Friday, October 26, 2012

Hutch Before & After

I'm really excited to show you this before & after.  I bought this hutch on craigslist about 2 years ago for $80.  It was that typical muddy brown maple kinda color you see on these pieces from the 1940's on but it was in great shape and well made.  I always knew I would paint it but it got put on the back burner with moving and such. 

Here it is last year at Christmas time when I was trying to decorate it using paper to help disguise some of the brown.

I decided to use my new kitchen curtain fabric to help choose the paint color.  I didn't want to go white because the rest of the cabinets in the kitchen are white.  So I took a piece of my fabric to the paint store and matched the dark blue in the curtains to SW Rainstorm.  The clerk helped me settle on using their all surface enamel paint in a low sheen.

I love the way it looks against the wall color and how it ties back to the curtains.  It adds a nice focal point in the kitchen. Check out the curtains which I made myself in this post.

The knobs were bought at Hobby Lobby.  They are a little oversize but I think they add a nice vintage touch to the piece.

It's nice now when coming down the kitchen hallway to see the blue instead of the old boring brown.

I considered distressing the paint job but my husband is not a fan of that look and besides with my kids it will soon be naturally distressed.

I started styling the shelves and I am considering painting the back of the shelves white or adding some patterned paper to the back like I did last year.  I'm not sure yet.  I don't want it to get too busy.  I would love to start a collection of white milk glass for the shelves because then I think I wouldn't have to paint the back.  

What do you think?  Do you like the color choice?  Should I paint the back of the shelves a different color?  I'd love to get your feedback.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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  1. What a wonderful color you chose for your hutch. I think I would smile each time I walked past it if I had that in my house.

    1. Thanks!! I am so happy about 2 things - the color and the fact that it is finally done:)

  2. Your hutch came out very nice! I just did a hutch too I just posted about. I don't know if I would paint the background on yours another color I think it depends on what you want to put up there. If you put the milk glass it will stand out very nicely with that blue. I'd enjoy it for now, until "it" tells you what it needs lol

  3. Fabulous! Color is perfect. Don't paint the back, is my advice, (since you asked, LOL) It is too precious a jewel to fool around with, IMO.
    I'll be looking for a hutch like this to paint and I don't even have a place to put it! Oh, wait, there's a bookcase I can move....who needs books anyway. I agree with Art and Sand...I'd smile every time i walked past this piece..... I love your kitchen curtains, too..... Way to go, girl!


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