I had been scouring thrift stores looking for something the right size and shape, and very importantly, the right price! Prices sure do vary at different thrift stores, but I finally found one for just $29.95. I was thrilled, especially because it was solid wood. It wasn't until I got it home that I saw it was an Ethan Allen hutch, which is known for well made pieces of furniture.
The two things I didn't like about it were 1) the dark stain and 2) the knobs. Both had to go! I also felt that the doors on the hutch dated it, so off they came. I'm saving them for another project.
After some research online - OK I'll admit, after many hours on Pinterest, I decided the best way to approach painting this beauty was the new craze of DIY Chalk paint, as no sanding is needed. No way did I want to sand all the nooks and crannies of my hutch!
There are a few variations you can make online. I have some links for you to peruse... HERE , HERE, and most thorough of all, HERE. For my project I went the Plaster of Paris route. I applied the undercoat with a brush, (doesn't it look awful with just one coat brushed on below?!) and the top coats with a foam roller. May I just say the foam roller was amazing?! No brush marks, it went on easily, and just worked out really well. It took 3 coats to cover, but using chalk paint hastens the drying time. Just an hour - if that - between coats.
I finished the project off with a couple of coats of wax which was fun to apply, but more labor intensive than I thought it would be. However, a month after doing it, I must say, the finish has been fantastic - not a scratch, not a chip, nothing! The only thing I would do differently would be to apply a coat of white primer first instead of using up my precious quart of paint and needing to buy more, albeit just a tester size! With a coat of white primer however, the quart would have been plenty.
I had a terrible time deciding on a color. At first I was just going to go with white. Fresh, clean and simple, then I thought hmmm - I need something different and loads of color. So of course the next choice was Behr's Carolina Parakeet, a nice lime green! I mean, isn't the the natural progression of your thought process?!
Now that it was all painted, it needed new drawer pulls. I went to Hobby Lobby and found an assortment of ones I liked on clearance. I spray painted the large brass pulls white, and now I have a nice eclectic mix of pulls.
I've started to 'dress' the hutch with some do-dads and nick-nacks....
A blue glass bowl holding my Anna Maria Horner stash...
A wire basket holding my Kaffe's (which needs to be neatened, I know I know!) and a chevron basket (to match my floor!) holding my selveges which I WILL turn into something one day...
A green glass bowl holding some lovely wools I bought in Utah a couple of years ago...
Some handy dandy containers holding a little bit of everything...zippers, ric rac, buttons, bias tape etc...
More wire baskets holding left to right, Kona solids, my stash of Jinny Beyer prints, and my favorite, the mini shopping cart holding ric rac.
I made this crystal glass holder from a plate, bowl, and candlestick, all thrifted and glued together for the total price of $2. It holds some vintage buttons, also thrifted - this entire lot, also for $2!
Next time, the pink bureau. Stay tuned!
It looks amazing! You did such a great job refinishing it and decorating. Congratulations!
Yep! the brown had to go.
It look so clean now. Did you line the drawers with anything? CLever you!
Your hutch is really gorgeous! I loved seeing the different photos of the process. Your little containers full of goodies are so interesting. I love Corn Wagon, it's one of my favorite quilt shops, although I rarely get there. Thanks for sharing!
What a clever idea for the hutch! I'm quite fond of the color and all the little goodies you put in it. You did a great job on the painting! Thanks for sharing!
I so admire your fearless use of color. I had not heard of chalk paint, have to check that out. Your hutch is OUTSTANDING!
Looks fantastic!! I love the colour!!
First, what I can see of it, i LOVE the floor. So glad I happened upon your blog because I am considering the chalk paint and have even done a test at a demonstration. I like the idea of a primer first. And your hutch looks so good (love the row of baskets' material). My bookcase definitely needs a house cleaning after looking at yours.
What a deal! And I love how you painted it! We just moved to Oregon and are looking for a house. I sold lots of furniture, so will be looking for good deals at thrift shops & garage sales. Can't wait to get a house so I can start shopping!
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