This hutch is a very solid, nicely constructed piece of furniture, but it needed a face lift. The days of an Old American-like finish are over. Out with the blah, blah stained pieces and in with the new, painted, glazed (if you'd like), updated stuff.
My great friend, Kristin, is a furniture pro herself, so with this redo came some anxiety. It's like the music teacher teaching a composer's son, the hairdresser cutting her co-worker's hair, the mudder mudding his boss's house. Pressure for perfection. And lots of it.
The results... Kristin's happy! She didn't have to do all the work herself. I'm happy! Now I don't owe her piano lesson fees for a few months. The hutch is the happiest though... people admire it and call it beautiful. (No, seriously, her 7 year-old son really did call it that!)
After the glaze was set in the cracks (such a difference!) :
before the glaze:
more finished product photos: