Ivory and Blue Plaster Painted China Hutch

My brother picked-up this old china hutch for me from a yard sale a while back, and it had been living in my basement for two years now (something my hubby never let me forget). When we installed our new carpet a few weeks ago, and my brother and hubby had to carry this mammoth beast back up the stairs, he said it was now or never because he was not going to carry it back down again.
The first thing I did was clean this baby off. After being in the former owner’s garage for who knows how long, and in my basement for years, this sucker was filthy.

It took for.e.ver to get all the grime off of it, and I had to go in with wet Q-tips in all of the carving work … over and over.

Once it was clean, I removed all of the hardware (which I spray painted a pewter color).

I then painted several coats of Plaster Paint’s Sweet Cream on the outside of the entire piece and their Ocean Breeze on the inside.

I then distressed the entire piece with a medium grit sanding block and coated the whole piece in Plaster Paint’s Paste Wax.
So after several more tries of the razor blade and some 0000 steel wool, I finally got it all!
I was really pleased with how it turned out, and if I had room for it in my home I probably would have kept it myself.

Fortunately, after recruiting my brother to help me move it one last time … it sold within days of me dropping it off in my booth!
Shanna Gilbert
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  • Hannah V Hannah V on Apr 06, 2015
    WOW just gorgeous!

  • Miriam Illions Miriam Illions on Apr 06, 2015
    What a masterpiece! I'm not surprised that it sold so quickly. I wish you had a picture of it in its new home - do you ever ask customers to share? I'm always so curious about where these pieces end up.