My hutch makeover is finished! And I love it.
My first ever milk paint project is a success and I am so happy!
white grey, striped, and lovely.
It was a hell of a job, and I had my moments, but she turned out exactly as I intended and envisioned from the start.
I hadn’t realized how long it has been since I did a proper furniture makeover. But now that this is done this is by far my favorite furniture painting project so far.
The power of paint rocks!
I finally finished her on Saturday and with the help from mr. Songbird I put all the doors back in on Saturday evening. Sunday was spent playing dress up 🙂
I had so much fun, figuring out what to put in her and where.
I put my mom’s China back in, although not all of it. Just enough to have a little tea party with it. I decided to keep all the dinner plates and bowls in storage for now. We hardly use them and it took over the hutch when I put it all in there.
This is good too. I don’t need all 200+ pieces to remember the good times, I just need a few that I will actually use once in a while.
This hutch is the first thing I see when I walk into the room. And the whole room feels so much lighter and airier now. That big, dark wooden hutch really overpowered the room.
Do you remember what she looked like?
Here is the before for good measure:
What a difference some paint makes……..
I still have faith summer will arrive (still cold and wet over here in the low lands), so I summered up the shelves.
She wears it well…..
She looks white, but she is actually a very light grey. Miss Mustard Seed grainsack grey to be exact and the stripes are shutter grey. I love that she changes color as the light hits her. Depending on how the sun is shining into our room, she moves from darkish grey to warm white. And the stripes change from light to dark grey to almost blue. Love it!
I did not only paint her, I added two more shelves too.
The man didn’t see it, and I had to fight him over this, which was funny. He totally gave me free range on painting this thing, and when I said I wanted to add some glass shelves, he objected. I did it anyway. I saw it in my mind and I knew it would be beautiful.
I was right….
The man agrees…..
There is a special place now for the decorative glassware we inherited from my in-laws. It looks so much better now that it is actually visible on those extra shelves.
I washed all of them yesterday morning. I didn’t break any 😀
Working with the milk paint sure was a new experience. I had to call in some help lines along the way. Goedele from Old Red Barn gave me some helpful pointers when I contacted her twice to buy extra paint. Good thing she lives pretty close by because it would have been such a pain to wait for a shipment of paint to come in. (Old Red Barn is a European stockist for milk paint and is currently a sponsor of my blog, check her shop out, and visit her blog too, it is lovely!)
I reached out to Marian herself too. I was starting to panic a bit at one point. But she set me straight, gave me some more tips, said she had faith in me and to be assured that ‘the ugly phase’ would pass.
And it did….
Look at her……………
Now photographing her was a totally different story. The glaze in the windows is crazy and the inside looks much darker than it really is.
I see another photo session in my future, because I don’t feel I have done her justice.
But I had to show you… I-could-not-wait……
I have been gazing at her all day yesterday, and smiled a big smile when I walked in this morning.
Seeing her made this Monday morning so much better than most Monday mornings….
So what’ye think?
Marianne Songbird is the founder of Songbird, where she hopes to inspire everyone to create a home they love, one DIY project at a time. She shares anything from craft ideas to home decor inspiration and from DIY projects to decorating hacks. Originally from the Netherlands Marianne and her husband Lex are currently renovating a 250-year-old farmhouse in Germany.