I’ve considered painting this hutch since we purchased it from Craigslist a couple of years ago. But I knew it wouldn’t be quick, and there were other more urgent projects. Besides, part of me liked the green, just not with the brown on the back, shelves, and desk.
I set a few goals for myself just before we took a break from school for Christmas. Painting the hutch was one of them.
A little while back, I pinned a recipe for homemade chalk paint onto my DIY Pinterest board. The recipe was simple: Dissolve 1/2 cup of plaster of paris with 1/2 cup of hot water. Then mix it with 1 1/2 cups of paint. I decided to use the rest of the gray paint from the boys’ steps, since I liked the color (and it meant I didn’t have to make a special trip to Menards). It seemed much stiffer than regular paint to me, more so than what I had seen on the internet, so I added a little more hot water until it had a smoother consistency. I had read a few articles about how to apply chalk paint, as opposed to regular paint, and I felt ready to go!
As I painted, it continued to get a little stiff, so I occasionally added small amounts of water a little at a time, plus I had to keep stirring it every few strokes with a paint stick as I was painting. It went faster than I had hoped, though, since there was no sanding or priming to do. Before long… I was finished!
The online instructions said to do a thin first coat, without going back over my brush strokes. Then after about 2 hours, do the second and final coat.
You can see the finish looks a little aged and the original green kind of shows through the brush strokes. This was what I was going for. If you want to achieve this look, but don’t like the original color of your piece, you can use a different chalk paint color for the first coat, and then your final color for the finish.
I sanded lightly with a fine grit sanding block between the two layers, trying not to make it too shabby.
The finish is definitely more gritty than regular paint, and since I move my sewing machines around sometimes, depending on what I’m sewing, I made sure to put 3 coats of polycrylic polyurethane on top. I lightly sanded between the 2nd and 3rd coats of polyurethane.
I love it! I think it looks more graceful, somehow.
In other household news, Olivia ended up getting sick, although not as bad as some of the others. I am the lone survivor of the influenza this time! Whew! Thank you for praying for me!