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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Graphic Faux Hutch

Hello all! I wanted to pop in to share some pics of what I did with this quiet little buffet table.
Last year or so, I redid some Drexel chairs which reminded me of this same style—that ugly grey-green wood which will no doubt be on its way back in style, in 50 years or so.  (BTW, I spelt Drexel as “Dexter” about 11 times in that article (sigh) but Ann Marie quietly and quickly went in and changed all the errors because I didn't know what the heck I was doing. Still don't. :) But I DO have a pretty bag full of acrylic paint and paint brushes. :)
So I had this Drexel buffet, which was biting at the bit to be painted—it’s sophisticated, yet…boring. I wanted to maintain the sophistication, but pump up it's style with a subdued color and some understated graphic detail. (Pump it up! Pump it up!)  I have been up to my eyeballs in busy (for like a year) and just didn’t have a good enough excuse to paint it. My playroom was begging to be organized and streamlined before school started, so this was the perfect opportunity. I took puffy removable Scotch tape, and formed the pattern there that you see. I outlined it with my pencil, removed the tape, and filled in the pattern with some gray acrylic paint, staying in the lines (blech!).
Now don't be laughin' at my poorly Photo Shopped rug y’all... my kind of vacuuming.
In it's place was a messy shelf, so I replaced it with this faux hutch-cabinet thingy, if you will.
That's just a bulletin board I hung on top, covered with some cute dot fabric.
Anyhow, I just like the natural look of the reeds and the cheery red industrial hardware.
If I’m really ambitious someday, I’ll eventually put some glass antique knobs on the buffet (I have my eye on some in Ann Marie’s shop).  What do you think?
It was nice to throw out about half of those small little junky toys, the kinds of things that the kids never really play with anyhow. It’s such a nice feeling to look at this, it motivated me to keep things where they are—organized.

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and The Hob Knobery Giveaway, going on right now through Wednesday!

~ Cara


  1. Quite the statement piece. I like the graphic touch.

  2. Hey- I can't edit this, or respond to your comments, but thank yous!

    I also want you to know I'm linkin up with a great lil blog called Vintage Revivals. Actually it's a big huge honkin awesome blog. Check out her Epic Room Makeover!

  3. Love, love, love the design!! Way cool! Retro and chic!


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  5. Whoops, apparently I can't spell... What I meant was "Looks fantastic Cara! I need you to give me some ideas for my horribly pieced together playroom."

  6. Thanks Steph and julie! So sweet of you to take the time to comment. Posting on this blog always keeps me humble!

  7. Thanks so much for posting our Everything Annie Sloan Giveaway button on your sidebar!! We are so excited to share this paint with everyone! I hope your followers and friends come on over and take a peak at what it's all about! I am your newest follower and glad to have found you!

  8. Wow what a beautiful transformation!! You did such a great job.


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