another golden oldie.

I painted this gorgeous hutch last summer.  I wish I had a ‘before’ pic for you!  I knew the moment I saw the craigslist ad that this would be gorgeous painted.  It wasn’t horrible, but it was rather outdated looking in its original state with a rather orange-y stain.

1863 hutchI loved the Gothic arches in the glass door and the detail at the top of the cabinet.  I have to admit, this is still one that I look at and think “why didn’t I keep that?”

1863 hutch door

You can see that I lined the inside with pages from an old Swedish bible.  I hand painted the ‘1863.’ at the top.  It’s not a stencil, I just printed the image off my computer, traced it onto the cabinet using tracing paper, and then painted it in with a small brush.

1863 hutch interiorYep, she was a beauty.  I sent this one up to the Round Barn and it is long gone.  Sniff, sniff.

20 thoughts on “another golden oldie.

  1. She’s a beauty – I am sure you are wondering why you let her go. Love the stencil look #’s very steady hand I’d say. Yeah I like the gothic arches too. I would love to find an old secretary desk with bookcase on top. More places to merchandise. 🙂 I am thinking about working on my winter chair purchase again cause I have decided I am going to keep them. In my defense I have painted 3 Adirondack chairs this summer.


    1. Those Adirondack’s are killers! I just saw the perfect secretary desk for you on Craigslist for $200. Serpentine front, ball & claw feet. Want to drive to Minnesota for it? 😉


      1. Now wouldn’t that be nice – I am searching for some #’s for my upstairs doors today. Still looking for an old french book to add pages to my cabinet. I have also been looking for soaps. I really want the cube shaped ones. Do you have a source? Amazon is the only place that has them $6.99 a pop – I may cave and buy them this weekend.


      2. Nope, don’t have a source for the soaps. Wish I did. I think the Amazon price is probably as cheap as you will find them though. I always feel like fabulous French soap is an easy thing to splurge on, since even as a splurge it’s less than $10. Email me if you can’t find numbers that you like and I’ll cut them on my Cricut for you. I have a limited supply of font cartridges, but I have some good ones.


  2. So you used authentic bible pages?? I have been told by “my people” that that is awful to do!! Ha, I am so glad you did use them though. I don’t get why it would be “the wrong thing to do”. I wanted to make a paper wreath for christmas out of a tattered german bible and use some of the pages in resin pendants and ornaments. I have to admit that I gave in to “my people” and have not dared use them that way:( Its very beautiful to me on your piece. Lord give me strength to be creative with your word. Thanks Quandie.


    1. Well, it was in Swedish, which I can’t read anyway … so that doesn’t really count, right? And I bought it at a garage sale for 50 cents, it wasn’t a family heirloom or anything. I have to say, making a paper wreath for Christmas seems like a pretty fitting use for an old bible to me. How could that be wrong?


      1. And besides, you’re using it to create a thing of beauty, it’s not like you’re lining a birdcage with them!


    1. You crack me up Ginene! My handyman Ken is the most devout person I know, he attends church several times a week and absolutely never works on my projects on a Sunday. Maybe I should have him check on this dis-blessing thing 😉


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