Tuesday, July 17, 2012

July Madness

You know June was a cake walk, in terms of activity (and weather) compared to July!  I seem to always forget just how fast the month of July flies by with a flurry of activity each year.  I forget about band camp, band parade practices, Gretna Days activities, church VBS activities that we all volunteer for, the 4th and cookouts planned before during and after, and I forget about the sweltering, unending heat.  Ugh.  I try to stay consistently busy with my work.  I mean there are ramp ups right before Prairie Market and the opening of NJ & Co., but if I stay at it consistently it's not too bad.  This summer I've also added in a couple of commissioned jobs that I hope to show the results of soon.  It's all good, but it's always so HOT, and I want to whine about that for a minute so bare with me!  The blog has been neglected, but things are happening here I assure you, and a lot of sweating/glowing/dripping. 

So today I have a sweet reveal for you.  Late last Spring I stumbled upon a nice Ethan Allen hutch for a reasonable price.  I was finally able to sneak it into the line up and complete it a couple of weeks ago. 
It still has it's 1960's lines, but they've got a fresh coat of AS Graphite and Cream to help update them. 

New hardware always makes a gal happy!  I found these sweet little things at Hobby Lobby, though I haven't seen them there since.  Bring them back HL please!  I love them.

Unfortunately the cute new hardware didn't fit too well on this narrow door frame so I took a couple of older bronze knobs I had in my stash and added some similar red paints then rubbed it back to mimic the metal flowers surrounding the crystal knobs.  This photo turned out a bit bright, but they actually match pretty darn well if I say so myself.
I like the way cream plays with Graphite.  The shelves all have plate racks for easy display of those pretty collectible plates.  The great part though is the hutch top is separate from the base, so it could be removed if you only have room for a smaller/shorter buffet piece.
I now wonder why I held off buying the Graphite chalk paint for so long!  I love this color.  This piece is super well made and was in super clean condition.  It will be for sale at NJ & Co. when they open in August!  I hope you will stop by to visit it and see all the other goodies both in my booth and the rest of the store.

Linking up to these fabulous parties:

Praying for a rainy day!


  1. Love the combination of the light and dark paint, fabulous!

  2. love the red against the gray! lovely job as always! :)

  3. First of all, love the scale of the hutch, it will work in a variety of spaces. And that's a great color combination, not to mention cute knobs. Nicely done Deb!

  4. I totally hear you on the behind the "blog" scenes!! I don't mean to avoid mine either but life gets rather busy!!
    love this hutch and I think the knobs look GREAT!!
    Can't wait to see what else is up you sleeve this summer ;)

  5. Hey I'm a new follower! I found you through Fab Rehab Creations. I love your work. I've been away from blogland for a few wks due to fam emergency but back now and so glad I found your blog.
    Wanted to let you know that I just bought some crystal knobs that look exactly like yours, at Home Depot! I've never been a fan of their glass/crystal knobs but spotted these last time I was there! They NEEDED them for sure, glad they added them to their collection! Anywho....hope you can find them at your local HD!


  6. This is absolutely gorgeous! The handles couldn't be more perfect!

  7. Great job as always Deb! Graphite is one of my fav AS colors!

  8. I just love the Graphite---you did a great job! Looks awesome!!


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