Thursday, January 6, 2011

Not Your Grandma's Hutch

Time to share my favorite "Before and After"

I found this hutch at our local Salvation Army and I knew I could not pass it up!  It was the perfect size for our dining room.  It was sturdy and I loved the curves.  I didn't love the wood. 

Nothing a litle paint can't fix.  Is there anything that paint can't fix??....

I never thought I'd own china (a wedding gift), let alone a hutch to put it in.  Every day I realize something else in life that keeps adding to my oldness factor....

I used Valspar's Lincoln Cottage Black on the outside and Glidden's Granite Grey on the inside.  I used the grey on the inside for contrast.  I didn't want the hutch to turn into a giant black hole.

I didn't take any step-by-step photos (I'm working on it)....but here are the basic steps that I use to paint furniture...there are about 100 different ways but this is what I find works best for me.

Step 1: Clean the piece and remove any hardware.  I buy junk furniture which is usually full of cob webs and dust and grossness.  I take some damp papertowels or an old rag and clean it REALLY well.

Step 2:  I usually go from stained wood to paint so I usually do a light sanding with whatever sand paper I can find laying around.  Don't sand too hard or you can possibly scratch the wood.  For this hutch, I borrowed a hand sander.

Step 3: Clean off all of the sanding grit.  Again, I just use papertowels for this.  Some people use tacky cloths but papertowels have worked well for me.

Step 4: Prime.  I use Zinnser Fast Prime 2 and I apply it with small roller brushes.  The primer usually dries within in an hour.  This step doesn't have to look pretty....just get a nice thin, even coat. 

Step 5: After the primer has dried, you are ready to paint.  I have used a variety of paints and finishes.  I also usually do 2 coats just to make sure the piece is covered well.  I use a smaller roller brush for this step as well.

Step 6: Replace the hardware.  You can also give it a coat of poly but I find this takes the piece FOREVER to dry and I'm too anxious to put it to use. :P  I do generally wait about a week before I set anything on a newly painted piece.

There you have it! Piece of Cake!

Linking up at:
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Not Just a Housewife
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  1. You are a furniture refinishing nerd and I love it! I wish I had something besides a super sweet apartment and maybe I could be Suzy Homemaker too. Don't worry about the old was bound to happen to all of us. I go to bed at 8:30 sometimes. I think my dad stays up later than that. :o(

  2. Can we hire you? Seriously? :)

  3. Have you tried using penetrol additive for furniture painting? You add it to the paint and it makes brush strokes disappear. Pretty awesome stuff. The same brand makes an additive for latex paints too, but I haven't tried it yet. I will as soon as it warms up outside though!

  4. Beautiful cabinet, I love the color!

  5. Pretty! I have a thrift store hutch that is just waiting for a paint makeover. I like that you did a lighter color on the inside. :)

  6. that looks awesome- so clean and modern. and i loooove that wall color!

  7. the cabinet turned out great, and i love the dishes inside it too! thanks for sharing this at my party!

  8. I love the hutch, it looks great! What I also noticed in the pictures is the color of the dining room. Would you happen to know the name of the paint color? Thank you!

  9. The wall paint color is Smoky Blue by Sherwin Williams! We love it!

  10. OMJaaaay! That is BEAUTIFUL! Looks like a page of Potterybarn!
    I would LOVE to have you link up to my PARTY! WHASSUP WEDNESDAY!!

    And I have a party button you can grab and put on your blog so your friends can come too:)



  11. Look'n good! Visiting from HOH. Come visit me sometime!

  12. Your dining room and hutch look amazing. I love the picture of your doggie :) Looking forward to seeing more of your creativity.

  13. The hutch looks so great!!!! I love your style and that you love your dog like I love my doggies :) I am your newest follower, would love a follow back :)

  14. oh my I LOVE it...Just looks amzing.. YOU Did Great.. Perfect Piece..
    A happy follower Karryann

  15. oh my goodness... i LOVE your hutch! You did such a wonderful job transforming it and it looks like it was always a part of your dining set!

    Beautiful job!

  16. Beyond gorgeous! And painting the inside gray was a "stroke" of genius...hee hee. :-) Thanks so much for linking this up to Inspiration Friday this week!

  17. Love that hutch! I also love the color of your dining room walls. Thanks for linking this up to Wicked Awesome Wed.

  18. Thanks for showing how to re-do the hutch. I found a chest of drawers on the side of the road and can't wait to clean it up.

  19. Oh my goodness - that is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing it.

  20. Do you mind me asking what the blue paint color on your walls is? Thanks


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