Painting my kitchen hutch was part of my ongoing efforts to update and brighten my dining room and kitchen.
I'd never painted furniture before and despite my family's reservations and skepticism, I boldly took on this maple cupboard, which I'd inherited from my parents:
I wanted to inject some color into the brown-on-brown decor of my kitchen with a painted piece in cottage style.
My goal was to lighten and brighten the space, so I rejected darker colors. I thought antique white would be too bland, and I toyed with the idea of green but couldn't find a shade of green that seemed compatible. I settled on a greenish-grey blue color and chose to layer it over antique white and create a distressed look. The mixed paint and paint chip showed a perfect blue-grey color. However, the result appeared to have a clearer, purer blue tint. While the color wasn't exactly as I envisioned it, I was still really pleased with the results:
The photo below shows some of the detail on the antique, distressed look. The idea is to create a piece that looks like it's been painted twice, with the blue paint appearing to wear away to reveal the white paint below and some sections being worn down to the original wood surface.
My pottery collection includes pieces from Modigliani in Rome, Jerry Beaumont of Beaumont Pottery, family antiques, and pieces picked up in New Mexico and Virginia. Love how they look on the worn white shelves:
I painted using chalk paint, which you can mix up yourself using one of the many recipes on the Internet or purchase from specialty stores. I used a 2-inch sash brush to apply the white first, then the blue. I got the distressed look by using a dry brush painting technique as well as sanding with various grits of sandpaper. The piece is sealed with three coats of clear furniture wax, applied with a brush.
I am considering tinting some paste wax a darker color and applying another coat in order to tone down the blue a bit. However, before I commit to that, I want to live with the current color for a while and see how it does in various types of light through the seasons.
And while you can't notice it in the photos, I also painted the kitchen wall. A BUSY week for me, but a productive one. The freshly painted walls and the robin's egg blue hutch have me ready for spring.