Hi friends! About a week ago, I shared with you my dining room all prepped and ready for spring. I think I may have been a bit premature, considering that since then it has continued to snow. This time there were pretty snowflakes, like what you’d imagine having on the perfect Christmas day. So although it is still bitter cold outside, I’ve been enjoying the view.
As you may know, we are renting a house in Connecticut right now. Our dining room is painted a darkish brown, and I haven’t gotten up the courage to ask our landlord if we can repaint it, so brown it will stay. This means that our dark furniture (that looks nice with white walls) seems a bit dreary in here. I’ve been holding back on tweaking our furniture to fit their home, but I’ve just seen so many gorgeous white furniture pieces that I cannot stop myself. The hutch was getting painted.
This hutch was the first adult furniture that my husband and I purchased for ourselves. Yes, before a bedroom or dining set. We got this guy from a consignment shop down the street and are so proud of it. The picture below shows it without the glass doors on top. I had already taken those off to prep for the painting, so just imagine there are doors.
I had read some reviews about different chalk paints and decided to go with Valspar. It seemed simple to use, effective, and I loved the end result pictures I had seen. The best part was that I didn’t need to sand down before painting. Easy decision.
For the size of the hutch, I ended up going through almost two full cans of the Chalky Finish Paint (color: Kid Gloves), and less than one small can of the wax. It took a lot of time and patience. Seriously. This project took up my whole weekend. But it was totally worth it.
- Remove any metal hardware that you do no want to get painted.
- Wipe down furniture with a damp cloth to remove any dust, then make sure it is 100% dry.
- Paint Coat One: Make sure you get all the way to the corners with one thin coat. The Chalky paint is a bit thicker so make sure you keep it evenly thin. (Let dry 4 hours)
- Paint Coat Two: Another full, even coat. (Let dry 4 hours)
- Paint Coat Three: Focus on the areas that need another layer, if any. If you are starting with a light-colored piece, you may not even need a third coat. (Let dry 4 hours)
- Sealing Wax: Use a thin brush to lightly cover the surface with the wax. Make sure it is all covered, but just barely. Then with a cloth towel, wipe off all excess wax. This part is important! If you do not wipe it off, areas with excess wax will dry with a yellowish tint. Trust me, I learned the hard way. (Let dry 6-8 hours)
- Distress: I wanted my hutch to have a bit of a distressed look to it. With a piece of sand paper, after completely dried, lightly sand down the edges where you want the old finish to show through. Take your time, using very little pressure in order to avoid the paint coming off in bulk. (Wipe down with a clean, dry towel to remove sandpaper dust.)
- Reinstall any hardware that you had previously removed for painting.
And enjoy your furniture chalk paint facelift!
I had decided to paint the top and bottom but leave the tabletop its original stain. I think it makes a nice transition from our dark dining room table, to the white built-in, in the corner. I also kept all of the original hardware. If you’d prefer to use different hardware, this is the perfect time to do it. If the old knobs/pulls will leave holes that the new ones will not use, just fill them in before you paint and no one will ever notice.
I love how the distressed areas came out. I would do a little bit, then back away and look at it, before continuing on. This helped me make sure I wasn’t overdoing it on the sand paper.
Thanks so much for reading my furniture chalk paint tutorial. Although this project was extremely time-consuming, I’m planning on taking on more smaller-sized projects around the house. I’d love to hear about your chalk paint experiences, too! Add a comment below or send me an email.