When we moved, our old hutch did not fit our new dining area. Our new house has a nook where the cabinet would logically go and our old cabinet was a few inches too wide and had doors that opened out to the side. So, not a good fit – literally.
The hunt was on for a replacement and logically I turned to my good friend Craigslist. This is the tale of how I transformed an old china hutch that was dated and drab into something updated and crisp.
Not to spoil the fun or anything, but this is how it looks now….
Having used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on Chace’s dresser in the past, I was interested in using chalk paint again. However, I struggled with the wax topcoat last time, plus the Annie Sloan line is quite expensive. When I saw this new Rustoleum “Chalked” line at Home Depot for half the cost, I thought I would give it a whirl. I also liked that the top coat for this line is to be applied with a brush. I am still scarred from my last wax experience (here).
I applied the paint using a high quality synthetic brush as recommended on the can. It said ‘one coat’ would do it. Guess what, it LIED. And not a little lie, a “lier, lier pants on fire” big lie.
Not the coverage or look I was going for. Save yourself the trouble and never used this paint. I moved on to a foam roller after this and had to do THREE coats. And in the highly visible places I and to do FOUR. It was a nightmare. I felt like I was painting forever. After all that I still had to do the top coat as well. And it yellowed a bit if too thick. I repeat, don’t use this paint (unless you want a really rustic look in which case it could be fine). For this project though, I was disappointed in the end result and definitely was not the timeline I had hoped for but oh well, reality.
Needless to say, many nights looked like this in my garage…
Once I had done all the white, I taped off the inside of the hutch and painted the back grey. I thought the grey would make the crisp white china stand out more. Plus it added some visual interest.
For the hardware, I really wanted gold but could not find any knobs and pulls that I liked in the right finish. I found some options online, but they were generally quite expensive. So, I went with some options from Rona (square and upper door pulls) and Home Depot (long drawer pull) which started out silver…
Until I sprayed them gold. I got the paint at Michaels. I did a lot of research on gold spray paint and this one kept coming out on top.
I added in the existing hinges and screws too so really ended up with this.
It felt like a hardware factory! If you ever spray screws, a good trick is to stick the sharp end in cardboard and that way they stand up straight for spraying.
After what seemed like a month of painting, I reassembled the whole cabinet.
I was so thankful to be done. After living with this for a few months, I was ready to unpack those boxes!
Chef Kev and I moved it inside and I finally got our china and glassware unpacked. A good day I tell ya! (I also got that artwork up that was currently living in the hutch nook).
And here we are!
Here is a side-by-side for comparison…
And some close-ups of the details.
I like the new balanced look of the bottom better than before. I placed each pull in the centre of the door panel and like the look of it better than the off-balanced ‘before’.
I also went with one long pull for the drawer versus the two smaller ones seen in the ‘before’. I really wanted a longer pull but this was the longest I could find without ordering something pricey online.
I made the handles on the top larger as well and like the overall balance better here too.
I love having a lighted top portion where I can display some of our china and also add in seasonal elements. Here is how it is looking today – I can’t wait to get my Christmas mitts on it soon too!
There is a little groove in the glass shelves and the bottom wood base which allows the plates and bowls to stand up securely.
I added in a few photos and personal touches too. I like the mix of elements in here versus just loading it full of china.
Above is my sister and I at my wedding. She passed away a few years ago so I like to always have her near and watching.
And below is a penguin salt and pepper shaker that I adore along with a photo I took when we were in England on vacation. Ah, English pubs. All the hearts.
Oh, and I can’t forget to show you how the hinges turned out. See why I didn’t want to leave them black?
It was a labour of love but for less than $250 all-in, I am pretty happy with how it turned out.