I have had this piece for about 18 years. I really like the lines and I love the storage.
This is what it looked like in the resale shop before I bought it.
The left one is Savannah Green. Mind you, I had not selected the colors for the outside of the piece, but that didn't stop me.
I forged ahead. While that was drying I started on the outside (without taking a picture first so this shot is from a little later in the process after I had put a coat on the outside)
I had some Shenandoah Taupe on hand and it looked like it might be right. I started filling in the panels and covering up the stenciling.
Now I had to come up with something for the trim pieces. I thought about shopping for another color but I really didn't want to waste so much time driving around for 3 oz. of paint.
My inner voice kept telling me to try the Ralph Lauren metalic I had on hand. I had already used it on the coffee table (later post) so I was hesitant to use it again but...it is a glaze and the finish color is dependent on the base color, so I gave it a whirl. You can see the slight change on the top right...just enough to take it from champagne to a more muted taupe.
I found this jar of Charred Lemon Gold Metallic. It was not the original champagne color but I knew that if it covered the brown streaks, the glaze would be enough to make it match. May I just say this is where frugality pays off. I save almost everything and, even though there was only a thin stiff layer on the bottom of this jar, I was able to add a little water and save the day.
I tend to leave the fun parts until last.
Now that the dishes are back into the top of the hutch, I'll have room to remove the bottom dishes. (I also have to address that slight sag in the first shelf from the bottom. It causes the dessert plates to roll towards the center.)
By the way, I bought this set of dishes at a resale shop for $100 in 2010.
Here they are for Christmas in 2011.
Maybe I'll be ready to host the holidays this year. I still have 10 months but we know how quickly that flys by.
TEN DAYS LATER:
Ater living with this for awhile, I decided the piece was just too bossy for the room.
So, I painted the panels again!
This time they are painted in Sherwin Williams 7031 Mega Greige.
I can't say this is final. I just finished second coating it today and I need to see if it settles in for the long run.
Am I questioning my ability to choose wisely? Not really. I figure it's like marriage. We don't always get it right the first time.
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