I hope your week is going well. Just a few more days until the weekend. I’ve been really busy in the shop and haven’t had much time to be at the computer. I’m sure I’m missing out on some pretty spectacular fall projects and décor. I’m hoping to be able to get my house transitioned into fall this weekend in between football games. (read: most likely won’t happen.)
Anyway, today I want to show my latest fall-inspired piece that will be heading to Indulge. Hutches seem to be pretty popular right now. I think people have upcoming holiday entertaining in mind and are looking for ways to display and serve their guests.
I’m all in on that!
This is Apple Barn.
Here are the BEFORE shots:
It was pretty beat up and had those batwing pulls that I love so much (insert sarcasm here.)
My other favorite detail on these hutches are the scrolls (ahem…can you see a pattern here?) And please don’t send me hate mail. I totally get, and totally respect, that some of you like your scrolls, but I don’t. Not on these types of hutches.
Not one bit.
So off they go…
(Disclaimer: If at any point in the near or far future I decide to makeover a piece and leave the scroll on, I can assure you, there must be a reason. Whether it is a good reason or not, I cannot predict. LOL. I shall claim an exemption to any previous scroll “dissing” I may, or may not, have been part of and convince myself, and others, that the scroll is the detail of focus and big-time major selling feature.)
(Disclaimer #2: Or it could be that I just got lazy.)
(Disclaimer #3: Or that Mr. Honey Do was not in the game for an assist.)
Once the scroll and trim was removed, the top board was resized.
No scroll. No overhang.
Some of the curves have to stay but someday I make take the time to come up with an easy way to get rid of those as well, short of total reconstruction.
I used Annie Sloan’s Primer Red chalk paint and three different waxes. My goal was to get the finish to look like a deep red apple skin (obviously not like the apples in the picture) but also resemble an old barn with its traditional red paint and faded wood that has been exposed to the elements over many years.
If you look closely, you can see the inside panel of the hutch is very uneven in color, waxing and texture. The body is similar, but not as intense.
I replaced the batwings with traditional cup pulls and knobs in matte black.
These pictures were taken in our orchard just before sunset. You can see the shadows from the filbert trees casting over the hutch.
I’m working on a handful of fall pieces for my space and will share them with you over the next few weeks. I hope to be able to sit down and spend some time looking at all mantels, porches and interiors that are getting their autumn makeovers. It is my favorite time of year!
Have a great Wednesday!
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