The BEST Candle Brand You've Never Heard Of

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Move over Yankee Candle, there's a new, long-lasting candle brand in town - Jaded Candle. Rarely, do I write posts about one item that I am obsessing over, but this is just too good not to share with you all. I absolutely love candles and filling my home with fresh scents, but we all know most candles have a short life, right? If you're like me, you purchase 99% of your candles at HomeGoods because 1.) you can find great deals on long-lasting Yankee Candles and 2.) you can find great smelling candles for super cheap and be totally fine knowing they will probably only last a few hours. 

My candles don't last long because I like to leave them burning overnight or all during the day so my house smells good at any given time. I typically try to only buy the Yankees Candles because they last so long, but sometimes they don't have the best selection of scents at HomeGoods so I have to opt for the shorter burning candles. When I heard about Jaded Candles I was skeptical, not because of the scents, but because I assumed it probably had a short shelf life like most brands - I was wrong. 

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First, I was impressed at the power of the scent since some candles barely emit a smell, but my homemade soy Jaded Candle emitted a perfect lavender cucumber scent. I was impressed just by that, but what really sold me on the brand was when I left the candle burning overnight.

When I woke up, I checked the candle assuming it was probably almost spent, but it didn't even burn through half of the wax! That's when I knew this was my new favorite candle company I had to spread the word to my fellow candle lovers! You have to try these!

The company has a really cool story too, founded and operated by a single mom out of Beaverton, Oregon. You can read more about Saida here on Jaded Candle's website.

About Jaded Candle
Handmade Scented Soy Candles enrich your house with exquisite aromas. Spoil yourself with this luxury product for an affordable price.

The candles are 100% pure soy candles. No additives, chemicals or colors, just pure soy wax to ensure a rich, healthy, responsible and beautiful scent in your home.

They use the best Fragrance oils that have been specifically designed for soy candles. 

 

How To See New York City In Less Than 48 Hours

HOW TO SEE NEW YORK CITY

Planning the perfect weekend in New York City can be difficult if you’re not familiar with Manhattan for numerous reasons. First, you have to know where to stay (NOT in Times Square FYI) and from there it’s really best to map out everything you want to see and do so you don’t waste any time because things are likely much farther apart than you think. 

It’s always best to explore with someone who lives there or is very familiar with the city, but usually, that’s not possible so I am here to help guide you! 

We recently took our friends from California into NYC for a night and covered a ton of the city and sights in less than 48 hours. I’ll share the details from that trip below and include an additional bonus family trip at the bottom for those of you planning trips with children.

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B O O K I N G   Y O U R   S T A Y

The common misconception is that you need to stay in Times Square - this is FALSE. Stay as far away from Times Square as possible and book your stay in Chelsea or basically anywhere south of 30th St. and west of 5th Ave. You'll be much happier when you're not battling through tourist crowds 24/7.

I T I N E R A R Y

The following itinerary is based on our 2-night stay in Manhattan. I'll include our transit details and additional recommendations as we go through the weekend, but keep in mind this is just to help guide you when you're planning your weekend.

 

D A Y   O N E

1. Arriving in Manhattan
We chose to take the New Jersey Transit and arrived in Manhattan at Penn Station (34th St.). The fastest way to get to your hotel will be via train* unless you get into the city during rush hour when everyone is going to or from work. We booked our stay at the Four Seasons Chelsea on 25th St. and 7th Ave., which means the best trains to take are either the C/E or the 1 - we took the C train out of Penn Station and got out at 23rd St., then walked to our hotel. 

  • A/C/E trains run down 8th Ave., however, the A train is express so it doesn't stop at each station like the C/E, but additionally, the E train stops at the World Trade Center so to make it simple, just take the C train if you're going downtown
  • 1/2 trains run down 7th Ave.

*when I say train I am referring to the subway, I realized this can be confusing

2. Happy Hour at the Barcade: we were seeing Phantom of the Opera at 8pm and didn't have much time in between checking into our hotel and exploring before the show started so we posted up in the Barcade on 24th Street for apps and drinks.

3. Dinner at Legasea (7th Ave. & 36th St.)
Always book reservations for meals. Otherwise, YOU WILL BE STUCK WAITING for at least 30 minutes, unless you get lucky. I booked all of our meals with OpenTable to ensure we could get in and didn't waste any time waiting around when we could be exploring. 

