Chalk Painted Hutch

That right, folks. At 35 years old, I lost my virginity. I finally bit the bullet and purchased myself some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.

I wanted my first time to be special, so I dove right in and tackled about the biggest project I could have in my home.

My grandmother’s hutch.

Now, I assumed that I had good photos of the hutch before I started painting it, but realized none of them show the bottom half so you’ll have to use your imagination. There should be hardware on the drawers, but half of the hardware is missing so it’s harware-less for now until I can decide what I want. Anyone have any suggestions???

Pretty much every blogger I know absolutely loves chalk paint. I love that there is no prep work. Some of the posts I read said that the brush strokes don’t matter and they won’t show up, but they did. Not terribly so, but they are there. It’s supposed to cover in one coat (most of the time), but it didn’t. Nonetheless, I’m so glad I decided to do this.

I painted this bad boy on a Saturday night. After about three hours, I had sucked every drop of paint out of the can but still had some spots that need a second coat so I had to buy another can. At $40 a pop, this was not exactly an inexpensive project. However, the end results are worth it and I am thrilled with how it came out. 

In a perfect world, I would have painted and distressed in the backyard, but, this thing is MASSIVE.

Then came the time to style it. Here’s where I run into trouble. I called my Jedi Master {of style} to walk me through it. You see, I want a sorta coastal feel, without being “beachy.” Loving my rustic woods and metals, but still including my grandmother’s dishes and glassware. I wanted it to look amazing, but still look like we live with it everyday. And simple, it must be simple.

A big part of my decorating philosophy is that you should decorate with pieces that mean something to you.

I’ll share details of the display in a post later this week.

I added a pretty seagrass basket, found on clearance at Target last week, and filled it with a few table linens. The vintage tray was also my grandmothers (from Germany) which I thought was the perfect piece to hold my collection of vintage glass bottles.

I painted the sign several months ago. The basket and boat were from Marshall’s and the vintage glass bottles were Country Roads treasures.

I’m still working on the living room and some art for dining room will be revealed…eventually. (hopefully sometime this year!!) But for the most part, this is the dining room.

How ’bout a little side by side?

I hope to have a piece of art to show you at the end of the week, as well as sharing some details on  a few of the displayed treasures.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Linking up:
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Owner at Yellow Bliss Road
Hi! I'm Kristin and I'm the creative mind behind Yellow Bliss Road, where you'll find tons of recipes, free printables, and a little decor and DIY thrown in for good measure. Life can be complicated, so I am all about simplifying wherever I can - from food to decor to DIY - because I believe that it doesn't have to be elaborate or extravagant to be amazing. I am a single adoptive mom with a daughter in Preschool and a son in Kindergarten. My kids are a handful, I'm exhausted and most days my house is a mess - and I'm okay with that!

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  1. says

    Believe it or not, I have never used chalk paint either! I’m dying to try it sometime soon. Your hutch looks beautiful and I love how you styled it too. Great job!

    -Erin @ DIY On the Cheap

  2. says

    Looks awesome, little trick the second coat if you dab your brush in water before paint it covers really nice and uses less paint!!! I love my Annie Sloan paint all shades normally cover in one coat but white normally does take 2!

  3. says

    The transformation is just incredible, I think your grandma would approve! I totally agree with you about decorating with things that mean something to you. You’ve done a perfect job of blending your style with your grandmother’s things. So I guess this leaves me as the last “V” in blogland yet to try chalk paint?

  4. says

    That looks AMAZING!! I have always had to use at least 2 coats of the white too for the chalk paint. I can’t believe that only took you 3 hours! You are a fast painter! Love all of the styling too. It all looks great!
    Jenn :)

  5. says

    I just bought my first two cans of Annie Sloan a few weeks ago too, but haven’t tried it on anything yet. So, your post has motivated me to open the cans and do something with it! The transformation of the piece is amazing. You did a great job!

