French Country Hutch Now Elegant with Pure & Original Paint

French Country Hutch Now Elegant with Pure & Original Paint
It's time for another Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest project... and I am so excited about this one...  the theme is "Pure Colors, Original Elegance". I chose to update a vintage French Provincial China Hutch with paint, chicken wire and a poster...

I had been wanting to buy one of these china cabinets for forever and finally found an affordable one at an estate sale more than a year ago. It had good bones but the plexiglass was cracked on the middle bow front door. It had been sitting in the garage awaiting its transformation...

This month's contest is being sponsored by PURE & ORIGINAL PAINTS USA, a luxury brand of paint imported from the Netherlands.  Their "Classico" paint is a water soluble chalk based paint that's environmentally friendly and made with 100% natural pigments. It's the perfect paint to refinish furniture or paint walls and it needs no primer or top coat! So much to love about this paint!

*Disclaimer:  I received 2 quarts of their Classico Chalk based paint for use in this challenge. All opinions 100 %  my own. This post contains an affiliate link  which means I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you if you happen to buy this paint.

I had been thinking about how I wanted to paint this cabinet for a while and now that I had more than 120 colors to choose from I was on the right track. It was no small task I might add... but in the end I decided on these two...

"Ristretto" in Italian is what you call a short espresso made with half the water of a regular espresso, so I should have known that it would have a brown tint to it. The name conjured up wonderful memories of my time spent living in Tuscany when I was in my 20s. And "Apple Blossom" had me thinking about Spring... so as I went about working on my piece my thoughts turned to Springtime in Europe...

Speaking of Springtime in Europe, I had found this poster on sale at Hobby Lobby a while back with the thought of using it on a piece of furniture. I knew that this French cabinet would be a great candidate for it.

The only thing left to do was to figure out exactly where to cut it. I had some help with the decision from our kitty who's coloration matches perfectly with the piece, green eyes and all. Don't you just love God's creation!

I added a butterfly and more lettering to balance the left cabinet door with the right cabinet door.

The hardware begged to be painted gold. I love all the curves on this piece which I tried to accentuate with some subtle sanding.

I was so happy to know that I didn't need to sand the piece before painting! The paint went on thick and smoothly drying very quickly. The suggested application is two coats. After two coats of white the wood was still showing through, so keep this in mind if using one of their whites over a dark base. One quart was not enough to do 3 coats on the inside so I ended up using some leftover paint from my stash that was just a shade darker than "Spring Blossom". What impressed me the most about this paint was that when I accidentally dripped the darker color onto the white, I immediately wiped it off with a wet rag and the white paint underneath did not come off even after having been dried for only one hour. Oh and I almost forgot my other favourite thing about this paint is the matte finish. I'm not one for shiny furniture finishes, except if it's a result of wax being buffed on it, so I was a happy camper!
I thought she was finished at this point and even began styling her in a variety of ways with all of my accessories in green and white and gold. And to think that I was actually worried at the thought that I wouldn't have enough accessories to style it... silly me...  (Anyone who has seen my enormous stash of stuff knows that I am in need of help from hoarders anonymous. lol)

But my original vision for the piece was to replace the broken plexiglass with chicken wire... and I couldn't not do it and always wonder how it would look... so I forged on, took the plunge and added it... but the color of the galvanized steel wire just didn't look right now that the hardware was gold... so I took a bit of leftover "Ristretto" paint and a thin paint brush and carefully and slowly brushed it onto all of the chicken wire.

Now I was in love... it was just the right amount of rustic to go with the elegant...

and then onto more fun with styling it now that it was finished...

And just to see the before and after side by side... from drab to fab don't you think!? I'm so happy to finally see my vision with this piece become a reality. Just wishing that my vision for a house where it would fit perfectly could now materialize! ;o)

Hope I have inspired you to get creative with your furniture flips!
To see all of the entries in the Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest head on over to Thirty Eighth Street or Anastasia Vintage.

If you are a blogger who paints furniture and would like to take part in the Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest you can contact Stacy from Anastasia Vintage at or Evey from Evey's Creations at .


Sharing at these locations...

