Amber Waves Of Grain


August 12, 2015 by Terry

18If you are like me, I draw energy from the sun.  I get inspired on sunny days and I can accomplish many things.

This pretty piece was inspired by warm sunny days.  For a while now I have been wanting to do another yellow piece.  I absolutely love the two I did previously (click here and here to view)  and have been itching to find a piece that would suit the color.

Here is the piece I found.  It is an old display hutch probably from the 80’s.  It was in pretty rough shape, missing hardware and having some holes in the back of it.


01I took the entire piece apart, discarded the broken and damaged pieces and removed the moldings off of the doors.  They were just plastic anyways and I think removing them kinda removed the 80’s from it.  lol!

Here is what I was left with …

3A friend of mine stopped in one afternoon and commented that it looked like one of those security things you walk through at the airport … she’s right! Ha!

After a good cleaning and a little more prep I gave all the pieces of this cabinet 2 coats of American Chalk Paint Co’s Amber Waves of Grain.  I sanded between coats of paint and did a final sanding with 400 grit paper after the second coat.

6Each piece (inside and out) also got a generous coat of clear wax.  Followed by a light brushing of antiquing wax that I blended in with a soft cloth.

The backboard to this piece was replaced with pine tongue and groove planks.  I white washed them with watered down white chalk paint and when they dried I went over them with random brushstrokes of antiquing wax.  The wax was smoothed into the wood to soften the brushstrokes.

7After the bottom shelves were reinstalled and the back attached I continued on and made 2 additional shelves out of the same wood as the backboard.  This cabinet was missing the shelves when I got it so I decided to make some.  Both shelves were glued and screwed together to make them strong enough to hold the weight of anything that may be displayed on them.  Then I cut them to fit and finished them the same as the backboard.

4(sorry for the blurry picture!)

Once the doors were reattached and the glass was installed I added new hardware.

Then it was time for a photo shoot inside the house …

15060316I don’t think I mentioned it, but it is a lighted cabinet as well.  Unfortunately only the top shelf gets the spotlight as the shelves are made of wood.  It probably had glass shelving originally.

I picked up these cute little honeycomb embossed milk bottles the other day.  They came with red and white striped re useable straws.

20I also found a new tureen to love.  It came with a big white porcelain ladle.  I love the shape of the whole piece.  I’m using the lid as an ornament right now in another display vignette in the kitchen.

19Here you can see the shelves a little better

21I am pleased with the way this cabinet turned out.  It is so cheery but not “in your face” cheery.14

020617I took her to my booth yesterday if anyone is interested in seeing her in person! :0)

Hope you have a sunny day!



Also …  just a reminder that my Broken Made Beautiful Furniture Linky Party begins again tomorrow evening at 6:00pm (MST) so please join in the fun and share your latest and greatest projects, finds or favorite pieces!

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9 thoughts on “Amber Waves Of Grain

  1. When I first saw it I thought “Not even Terry can make that look good” Pshtt was I wrong. LOVE the colour. Especially with the grey wall – even though I know you aren’t keeping it. She’s a beauty.


  2. Kathleen says:

    Love the cabinet I would never think to use yellow. Great job!


    • Terry says:

      Thank you Katheleen! I don’t think I would have thought about it either except for the fact that I had paint I needed to use up from past projects… turns out I didn’t make any headway on using up old paint as I ended up running short and needing to buy more! lol! Now I need to find another “yellow worthy” piece!
      Hope you have a great weekend!
      Please join in on the Broken Made Beautiful Party if you can!


  3. I love everything old to new and you have done a lovely job, so thanks for the share on my Dream Create and Inspire


    • Terry says:

      Thank you Maria! You are my kind of friend then … I’m and addict of all things furniture! I hope you will stop by and join in on my Friday’s Broken Made Beautiful Party!


  4. Terry, I love how you transformed this dining hutch. The yellow is perfect. I have been thinking about painting our dinning hutch for a while now and yellow might be the color, pinning:). Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful furniture redo at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link. I hope that you will join us again tonight! Take care, Tara


    • Terry says:

      Thank you for the kind compliments Tara! I love your party! See you there tonight!
      I’d be honored if you joined in on my Friday’s Broken Made Beautiful party as well :0)


  5. We loved your blog post and we are pleased you used Amber Waves of Grain to paint your cabinet transforming it into a beautiful updated focal piece!


    • Terry says:

      Thank you so much! I love this color of paint and the paint itself is so nice and workable leaving a smooth professional finish. I am so glad it is available to me here in my small town. I am so happy you popped in and took the time to comment. I hope you will come again!


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