July 11, 2013

New Life for a Sweet Little Hutch

I had been looking for a smaller sized hutch for months now to fit in a space off of my breakfast area. The space is only 42 inches so finding a hutch that A) Fit and B) Had a farmhouse feel C) Was a reasonable price was proving difficult. I finally stumbled upon one on a local FB buy/sell group and I pounced on it. I knew it had everything I was looking for but needed some TLC.

Here she is before:

It's hard to tell from the picture but there were a ton of scratches and the knots from the pine wood were showing through plus it was a terrible overall paint job. So I set to work. I started by stripping off the paint on the lower cabinet base. I wanted a stained wood top. I got the paint off and finished it with a nice sanding. I then stained it using a dark walnut stain and applied 3 coats to get the color I was going for. I love how rustic the pine wood makes the top look. Fits perfectly with the farmhouse style I was hoping to achieve.

Next I started painting. I decided to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite and set to work. (The picture is after the first coat)

Then I painted the inside of the base using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Cream. I love fun pops of color inside cabinet doors. Don't mind my pile of laundry! ;)

And this is where I hit a snag. I ran out of graphite after 1/2 through the top piece. I contacted my local stockist and of course it was out of stock and on back order. Instead of waiting a week or 2 to get more, I decided to change things up all together and I repainted the whole thing using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Gray. And you know what, I loved it even more. The lighter gray really made the wood top stand out even more. Sometimes, second choices just work out better.  See isn't she perfection!

And here she is all finished and ready to party:

 I changed out her knobs with some black with bronze knobs to tie in to her bronze hinges. I also distressed it slightly and the graphite color came through which I love.

I painted the back of the inside with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Duck Egg. I wanted my milk glass collection to really pop.

I also used chicken wire instead of the original glass to add the the farmhouse charm of the piece.

I'm absolutely in love. I cannot wait to build my farmhouse table and refinish my kitchen cabinets to tie the whole space together. So, what do you think?

Hope you have a crafty week,

Shara Pin It


  1. Shara you never cease to amaze me!! I LOVE IT!! Every time you make something I want it in my house!