I think by now if you have been following us for a while you can tell that Vicki and I gravitate towards certain styles of furniture as well as a classic look. We love us some fabulous antique and old style furniture pieces! They are just built so much better with real wood, and usually some fabulous details or neat quirks.
For me, I really enjoy a great Jacobean piece. We have done a few hutches and a buffet recently and actually have a couple of buffets in storage that will need a makeover soon. I am still in love with my own Jacobean china hutch that I made over for my new home and I believe that was the first one we did! But since then we have done a few more of those leggy antique china hutches that are just absolutely adorable!
This style tends to sell very quickly and can sometimes be difficult to come by so usually when we find one we snatch it pretty quickly.
Below is the Jacobean china hutch that is currently in my dining room at home.
The legs and inside were in such fabulous shape I left them wood. Didn’t have to do anything with it but rub in some hemp oil. The color on this particular one was a brand of paint that we were trying out to have in our store. It works well but wasn’t our favorite brand – but this color was just so perfect for what I was looking for at my home. It is called “Wanderess” by Country Chic Paint. But just look at those beautiful details on this piece! From the turned legs, to the lovely trim work and curves.
We had such a great response from the reveal of my hutch that we did a similar color on an almost identical hutch. See how I love this style of hutch! This color was a custom mixed color of approximately a 1 to 1 ratio of Fusion’s “Pressed Fern” and “Little Lamb“. It wasn’t quite as vibrant of a color as my hutch but was absolutely gorgeous. To accent the details of the hutch we then waxed with Fusion’s “Black wax” as you can really see in the photo below.
While Fusion doesn’t need to have a topcoat applied to it since there is one already built into the paint, adding wax is a fabulous and very easy way to accent some gorgeous details while giving just a little more protection. Our favorite way to apply the wax is to use a Natural bristle brush which is super soft. This technique enables you to really ‘squish’ that wax into the details. I then like to go back over it with a lint free cloth and wipe off any excess wax, leaving it in the recessed, detailed areas.
This one above is another great example of a Jacobean hutch! It has some beautiful turned legs and just look at the fretwork! Oh it’s just super pretty. We painted this particular one a couple of years ago and it sold very quickly. It is painted in a lovely neutral by Fusion called “Cathedral Taupe” I really think we need to use this color again! The inside was painted as well and then the legs and shelves were spiffed up with some Fusion Gel Stain in “Double Espresso“.
After the paint and stain we then very lightly distressed the piece on the details to give them a little worn character. When distressing we prefer to distress only on the high areas where it would naturally wear down over time from fingers or whatnot. Edges and details are perfect, stay away from the middle of flat spots as well as the electric sander…it doesn’t look as natural.
The next antique hutch we would like to introduce to you isn’t exactly a Jacobean hutch but is the same type of leggy hutch with the glass door. One you can definitely tell is old. This one has glass on all three sides and was such a neat find! It was a bit rough but nothing we couldn’t handle. We decided to go light on this one as well and did Fusion “Little Lamb” in the inside back and Fusion’s “Lamp White” for the rest.
Look at those pretty turned legs, the neat back and those glass sides are my favorite! It was a smaller size and turned out absolutely beautiful!
And the last antique hutch we wanted to share with you also isn’t quite a Jacobean style but it is very similar. Just has a few more straight lines than curly details. It was probably more from the middle of the last century than the beginning. We were able to save some of the wood on this one as the client requested which is a favorite look for many. White and wood has been VERY popular.
It was super cool to see that this piece actually had it’s lock in tact and it’s original key to boot! You can see the key hanging from the knob of the door in the photo above. This white was Fusion’s “Raw Silk” the perfect creamy white.
While I am partial to the Jacobean style of the hutches above, any of these leggy antique hutches would do for me! I really do adore them. And the leggy buffets of this style are also just swoon worthy! We have done a couple of those as well and have two more in back stock that we hope to do this year!! I absolutely cannot wait!
Do you have a particular style of furniture that you can’t live without? Let me know!