I had been on the hunt for a dining room hutch ever since we moved into our house two years ago. I knew I wanted something I could paint, but I also didn’t want one that was too farmhouse since that doesn’t really fit the style of our home. It also needed glass cabinets on the top, open shelf in the middle, and lots of storage on bottom. Plus, I gave myself a really small budget. Basically – I was really, really picky. 🙂
Luckily my persistence of stalking Craiglist, Facebook groups, and NextDoor finally paid off. I found my little beauty on NextDoor right before Thanksgiving. I basically had to paint this beast in about a week. I finished like a day before we hosted (almost) our entire family for Thanksgiving!
Here is what the hutch looked like before (image from the listing).
So I decided to experiment with a layered effect – darker gray layered on top of white. Well that pretty much backfired because I used two different brands of paint and they did not layer well at all. I first painted the bottom of the hutch with Valspar’s chalk paint line, and then tried to layer over it with Annie Sloan’s chalk paint. Big mistake. Huge.
It was all clumpy and I almost cried. I attempted to wipe as much off as I could, but ultimately I had to sand a lot of the white off in order to get the gray to paint on evenly. Lesson definitely learned. #diyfail
Side note: I am not a huge fan of the Valspar chalk paint. Annie Sloan fan forever!
But the after still turned out great. As you can see I painted the inside of the top portion white to stand out a little more.
Much better! Fits the room perfectly, and holds everything I need it to.
I honestly love painting rooms, but painting furniture is really not my thing. This piece was torture. Especially after I messed up by trying to mix two brands of paint. Anyone else the same way or it is just me?