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
The Painted Drawer Link Party @
The Painted Drawer
Project Inspire @ Cupcakes and Crinoline
Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
Talk of the Town @ My Repurposed Life
Dream Create Inspire @ Refresh Living 
Swing into Spring @ DIY by Design
Creative Spark @ Two Purple Couches
Welcome Home Wednesdays @ Suburban Simplicity
Work it Wednesdays @ The Happy Housie
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
The DIY Collective @ Average But Inspired
The Creative Circle @ Up to Date Interiors
Vintage Charm @ Charm Bracelet Diva
Shabbilicous Fridays @ The Shabby Art Boutique
Feathered Nest Fridays @ French Country Cottage
The Handmade Hangout @ Too Much Time on my Hands
The Inspiration Gallery @ craftberry bush
Simple and Sweet Fridays @ Rooted In Thyme 
the weekend retreat @ AKA Design
Creativity Unleashed @ Practically Functional
The Painted Drawer Link Party @ The Painted Drawer
A morning Cup of Joe @ The Cottage Market 
Best of the Weekend @ Sweet Pea 
Upcycled Link Party @ Funky Junk Interiors 
Share it One More Time @ One More Time Events
Saturday Sparks @ Pieced Pastimes
Silver Pennies Sundays @ Finding Silver Pennies 
Inspiration Monday @ What Meegan Makes
Amaze Me Mondays @ Dwellings 


  1. That was a big project!!! It is so lovely though :) Love the addition of the chicken wire :)

  2. Wow! That is stunning! The chicken wire totally completes it! Great job!

  3. Great piece Lucy, love your color choices and the print compliments them perfectl, nice job girl!

  4. I love your vision on this, Lucy! Interesting, isn't it, how themes/ideas germinate without a person even realizing it? :) Lovely work!

  5. Thanks so much ladies for the sweet comments! ;o)

  6. I think your hutch looks elegant. I like the painted finish much better than the original wood tone and I love the prints on the doors. Just gorgeous.

  7. What a fantastic piece Lucy! Love what you did with it.

  8. Love what you did with this piece! Great job!

  9. LOVE the poster added to the doors. It's a great fit!
    And I'm in love with the chicken wire. Beautiful job, Lucy!

  10. Apple blossom is now on my list of colors to get! Great job on what I'm sure was a big project!

  11. You did a fabulous job on this, Lucy!! I've been on the hunt for one for our bathroom forever -- they're getting harder to find around here. Your attention to detail amazes me ... only a true FFFer would take the extra time to paint chicken wire!

  12. To truly appreciate how thorough you are in the refinishing process, you have to go over this little jewel inch-by-inch. There is an artful treat at every turn. I'm so loving...despite the numerous obstacles... how your vision turned into such a unique and beautiful piece. Some one is going to find a special place for it in their home and love it forever. XOXO Susie from The Chelsea Project

  13. The hutch is absolutely beautiful. From the color selection to the small details you did a perfect job.

  14. I love your hutch makeover it turned out beautiful! I love the color and the posters you add to the doors and love that you added the chicken wire. You did a really fantastic job!

  15. Lucy! Your make over of this cabinet absolutely beautiful! I love the details you gave it and your choice of color is spot on for what your vision was! Well done! I hope you have an amazing day!
    The Curator's Collection & Making Broken Beautiful (Thursdays)

  16. It's a stunner Lucy! Love the color, the chicken wire, and the oh so pretty poster on the doors.

  17. Thanks for sharing this beautiful hutch at Dream Create and Inspire.

  18. Lucy, this turned out beautiful! I love the colors and the addition of the poster is wonderful. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  19. Gorgeous!
    So happy to have you sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  20. It's gorgeous! Love the colors! Thanks for sharing at Welcome Home Wednesdays! See you tomorrow!

  21. What an awesome makeover.

    Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  22. Hi Lucy, just hopping by to let you know that you are being featured at SYC this week.

  23. Just beautiful!! Congrats! I'll be featuring you this week at Simple & Sweet Fridays! Thanks for sharing!!
    Hugs, Jody

  24. What a gorgeous makeover! I'm featuring your project tomorrow night at Best of the Weekend at 24 Cottonwood Lane. Thanks so much for linking up!