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Saturday, November 26, 2011

At last, Big Frenchy!

This project took just a little longer than I hoped. But then, it is BIG.  I mean, really, REALLY BIG and incredibly solid.  Here is where we began, a little dated with the orange-y finish, but still, in my opinion, timeless and very pretty.  And did I mention BIG?


My kitchen was totally overtaken by this project.  Yeah, I refinish furniture in my kitchen.  I can make a mess because I'm the one who cleans up.  Those are the rules.
As I did with the server last month, I painted the base in Pure White chalk paint, and stained the top in Kona.


I love how the top came out. Dark and shiny, so you can really see the curves in the wood.


A little clear wax to shine up the finish.


Some judicious distressing:


Painted the hardware a dark silver metallic:


Finished just in time to start the Christmas decorating.


The new dining room is really starting to come together.



Now I just have the table and chairs left to do.  And painting the walls.  And laying new flooring.... maybe AFTER Christmas!

Linking up to Met Monday, What's It Wednesday, White Wednesday, Potpourri Party, Furniture Friday and Show & Tell Friday.  Whew, that is a lot of partying!

33 comments:

Leslie Kim said...

Hi Tracy, I just wanted to say that you have done a great job! It looks absolutely amazing! I love the decorations that you've put up as well. Quick ? what type of chalk paint did you use? I have a new undertaking of my own and want to get as many opinions on different paints, as possible. Thank you, and again, great job!

Sibel said...

You're great! Really a big job done there and the result is super! "Happy Christmas" by the way:)

Sibel-ish.blogspot.com

Mel said...

Woman, you rocked it! Wow, it's simply gorgeous. The stain is lovely, I'll have to keep that colour in mind. Your judicious judgement in distressing was spot on! I'm not a fan of heavily distressed pieces, but you've found the perfect balance.

I bet it feels really good to have that behemoth task out of the way. I am looking forward to seeing the table and chairs done, but no pressure ;)

Lisa @ akawest said...

Yeah! It looks great! New floor???

Susan said...

Wow, what a difference. Looks so much better. You are really making a lot of headway!!!!

Terry said...

I like the dark top too especially with the dark hardware. You are right, the top was invisible before.

Shelia said...

Oh, my goodness, you've done it again! This piece is gorgeous! You have done a wonderful job. It's really a very pretty piece and so large and I'm sure you've already poked it full of things! :) You really could start a business!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

L'Heure Bleue At Home said...

What an incredible transformation! You did an amazing job.

afoodie said...

Fabulous job, simply fabulous! And, the pieces themselves are gorgeous. Fabulous.

Steph said...

Looks sharp, mama! I don't think you will ever run out of projects, to be honest. :)

Michelle said...

All I can say is it's BEAUTIFUL!

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Tracy,
Oh my goodness...your hutch is so beautiful! You did an amazing job on it. It looks so pretty in your dinning room! Two thumbs up!
Have a sweet day and big hugs, Elizabeth

Daffodil Hill said...

This piece is gorgeous! You did such a great job with the chalk paint. I just used the exact same combination on the mirrors in my bath, but it came out very chalky, not at all the smooth finish you accomplished. Not sure what I did wrong!

Deb said...

That is absolutely spectacular. That room would draw me in like a magnet. Beautiful job you did. The whole room is stunning. Deb=^..^=x4

Sharon said...

Wow ! It turned out wonderful ! What is it about white that makes a peice like that stand out so much better ? I love it !

Ivy and Elephants said...

What a gorgeous piece! OMG you did such a fabulous job on it!!! Thanks so much for linking up and sharing with us at our very first linky party. Hope to see you again next week!
Hugs,
Patti and Paula

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

What a stunning piece Tracy. Fantastic job!

Unexpected Treasures said...

This makeover is wonderful. I have tackled a piece of that size and I thought I would never finish. I really love your choice of finishes. Good work!

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

Wow, it really looks awesome. You did a fab job on that china cabinet. It's a big job but you were rewarded with a lovely piece with loads of charm.

Tattered & Timeless said...

WOW you are on a roll. I should get some mojo just from watching your work. Looks beautiful..thanks for stopping by - new follower here.
tammy

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

What a gorgeous piece of furniture! Beautiful job!

Amanda said...

Stunning! Well worth your time, efforts and the mess in your kitchen! I have got to get me some chalk paint! What a beautiful finish!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda

Mom Daughter Style said...

very nice!

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The Polka Dot Closet said...

This piece is absolutely breath taking! You are truly a master at furniture refinishing! I refinished mine right where it sat in the dining room.

Carol

Karen said...

What a beautiful job, it looks gorgeous.

Dixie said...

I love it! I've got one of those "big" old china cabinets in my dining room too, and I really-really want to paint it white! You're great inspiration!!

Kathleen said...

Wow! I am super impressed. That is gorgeous and looks like you paid a mint for it! I really love the contrast with the white and kona and the hardware... Classy!

Margret Cornell said...

it looks crispy , French super

Honey at 2805 said...

Big Frenchy is a beauty! Thanks for linking your adorable project to Potpourri Friday!

Tina said...

This looks great! I really love the Kona stain with the white, simply beautiful.

Linking from Ivy and Elephants.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi Tracy,
Your gorgeous big frenchy was featured at "What's It Wednesday". Feel free to grab a button, and thanks so much for sharing with all of us.
Hugs,
Patti

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Wow! Love this. I'm always on the fun for fun projects that speak to me, you had a vision for this beauty and it shows.. hugs ~lynne~

Anonymous said...

Love the china cabinet. Gives me ideas for my future dining room. Just starting to learn to paint with the chalk paint. My first completed project if a side table by Broyhill with very heavy carving I did the legs in Old White and the sides/flat part in Duck Egg and did a dark wax over it. It looks gorgeous.
Cindy

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