Storage in this old house is an issue! With absolutely no built in cupboards, I have had to source storage for absolutely everything. I love old and interesting pieces of furniture. Luckily for me, old stuff is currently out of style and I have managed to pick up some pieces that I really love at bargain prices.
I bought this little old-style kitchen hutch off gumtree for $80 when we ripped our kitchen out and had nowhere to store our stuff. Since then, we bought a 2nd hand kitchen (which you can read about here) so i decided to use this piece for toy storage in Isabelle's room.
It came without handles, was half painted and had a bit of texta artwork added on the top by one of my kids. So it was definitely in need of a make-over.
I removed all the doors and drawers, undercoated the entire thing with zinnser oil based primer and then painted in Rustoleum ‘Chalked’ in Blush Pink. This retails for $42.20 a can at Bunnings.
I also added a timber decal on the top piece to add a bit more detail.
I wanted to try and create more of a french provincial look rather than the shabby chic look to fit in with her other bedroom furniture. The plain pink was a bit too one dimensional so rather than sand and distress, I attempted to do a white wash over the top. This was my first time using chalk paint so I played it pretty safe and wiped most of it off just leaving the white to enhance the details of the edges and joins. It was much more noticeable before I put the top sealer on, but the clear top coat altered the final appearance.
Chalk paint needs to be sealed or else it will chip. I wasn't going for the chippy look so I sealed it with poly acrylic which will protect it much better than wax. I used Cabot's bench top clear which is supposed to be non-yellowing. The clear coats did darken the pink colour somewhat and also blended the white more into the pink. So in hindsight, if using this sealer, I would probably buy paint a shade lighter than what I am intending to achieve as final colour.
I purchased new handles from eBay for a few dollars each and lined the drawers with scented drawer liners. I plan to also seal the paper when the scent has worn off, making them easy to wipe out.
And lastly, i highlighted the decal and corners with this champagne coloured gilding wax in ‘white gold’ to add a bit of bling. You can find this brand on eBay for $10.
A pretty storage solution for books, puzzles, hair accessories and other knick knacks that need a home in a little girls room.