Graphite Hutch

Hi all!  I wanted to share how I turned a once fussy and dated hutch into this:

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Here is how the hutch looked when I first spotted it at a local thrift shop.  Despite the scratches and dings that were on it, it was overall in decent shape.  And I loved its smaller size and the open shelving. What I didn’t care for was the French Provincial look to the piece, it’s not a style of furniture I care for.  I wanted to simplify the look of the piece and envisioned something less formal in appearance.

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While I usually try very hard to make original hardware work, I knew this over the top hardware had to go if I wanted a simpler, farmhouse or cottage feel  to the piece.  I removed it and filled the holes to prep for new glass knobs. I then smoothed out the many dings and scratches with fine grit sandpaper. Next, I contemplated color. I felt that a lighter shade of paint would highlight the French Provincial underpinnings of the piece, something I wanted to avoid.  So I instead opted for a darker shade, Annie Sloan’s Graphite.  It is a very dark, almost black hue.  I painted on two coats and then sanded the edges and details, exposing the original wood.  Since  a piece like this could potentially get heavy use, I decided to protect it with General Finishes High Performance Topcoat in Flat.  It’s a super durable topcoat with a very subtle sheen. I applied three coats to the top and shelves and two to the rest of the piece.  To ensure a super smooth finish, I sanded in between coats with fine grit sandpaper.

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So what do you think?  MUCH better in my opinion!  And I love how a hutch like this can add that open shelving look we all love to a kitchen or dining room.  Plus, adding casual dishes like I did here helps transform this once dated and fussy piece into a something fresh and current.

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