This is a lesson on the magic of paint. When I shared this on social media a lot of people couldn't believe it was even the same piece of furniture. Paint really is one of the quickest and cheapest ways to transform your home. Especially if you do the work yourself :)
Kristen said she wanted a big hutch to help out with her limited storage space in her new kitchen. I sat down with her with my iPhone and checked eBay. I immediately spotted the hutch below and thought it had great lines. The auction finished the next morning so I said I'd watch it and bid her behalf. The next morning I managed to win the auction well under Kristen's budget.
My fabulous removal guys went and picked it up and I painted it in situ at Kristen's house. For the first coat I painted in ASCP French Linen which was a good base coat for the lighter taupe colour I used. The inside I painted white with a base coat of very pale grey.
Below you can see the lighter taupe over the darker ASCP French Linen. I painted three coats on the outside and inside the cabinets which were white I probably painted around 5 or 6 coats. I then waxed and sanded smooth.
The new handles still need putting on. When Kristen has finished that I'll share a photo with you.
It has a nice sheen on the paint/wax. I always find that pine is much easier to buff than a lot of the harder woods that I work with when I paint vintage furniture. Painting the 1980's pine is so satisfying in that it's so ugly to start with, generally a vast improvement when painted and usually it doesn't present any problems (possibly a couple of knots that might bleed but nothing major) and is usually very easy to sand smooth.
I love the tongue and groove backing board. The best part is that Kristen absolutely loves this piece and says it's her favourite piece and she will treasure it always. That's very lovely feedback to receive.
I have lots of gorgeous pieces coming up for sale soon. I have bought a couple of very wonderful pieces to paint.