This beautiful antique hutch was a piece that my client had in her family for many years. She wanted to keep it, but wasn’t crazy about the original state it was in. We perused
Pinterest and she sent me an inspiration picture and I got to work on updating it for her.
This was the before….beautiful, but needed something more fun and up to date. We decided to go with a grain sack design for the back of the hutch, and a distressed gray for the outside, the shelves and the doors. I sanded the piece well, and then I painted about 2-3 coats of paint.
I mixed up a DIY Chalk paint in a bluish/gray color called Tabby Cat Gray by Sherwin Williams in a matte finish for the outer part of the hutch. The inside was painted in an off white color called Polished Pearl from Behr that I had used on another piece I had done. I sanded in between coats to get a really nice smooth finish. After it was dry, I distressed it pretty heavily on the edges with a sanding sponge and in some spots with my Ryobi corner cat sander. As you can see from the picture, I had started taping out here in order to paint the faux grain sack stripes. I also taped off for the small lines on either side of the thicker line in the center.
I used a dark navy color in an acrylic paint that I had. I applied 2-3 coats of it to give it good solid coverage.
Here is a detail of the hutch, after I had stained it and distressed it. After I distressed and sanded the edges, I used Minwax stain in Provincial to give an aged, time-worn feel to the finish. I used a rag to wipe it on and then quickly using a clean rag, I wiped off the excess, leaving the remaining stain in the corners and details of the hutch. After applying the stain and letting it dry fully for a couple of days, I used Johnson’s paste wax to give it some protection.
I didn’t get to stage this piece the way I would have liked because it was heading out to its new home, but I was able to add some accessories that I had around the house and give it a little warmth to show off the pretty color combination and the faux grain sack which I am in love with!!
Can’t wait to do another piece with this effect soon!