4. Phantom of the Opera @ The Majestic (8th Ave. & 44th St.)
We walked from the restaurant to the show, which allowed us to walk our friends through Times Square at night since they had never seen it before. I will admit that Times Square is cool the first time you see it, but you want to see it at night when everything is all lit up. 

5. Back at Barcade for a nightcap 
We walked from the Majestic at 44th St. back to our hotel at 25th St., allowing us to see the city at night, walking past The Empire State Building and other sights our friends wanted to see before ending the evening back at the bar near our hotel.

In less than 12 hours, following the above itinerary, we covered 3 neighborhoods: Chelsea, Midtown and Times Square. We took our friends through Chelsea, showed them a cool NYC bar where you can drink local beers and play arcade games, had a beautiful seafood dinner in Midtown and saw Broadway.


D A Y   T W O

1. Brunch @ The Smith
Again, BOOK YOUR MEALS, especially if you want to have brunch on the weekend. The great things about using OpenTable is that the app makes it super easy to move your reservations if you wake up late or get behind in traffic.

We walked from the hotel on 25th St. to The Smith on  11th St. & 3rd Ave., which was about a 30-minute walk, but allowed us to walk our friends down 5th Ave., past the Flatiron building and then through Union Square to see the Greenmarket. 

Takeaway: when you plan your meals, plan to walk to each spot instead of taking the train or a cab so that you can cover more sights and make better use of your time.

2. Strand Bookstore: 18 Miles of Books 
Our friend Adriana loves books as do we, so I thought it would be cool to pit stop into Strand after brunch since it's right around the corner. Strand is always crowded, but if you head up the top floor, it's much quieter and you see their rare book collection!

3. Central Park (5th Ave. & 59th St.)
We took a cab to Central Park from brunch because, 1. Central Park is FAR and 2. I knew the Lyft driver would drive us down Park Avenue and around Grand Central, which I thought would be cool for our friends to see! Always try to plan sightseeing around everything you do when possible.

I purposely had us go to 5th Ave. & 59th St. so we could see The Plaza and the crazy Apple Store. Then we proceeded towards Bethesda Fountain, seeing more sights and going by way of The Mall and Literary Walk, which is beautiful in the spring, summer, and fall!

4. Leaving Manhattan 
In an effort to finish the quick trip like real New Yorkers, I wanted everyone to ride the train one last time so we proceeded to take the C train back to 23th St. from Central Park to grab our luggage because we needed to catch the NJ Transit train out of Penn Station at 4pm.

We grabbed our bags and then took the train back to Penn Station, which from 23rd St. is only one stop, making the fastest way possible.

*Pro Tip: hotels will hold your luggage after you check out so that you can continue to sight-see without having to lug your bags around


S U M M A R Y

In less than 48 hours, we covered sights from 11th St. & 72th St. between 8th Ave. & 3rd Ave. and saw the following:

  1. Chelsea (Chelsea Market, Barcade)
  2. Midtown (dinner @ Legasea)
  3. Broadway Show @ The Majestic
  4. Times Square at night
  5. Herald Square @ 34th St. (Macy's, more shops)
  6. Empire State Building
  7. 5th Avenue Shopping
  8. Flatiron Building
  9. Madison Square Park (home to the original Shake Shack)
  10. Union Square (Union Square Park, The Greenmarket)
  11. NYC Brunch 
  12. Strand Bookstore
  13. The Plaza
  14. Central Park (Literary Walk, Strawberry Fields, Bethesda Fountain)

Amongst all that we covered, here are a few additional things I wanted us to see that we weren't able to fit into our trip, but I highly recommend:

  1. The Highline (Chelsea)
  2. The Whitney (Chelsea)
  3. Washington Square Park (West Village)
  4. World Trade Center (Tribeca)
  5. Rockefeller Park (Tribeca)
  6. Irish Hunger Memorial (Tribeca)
  7. Battery Park
  8. The Standard Biergarten (Chelsea) 
  9. Please Don't Tell (East Village Bar)
  10. Rockefeller Center (Midtown)
  11. St. Patrick's Cathedral (Midtown)

For those of you traveling to NYC with children, you can find a full itinerary here that I put together for some friends who were staying in Brooklyn near Park Slope a few years ago.

