Let's take a quick look at what this 'beauty' looked like when I bought her. Quick because it's a little bit scary!
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Pretty ugly and dated, right? I got to know this hutch 'up close and personal' while I was painting her!
I started with a coat of blocking primer*. Any old and dark piece of furniture is likely to give you a reddish bleed through unless you use a blocking primer.
Next I mixed up some diy chalk paint and she got two coats. I used a custom mix for the outside and creamy white for the interior.
Tip: click here for my diy chalk paint recipe!
After sanding and distressing, I made a template that said 'COFFEE' by printing out my letters and cutting them out by hand. You could also use alphabet stencils*.
I wanted them to be large and cover most of the buffet top. After taping them in place, I painted them with acrylic paint in Burnt Umber*, then sanded to distress once the paint dried.
natural* and dark wax* on this piece because I wanted to age it slightly. The dark wax tones down the color and gives it that kind of grungy, antique look that is so popular right now. I went light on the dark wax so it's really just highlighted in spots (it's difficult to see in the pictures).
You can see that I removed the doors from both the top and the bottom so storage can be more visible and easily accessible. I found some woven baskets* for storage in the hutch from Walmart and LOVE the texture they add. The chalkboard tags will make it easy to remember what's in the baskets!
The two drawers were painted inside using a bright turquoise. It's a fun little surprise when you open them.
I already have four hutches in my home, lol....
So WHERE is this one going???
I'm donating it to my church's brand new Coffeehouse that will be kicking off shortly. It will be a place for parents to hang out, drink coffee, listen to music and talk while their kids are at their Wednesday night classes.
Oh, and wait 'til you see what I did with that wood slice...coming soon...
bringing beauty to the ordinary,
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