One of my recent projects that I’m sharing today, is how I painted my china hutch to give it a fresh new look.
It was a perfectly fine hutch, just really dark. A big brown piece of furniture that didn’t do anything for the room it was in.
Here is the before picture:
Like I said, that’s a whole lotta brown! And the dark color makes it look twice as big as it actually is.
I decided to go ahead and paint it a color that would really stand out in the living room and brighten things up.
I went to a great little shop by my house that sells both Milk Paint & Chalk Paint. I settled on Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Duck Egg Blue with a coat of the clear wax. It’s the prettiest soft blue. If you haven’t tried AS before, it’s pretty much odor free and easy really to work with. No sanding or laborious prep of your piece is needed.
I have to say, I was was a little nervous because once I started, there was no going back. I had to commit. So, I took a deep breath and got to work.
I painted two coats in one day (this paint dries fast) waited a few days, then applied a coat of the AS clear wax to seal and protect the paint.
A small investment of money and time for a big impact!
I love how it turned out.
If you are thinking about doing something like this, I say go for it! Painting furniture is a really budget friendly way to update an old piece.
If it’s a valuable piece of furniture, I would suggest taking a class first at a local shop that sells the paint, or watching some demos on YouTube (there are lots) .
But have no fear, like they say, you really can’t mess this stuff up.