Oh hey, guys! Remember me?! Yeah...it's been awhile, I know. When it comes to blogging, I've been Summer breakin' it with the best of them. However, I haven't totally slid into Summer break mode. It's been heating up in the studio, literally and figuratively. Yes, 90º and no A/C makes for long, hot days. Things are heating up in other ways as well, but more to come on that later!
Today, I want to share with you a project I just finished for myself, a dining hutch. It had been sitting in my inventory for quite some time, not really knowing what I wanted to do with it. And then it hit me, this piece would be perfect in our home! We are currently working on decorating the front room of the lake house. When we opted against building built-in shelving along one wall, I knew this hutch would be a pretty and cost effective alternative.
Here is how the hutch looked originally.
It really was in great shape, however the wood finish looked a bit dated. And let's be honest, this was going to be the focal point of the room, so it really needed to exude my passion for blue and white decor and set the tone for the rest of the room. So, when it came to choosing paint colors, blue and white it was!
Here is how the piece turned out.
For the exterior of the hutch, I went with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White. I've been finding myself reaching for this color a lot lately. It's fresh and versatile, and for a large piece like this, takes away some of the bulkiness feel.
It took three coats of paint before I achieved the even shade I wanted. I lightly sanded between each coat to minimize some of the brush strokes and to keep the trim detailing crisp looking.
The trickiest part by far was the detailing in front of the glass. There are two options when painting small trim like this - disassemble everything to paint and then reassemble, or leave everything in tact. I chose the latter of the two. I slid pieces of paper between the glass and the wood detailing to protect the glass from the paint. It's not perfect, but was much easier than trying to tape the entire thing.
Although I tried to be neat when painting the trim (and really thought I was), it still took a decent amount of scraping with a razor blade, applying goo-gone, and using a half bottle of Windex before the glass was smudge free and shiny.
And now that it is clean, you can really see the details of the glass like the beveled shape.
Once I was finished painting the exterior, I sealed it with a coat of Annie Sloan clear wax.
I kept all the original hardware, but just updated it to an Oil Rubbed Bronze finish. The dark finish really adds contrast against the white backdrop and helps to tie in the blue interior.
Since this hutch is going in a more formal room, I wanted the piece to have a sophisticated feel. I thought painting the interior a deep blue would help create that mood.
I went with Coastal Blue by General Finishes Milk Paint. It's a rich navy shade that is clean and classic looking. I then sealed the entire interior with General Finishes top coat in Satin. This will prevent scratching during my endless routine of rearranging the shelving decor.
This piece was definitely a time consuming project, but the most challenging part was figuring out how to transport the piece to our house. It took not one, not two, not even three...but FOUR attempts before we found a method to safely and successfully move this piece.
Pure agony I tell you! For someone like me who has zero patience when it comes to making home improvements and decorating, my patience were tested to the max. But, here we are, two months later, proudly beaming over my new hutch (and not to mention my truck driving skills).