We're going country here people. But fresh, hip country...no chickens or cows!
I've had this hutch for a year sitting in the basement. Every time I walked by it, it would curse me. I was dreading the long overhaul which consisted of painting every square inch including the inside and all it's little crevasses....but I could see it's potential so finally I took the plunge.
I'm not a country girl per say however I do like old, chipped dirty decor paired up with fresh and new. I think it blends well and tells an interesting story. You can't go wrong with some texture matched with some fresh white paint.
Since I was digging the whole country feel I wanted to shoot this piece outside in it's element. All that's missing is a little bistro table set for brunch with some friends!
(do you see someone out by the rock in the next photo? She was off exploring...and climbing while I was attempting to take photos.)
The doors used to have glass. Luckily the sealer that held it on was peeling off so it made for easy removal. In it's place...chicken wire! Pretty simple installation. Just measuring trimming it down to size with wire cutters and staple on the inside door panels. Gloves are a must though!
As for the finish of the hutch, I wanted a weathered look. I ended up painting the piece white and distressing it then I used a dry brush technique with grey paint over top. I love the look and the texture contrasting with the bright white interior that really highlights your decorative pieces that you want to show off.
You can go lighter or heavier with the dry brushing it is all about how much paint you put on the brush...I went a little heavier because I was going for the barn-board feel.
The hutch is a little different than something I would normally do but I love the end result and I love stepping outside my comfort box sometimes and trying something new. I was definitely a fun piece to tackle and I think I may have to redo another one soon!