A friend from Jazzercise had posted this baker’s rack for sale on a local garage sale page. It was $40 and I thought it might be great in the kitchen in place of the wash basin I was using for a coffee station. Something more like a hutch would offer additional storage, and since, at the time, Brad had me convinced we couldn’t find studs and therefore not add open shelving, I thought this would also be a great place to display dishes.
This was the first thing my friend’s husband built for her, and I got the feeling she was relieved to have it go to a “good home”, and I was excited to give it new life and enjoy it for her. It was the perfect size for the corner that I wanted to put it in, and I was pretty sure that I’d never find an actual hutch to fit in our current kitchen. I thought about it for a day or two and then bought it!
I could be totally wrong in this description but it felt very arts & crafts Mission style to me, and I wanted something more cottage/farmhouse. I knew I’d paint it, and since the kitchen was now white with accents of chocolate brown, I decided this was a place I could enjoy a fun pop of color. I decided on Annie Sloan Florence for the bulk of the piece, and just had to make a decision about the panels. I was stumped.
When all my other ideas weren’t going to work (I explained what those were in this post) I was left with painting the entire thing Florence or doing the panels in a different color. But when I went to buy the chalk paint, I came across the coolest paint sample in the store and thought I’d hit the jackpot. What I saw was the very paint technique I’d envisioned for my coffee table but didn’t know how to do. It was a little sample piece of wood painted similarly to this…
Beautiful, right?!! I thought it would be a great substitute for the tin tiles I had hoped to do, and would add to the overall aged look of the piece.
|Faith helped take a pic for me 😉|
The paint alone looked pretty cool… I did the Bronze first and then Copper over the top, not worrying about perfect coverage.