Just so excited over here - finally found a hutch that was the right look, size, and price to go into our dining room and it's a beauty ... but it didn't start out that way! Here's the story:

So we have a dining room that's a bit on the smaller side so in order to fit a hutch in there, we had to find one that was 19" deep or less. I was hitting up garage sales, watching kijiji, keeping my eye out for some sales, but just wasn't finding anything that checked everything off of our list. Finally, Cam decided to stop by a garage sale that one of the local homebuilders has and he was the sweetest husband and sent me a picture of the rows of furniture and decor that was there and this navy blue hutch caught my eye. It was the last day of the sale so they had reduced the price to $150 so we scooped it up! These sort of good finds, good deals are a bit of a thrill for me, especially after I have been on the hunt for so long - I may have a problem! haha. Cam brought this hutch home and it turns out that its super good quality - it's so heavy, the two of us could barely haul it across our garage.

We refinished our living room furniture in the past with chalk paint and we're really happy with the look and the longevity that we've gotten so we decided to refinish the hutch in the same chalk paint, but I was going to try another colour. When we were starting to refinish our living room furniture, we chose to try the brand name 'Rustoleum Chalked Ultra Matte Paint' and we were deciding between the colours 'Linen White' and 'Chiffon Cream'. We went with the Linen White, mainly because the Chiffon Cream looked too yellow. However, the Linen White does look a little more grey-white compared to the creamy whites that we have all over our house and that's the reasoning behind trying another colour. So we set out to try the Chiffon Cream this time around and you know what - it's not nearly as yellow as it looks on the package and this is actually the better choice for our particular colour palette.

So I went ahead and started painting the hutch completely expecting for this navy blue hutch to need three coats, and was pleasantly surprised when two coats did the job! I gave the hutch a super light sanding after each coat. After the two coats of chalk paint were complete, the hutch looked a bit stark so it obviously needed a bit distressing, which I was quite happy about as that's the look I am digging these days. However, I couldn't add the distressing by sanding the edges like I normally do because the navy would show through and that wouldn't flow too well with the rest of the colours in our house. So I created a glaze using the grey paint I had on hand from our entryway (Sherwin-Williams 7018 Dovetail) and mixing it with a clear glaze (Behr Premium Plus Faux Glaze). I mixed the two using a 1 part paint to 6 parts glaze ratio. The can actually says 1 part paint to 4 parts glaze, but when I did that ratio, I couldn't wipe the mix off the hutch enough and didn't like the result that looked like this:

So I had to repaint the test section where I had tried out the glaze ratio that I didn't end up liking. I used the 1 part paint to 6 parts glaze and I applied the glaze very lightly only to about 6" or 12" of the ridges on this hutch at a time using a foam sponge brush. While the glaze was still wet, I used a moist, folded up paper towel to pull off some of the excess glaze along the ridges until I had a look that I liked and then I moved on.

Once all of the ridges on the hutch had a distressed look that I was happy with, I let it dry for about 24 hours. Next, I added two coats of the Rustoleum protective topcoat. This product really doesn't have a sheen to it and compliments the matte, chalk paint perfectly.

We added new, gold hardware to the hutch, actually the hardware store refers to this particular knob as 'Champagne Bronze'! Either way, I love these knobs so much! They fit perfectly on our hutch, they look classy, and the gold ties in with the other hints of gold throughout our dining room. And get this - they are only $4 each!

Next came the really fun part - decor! I hit up HomeSense and grabbed a few white and teal coloured ceramic pieces to fill the shelves. I also grabbed these natural coloured placemats that add so much texture to the inside of the hutch, but also to the dining table when they are being used. I also came across baskets from the 'Canvas' line at Canadian Tire that match the placemats perfectly. Who doesn't love a few baskets to add some interest, but much needed storage for bits and pieces?! I did cut the little chalkboard off of the front and back of the basket for a cleaner look.

We mostly shopped our own stuff to place on top of hutch including some old vases that we had from IKEA (that they no longer sell), a candle with a gold bottom that we picked up from Superstore, and some old photo frames that I spray painted teal to fit this new space. And with that, we were over the finish line! As you can see, the ivory, teal, gold , and natural wood colour palette of the hutch and the decor on it pair perfectly with the table, decor, chandelier, and artwork.

We also made the photo ledge to hang above the hutch! Thanks to Tim from RemodelingGuy for the directions and inspiration. This ledge only cost about $45 to make and I love how we can customize it to our space.

I don't have a lot of spots where I can display photo frames in our house so this seemed like the perfect spot. Plus, we had a lot of these frames already and we just got family photos taken last fall and there were so many great ones that we wanted to hang in the house. The white and gold frames on our photo ledge are from IKEA. And the teal frames are actually old, black frames that we bought from Urban Barn quite a few years ago so I refreshed them with two coats of Chalked spray paint - the colour is Tidal Pond.

OK!! One more picture. Here's the before of our dining room - you guys, it's sooo empty! Definitely happy with the final result of this hutch - it's just so pretty!!

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