This trip is based on where they were staying and includes their personal travel time, so keep that in mind and make adjustments to your own trip as needed. All of these ideas are family friendly for children 8 years and older, which is based on the ages of the children from the family that used this trip itinerary.

I hope everyone enjoyed these brief tips and can use this as inspiration if you're planning a trip to New York City! Please, leave comments and questions below in the comments or send me an email.

 

 

How To Propagate Succulents

How To Propagate Succulents

Although, I am not exactly sure where spring is, I thought I would show you how to propagate succulents from cuttings and leaves. Sometimes succulents can get leggy (growing up instead of out), which happens when a plant isn’t getting enough light and it starts to stretch out causing the stem to grow long and the leaves to become widely spaced - this is the perfect time to propagate! It's super easy and fun to do as a weekend project.

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How To Propagate Succulents
How To Propagate Succulents
How To Propagate Succulents
How To Propagate Succulents
How To Propagate Succulents

Start by clipping off a piece of your succulent that has the fewest leaves and then gently remove each leaf from the stem. At this point, you should have a small pile of leaves. Place them on a paper towel and gently pat them dry to remove any moisture. Grab a cookie sheet and line it with foil or parchment paper then add a layer of soil and place the succulent leaves on top. Make sure you place the cookie sheet in a place where they will get a lot of indirect sunlight.

After a few weeks, you'll notice little roots sprouting from the ends of the leaves and then teeny tiny baby plants will begin to sprout. You don't need to water the leaves, but you can use a spray bottle to mist them once a week or bi-weekly once the plants at the end of each leaf start to grow. Let them grow like this until the original leaf starts to wither, then remove the plant from the original stem and place in it's own pot of soil. You may notice that not every leaf starts a new plant, some will just end up withering away, but most will do just fine. I'll try to post an update once ours are ready to be planted! 

 

 

Easy & Quick Baked Sriracha Honey Lime Salmon

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My parents were in town this past weekend so Chance and I had stocked up on groceries, but we ended up eating out for most of our meals so we could show them around the town and now we are stuck with an overly stocked fridge! Not a bad problem to have though, especially when we are expecting ANOTHER snow storm.

Needless to say, the first thing I knew I needed to cook was the giant salmon I had purchased from Sam's Club. We keep a well-stocked kitchen so I decided to bake a sriracha honey lime salmon and avoid the grocery store chaos at all costs. I haven't been pleased with some of my latest dishes, but this salmon totally made up for my recent fails. It was EPIC and I highly suggest trying this recipe out. Scroll down for details!

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INGREDIENTS
• 1 large salmon
• 2 tablespoons of butter
• ⅓ cup of honey
• ⅓ cup of sriracha sauce
• 3 limes (2 for slicing and 1 juiced)
• 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
• salt & pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil, grease lightly with butter or cooking spray, and lay salmon on top. Lightly season the salmon with salt and pepper (sometimes I omit this all together because the sauce is SO good). Thinly slice two limes and lay under the edges of the salmon.

2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and stir in the honey, sriracha sauce, lime juice, and garlic. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a low heat and simmer for 1-2 minutes.

3. Pour ⅔ of the sauce over the salmon covering it entirely. Fold the edges of the foil up around the salmon so the sauce doesn't spill out everywhere. You don't need to cover the salmon, this just helps keep the sauce and moisture in.

4. Bake for 15 minutes, then switch to broil and cook another 4-5 minutes until the top and very edges of the salmon begin to char slightly.

5. Pour the remaining sauce over the salmon and serve! 

 

 

 

 

 

Gluten-Free Chocolate Protein Powder Muffins

Gluten-Free Chocolate Protein Powder Muffins

So, I spent the last 24 hours in San Diego for work a trip and had to take a red-eye back home because of Winter Storm Quinn - needless to say I was exhausted I got home and slept until 4pm.  When I finally woke up, there was already a foot of snow on the ground and then the power flickered on and off for a few minutes, which terrified me since I didn't have time to fully prepare, thus I began to bake food so we don't starve and decided protein muffins could get us through Quinn!

