Hutch Redo: Painting with Chalk Paint
If you follow me on IG (and you should @midcounty_gal) you knew this one was coming 😉 I’ve given a couple sneak peaks of this sweet little hutch I found a couple of weeks ago. I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect cabinet of some sort to use as storage in our office/guest room and this piece was the perfect size for the space! So obviously I couldn’t pass it up! I realize that a hutch wasn’t originally intended to be used for office storage, but that’s what I like so much about it! Repurpose!
It just needed a fresh coat of paint, chalk paint to be exact, to bring it back to life. I’ve tried different brands of chalk paint, but was all out and since we live in a rural community I don’t have easy access to the brand I prefer. So since we were already going to Lowe’s I thought I’d see how their brand compares.
I bought Valspar Chalky Finish Paint in “her dainties” which is a creamy white and costs about $30/qt.
After removing all the hardware and doors and roughing it up with some sand paper, I wiped everything down and gave it an even thin coat. The coverage wasn’t great but since the hutch was such a dark brown that I felt like it did a pretty decent job.
This paint dries fast so I was able to start on the second coat as soon as I was done with the first. Below are some pictures after the second coat. There was quite a bit of square footage on this piece of furniture once you consider all the shelves (tops and bottoms) and doors. And after giving it a second coat I realized that I would probably go through the entire quart of paint. Despite its obvious need for a 3rd coat, it started looking pretty good.
Here it is after its 3rd and final coat and all the hardware put back on. I love how the color turned out! So much brighter. Chalk paint is amazing! I did almost go through a quart though. It costs right at $30 so it’s slightly cheaper than others I’ve used.
For this project I used some wax I had on hand, which was Johnson’s Paste Wax. It can be a bit fumey, but it works well and is super cheap. I applied it with a brush and then buffed with a cloth before it was completely dry. I chose not to distress this piece, but would have done so before waxing had I decided to.
Office Storage and Paint Review
Here’s how I have it set up now 🙂 It’s perfect and fun storage space in the office! I love painting with chalk paint and feel the hutch redo was a success!
As far as the Valspar Chalk Paint goes I feel that it’s an average product. It doesn’t leave as smooth of a surface as I like and there are some visible brush strokes. It did seem to bond well to the wood and I don’t think it will scratch off easily now that it’s been waxed but time will tell. I’d say if you’re in a pinch it’ll do the trick plus I really love this color 😉 Would I use it again? Yes! And since I bought 2 quarts it’ll probably be soon 😉
This gem was made in the 70s and I think it’s ready to disco again! Lol!
Hope ya’ll have a fabulous week!