About two months ago I purchased a vintage gorgeous buffet table and the top hutch from craigslist for an amazing price. I already knew when purchasing that the hutch would overwhelm our dining room so I did not want to use the two pieces together. I planned on making over the hutch and using it elsewhere in our house. I decided it would be a perfect bookcase/armoire focal point for my daughters room.
Supplies I used
- ASCP French Linen
- Michael’s Craft Store Chalk Paint White
- ASCP Dark and Clear Wax
- Antique Gold Spray Paint from Michael’s
- 4 furniture feet- found mine at Lowes
- Mirror Spray Paint
Here is what the hutch looked like when we first placed it in the room.
I did think about leaving it with the natural wood, but to work with the rest of her room I decided to use some chalk paint to keep with the soft pallet.
This was the first coat using French Linen (sorry for the blurry photos camera phone)
Though French Linen is one of my favorite Annie Sloan shades, I wanted a lighter color and a layered paint effect. So I decided to use some more of the Michael’s Craft Store White Chalk Paint that I had used for the Curb side Treasure piece. I used a dry brush technique with the white to add that layered effect and to still be able to see the grey underneath. I finished off with ASCP Clear wax and a very light layer of the dark wax.
Once I finished painting the outside and waxing I got a little lazy lol. Not sure if any of you have painted either a bookcase or a dining room hutch before but it is a lot of work…especially once you commit to painting inside. Well…I came up with a solution! Mirror spray paint…
Adding the mirror spray paint helps hide the inside as well as create an antique look. Some of my inspirations behind this piece were from the gorgeous armoires from RH Baby. Do you think I have an obsession with this company? Yea pretty much haha. If you have followed along with my Son’s Industrial Transportation Room post, I admitted my obsession there and clearly it just continues.
Some Armoire from RH that inspired me.
The Mirror Spray Paint Step
The mirror spray paint was a little tricky to use. Unfortunately, I was unable to take the doors off since the piece is so old some of the screws were impossible to take out. I was hoping this would not be a problem when spraying them, and unfortunately it did. I had the spray paint dripping down in some spots and when looking at the piece up close it is still noticeable : (
I decided to go with an antique mirror effect especially since the spray paint was looking slightly imperfect so I found a great tutorial at Little Green Notebook. It worked really well with the vinegar and water mixture but I did dab my paint brush in certain sections to help take some of the paint off and blend the streaky parts.
All in all…the mirror spray paint would have been easier to work with if I had laid out the doors. Out of the four doors I did, two came out really great, one was ok, and one was kinda bad Ooops! My son likes to point at that not-so-great door and remind me how messed up it came. Something I can live with, but wish I had been able to take the doors off to get a better finish.
The Last step to this makeover was adding some feet. Unfortunately, the hutch is low to the ground and it should be raised slightly with some feet that can be screwed into the bottom. I needed something chunky enough to hold the furniture since it is quite a heavy antique. I found the wooden feet at Lowes for $4.99 each. I added a little gold spray paint to tie in with some gold that is in the room and gave it a dark antique look with some Annie Sloan Dark Wax.
The hubs screwed on the feet for me and lastly screwed the armoire into the wall to make sure it would never be pulled down if ever climbed on by my little one. Safety First!
For now enjoy some photos of this Armoire at it’s finished, slightly imperfect, but still wonderful state.