As some of you may know (or have noticed) we don't eat a ton of baked goods, I am allergic to gluten and we generally just like to eat healthily, but every now and then you will see me whip something up for us to enjoy. I absolutely LOVE to bake and was heartbroken when I found out I couldn't eat gluten, but that didn't stop me from baking - I still make tons of baked goods for Chance's work crew, including the banana bread I made a few weeks ago :)

Tonight, I threw together some quick protein muffins that are also gluten-free!! Scroll down to find the full recipe below and let me know what you think.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Protein Powder Muffins
Gluten-Free Chocolate Protein Powder Muffins
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Gluten-Free Chocolate Protein Powder Muffins

INGREDIENTS
• 2 cups dry oatmeal
• 2 scoops Chocolate Pure Protein Powder
• 2 bananas
• 1/4 cup of whole milk or 1/2 & 1/2 (optional)
• 2 whole eggs
• 2 egg whites
• 1 tsp baking soda
• 1 tbsp vanilla extract
• 1 tsp cinnamon

DIRECTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix all ingredients together in your stand mixer, adding milk or creamer if the mixture is too dry

2. Divide mixture into muffin pan (I found my pink pan in gold, it is THE BEST non-stick bakeware ever) (making 12 muffins) and bake for 12-15 minutes. Let cool, then serve and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets With Chalk Paint

How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets With Chalk Paint

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a glimpse of our kitchen remodel here and there. When we first saw the house, I knew the first thing I wanted to change was the kitchen because I hated the oak cabinets. It took us more than 60 days to close so I had a lot of time to do research - at first, I thought we would completely redo the kitchen with new cabinets, but then quickly realized I could save a ton of money by painting them myself.

Now, I want to start by saying that our kitchen is nowhere done yet, but several of you have been asking for some tips so I thought I would start with a phase one and then post updates as we go! We still have to finish the tile (I'll share a tutorial for tiling later on) - our main hold up on this is that we are waiting for the rest of our copper wall plates to come in so we can measure and cut the right sizes around our light switched and outlets.

After doing all of my research I found a great article on A Beautiful Mess comparing chalk paint to latex paint for kitchen cabinets, which convinced me to go with chalk paint 100% and I am SO happy that I did. All of the cabinets have been painted, which took me about a week, but I will share more on this as we go.

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How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets With Chalk Paint
How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets With Chalk Paint

The above photos show what our kitchen looked like completely untouched by us. It's a HUGE kitchen with tons of space and natural light. I love that island is big enough to basically dance on too, but I have always dreamed of a white kitchen so the cabinets needed to be fixed. Using chalk paint was SO easy and anyone can do it as long as you have the time and patience. I am slightly OCD so I ended up using 3 cans of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and giving them probably a total of 4 coats of paints because I needed to get the brush strokes perfect, but the average person probably only needs to do 2-3 coats depending on the coverage you want. Most of the articles I read stressed the importance of cleaning and I do too, however we got really lucky and the previous homeowners were very clean so I didn't spend a ton of time prepping and basically just started painting after a quick wash of the cabinets.

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How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets With Chalk Paint
How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets With Chalk Paint

You can really see in this picture how well the chalk paint covers the oak grain. That was another huge reason why I chose to go this route because I knew I wanted the grain gone and everything I read said that chalk paint would do the job without me having to remove all of the doors and sand everything down. I am a little impatient so I don't think I would have gotten through all of that work - I wanted my new kitchen ASAP lol.

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How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets With Chalk Paint

Here you can see more of the progress. Chalk paint works so well on wood cabinets, but if you look at the side of my top cabinet, you'll notice that the paint started peel - this is when I realized the sizes (parts that most people don't focus on) weren't actual wood so I have to go back and sand those down in order to get the paint to stick.

When you order the chalk paint, you can also order a special chalk paint brush, which basically (in my opinion) just allows you to hold onto more paint, but because I had so many corners I felt that a regular paint brush worked better for me and I liked the brush strokes better, but I'll leave that up to you to decide. Honestly, I would just buy the chalk paint brush and a small all-purpose paint brush and test out the strokes - even though I didn't like using the chalk paint brush on the cabinets, I have used it several times to redo large pieces of furniture and it was great!

