If y’all remember a few days ago when our water was frozen I mentioned I was wanting to start a painting project that day. I postponed that project and ended up finally tackling a wall hanging that was in need of being re-basted and quilted.
I have many UFO’s (unfinished objects!) piled on a chair in my sewing room so it felt good to get started on at least one of them! I still need to finish it up but I am over halfway with the quilting process.
Thankfully, our water unthawed late that same day and has stayed unthawed despite our below freezing daytime temperatures. So yesterday I jumped on my painting project…
our dining room hutch that practically disappears into the wall.
Normally, I am opposed to painting any piece of fine furniture and especially antiques that is, unless they are beyond salvaging but in this case, well, let’s just say that sometimes we feel like we live in a cave and I feel the need to do whatever necessary to make it lighter and brighter.
Hutch? What hutch? Oh, that hutch in the corner!
The interior walls of the ‘ol house are rough-cut lumber that has been stained a dark color. Add to that, windows that are smaller than the original windows in the old farmhouse and it makes for a very dark house.
I’m slowly repainting the hunter green trim that was around all the windows and on the baseboards. Doing that has helped break all the darkness quite a bit .
I love natural light and we often wonder what Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper fame would say if she ever darkened the doors of our old farmhouse! Get it? Darkened the doors – hahaha! Sorry, I couldn’t resist…
Anyhoo, a few people have mentioned painting our walls but I just can’t. For starters, rough cut wood is difficult to paint and well, you know how I struggle with painting wood so painting the walls is out. Besides, I think it would lose that cozy cabin-feel if we did.
In pondering my options and perusing Pinterest I found some really great hutches that have been painted with chalk paint and I decided to go for it.
I saved up some extra money I’ve earned at work and bought some Annie Sloan chalk paint, wax and the recommended brush and finally, I could start on my painting project.
That first swipe of paint was difficult but once I got started there was no turning back. I finished it up today and have to say, that I-love-it and am super pleased with how it turned out!
I left the slats on the doors the original color to tie in with a small bookshelf CountryBoy made using some shutters. I painted it white but left the shutter slats raw. Our dining chairs are also white and natural as you can see below which makes them all come together nicely.
I think the painted hutch did a lot to lighten up that corner and the light coming in the window also reflects off it and helps lighten the whole dining room.
I did not want the solid white brand-new look so I did some light distressing after I waxed it which adds to the character of this piece and ties in better with our rustic farmhouse style.
I also like how much better our collection of pink and green Cherry Blossom depression glass shows up against the white.
So pretty! I can’t stop looking at it, hahaha! I guess that means it was worth it.