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Painted Hutch Makeover in New Concrete

Today, we’re sharing our painted hutch makeover in New Concrete from The Crowned Goat Cottage as part of Week 3 of the One Room Challenge. 

As always, a big shout out and thank you to the One Room Challenge and media partner Better Homes and Gardens for sponsoring this bi-annual inspirational event. 

If you’re new here and need to catch up you can read all about our painted floor, trusses, and shed update in Week 1 here and our painted table, chairs and shed update in Week 2 here.

I can hardly believe we’re already at Week 3 and halfway through this project!

This week I’ve mostly concentrated on all the pieces of furniture we plan to use and how to make them as efficient as possible.  

It looks like there is SO much room to play with when things are empty. 

But oh my gosh, you guys, the minute you start bringing in all the furniture you realize very quickly that if you don’t have your priorities nailed down you risk having the space feel cramped and chaotic. 

One thing I know we really need to utilize is shelving.

That way we can creatively display supplies and the treasure hunted finds (read overflow) we use throughout the year for seasonal vignettes. 

As I’ve mentioned previously, we blew the bulk of our budget early on in the building process. So, I’ve had to shop the house and our garage for pieces of furniture we could use in the shed.

For the past few years, we’ve been using this hutch in the garage to hold spray paints and paint supplies. While it served us well in the garage, I also knew it would make a great shelving system in The Crowned Goat Cottage too. 

In my former life as a vendor in several antique malls, I used this hutch as a display piece in one of my booths.

I had to dig way, way, way back in The Crowned Goat archives to find a picture but the giggles were totally worth it.

As you can see, despite the complete lack of styling, the shelves offer plenty of room for supplies and treasures, so I think it’s going to be a great fit.  

Since the hutch was backed with a simple canvas drop cloth to make it easier to change out the displays at the store, the first step was to remove the canvas backing. 

Then I used a medium bristle brush to remove dirt, debris, loose paint chips, and cleaned the shelves with mild dish detergent and warm water.

My original plan was to paint the piece with Americana Décor Chalky Paint in a color called Yesteryear. But the minute I applied the first stroke of paint, I knew it was too purple-blue-gray to work with the rest of the color palette.

I decided to paint the hutch in a Valspar color called New Concrete instead which is the same color as the shed’s painted floor. 

Here’s a look at how the two different colors looked against the workstation countertop. They’re both pretty but the New Concrete stole my heart immediately.

I used two coats of paint on the hutch shelves and allowed plenty of drying time between each coat.

Then I backed the painted hutch with a sheet of ¼ plywood we picked up at Lowes for about $16.

I had no plans to paint the plywood because I really liked the original color.  But against the painted hutch, the plywood had a slightly reddish tint.

So, I gave the entire piece of plywood a color wash with water and Valspar’s Faint Maple. Faint Maple is the same color I used on the trusses. 

Then I lightly sanded the color wash with 220-grit sandpaper. 

To be perfectly honest, S said she couldn’t even tell I had painted the plywood which was exactly what I was hoping. 

I think keeping the color neutral and highlighting the wood grain is going to make a really pretty backdrop for everything from black and white photos to pieces of ironstone.

My Mom will be here to help me over the next few days, and I couldn’t be more grateful. She always does a great job styling shelves. 

Given we’re working on the garage, the guest bedroom, guest bathroom, and prepping for the holidays all while trying to finish this challenge, I could definitely use an extra set of hands.

Hopefully, we’ll be able to create multiple zones within The Crowned Goat Cottage.

I would love to have a worktable, a place to write posts and answer emails in a desk zone, a place to craft and put together vignettes, and chairs to sit and relax too. 

Right now, it feels like fruit basket furniture turnover and things are getting tight already but they’re all on my wish list so I hope we can make it work. 

Until then, I’m going to work on finishing the base of the workstation this painted hutch in New Concrete will be sitting on. 

Fingers crossed we’ll be able to make the budget-friendly porch posts work as counter height table legs.  I’ll keep you posted!

Be sure to check out all the fabulous progress the other One Room Challenge contributors have achieved so far!

Week 1 – Designers  * Week 1 – Guest Participants 

Week 2 – Designers * Week 2 – Guest Participants 

Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

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Many blessings,

CoCo

 

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17 Comments

  1. Love the new look of this piece. It will be pretty with different and seasonal pieces too.

    I’m sure you’ll figure out spacing for other spots.

    Cindy

    1. Thank you for all your sweet support, Cindy, I really appreciate it. My Mom was here yesterday and we worked in the shed most of the day which was a huge blessing. While this piece didn’t turn out in quite the spot I thought it would, it’s still coming together better than I expected. I have a ton of painting to finish this weekend but it feels good to make progress. Hugs, CoCo

  2. What a great piece! I swear, you must have the cutest garage in all the land because the stuff you pull out of there is fantastic! If I would have seen that booth I would have made you an offer on it that you couldn’t refuse. LOL! I’m glad we have Vintage Market Days coming up this weekend. I’m in the mood to shop, even though I really have no place to put anything like that. #OverStuffedAroundHere

    1. ha ha that’s exactly how I feel about going to the Extravaganza here, Cindy. They have such great stuff and it’s super hard not to bring everything home! My Mom was here yesterday and we moved around a ton of stuff and it finally feels like things are falling into place. Our garage has been a total mess pit for years and it feels so good to finally be able to see the floor 🙂 Big hugs, CoCo

  3. How lucky are you to have found that lovely hutch! You were spot on with the colors you chose too! I can’t wait to see it in the space, CoCo! I’m so excited for you!

    1. Thank you so much, Christine, I really appreciate it. My Mom was out here yesterday and totally had to talk me off the ledge when this hutch which feels like it weighs 200 pounds didn’t fit in the spot I thought it would. It’s going to be back to the drawing board this weekend but I feel like we at least have a good plan in place now which is great. Sending you hugs and thank yous for being such a great cheerleader, CoCo

  4. Faint Maple is the color I chose for the exterior of our house a few years ago. It’s one of my favorites….. I like how you’ve used it as the backing color of your shelf, it seems to play nice with almost all colors,. You are moving along well with the shed/office/studio! Looking forward to the finished product

    1. Thank you so much, Crystal, I really appreciate it. Faint Maple has been such a huge budget saver for me during this project so it makes me so excited that you’ve loved it too. I can hardly believe we’re already into Week 4. It’s flying by super fast. Sending you hugs and cheering you on to the finish ORC finish line, CoCo

  5. You are really moving right along! Love your color choices. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! xo Kathleen

    1. Thanks so much, Kathleen, I really appreciate it! I’m starting to excited about watching it all come together. Hugs, CoCo

  6. Your painted hutch looks so pretty! I wish I had the space for a hutch, as they are so fun to decorate with so many shelves! Haha.

    Thanks for linking up with us at the Embracing Home and Family linkup party!

    Cherelle

    1. ha ha I know Cherelle! All those shelves means lots of shopping for goodies which can be fun or get ya in trouble 🙂 Hope your week has been a blessed one! Hugs, CoCo

  7. So pretty! I love the brown transferware! Neutral colors are my fave! Thank you for sharing at Embracing Home and Family! Your posts are always a highlight!

    1. You always leave such thoughtful and kind messages, Jennifer, I really appreciate it. Your blog and link party are always full of inspiration! Big hugs, CoCo

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