Hello lovely Friends!! Good news…I am happy to report that my floors are officially in!! Real progress, y’all. I still need to add the quarter round trim around the perimeter before I can call it done, but it is so nice to see it coming together!
Today I am sharing my china hutch. This piece was the very first piece of furniture that I ever painted with chalk paint. I bought it back in 2000 as part of a dining room set.
Here it is at the very beginning:
Now just imagine them together. I had taken the top off and had it in the garage for a couple of years. Then I decided I was going to sell it at our annual neighborhood yard sale. The night before, I had the bright idea to paint it, and so of course it never made it to the yard sale.
Six months later I painted it in Annie Sloan’s Old White which once we got it here, as you might remember from the Hot Mess Tour, had a bit of a yellow look to it against the white trim:
Nothing a couple of coats of Behr’s Bit of Sugar couldn’t fix right up:
Okay so I do miss the black damask paper that I had on the back before, or maybe I’m just not used to it yet.
I did get to finally unpack my ironstone though:
That’s three more boxes unpacked!
I had to remove the paper from the back to paint. I also removed the chicken wire door I added a couple of years ago.
It does look nice and clean now, but I will probably be on the hunt for a new paper or fabric eventually.
I added the roses and greenery temporarily for a little pop of color…
Remember the old bun feet in the before photo? I decided to switch those out for something prettier…
Switching the feet is an easy update. I found some feet that I liked at Home depot:
They just screw into these metal thingys:
I added these same feet to my Mom’s oak dresser that I painted a couple of years ago. (See that HERE.)
Much better! So much more dainty.
I changed out the hardware as well. I used a combination of these pretty glass knobs from Hobby Lobby:
And these pulls for the doors also from Hobby Lobby:
When I was trying to decide what I would use to refresh this hutch, I ended up going with my tried and true DIY chalk paint (recipe HERE) in Behr’s Bit of Sugar…it is just a little less stark white than the Ultra Pure White.
So much better in my new dining room now. I used Miss Mustard Seed’s wax (affiliate) to seal since it has a very natural wax smell and I was doing this all inside. I quickly learned that it doesn’t go nearly as far as the Annie Sloan clear soft wax unfortunately.
Here is something awesome I picked up at HomeGoods for one of the walls:
I loved this clock every time I went in there and finally broke down and bought it. I’m not sure if it will end up in here or in my office yet.
My hutch is done, but this room has a long way to go! The table legs are painted, but I ran out of wax and had to order more. I am going to take the chairs outside and spray them with my sprayer, but that may have to wait a bit. In the mean time, I am on the hunt for fabric to recover the seats.
I didn’t have any wall space in my old dining room, so it will take me some time to figure out what to hang in my new space. I’m not so quick with figuring out wall décor, so that may take a while. I’ll come back and update as things get done though.
I’ll share more pictures of the floors once I get the quarter round done.
My desk is also awaiting the arrival of the wax, but I should be able to share that soon:
UPDATE: See how the desk turned out HERE!
See the completed dining set HERE!
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