Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A Pine Hutch Gets Painted

painting pine furniture. hand painted pine hutch by Lilyfield Life

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.

painting pine furniture. hand painted pine hutch by Lilyfield Life

painting pine furniture. hand painted pine hutch by Lilyfield Life

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.

painting pine furniture. hand painted pine hutch by Lilyfield Life

The new handles still need putting on. When Kristen has finished that I'll share a photo with you.

painting pine furniture. hand painted french style pine hutch by Lilyfield Life

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.

painting pine furniture. hand painted pine hutch by Lilyfield Life

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. 

painting pine furniture. hand painted pine hutch by Lilyfield Life


I have lots of gorgeous pieces coming up for sale soon. I have bought a couple of very wonderful pieces to paint.

cheers Fiona




14 comments:

  1. The color is lovely! It changes the whole feel of the piece!

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    1. Thanks Cassie, I love it also. (And much easier than painting white!)

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  3. Gorgeous! And thank you for pointing out the facts about extra coats of white! I thought I was doing something wrong when I first started out - "what's this about only 2 or 3 coats?" But now I know it is just one of those things!
    I have a similar "quarter hutch" to yours in my kitchen, waiting to be painted in harmony with the rest. I hope I get to it soon, now inspired by this post. It doesn't have the nice tongue and grove, but I have planned to install some tin ceiling tiles (or perhaps make it 'faux' with painted anaglypta) to go with the rest of my cooking area. Cheers and Well Done!

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    1. yes white is hard work at times but so fresh. to reduce the number of coats do a coat of pale grey first , that should help. thanks
      fiona x

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    1. thanks Jo, it certainly is a refresh isnt it.

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  5. I love it! Wish you were here to paint my finds!

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  6. Really fantastic find Fiona - gorgeous colour choices too! :)

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  7. Love your blog! Where do you purchase Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Sydney? Thanks!

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    1. thank you, it will depend where you live as to who is your closest stockist. http://www.anniesloan.com/acatalog/Australasia_Stockists.html

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