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Before I give you Allll the details on painting a vintage hutch, I must thank Jenn at Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint for providing me with the paint and finish to complete this project. She has been helpful to answer my questions when I had them, and I really appreciate that!
This was my second time using MMSMP, and my first time using the Tough Coat finish. Sometimes it seems like paint such as this is for professional furniture flippers. But I am certainly not a professional, even though I would like to be. Read on to see all about my experience with this Milk Paint!
I’m joining my blogger friends in a DIY hop hosted by Celebrate and Decorate to share this project, and I hope you will enjoy seeing their projects at the end of this post. Wasn’t the Tissue Paper Garland a neat idea?!
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The first time I used milk paint from Miss Mustard Seed was when I painted this blue dresser in my son’s room. I enjoyed that project a lot, and was excited to try some more colors! I did run in to some hiccups along the way, though….
I was soooo excited when I found this hutch in my development, out on the curb for FREE! I think I must live in the best neighborhood for giveaways like these! Since my small house is already crowded, I thought, well, I can just paint it and yardsale it. But now I know that when you paint a gorgeous vintage hutch, you are very likely to end up keeping it yourself!
So, How Do you Paint a Vintage Hutch?
Short answer: With a LOT of patience. There were so many surfaces to paint! The shelves, underneath the shelves, the back, the countertop part, the matching tray…. I always forget these things in between projects. But then once I am committed to painting something, I must finish.
So be sure to stock up on lots of patience just before you begin to paint! And if you read through all the details below, and follow my tips, you will be sure to succeed.
This hutch really looks like a dry sink to me. Do any of my readers know if dry sinks ever have an upper shelf section attached like this hutch has? I know precious little about such things….
Painting a Vintage Hutch
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I am not much of a yellow sort of person, unless they are sunflowers. I like blues, greens, and purples most of the time. But when I found the Laura Ashley gray and yellow floral contact paper mentioned above, I fell in love. It is no longer available, but you can find similar colored contact paper.
I love contact paper, and I used it in several places in my kitchen. So when I was thinking about what color to paint the hutch that I had found, I finally settled on Trophy Gray and Mustard Seed Yellow. I might have used the yellow more, except that I wanted to keep the front a neutral color.
Before I painted it, I had discovered what a gorgeous, easy backdrop it made for my food photos for B4 and Afters, and I didn’t want the yellow to clash with, say, Valentine Cookies or Christmas colors. And that is how I came to paint the sides yellow.
If you’re still not sure about my color combo choice, check out this Pin.
After the hutch was finished, I realized that…. my current comforter in my room is gray and yellow– and my husband is the one who picked it out!
Do you like the vintage yellow Tupperware canisters? I’ve collected them from various places over just the past few years. I grew up with similar bright yellow Tupperware canisters living on a bright yellow counter, so for most of my life I wanted a different color in my own kitchen. Is it a sign that I am growing older, that now I’m reversing that decision?!
When I was styling this hutch for the “After” photos, the yellow things in my kitchen started asking to be included. : ) I LOVE this spot, and it seems to fit in so seamlessly in my kitchen. Another thing I hadn’t realized when I chose Yellow and Gray was how well it went with my floor, which is cream and gray.
I mentioned above that originally I had wanted to use Linen. Miss Mustard Seed has several different shades of white which are just a bit different. I would suggest you try each of them out before deciding which white you like best. That’s what I want to do!
I hope that my review of painting a vintage hutch has been helpful to you! I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
Now for the rest of the projects, below. I think you will enjoy the Zucchini Sisters’ project , who is next on the list.