How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets With Chalk Paint
How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets With Chalk Paint
How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets With Chalk Paint
How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets With Chalk Paint

So now you've seen what my kitchen looks like with several coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I chose to go with Pure White because it doesn't have any hints of warmth or blue - I just wanted straight up white on those bad boys and I am very happy with the color! I haven't finished painting the insides of the cabinets or the base boards so that will come next. I started sealing the cabinets that we are using the most with Minwax Polycrylic - it's water-based and won't yellow as time goes on. It's worked great so far and has prevented the paint from chipping, I think it's especially important to call out that our cabinets don't have knobs or pulls yet so the faces of each drawer and cabinet see a lot of traffic and have still held up using this top coat!

I'll continue to update you guys as we make progress, but in the meantime feel free to reach out with questions or tips on how to update your kitchen easily with chalk paint!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The BEST Moist Banana Bread Recipe

The Best Banana Bread Recipe via Chaos With Coffee

WOW, have we been busy or what? We have been knocking things out so fast on our home improvement list and I am absolutely exhausted, but that doesn't mean I have completely stopped cooking and baking - although I have slowed down. My go-to meal when I am super busy is a banana smoothie loaded with PB2 so as soon as we got moved in I stocked up on bananas, but apparently, I can't get through them fast enough! Last week I was left with a ton of ripe bananas so I decided to make a few loaves of banana bread for Chance's co-workers and his parents since they came to visit.

Banana bread is SUPER easy to make and this recipe is great because it keeps the bread moist - the key to great banana bread in my opinion. You can keep this bread for up to a week at least if you refrigerate the loaf so it doesn't get moldy.

Scroll down to find the full recipe and enjoy :)

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INGREDIENTS
• 2 - 3 very ripe bananas (the riper, the sweeter)
• 1 cup of sugar
• 2 eggs
• 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
• 1 1/2 cups of flour
• 1 teaspoon of baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon of salt
• 1/2 cup of buttermilk
• 1 stick of butter, melted

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease 9-inch loaf pan

2. In a large bowl whisk together the melted butter, and sugars. Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk until smooth, then stir in the flour, baking soda, and salt.

3. Use a hand mixer to blend the bananas until smooth, then fold into the mixture along with the buttermilk.

4. Bake for 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool until warm before serving.

 

 

 

 

Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

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Last Friday we FINALLY closed on our house and moved in, hence why I have been so M.I.A. the past week. I went back to Virginia to see my parents and gather up some essentials to prepare for the big day so that we could start living in our house the moment we got the keys. Just when I thought I had taken care of everything to ensure we could comfortably live in the house, the oil tank ran out our first night and the gas got shut off 4 days later. The oil was less our fault, but the gas being shut off was totally on me - apparently, I don't know how homes work and I assumed that the oil tank powered our stove since it powers the heat and hot water.

Needless to say, we finally got it straightened out this past Thursday so I was able to cook my FIRST real meal in over 2 months - Chicken Fajitas in my brand new Cuisinart Dutch Oven! I have been DYING to use the dutch oven ever since I found it at a ridiculous price at our local HomeGoods. I always try to prepared large quantities when I cook because Chance basically eats for 4 people so every recipe has to be AT LEAST doubled. You can easily half this recipe and serve 8 people, but the leftovers really allow the flavor to soak into the chicken and it tastes great days later. Enjoy the full recipe below!

Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas vis Chaos With Coffee
Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas vis Chaos With Coffee

INGREDIENTS
• 6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
• 6 tablespoons of taco seasoning (or two packets)
• 2 jars of salsa
• juice of 3-4 limes

 

DIRECTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees if using a dutch oven

2. Place chicken breasts in the bottom of your dutch oven or crockpot. Add taco seasoning and then cover with salsa and lime juice. Cover with lid and place in the oven for 3 - 4 for hours

3. Remove chicken and shred with two forks (the chicken should just fall apart easily)

4. Serve in bowls with avocado slices and add some Tapatio if you like a little extra spice :)

 

 

 

 

 

Easy Cold Brew Coffee Recipe

Cold Brew Coffee Recipe via Chaos With Coffee

Need a boost? This homemade cold-brewed coffee will definitely wake you up and keep you up. If you're a coffee (or caffeine) addict like Chance and me, then you will really appreciate this easy brew. I started making cold brewed coffee about 5 years ago while I was in college. Back then, I was always hurrying from class to class and didn't have time to make a fresh pot every few hours or the money to constantly be buying a cup at Starbucks. This recipe saved time and kept me focused, plus you can make it ahead and it's really simple - YOU ONLY 3 INGREDIENTS!

