The original dining room plan did not include a china hutch, but after some thorough “Craigslisting” to find to new dining chairs (new to me), the ones I chose so happened to come with a table and a hutch (all for $60, by the way….TOTAL steal!). So enter “hutch,” which I welcomed with open arms; for my tastes however, it couldn’t stay in it’s “original” condition.
I had always wanted a Robin’s Egg Blue painted piece of furniture, so I thought, “why not this one?” And I’d also been drawn to random “Shabby Chic” pieces, so I decided that I should insert that finish into the project equation.
Here’s What I Did:
- fine and coarse sanding paper
- electric sander (not necessary, but very helpful)
- primer (I used left over primer from painting my walls)
- paint (I used interior latex paint)
- paint brush, small paint roller
- objects to “shabby chic-ify” your furniture (I used a paint scraper, hammer, and a bike chain)
- screwdriver (to remove cabinet doors)
1. Remove glass
2. Moved this piece outside (very important)
3. Remove cabinet doors and drawers
4. Use sander (or elbow grease) to sand it all
5. Wipe down with a damp cloth
6. Prime and let dry
7. Paint and let dry (2X)
8. I used the course sandpaper to create some of the “aged” affect (on the corners, handles and other areas)
9. Then I “attacked” the cabinet with a bike chain, paint scraper, and a hammer , until I decided it looked appropriately shabby
10. Move back inside, attach cabinets, put back drawers and glass
11. Relax and enjoy!
There is more to come with this piece, but it is a surprise….so, that’s it for now!