Well not too long ago this hutch looked completely different.
We’ve had this china hutch for a while, along with a matching table and chair set that you can partially see in this picture. Nothing was particularly wrong with the hutch, but I was growing tired of it. We have three other black pieces of furniture in our combined living/dining room and everything was feeling too dark. I spend a lot of time in here and was ready for something different. Unfortunately, new furniture is neither realistic (our kids are still in their rough and tumble phase – does that ever end?) nor in our budget. I had to get creative.
I had heard a lot about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on other blogs and how easy it was to work with. I found a local stockist and went to their shop to check it out. As soon as I was there, I was hooked. No sanding? No priming? I’m sold.
I started thinking I was going to make a big statement using the Antibes Green color with a dark wax. Once I had put the first coat on, I got cold feet. Fortunately I also had a can of Country Gray. I was planning on using the Country Gray just for the inside of the hutch, but decided to paint it all over the green using somewhat of a dry brush technique. The green peeks through here and there giving it a simple rustic look.
This paint is so easy to use and very forgivable. I had no idea what I was doing but I couldn’t be more happy with the result. I started this on a Sunday afternoon and by Monday morning I was done with painting and waxing. I just had to wait until Tuesday morning to put the piece back together. I’m sure this could have been done faster, but I could only paint while the kids were napping or sleeping. One coat of Antibes Green, one coat of Country Grey and finished with a mix of clear and dark wax.
I found some fun knobs at Anthropologie. I had trouble deciding amongst all the options, so I got two different types. I also painted our metal elephant lantern that was sitting on top. The elephant is painted just like my original plan. I like the pop of color, but I am really happy that I added the country gray to the hutch.
Here is a side by side before & after:
The “new” hutch brings such life into this room and now I have many more redecorating ideas. We are going to sell our table and chairs and I have a pedestal table from family that will get a coat of paint along with some new chairs. We are also planning on painting the room to the same neutral gray that is in our kitchen and playroom.
If you have never heard of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, here are some good resources:
Sassy Style gives a tutorial on the basics of chalk paint.
Perfectly Imperfect has video tutorials and sells paint too.
If you are in the Denver area, stop by The Little Black Chair. The ladies there are so helpful and even offer painting workshops.
So what do you think? Are you inspired to paint something in your home?
P.S. It seems I took a little blogging break this month. I was relaxing and enjoying the end of summer. I hope to get back into blogging more frequently now that we are back into our routine. Stay tuned…