For our first Christmas as newlyweds, my awesome husband found me an amazing rustic china hutch on Craigslist.com for $175. This hutch has been a beautiful addition to the dining room in our house however there has always been a corner I was less satisfied with.
I wanted a tall skinny hutch to fill the small space and help bring the room all together. Once I told Kurt that’s what I wanted for Christmas the hunt was on.
The next weekend, we headed to Baton Rouge to stay with Kurt’s parents and visit my new baby niece. It just so happened that my in-law’s were doing some rearranging of furniture and gathering things to be donated. Low and behold there was the PERFECT skinny china hutch begging to be taken and brought back to life.
After hauling our new piece back to Alexandria, I headed to Lowe’s to pick out a paint color (I love that place). I found the perfect gray, Valspar’s Mark Twain House Ombra Gray in an eggshell finish. Not too dark, not too light, just right :). I ended up buying a gallon of paint… I’m not sure why I bought so much, I guess I didn’t think a quart would be enough but that probably would have been perfect. I plan to use the leftover paint to refinish our bathroom cabinets…but that’s another day.
I started by removing all the hardware, glass fronts, and glass shelves. Next, I lightly sanded the surface to rough it up and give the paint something to hold onto. If you don’t feel like sanding you can also prep by priming with Zinsser Cover Stain Primer. I applied 2 coats of paint by brushing the grooves with a good quality brush and foam rolling the flat areas. The foam roller gives a nice streak free finish. Also, using a better quality brush will help to reduce streaks.
This picture was taken as the 2nd coat was drying which is why you can see some streaking.
I used the green side of a green and yellow scotch bright sponge to scrub the handles and they turned out amazing! Now the metal shines through with some aging left in the cracks. They look so unique!
After I was done painting, I sanding the edges with 120 grit sand paper to emulate wear normal wear and tear. I didn’t use a top coat because I loved the way the eggshell finished looked. The shelves are glass so the finish didn’t needed to protected and if the outside gets nicked… well that’s kind of what I was going for anyways!
I’m a little obsessed with this DIYstinctly Made hutch. It fits perfectly in our dining room and adds an elegant touch with it’s glass doors and shelves, mirrored back, and shiny brass knobs.