Is there a piece of furniture in your home that you absolutely adore? I am head over heels with my new-to-me kitchen chalkboard hutch:
Back in August, a sweet friend gave me her father’s old hutch. It was bulky, brown and dated, but it had excellent bones! (Sorry I don’t have a “before” picture. I began attacking the piece the minute it arrived on my doorstep.) I just love getting my hands on ugly furniture because it means I get to break all the rules and just have fun with it!
Got furniture that needs a makeover?
Here’s how paint and sandpaper can transform a ho-hum hutch into a fabulous find….
It has taken Mrs. Smith way too many sloppy jobs to finally realize the following:
The only shortcut is doing it right the first time!
A proper furniture makeover means removing ALL the doors and hardware and sanding every inch.
(I also ripped off the tattered fiberboard backing and unscrewed/discarded a couple wooden adornments that bulked up the top half of the hutch.)
Hutch top = instant cat manger
For this project I used three kinds:
- Semi-gloss paint for the body (China White by Olympic)
- Chalkboard paint for the glass inserts (Rustoleum)
- Spray paint for the knobs and hinges (Oil Rubbed Bronze by Rustoleum)
The body of the hutch took 3 coats. I allowed each coat to fully dry before finally distressing with medium and coarse-grained sandpaper.
How to tell when painted surfaces are fully dry?
The cat sleeps on them.
It took 5 coats of chalkboard paint to transform the yellowed glass door inserts into a handy weekly calendar space.
Note: Apply chalkboard paint in thin coats with a sponge brush, allowing each coat to fully dry.
Screw the hardware to the doors, the doors to the body and you’re done.
Seeing this piece come together was so rewarding! Better yet was getting to unpack my box of china and place it in the hutch.
After 3 years in storage, my tea sets finally have a place to call their own. (I call this my Downton Abbey cupboard.) 🙂
My cookbooks finally have a home, too.
This hutch has brought an element of balance and function to our kitchen, and I smile every time I walk past it.
Do you use chalkboards in your home?