I FINISHED one of the DIY furniture painting projects that I have been working on the past two weeks! It is the oak hutch in my dining room.
I am thrilled how it turned out and also thrilled to have my garage back.
I originally was going to paint the hutch a sisal color and the walls white, but that felt too cold to me so I reversed the colors and could not be happier. I also took a bit of inspiration from this photo from the Pottery Barn catalog. I don’t love everything in PB, but I always go for the white built- in look.
Hand me down hutch. I loved the size of it, but not the pine. Too dated, especially with the curved sides.
I didn’t want to spend money on purchasing bead board for the back of the shelves and didn’t want to just paint them as I wanted to add some dimension and contrast. I also want to keep the furnishings neutral so that the table setting and food are center stage. More on this in an upcoming post. I opted to wallpaper the interior with pages from some old books which are FREE. I then sealed the pages with matte Mod Podge. If you are going to seal the book pages - adhere each page thoroughly and seal in one step, this way you won’t get any wrinkling of the paper. The thicker the paper the less chance of wrinkling. If you don’t want to seal the pages, you can adhere them with spray adhesive.
Love how it looks. I keep walking into the room to look at it - with the hutch white now, the room looks so much bigger. (yellow cast on upper shelf, only in photo)
My decorating marathon is a “thrifty” one. I didn’t like the dark hinges and pulls, but could not afford to buy new ones so I white washed over them.
The baskets are from IKEA.
Before and After Interior. I traced the curved edge of the hutch onto the book pages then cut them out with scissors to get a perfect fit.
I like the off white of the book pages against the white plates, platter, and pitchers. It adds a bit of contrast, don’t cha think?
One project down, three more to go… and then I will unveil the entire room just in time for Thanksgiving – my deadline.