    Thanks for the inspiration…

  6. says

    Hi Kristin. I recently became a retailer by for the paint, and thought I would share a couple of tips to help you get a little more bang for your buck. We all know the paint isn’t cheap. If you want to extend the paint, you can use a spray bottle and just coat the surface with a little bit of water. You don’t want it to cause the paint to drip, but just enough to eliminate any drag you may have in your brush. If it starts to get thick, you can also dip the brush in some water. I try no to dilute the paint with water directly. This tip has really help me, especially when using a second coat.

  7. says

    That looks great, Kristin. Sorry it took so much paint. I used a can of Old White on several projects before I ran out. The chalk paint was actually created to show the brush marks as part of the look of having been painted many times over the years. They will sand out easily if you want a smooth finish. It looks great. Another fun look would to be to paint the part behind the glass doors a color, but you did a fantastic job. What a huge difference.

  8. says

    PERFECT!!! This is what I call pure perfection!! I just adore everything!!

    Oh and you better be planning on sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!!! Please :)

  9. says

    WOWZA girl this piece is like day and night. Simply amazing! It really does change the vibe of the room totally. Looks great. I don’t mind the brush strokes as it is suppose to look like it has been painted over with time and aged looking.

  10. says

    OMG, Kristin, your grandmother’s buffet is a beaute now! I need to order some Old White because I have a little cabinet that I want to paint. You did a great job on the distressing and the styling, too. Grandma would be proud!

  11. says

    That turned out beautiful! What an eye-catcher! I seriously don’t know how you had the patience to paint that whole thing. I’m in the process of painting a small shelf and feel like I’m about to go nuts! Hats off to you :)

  12. says

    The hutch looks SO different and I love its new look. That is the perfect way to keep something that has a special meaning to you in your home by just giving it a bit of a face lift. I can’t begin to tell you how much Annie Sloan paint we sell at Country Roads. It is SO popular right now and everyone just loves it.

    Take care,

  13. says

    Way to go. Warning…chalk paint is highly addictive!!! And seriously…you did go all out! I like that about you. Why start with a small stool or chair when you could PAINT AN ENTIRE HUTCH!! Thanks for the laugh.

  14. says

    YOU DID IT!!! It turned out fantastic… and the styling just makes it even better. Great job!

    I’ve figured out a technique with chalk paint to decrease brush strokes and give a smoother finish – I’ll be posting a video tutorial soon!

  15. says

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE this so much!!! Great job, Kristin! It really looks amazing. It would totslly fit in my home…. too bad it’s so heavy or it might have just gone missing!
    I have only used homemade chalk paint, and I had brush strokes, too… until I buffed them out.

  16. says

    Hi Kristin,
    Well I think you rocked the house with this makeover!!! You did a beautiful job and deserving of all the praise. Terrific post that I am sure will inspire many!


  17. says

    Absolutely beautiful! I can’t believe you took on such a large piece as your first ASCP project.
    The before and after shots are truly magical, you did an incredible job! Can’t wait to hear the details on those treasures. Who’s your Jedi Master, I need to borrow her? lol

    Take care,

  18. says

    Very nice, very French, non? I would also like to suggest that it would look fantabulous if you attacked the legs of your table with the same paint to complete the look. Magnifique!!!

  19. says

    are you kidding me?

    Holy moly, Kristin…this is OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!!!! I can NOT believe the difference the paint made…and the styling is ABSOLUTELY PERFECT!!! It looks just perfect…your accessories could not be more beautiful…stellar job, sweet girl.

  20. says

    Generally speaking, I am anti-painting pieces that are finished like your hutch. But my word…this is just beautiful and looks fabulous!!! What a great job! There’s a small table in our basement that might be my first maiden voyage into the chalk paint world; thanks for inspiring me!

  21. says

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience with chalk paint AND giving an honest review of the ups and downs while painting. That really helps when trying to figure out how much paint to buy, the cost etc. You are the first to honestly describe the process.

