Last summer I came across a great china hutch on Craigslist while I was searching for a dresser for my daughter’s room. (Isn’t that always what happens on Craigslist? It’s worse than Target!) Anyhoo… because I had quite a few other works in progress at the time, this hutch sat in my garage ever since, waiting to be given a new life.
Because my future plans for my kitchen include painting a darker wall color, I knew I wanted this piece to be white so it would pop against the color of the wall. This color is Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White.
I painted two coats of the Old White and then topped with a third, watered-down wash of Old White to help give the paint a smooth finish. I decided to forgo distressing and just left it all white, then waxed with AS clear wax.
Rather than paint the interior white as well, I went with an aqua wash – this color was created by mixing AS Provence with a little bit of Old White, and then mixed that with an equal part of water. I simply put it all in a mason jar and shook it up, then painted the interior, trying not to be too precise since I wanted it to look like a wash of color.
I love the seeing my white dishes against a sea of aqua.
I’m still tweaking the hutch styling, but for now it includes some of my vintage Rose Point china, a few collected pieces of Ironstone, vintage Pyrex, and some vintage dishes and pottery that I inherited from my grandmother. I look forward to changing things up on the inside for holiday and seasonal touches.
I toyed with the idea of replacing the hardware, but changed my mind. Sometimes it’s better to keep the original hardware, and this was one of those instances. I want the hutch and its contents to be the star here.
And since I know how much you guys love pictures, here are just a couple more for ya:
My girls are on a trip this week with my sister and brother-in-law so I’m taking advantage of the free time and working on some projects around here, in between a few dates with Mr. home.made. He deserves it, since I’m putting him to work too… hazards of being a DIYers’ hubby, right? ;)
What about you? What are you working on this week?