Our area has the most awesome online classifieds. It has a whole free section, and when I'm feeling like doing a project, I keep an almost constant eye on it for a few days and snatch up some free furniture when I find something I like that's close by.
This little hutch (or is it a bookshelf?) was only a few miles away, and I could easily see its potential!
Then, like all of my painting projects start, I sanded it down just enough to scratch up the surface, sprayed it with Kilz spray primer (only one can--about $8), and painted it. I used pure white paint, and it took two full sample cans ($6). Then I taped the inside back and painted yellow stripes. The color of the stripes is Warm Muffin, by Behr. I think it's perfect. :) I also used my trusty Rustoleum Decorative Glaze to give it an antique feel. I was worried about the glaze making it look like a dirty white, especially being placed against a white wall, so I used baby wipes to wipe it off instead of just a rag. And then, of course, I finished it off with a good coat of wipe on poly in clear satin. I must say, I'm pretty pleased with the results. And for less than $30, I couldn't be more happy!
kitchen. It also gives me a place to feature that awesome antique fan from the '40s or '50s that I spotted in my dad's garage. It immediately caught my eye, and he told me to take it! Yay!
I love that I have the confidence and opportunities now to use different techniques. I'm so glad that I put on some nice crown molding! I think it completely transforms it. I'm also pretty excited about the stripes. This piece has some character and it fits perfectly on that big, empty wall in my dining room.