I am finished my chalk paint hutch makeover, and I am so pleased with the results. I wanted to tackle this project awhile ago, but these past couple weeks have been crazy busy for my family and me. From a bachelorette weekend to a wedding that my hubby was in to planning a special first birthday photo shoot and party for my little girl, I didn’t have too much extra time to spend in blog land. Oh yeah – my husband and I also celebrated our third wedding anniversary, and by celebrated I mean we sat down for dinner together in our home. Hopefully within the next month or two we will go on a little weekend getaway. Until then, I am happy that life has slowed down a bit so we could get back in our regular routine and I can get back to creating.
Here is some background on my chalk paint hutch project: Jason and I knew for about a year that we wanted to switch our living room and dining room so that the dining room would be larger – and so we could fit a large table and a large hutch in the space. I searched and searched for the perfect hutch for months on Craigslist, Facebook groups, Habitat for Humanity and a few other of my typical go-to thrift shopping places.
I was on the hunt for a four-door, lighted hutch that I could put on my stamp on. I wanted it to resemble this Restoration Hardware sideboard and hutch, which is almost $5,500. I looked and looked but could never find the style of hutch I wanted, until I started changing my search keywords. Sometimes just swapping out the term hutch for buffet, sideboard, china cabinet etc. can yield the results you’re looking for. But, I found my hutch by searching for ‘dining room set.’ Of course, tons of different dining room table and chair sets came up, but a couple times these sets included hutches. As I was scrolling through the images, I saw a dark photo of a four-door hutch hidden behind the table and chair set. It was perfect!
After I reached out to the seller, we settled on $80 for the hutch – yes, just $80! Isn’t that crazy cheap? Especially considering the hutch was in good condition. It had all the pieces and there were only very minor scratches and nicks -nothing that a little TLC and paint couldn’t fix.
And so it began – my chalk paint hutch makeover. I knew from the beginning I wanted to use chalk paint. I used it for these side tables, only I used the color linen white. I loved how they turned out so much that I wanted to try using a different color for my hutch. I wanted to go with a darker color because I planned on decorating it with white kitchenware, and I knew that the white would contrast beautifully against a dark tone. That’s how I ended up choosing charcoal-colored paint.
Here’s what I began with. When we picked it up, the previous owners had already disassembled it into two pieces. I removed the doors to prepare for painting.
I first sanded the wood a bit with a piece of sandpaper. I wanted to scuff it up enough so that the paint would adhere.
Then, I painted the first coat of chalk paint and let it dry. Here were the results.
When using chalk paint, it’s important to remember that using a roller is not recommended. I used a brush for the entire piece, which made the project take longer than it would have if I used regular paint and a roller.
Once the first coat dried, I applied a second coat of chalk paint.
I was pleased with the result after the second coat dried, so I then applied polyurethane. The only place I didn’t apply polyurethane was to the inside of the hutch, except the first shelf. The polyurethane gives it a bit of a darker tone, and I liked how the inside of the piece looks slightly lighter than the outside because of not applying the polyurethane there. It almost looks two-toned. Here’s a shot where you can see how the back and top two shelves look much lighter than the bottom shelf, which is where I applied polyurethane.
Here is the final result:
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