Charleston Room Makeover on A Budget Series
My final piece of furniture makeover in my Charleston Room is this large china hutch. This piece is one that my mother had in her home from 1974 until a couple of years ago. I’m very glad that I practiced on several small pieces before I attempted this makeover. Practice might not have made perfect, but it did make this a much easier job than I originally thought it would be.
This is the before picture. The dark brown wood worked well enough all those years for my mother, but it wasn’t working for me at all. My father and I picked out this cabinet as a gift for my mother in 1974. It matched the dining table that they had purchased the year before. It was always home to my mother’s best china and pretty dishes. When she sold her home to downsize a couple of years ago, she asked me if I wanted it. Without even thinking about it, I said yes.
At the time, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it. I already have a china hutch in my dining room. The only other place that it would fit well was in my sun room. It’s been in this room, filled with some of my favorite dishes for two years. Once I decided to give the room a fresh, new look, I knew I would need to tackle the cabinet.
Starting with small tables and working my way up to this cabinet was the plan and it worked out well. By the time I was ready to begin giving the cabinet its makeover, I had gained a lot of confidence in using chalk paint, distressing and finishing off a furniture piece.
The first step was to clean it with TSP. Unlike some pieces found at thrift stores, this only needed a quick cleaning and it was ready for painting.
One advantage of using chalk paint is that there is no odor, so that makes it easier for painting indoors. I spread plastic down and used pieces of wood underneath the cabinet to lift it off the plastic. This hutch is two separate pieces, so that made moving it much easier than it would have been.
Before painting, I used paper and painter’s tape to protect the glass windows. Since I was going to be painting the interior, I taped paper to both sides of the glass. Obviously, I wasn’t going for neat, just protective! I also removed all the hardware from both pieces.
I used Annie Sloan in Old White for the outside of the hutch. I gave both pieces one coat, allowed it to dry and then gave them a second coat. I used various brush sizes to get into all the little crevices and detailed areas.
I used my palm sander along with some medium grit sand paper to distress both pieces.
I debated and discussed what color I wanted to paint the interior. I worried that painting it using the same Old White would just make it look very nondescript. After some suggestions and ideas from Gloria and Matthew, I decided to look for something in the peach family. The walls in the room are a very soft shade of peach, so I wanted something that would be a little bit bolder. I found it at Michael’s. It’s Craft Smart Chalk Paint in Deep Peach..
I removed the glass shelves in the cabinet and painted the entire interior of the cabinet. Before I was finished, I knew I was going to love it.
To add some contrast to the base cabinet, I painted the existing hardware with the peach paint.
The final step was to give it a protective finish. As I explained in my rocking chair makeover post, I’ve chosen to use Minwax Polycrylic instead of wax. I worked on small areas and used a round brush to apply the polycrylic and cheese cloth to wipe it off.
Once it was dry, we put the two pieces in place.
The fun part was deciding which pieces I wanted to display. I thought I would be using it for my milk glass collection, but the white and the off white didn’t look great together. I’ve filled it mostly with clear glass pieces and a few off white pieces I had.
I had anticipated that it would take me quite a while to finish this piece, but since chalk paint dries so quickly, it didn’t take long at all. From start to finish, I worked on it for two mornings and it was done.
I love that since this piece has some sentimental value to me, I was able to give it a makeover to match my decor. It’s now the focal point of my Charleston Room. I bought only the paint, keeping this a budget friendly china hutch makeover.
1970's China Hutch Makeover with Chalk Paint. Give an old piece new life! #chalkpaint Click To Tweet
I think the one thing I’ve learned while giving this room its makeover is to take the plunge! Start with small, more insignificant pieces and work your way up to the larger ones. Do you have any tips you’d like to share? I’d love to hear from you.
Charleston Room Makeover On A Budge Series~
Introducing the Series
DIY Extra Long Curtain Rods
Single Letter Monogram With Lace
Thrift Store Wall Curio
Coffee Table Tray
Chalk Painted Side Tables in Green
Annie Sloan Old White Coffee Table
DIY Open Frames
Rocking Chair Makeover
China Hutch Makeover
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