March 26, 2012

Reimagined Monday: Hartwood Roses' From China Cabinet to TV Cabinet

Sometimes a reimagining is just plain genius.  I loved this one so much I could hardly wait to share it!

Connie is a Master Gardener; a certified Rosarian who specializes in antique Roses. Her business, Hartwood Roses is what she refers to as a "small nursery"... they carry 800 varieties!  If I make another trip to Virginia, I am absolutely going to Hartwood Roses.

She is also a very handy gal, indeed who falls into an array of categories:  Carpenter, Remodeler, Dreamer and her blog is continuously inspiring.  This offering is one of my favorites because it updates an old 70's cabinet for new yet practical use in today's world and even more so for its creative and beautiful colour combination.

Describing the process in her own words, here is Connie's China Cabinet makeover:

I knew from the moment I saw this hutch sitting on the sidewalk at Goodwill that it would be perfect for a TV cabinet ... but it's classic, 1970s style wasn't part of the picture.

The doors were the first thing to go.  I installed trim to cover where the hinges had been.  New wood panels fill the sides where glass was originally.

With these modifications made, now what color should it be?  I knew that I wanted to use two colors of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, so I stared at my handy color chart for inspiration.  (seen in THIS post)  Initially, I was drawn to Chateau Grey and Duck Egg ... but my new can of Olive was the winner.  I am continually amazed at how much I love the way ASCP colors combine with each other.  (I don't think I've found a bad combination yet.)

The original door pulls look like door knockers from a medieval castle ... they're gone now, too.  In their place, I found knobs at Hobby Lobby that are perfect!  Look how well they coordinate with the Duck Egg.

Inside those doors are two drawers and LOTS of storage space.  Everything in this hutch shows quality materials and construction ... dovetailed drawers!

At the shop, The Husband and I rearranged a few things to make this baby fit.  As tall as it is (7 feet!) the footprint is surprisingly small ... four feet wide.  That's a lot of function in a relatively small space.  The TV space is wide enough to easily fit a 42" television.

Why settle for ordinary television furniture?

I am so excited about the look of these two colours together that I have already started digging through my studio for just the right piece to use it on!  

Don't you love it?

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Send us a description of how you used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to get from your vision to the reimagined piece, before and after pictures, pictures of your project in progress or a couple of it in its finished state, and you may be highlighted on our blog!


  1. Wow, that looks amazing! I've been in love with the olive green and turquoise colour combination for the past year. And I'm dying to try some Annie Sloan paint after watching Tara's presentation!

    1. Joanna, you are way out in front of me. I hadn't thought to put these two colours together, but Connie has inspired me to try it!


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