Whew! I have waited a very long time for this post!
I’ve been on the hunt for a large piece of furniture for our kitchen for years. Now, by “hunt,” I should say, I’ve been dreaming of buying an expensive, beautiful hutch. Thanks to inspiring bloggers and lots of Pinterest pins of painted hutches, it dawned on me that I, too, could find and paint my own. So the real hunt began! And let me tell ya, hutches similar to this one are often on Craigslist, even in a smaller market like ours (Little Rock, AR). These pieces were so popular in recent decades, and people are readily selling them, so be on the lookout if you have a space for one!
Because this hutch is so heavy, this original Craigslist photo is the only one I have with the hutch attached! Once we got it home, it didn’t come back together until after the makeover.
With the help of the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint experts at my local ASCP retailer, White Goat, we went with “Old Ochre,” complementing the “Duck Egg” ASCP on my kitchen table (which I’ll show you soon!!). “Old Ochre” is a rich, creamy neutral and a bit darker than the popular “Old White,” but still very light.
I painted this beauty right inside the kitchen, and immediately, I was in love with chalk paint! No sanding and priming = a happy girl. You can see in this photo below that I took out the decorative wood piece from the middle open shelf…a little dated and easily
yanked out removed and repaired with wood filler. Much better!
I painted the brass hardware with Rustoleum’s Oil-Rubbed Bronze spray paint, learning the hard way that it must be done right the first time! The short version includes using steel wool to “roughen it up,” priming with metal spray primer, using steel wool again to smooth out any bubbles in the dried primer, then carefully spraying with the Oil-Rubbed Bronze. Detailed post coming soon.
It was hard to get a great photo of the actual color of the Oil-Rubbed Bronze. It is very dark, but still has a beautiful bronze-y finish, not as black as it appears below.
Here she is naked, but with new paint and new hardware! I so love the classic, clean finish of two coats of Old Ochre and an application of clear wax that I decided against distressing…for now. Down the road, I may distress and switch out the glass for chicken wire.
The perfect home for several wedding gifts that only have been rotated in and out as centerpieces or mantel decor year in and year out. They are much happier here! The white vase belonged to my grandmother. I love having little touches of her here and there in my house!
Thinking of painting the little lamp. Any ideas?
This hutch transformation may or may not have started an addiction to Craigslist and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. And my sweet hubby will never doubt me again;)
Stay tuned for the kitchen table reveal!
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