Dining room hutch to sewing room chic

A few months ago I picked up a dining room hutch on Craigslist. The piece had good bones. It was solid, made of real wood, no major flaws. But there were a few issues with the finish that came from use. It made it the perfect candidate for an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint transformation into a stylish display piece in my new sewing studio that doubled as excellent storage.

I documented the transformation on video so you all can see how I did it and maybe get some ideas for your own home. Whether you want to paint a hutch like I did, a vintage sewing cabinet or some other piece of furniture.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, upcycle, sewing room furniture

I absolutely love the finished look of the piece. I used a two-color distressing technique that I demonstrate in the video to apply a base coat of Annie Sloan Paris Grey and an accent color of Annie Sloan Florence. The colors look great with the rest of my decor and the subtle distressing is exactly what I had in mind for the look of this piece.

The hutch is also equipped with plenty of storage. My entire quilting and sewing library fits on the top shelf, with room for a few more titles. I also picked up several other decorative pieces that double as storage.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, upcycle, sewing room furniture

The top shelf has a built-in compartment for silverware, that I have repurposed to control several other notions. Needles are in one slot, buttons in another, paint brushes in yet another location and then odds and ends in the final slot.

The second drawer holds my entire fat quarter collection with lots of room to add more. Time to get shopping, or starting to fold my half-yard cuts to fit this space.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, upcycle, sewing room furniture

Then I still have the bottom to hold more fabric, camera equipment, my ever-growing chalk paint collection. I’m pretty excited with how the hutch turned out. There’s a huge difference from the beginning to the end. Make sure you check out the video to see it all and let me know in the comments if you are inspired to try transforming a piece of furniture in your sewing room.

Comments

  • Reply Nanette

    What a great idea for a storage / library for fabric, notions, books, and just about anything you could think of to utilize your new cabinet for. The Annie Sloan paint treatment is precious…I love the colors! Thanks for the video showing us how “easy” it was.

    • Reply Stephanie Soebbing

      When you compare it to stripping, sanding and staining kitchen cabinets to refinish them (a task I did a few years ago) this is very easy. 🙂

  • Reply Carol

    Your hutch turned out very nice! You did a Great job!

  • Reply Susan

    A friend and I were just discussing milk paint – your video is well timed!

  • Reply Elisha

    Thanks for your video! Quick question…. I’ve never used chalk paint, but have a hutch project planned. Did one can of grey cover your whole hutch?

    • Reply Stephanie Soebbing

      I ran out halfway through, but I had already painted a sewing cabinet and dresser body with the grey. So one can probably would cover it.

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