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DIY Tales: China Hutch Make-Over
By Hello...I Live Here on Mar 13, 2014
DIY China Hutch Make-over
Good morning everyone! I am sitting here at 6:00 with a large frosty diet coke finishing up the final post of our DIY China Hutch Make-over. For those of you who missed the last three parts of the hutch story, I will put the links here for Part I-III in the post so you can catch up.
Completing this DIY China Hutch Make-over was a challenge. I started out picking up this cute little, worn out hutch that needed a good updating; it had broken pieces, was full of 1970’s faux plastic pieces they passed off as wood trim and just looked yucky!
Bottom of China Hutch
Top of China Hutch
When we started the DIY China Hutch Make-over, I was initially just going to paint it and say ta-da! But, for some reason, that was not sitting well with me. I just could not get settle with the broken trim, and ugly faux wood, so I ripped it apart and gave it a good recycle that today’s generation could love.
Cut Piece Returned to China Hutch
Front 1×3 installed
Part II showed you the bottom of the DIY China hutch Make-Over, which actually detaches from the top (Read Part II Here)
This was no small undertaking because, as you know from my posts, I reserve the right to change my design mind at any given time… and well that’s just what happened on the bottom. (Click here to read part II). Initially I was thinking to build three cabinet doors, including one to replace the center faux wood section that did not open. I worked hard on trimming the bottom to match the new top trims and thought – wow I am almost done. This was a snap! – WRONG – After building the two side doors, the middle door just didn’t work. It was like a sore thumb, and I HATED it…pushing me to reach down into my design bag and draw up yet another design, leading to Part III and another trip to the Home Depot.
In Part III of the post, the final design was born as we showed you how we how I changed my mind from using three doors to two doors, and a custom built wine rack for the center where the third door would have lived. The DIY China Hutch Make-Over design turned out excellent and I love the way you can now hold 12 awesome bottles of wine. (Click here to read Part III).
Now, after much ado, we bring you the final post of our DIY China Hutch Make-over.
We put out a call to our readers to choose the paint color. After calculating the vote we came up with a pale green and old white combination (we wanted a little contrast for the piece – so we choose two of the most popular voted colors by our readers on Facebook and Hometalk – thank you all for your help). The colors are stunning – Drool!
Looking to continue the theme for the DIY China Hutch Make-Over I set out to find a new paint color I stumbled on to Old Town Paints.
I was impressed with their 54 color selection, and how close I could get to your color choices. I contacted Old Town Paints to ship my colors because there were no retailers close by St Louis Missouri that carry this wonderful paint. (Hear that shops – distributors needed for great paint and your shop could be the great home of Old Town Paint – You’re welcome!)
Sasha, the owner of Old Town Paints was kind enough to ship us out Soft Moss, Cottage White, Antiquing Glaze, and a Clear Matted Finish.
Being a creature of habit, I was nervous to try something new, but did it anyway and was so glad I gave Old Town Paint a try. This fab little company was started by Sasha Gareau (consignment store owner) and here fiancé Bobby Bouck (his family has been in the paint business for over 50 years!) Starting her consignment store, Sasha used a competing paint for her painted furniture, but did not like the expense of the paint. So what’s a girl to do? Sasha created her own paint line – Old Town Paint.
Old Town Paint is a Chalk Paint Style Finish made here in the USA. According to Sasha, she and Bobby sat down with a chemist, and after months of trial and error, the chemist helped them create a non-toxic paint, that had a chalk paint style finish, which launched Old Town paint in April of 2013, and the movement of their paint has been growing ever since – want to try it? You can order by click here.
Being a research nut (from my old instructional design writing days), I took to the internet to find pieces painted with Old Town Paint. I featured several of them on my Facebook to see your reaction – you loved them! Since all those I spoke to who used the paint also loved them, I took the plunge and used Old Town Paint on this project. I have to say – it was easy to use. The paint is very silky and adhered in one coat and accepted the matching finishes like it was butter on bread.
All things that spoke to me for this project because like Sasha and Bobby creating their paint took time, so did the re-building of this china hutch – so what better product to debut the piece to our readers than Old Town Paint, right? Two master pieces that have come together – I can hear the two singing in harmony from here, can you? ;-).
I enjoyed this paint that comes in 54 lovely colors because it can also be used as a color wash, regular smooth paint, or can be applied thick to create texture (which will be great when I show you another product I discovered this week in a later post).
But one of the best bonuses… no need to prime or prepare prior to painting! It was a dream come true – which makes me scream out – why don’t more paint shops in St Louis carry this jewel of a paint? Want to read more on this paint stop by their site at http://www.oldtownpaints.com I was glad I tried this paint. Very impressed and I will order it for a future project I blog.
Just look at the silky photos of the rebirth of this DIY China Hutch Make-over. Isn’t she stunning
I could not be more proud of the piece you all helped me build. So What do you think of the finished china hutch make-over that has been the longest, on-going project for Hello I Live Here in our history of an existing blog?
Sorry again it took so long, the nasty cold winter (Mother Nature – you know who you are) stopped us in our tracks this year. I can tell you I have lived in St Louis for over 14 years and this is by far the WORST winter I have ever had (I threatened to move West every single day – hubby started to take me serous – a girl can dream about beach living again can’t she?
Well, I just want to say thank you to all of you who follow our blog and to Old Town Paints and owner Sasha and Bobby for partnering with Hello I Live Here to get this project complete . I love writing and sharing my zany projects that are often shown on Bob Vila Nation, Ryobi Nation, and Hometalk and other social media we use for Hello I Live Here. Also, thank you for hanging in there with us as we fought the ugly weather to bring you our final post on our DIY China Hutch Make-over.
Happy Thursday and here’s to many warmer days for us all (just not to warm Missouri or I will have to look into that move west)
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