  22. says

    Seriously amazing what some paint will do! It looks like a different piece of furniture!!!! Nice job!! I love it!


  23. says

    That is one seriously amazing transformation! I think you did your grandma proud … and I really love that you styled it with pieces that you love and have meaning.

    I have a giant knotty pine armoire in my living room and have been toying with ASCP. I’m pinning this for inspiration!



  24. says

    I have never used chalk paint either. I have so much leftover paint in my paint cupboard that I just can’t justify buying any more paint! Someday I hope to try it though. I love the hutch white..totally looks like a different piece and it brings the glass arch doors to life! Good job!

  25. says

    You did pretty darn well there, first timer! I’m too cheap/chicken to get the real expensive stuff so my first chalk paint experiment will be just that–a make-it-myself from someone else’s recipe-experiment. Hope it works half as well as your first!

  26. says

    Absolutely an amazing transformation! I love, love, love it! I have been making my own chalk paint w/ flat paint and unsanded grout and have been thrilled with the results, but have not attempted a project to your magnatude! So happy I found your link on Common Ground.

  27. says

    You are one brave girl !!! And the results are fantastic!!! Good for you!!! I agree, decorate with things you love and that mean something to you. It’s a personal thing, its what lights up your interior and makes it you… the little bottles on the tray, and love that you left the shelves wood tone, makes everything inside pop……

    I am not a slave to fashion but will make my own paint later this summer for a table…..


  28. says

    Hi, visiting from At the Picket Fence. I’ll join the crowd and WOW about the transformation. I know it’s not possible, but the white paint actually makes the piece look “smaller” — less hulky/bulky. And now that beautiful dark wood table plays off against the white hutch beautifully, as do the chairs. All of the textures and colors show off to advantage. I love what you did with the hutch. It’s just amazing and a real inspiration.

  29. says

    Oh my gosh, I have a very similar piece and never cared for it because of the wood color – but after seeing your results I am definitely going to paint it instead of listing it on CL. The hutch looks incredible, hopefully mine will too. Already have my two cans of Annie paint, now I just need he time. Thanks so much for sharing this fantastic makeover!!

  30. says

    Oh wow!!! We have a beast of a German Shrank similar to your grandmother’s (8′ long, 7′ tall, 25″ deep!) and in 80’s tricolour oak finish. Hubs won’t even let me do the slightest bit of pickling to it. Instead, I can visit the picture of yours in all it’s glory and know someone out there tackled a beast and won! Congratulations on the wonderful job.

  31. says

    Kristin your hutch came out beautiful.. your Grandmother would be proud!
    I know how hard it is to paint a family piece but your results are worth it, you love it even more now. Great job, it looks fantastic. I’d use cup hook drawer pulls if I were you on the bottom :)

  32. says

    Your hutch is fantastic! I lost my ASCP Virginity this past March with Old White just like you. Love it, but I agree with you. I did have brush strokes, and it did take two coats. I wanted my piece to look old and worn so I was a happy camper anyway, but I did wonder if it was just me… thanks for letting me know I’m not alone :)

    Jeannine @ The Concrete Cottage

  33. Anonymous says

    Hi! Love it! I have a hoosier hutch that is stripped. Will the chalk paint work on that too? How did you get the distressed look?

  34. says

    Wow! ok thanks! That is just the motivation I needed. I pride myself in seeing the “good” in things, but I wasn’t so sure about that hutch in the first picture -maybe those pretty seagrass chairs made it look even worse. But, of course you have to keep your grandmother’s hutch, and I scrolled down . . .awesome!!! I am doing a huge hutch too and had to take a break half way through because I’m out of paint and there are tons of thick bumpy brush strokes! I’m using Cee Cee Caldwell’s vintage white. – I guess it’s a white thing. Thanks to you and some of the good tips posted in replies I have the strength to go on!!! thanks again.

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