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.
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.
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.
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.
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!