|Before and After|
Now, here we are a couple (ha! ha!) years later and well I still have that hutch. One: I hate to spend money on things that aren't travel or learning opportunities. Two: It is a solid piece of furniture that I got for free and well, you can't beat that. According to all of those little quizzes you can take online, my style is classic and modern rustic. At first I was sitting there looking at my screen stumped and asking myself well what in the world does that mean. Then I started thinking about it. It did make sense, I like a lot of classic or timeless pieces, I am not one to usually follow trends. If I like it, I like it. So I understood the classic piece, then thinking further on the modern rustic, I could see that. I love reclaimed wood pieces and texture (umm recycling!) so maybe those are my styles. Normally, my shopping goes a little something like this, hmmm Love this, this not so much. Ok, now where can I put it? Does it look like me? what's the price? sold! Keeping it simple.
|pardon all the stuff on it, but here is the hutch being dark and mysterious in the corner|
So back to this hutch, it's sitting in my corner of my dinning room and well that's about it. There is nothing special about it, just holding some stuff, half of which I should probably get rid of! It's been bothering me how dark that corner of the room is. I hate dark, I love things bright and open with tons of natural light, since I really cannot change my apartment, the next best thing was to fix that hutch! If you cannot see my reasoning here then you will soon, I promise.
I was at Home Depot a few weeks ago and decided why not check out colors, have you ever taken three children to pick pain samples? There are no words to describe that experience at all! I had one picking colors for her play kitchen, it needs a makeover Mama, I had another picking colors of animals and finally the other one who complained the entire time, "this sucks!" We made a deal, whoever picked the first color we could all agree on, would be the winner! One, two, three go! Someone picks teal, we all like it, get a sample and home we go.
I started by painting a corner of the hutch so that I could see if I liked the color and how it looked. We (me and the little ones), all loved the way it looked. Then nothing, I said on it for about two weeks. It was one of those things, that I couldn't just move on 100% I had to wait and make sure. After all, this hutch has been around for awhile, it has literally traveled the country with me. We were old friends, OK OK, I am going on and on here. I finally sat down and prayed about it, I just couldn't make the decision to move forward and then one morning I woke up and was ready.
We went to Home Depot and took the lid from the sample! I need this I told the guy, he looked at me like I was crazy. "I want to paint a hutch (showed him a picture)", "I could see why," he said! "OK Ma'am, here is your Hawaiian Teal". "Excuse me?" " The color you picked Ma'am, it's called Hawaiian Teal." As if that wasn't a huge push to go ahead and paint it!
Now came the work, time to sand and sand and sand and sand some more. I actually sanded for two days. I was so afraid of messing it up. The kiddos helped me, they loved the challenge to see who could get more of the sealant off! After two days of sanding, we gave it a real good bath (Bean's term).
Finally it was time to paint, the hutch is too heavy for me to carry by myself and since we are presently on a the second floor of an apartment building, it was staying in the apartment. We made Fort Knox with the extra sheets we had and went to town. I did all of the trim work with a brush and the kiddos rolled the sides. It was starting to look fabulous!
|no turning back at this point|
|wow, it looks so different already|
The entire time we are painting, the kiddos kept saying, "Wow, this looks great and so awesome!" It took us two days to finish the hutch, I wanted each coat to really dry before we went to the next one. The first coat looked great and I probably could have just stopped there but I wanted it to be solid, with non of the wood grain showing.
|close up of the bottom|
|looking good, almost there|
I love how it turned out and I'm so glad I took the leap of faith and did it. Not only does it look updated and not so dark, but my dinning room now has amazing pop of color and is so bright! As you can see in the picture, I didn't put the top doors back on when I finished painting but left the hardware. I haven't decided 100% which way I want to go. I love the open shelves but I am not sure how safe it is for the kiddos. I did paint the doors and I am just giving it some time to decide how I want to proceed. If I keep the doors off, I will take the hardware off.
|before and after|
Paint I used: Glidden Duo (Paint and primer in one), Hawai'ian Teal in semi gloss.
|dinning room in Hawaiian Teal from Glidden.com (love this!)|
Paintbrush: Purdy Angled, 2" XL (already had from a previous project)
|source: Home Depot|
Roller: Shureline 6" microfiber (already had from a previous project)
Total cost of project: $10.00 for the cost of the paint.
Have you tried painting a piece of furniture?
P.S. I apologize for the not so fabulous pictures, remember my apartment doesn't have great light and well it doesn't make for great lighting!