French “Hutch” with MMSMP and White Wax

I finished the second big painting project! I absolutely adore how it turned out.  I painted it with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Boxwood and then white waxed it with her white  wax I bought from the nice ladies at Cottle and Gunn.

french hutch mustard seed

french hutch boxwood mustard seed

french hutch miss mustardseed milk paint

french hutch mustard seed boxwood and white wax

french hutch mustard seed milk paint

french hutch white wax

If you remember, this piece started out as two separate pieces that I “matched” together.  It started out looking mix and match as two different colors.


I really wanted to display plates in the hutch but it was missing plate molding.  I went to my local hardware store and bought  1/4″ round to glue on. I glued it with Elmer’s Wood glue.  If you do this, make sure you try out how much room your plates need  to have a stable position to sit in.  I glued mine a full 2 inches from the back so the plates wouldn’t sit straight up.

french hutch wood gluefrench hutch plate molding

Once they were glued in and they were tight, I started painting with MMSMP in Boxwood.  It took several coats (4) because I started out with two different pieces, one painted, one not, and they were different types of wood.  I wanted to make them appear to go together as much as possible.  Here you can see the multiple layers of paint and the difference with adding more coats.

french hutch milk paint

I hadn’t worked with white wax before, so it was a leap of faith when I brushed it on.  I held my breath and then squealed at the gorgeous effect it had as I wiped it away.  Here you can see the before, in process, and after of the white wax effect.

french hutch before waxfrench hutch mustard seed white waxfrench hutch after white wax

It looks like a heavy application, but because of the deep carving I wanted to get all that good wax in each crevice.  The wax will lighten your piece quite a bit, so if a dark color is the goal, the white wax may not be the best choice.  I love the pickled look it gives the piece.  I let it cure for 24 hours and then went back and put on a coat of clear wax because I like the sheen it gives.

I also wanted to dress up the pulls, so I rubbed gilders paste on them.  I love how it highlights the details on the handles, while the wax highlights all of the deep carving on the furniture piece.  It’s a nice opposite effect.  I really adore how the screws have their rustic look rather than some fancy way to attach them.

french hutch gilders paste handle

I ended up making the bottom shelf into a coffee bar.  I chose to leave it stained.  I gave it a quick and light sanding and then used Miss Mustard Seed’s Hemp Oil on the top to give it a rich color and some protection from the moisture.  I love how the coffee bar frees up my counter and makes the hutch even more functional.  I store all of my table linens in the drawers which makes setting the table an ease.

french hutch coffee bar

I can’t wait to use the white wax again!  I think it will be on a stained french chair.  I bet it will look great!

Have a great weekend!


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  1. Mrs Major Hoff (Sara)

    July 25, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    I love white wax! Very pretty piece!

    1. Nancy

      July 25, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      Thanks! It was fun to do. Thanks for commenting.

  2. Paula Lusk

    July 26, 2014 at 3:22 am

    I think this piece is one of my favorite painted/waxed pieces I’ve seen. It is gorgeous! You did an amazing job on it. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Nancy

      July 26, 2014 at 3:25 am

      Thanks Paula for stopping by. I love how it turned out also. Every time I walk in my kitchen now it makes me happy.

  3. Maureen

    July 26, 2014 at 4:08 am

    I looooove it! I’ve only used white wax once or twice and I loved how it turned out.

    1. Nancy

      July 28, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      Thanks Maureen! I was nervous about the white wax, but now I find myself looking at every piece of furniture wondering what white wax would do to it. Must. control. myself.

      Thanks for looking!

  4. Kelly @ View Along the Way

    July 27, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    That’s so beautiful! I love the color!

    1. Nancy

      July 28, 2014 at 10:45 pm

      Kelly, I can’t believe you looked at my blog! So excited! I have been following your blog for soooo long. You made my day! Thanks!

  5. Ronnie Gunn Tucker

    July 28, 2014 at 2:35 am

    Great post. Beautiful results!
    Thanks so much for the mention!

  6. Ronnie Gunn Tucker

    July 28, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Had to share on Cottle & Gunn!

    1. Nancy

      July 28, 2014 at 10:44 pm

      Thank Ronnie! I love your shop and can’t wait to be in to pick up more paint!

  7. Terry

    July 29, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    I love this piece! What brand of white wax did you use?

    1. Nancy

      July 29, 2014 at 6:32 pm

      I used Miss Mustard Seed’s White Wax. It was easy to use. It has almost a whipped frosting feel. No need to clear wax before. Just paint and then put white wax on.

  8. Susan

    July 30, 2014 at 11:29 am

    I love your piece and I love the white wax effect. I bought some but haven’t tried it yet… thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Nancy

      July 30, 2014 at 11:54 pm

      Thanks Susan. I can’t wait to see what you do with it. Thanks!

  9. Debi

    August 14, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Wow, that looks amazing! You did a great job.

  10. CoCo

    January 26, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    Love the white wax and the boxwood combination on this piece, Nancy, it’s really beautiful.

  11. Bluwatergal

    January 26, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    This is a wonderful piece. LOVE how you combined two pieces for the top and bottom. The color and finish turned out beautifully. Thanks for linking up at the “Something to Talk About” link party. Hope to see you again next week! Bwg ~~~

  12. Vicki and Jennifer 2 Bees in a Pod

    January 27, 2015 at 11:09 am

    We love how you married the two pieces of furniture together. The color and finish is beautiful! Great job!

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    February 26, 2015 at 8:10 am

    GORGEOUS!!! After seeing this piece I can’t wait to try MMS white wax on something!

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      February 26, 2015 at 6:22 pm

      Thanks. I love white wax now. Every time I see a carved piece in the thrift store I just want to white wax it.

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