wedding china. Almost forgot, I took out the glass out of the front and added chicken wire. It really gives it the look I was going for!
I fell in love with the beautiful deer silhouette that www.TheRusticPig.com was kind enough to share with us. I followed her tutorial using an old dresser mirror. I did have to prime the mirror first and used 4 coats of chalkboard paint. I also used Annie Sloan paint on both the wood frame and deer.
When we were building our home over 15 years ago I had two must haves, a farmer’s porch and a fireplace. They are my two favorite features to this day and it is not just for decorating. There is nothing like relaxing by the fire in the cold New England winters and sitting on the porch swing or rocker with a good book and a glass of lemonade in the Summer. I bought this armoire when I first got married in 1988 and I still love it, although lately I’ve been thinking of painting it. I am obsessed with the armoire in Blue Egg, Brown Nests bedroom, but I don’t think I could accomplish that yet. I added this cool berry wreath and some burlap to the front and one of my signs and berrys to the top. Simple, but makes a statement.
I have been busy decorating the past two weekends. I did the outside last weekend and this weekend have worked on our main living areas. I started with my new kitchen hutch that I refinished (see prior post Annie Sloan Old White). For this I made a Halloween theme with a Spooky Banner and various pieces (that candy bowl was full last night and it wasn’t me!)
I found the most beautiful color pumpkin at Walmart and it was a steal at $5.98. I had this old toolbox that I found on the side of the road, cleaned it up and gave it a quick whitewash. I wanted to fill it with all natural elements, so I added gourds and mini pumpkins, plus some dried hydrangea as fillers. I made a quick no sew burlap table runner and love how it turned out! I also picked up 2 glass vases and candle holders from the dollar store using E6000 to attach then filled it with faux leaves and pumpkins. Happy Fall!