WHAT YOU NEED
• French press
• Coffee
• Water

 

Cold Brew Coffee Recipe via Chaos With Coffee
Cold Brew Coffee Recipe via Chaos With Coffee
Cold Brew Coffee Recipe via Chaos With Coffee
Cold Brew Coffee Recipe via Chaos With Coffee
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I use a Bodum French Press to make my cold brew, linked below! I suggest using really good coffee for your cold brew to get the best results, but any coffee will ultimately work. I get my coffee back in Virginia from Rostov's, a local shop that roasts their own coffee in Richmond. If you're ever in the area I highly suggest you stop in there! Not only do they have the best coffee, but their staff is extremely helpful and friendly. They always make you feel like family. You can order online too!

DIRECTIONS
1. Fill your french press up with 4 cups of water and add 2 cups of coffee grounds.

2. Let the mixture sit for 12 hours or overnight at room temperature.

3. Serve immediately on ice or let it sit in the fridge.

**NOTE** BEFORE YOU SERVE, this mixture is highly concentrated. You will need to add an additional 4 cups of water once it's finished brewing, or half water and half coffee each time you make a cup.

 
 
 

Upcycled Hutch With Chalk Paint

Upcycled Hutch via Chaos With Coffee

In lieu of becoming a new homeowner next week, this kitchen hutch serves as the first of many DIY projects on the blog! I revamped this hutch a few years ago when I was still in college, but it was my first big project and has become a staple in my old apartment.

Being a poor college student, I wanted a chic apartment, but I couldn't afford new furniture so I had to get creative. I was inspired by this beautiful green farmhouse hutch (pictured below) that I stumbled upon on Pinterest and was determined to recreate my own somehow. After searching on Craigslist for weeks, I finally found the one for just under $100 - most were going for upwards of $500. Apparently, I didn't take a before picture, so the one from craigslist will have to do.

 The Original

The Original

 Craigslist Hutch

Craigslist Hutch

You can see the hutch was naturally gorgeous, but it wasn't my style so I took my inspiration picture and got to work making it my own. My mom upcycles a lot of furniture and has used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for years so I opted to try it for this project. The downside to this paint is that is it very pricey for the amount you get, but it is easy to use and you do not have to do any prep work beforehand other than cleaning the furniture. The brush you see in the photo is an Annie Sloan paint brush and it is also pricey, but I was told it worked best with the chalk paint. Honestly, you can probably use any brush and save some money. Overall, I thought the paint was good for this project. It covers easily and hardly requires more than one coat. Annie Sloan also has good color choices.

Upcycled Hutch via Chaos With Coffee

Here you can see what the bottom of the hutch looked like during/after the first coat of chalk paint. I applied a thin layer of paint for this coat, which is why you can still see the wood through the it, but generally the paint will cover more. 

Upcycled Hutch via Chaos With Coffee
Upcycled Hutch via Chaos With Coffee
Upcycled Hutch via Chaos With Coffee

I also purchased new cabinet hardware for the drawers and spray painted the old hardware that I wanted to keep black to match It gave the hutch a much more modern look than it previously had.

Upcycled Hutch via Chaos With Coffee
Upcycled Hutch via Chaos With Coffee
Upcycled Hutch via Chaos With Coffee

Here was the final result! I took off the doors as well, which I thought made it even more modern. I absolutely loved this bold piece of furniture and so did all of my friends - AND the landlord! When my best friends from high school moved into the apartment after me (because I moved to NYC) I let them keep the hutch. It stayed with them for 2 years until another friend's sister moved in and now the landlord has decided to keep the piece in the home because she loves it so much!

What do you all think of this project? Let me know if the comments below!

Upcycled Hutch via Chaos With Coffee
Upcycled Hutch via Chaos With Coffee