Sunday, January 6, 2013

Kitchen Hutch

If I could be in love with a piece of furniture, this would be the one!

I recently went to Goodwill and found this gem of a hutch for only $22.50. It was originally $75 marked down a few times to $45. And I just happened to go in on 1/2 price furniture day! SCORE!! 

It was a bit dented and scratched up and the top molding pieces needed to be glued back together for more stability, but nothing too major. I have read numerous furniture restoring blogs over the years that have mentioned Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and in the same breath how expensive it is and never thought twice about it. But after the red hutch I decided it might be a good idea to look into this Chalk Paint idea that eliminates the need for pre-sanding and priming. Why cause myself more work? My husband works long hours and his weekend time is limited and I wanted to get this done in one day, if possible, while he watched the children. 

I posted a Facebook status about how Chalk Paint was so expensive and a friend mentioned making it myself. Duh, why didn't I think of that. Off to Pinterest I went. Here's the blog's recipe guidelines I used: Here.

I measured out about 2 cups of Harbor paint by Behr mixed in 4-TBS of Plaster of Paris and a little water and... man it doesn't get much easier than this, people! I'm telling you, this paint is amazing! It goes on nice and thick, like butter! One coat is all I needed on the doors and drawers. I did two on the rest of the body, but most areas, really didn't need it! The paint dries pretty fast too. After about an hour or two, I added the second coat. After that was dry, I started roughing up the edges with a piece of sandpaper. I added a wax layer to the wood work to seal the deal and spray painted my knobs with oil rubbed bronze. It's gorgeous and it looks great in my kitchen! Now I'm sure you're dying to see it! Please, tell me what you think! I think it's my best one, yet!

Well, that's about it! Feel free to ask any questions you may have. I hope I didn't leave anything out!

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