When Noah and I were first married I received this hutch for free. It was a really nasty old orange piece but we were young and broke and it worked for what we needed it too.
Fast forward a few years to when we had some money and could buy something new so I posted this piece on Craigslist for sale, it got several hits but everyone was a no-show, I was about to throw it out to the curb when an idea struck me to paint it white. This was back in the dark ages when chalk paint was not on the market yet so I got out my trusty ole spray painted and updated the hutch to a bright white and stuck it in my daughter’s room when she was born.
The hutch then proceeded to join us on lots of moves with the military and got pretty banged up along the way. I tried my best to make it look okay by sanding down worn areas even more, so it looked purposefully shabby chic, this went on for a few years and then one day I discovered a certain brand of chalk paint and was so excited to up date the hutch, that was until I discovered how much that chalk paint was.
I knew that I wanted to update the white, paint the back a blue to match Aowyns room and then do a pink hombre on the drawers. After totally up the cost of the paint (and knowing that I would probably never use all those pinks again, not to mention that I didn’t have a large variety of pink to choose from) I decided that the hutch was just going to have to stay white because there was no way I could afford to spend that much money.
Then one day, as if the heavens decided to open up on me and shine down its gold in all its chalk paint glory, I discovered BB Frosch.
You can read all about my discovery and my first project here.
I knew right away that I could finally give this hutch the beautiful make over she deserved. I could create each color of chalk paint, 5 totally different colors, for less than $25 total and still have some paint left over for other projects like picture frames, night stands and touch ups as needed (let’s be honest here, the piece is in a kids room so touch up were going to have to happen).
Enter the Pink hombre hutch makeover…. lets face it, it was long overdue.
I grabbed 3 different pink items from the room and one light blue item and drove over to Home Depot to have them color match my pieces for me. 20 minutes later I was leaving the store with 5 different sample sizes of color, each one uniquely color matched to different pieces in the room. Seriously, I’m telling you know, that this stuff is GOLD! I feel like I have won the lottery every single time I paint with it.
Excuse the terrible lighting in these photos, her room is in the basement and only has a tiny window so the lighting is not the best.
I started by painting her drawers, not sanding them down or removing the old paint, since there is no prep work with BB Frosch, I literally just got to dive right into the funnest part.
I am a lazy painter when painting my own pieces, as in I don’t take the piece outside (because the paint and powder are totally safe to use inside and around kids) and I don’t always take stuff out of the drawers. So I literally painted the drawers with everything still in them and without taking out the drawers. Lazy crafters unite!!
Lazy or not the pink hombre hutch is finally coming together.
I mixed the chalk paint right in the sample sizes jars (which I don’t recommend because its harder to mix, try using clear jars or squeeze bottles instead.)
I highly recommend using clear squeeze bottles because you can just squirt out the amount you want/need right onto your piece and it makes clean up a breeze.The great thing about the chalk paint is that you DO NOT have to rinse off/ wash off your brush in between coats.
This little gem is such a life saver, especially if you are painting a piece multiple colors like I was.
I always keep a mason jar with water right next to me, so after I have painted a coat in one color I just simply swirl the brush around in my water, wring out the water and dry it off with my blue huck cloth.
Don’t worry, your bristles might still be the last color you used but it won’t come off in the next color, the bristles will stay that way until you wash the brush with the conditioning soap.How cool is that? It is such a game changer in my book, because it saves you SO MUCH time, and with a house full of kids, “Time is like a toddler in a tiara – precious and short.” (got to love Pitch Perfect quotes)
After I painted the drawers I waxed them and then added the knobs.
This whole process, start to finish on the drawers (dry time included) was less than 45 minutes, with some breaks for “moming” thrown in there too.
As you can see in the picture, I didn’t even move the piece away from the wall or unload all the stuff off it to paint the drawers.
Of course the next step would entail that so I waited a few days until I didn’t have my demolition crew of boys home and I got to work on the rest of the piece.
I color matched my blue to match the blue that is in several different pieces on her shelf and chose that for the back of the hutch.
I unloaded the piece and took the back off the hutch (you can read all about how I learned to do that here) and got to work painting the piece. I laid down a sheet on the floor and painted it right there in her bedroom.
I seriously love that I can paint it inside without having to really move it, because I’m a tiny little woman. Okay maybe I am not a tiny little woman but I am definitely not strong enough to move a piece outside by myself. And when the painting bug bites you can’t help but scratch the itch and get to work, you don’t have time to wait for hubby to get home to help you haul it to the garage. Life saver, game changer.For the back of the hutch I did lightly sand down the area of the hutch where the previous spray paint met the empty wood because it was a bit rough and I wanted the look to be seamless.
You can even see where the paint peeled up when I removed the back from the hutch, that’s the big down fall of spray paint, it doesn’t bond well to everything.
I also love this about chalk paint. You really don’t have to sand a piece down all you have to do is make sure its smooth (if thats what you want) and cleaned off.
After I finished the back and updated the white I put the back piece into place and put the hutch back together. (waxing it before I finished of course)
I am so in love with how to turned out. I love that the pinks from the room all match the pinks on the drawers and that I could finally update the hutch the way I wanted to and for a price that was definitely within my budget. Again forgive the pictures…. man is the lighting terrible (and my photography skills may be somewhat lacking too.)
We have now moved across country with it yet again and the piece held up amazingly in the move. No scratches or dings in the paint.
It sits proudly now in Aowyns room, much more glorious then the day we brought it home over a decade ago. Ive said it before and I’ll say it again, Just because a piece is outdated, worn out or just plain ugly doesn’t mean it can’t be made to look ravishing again. BB Frosch can restore it to its former (or even brand new) glory.
I love how it the pink hombre hutch turned out. It adds the perfect pop of color into her room. And I REALLY love how fast it was for me to make AND how insanely affordable it was too.
The lighting is much better in her new room and my photography skill have improved a bit.
I am almost finished with this room, only a few more touch ups to make, but in the mean time here is a sneak peek of her new room and the curtains I made her to match the rest of her room. I also added some red and pink flowers to her walls with some gold vinyl dots thrown in for good measure.
Go HERE so see my other BB Frosch projects and tutorials.