For months I have been searching craigslist, every local buy/sell page on Facebook, goodwill, antique stores, or really anywhere that sells furniture. I started off at furniture stores but quickly realized I was never going to be okay with paying the prices that those places wanted for a hutch. I may have also been put off after walking into a furniture store and telling the sales lady that I was searching for a china cabinet or buffet and getting a blank stare. She had no idea what I meant when I said buffet. No ma'am I'm not planning on serving you a meal, it's a type of furniture. It was sort of my last straw. I was sick of seeing price tags way higher than I wanted to spend, sick of dealing with clueless sales people, and frustrated that I wasn't finding exactly what I had pictured in my head (shocking right, doesn't everything you see in your head exist?). So time to move on.
One of my goals with my time off of work around the holidays was to finally find and get to work on the hutch project! After tons and tons of searching, (I'm sure my husband was WAY sick of hearing me talk about this dang hutch project) I finally found one! And after quite the adventure picking it up, involving borrowing my moms car, strapping part of it to the roof on a windy day, changing and feeding harper in the driver's seat of the car while Dan loaded the bottom half in the car, we finally got it home and went to work!
This was my first time using chalk paint, and I was pretty happy with it. We used Amy Howard At Home One Step Chalk Based Paint in the color Bauhaus. I think in the future sanding the piece down first would have helped with any coverage or flaking issues, but overall it worked well. It took us three coats of paint, but covered well. After changing out the hardware, having new glass for the doors custom cut and installed and moving it in the house and adding our favorite pieces it makes me smile every time I pass the dining room.
Halfway home with the top part of the hutch on the roof, the bottom part in the way back, Harper & her stroller in the middle seat along with the shelves, and Dan and I in the front seat. It was an adventure on a windy Oregon day!