How To Paint A Hutch With Gray And Yellow Milk Paint
Someone in my neighborhood set out this hutch bc they didn't want it anymore. It was heavy, and my husband helped me load both pieces into our truck.
It has a serving tray! I love the solid wood.
The top drawers moved when you pulled one out... it was fun!
Here is the back. The top is made from separate boards. You can see where the knots match. πŸ™‚
I don't know if maybe this is the date it was made?
This mark is inside one of the drawers, and underneath the tray.
There were several problems. The 3 drawers on the bottom left were hard to open. Two were stuck so tight a screwdriver was necessary to pry them open.
Thankfully, it was an easy fix. All I had to do was remove the middle runners on the drawers and the hutch!
Why someone thought they were necessary I will never know. There is solid wood between each drawer space.
I am so thankful that it was such an easy fix!
The drawers fit very well in their spaces, and painting will cover up the screwdriver marks.
Three knobs were torn loose, probably from trying to open the drawers. I glued them back with wood glue.
I really enjoyed using the hutch as a backdrop for my Cookies and Food Photography! I realized it could look even better if it was painted.
My plan for this hutch originally included a dull white called Linen. But it was unavailable, so I chose gray (Trophy) and yellow (Mustard).
The gray and yellow coordinates with some Floral contact paper that I have used in other areas of my kitchen. It also goes well with my flooring.
As I was planning how to incorporate the colors together, I printed a black and white copy of a photo, and outlined it in black marker.
Then I lightened it, thinking I would color the picture. I never did color it, but it did help me think through my plan.
First, I am going to practice on this shelf that was given to me.
The browns are close enough for me to picture the end result on the hutch.
I decided to prime the shelf with Zinsser primer first. I'm not sure if that was a good idea or a bad idea....
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The Trophy gray seems to have a greenish hue.
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It also has a brownish hue in this light.
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It dried fairly light colored, but blotchy. I'm not sure why the color is so uneven. I do know how to paint, & I was stirring the paint as I painted.
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The yellow was fun to use. I followed the directions for mixing each color.
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The colors look lighter until you apply the topcoat finish of your choice.
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The test piece is looking good!
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Time to start the hutch! I decided not to prime it. But after seeing this, I decided to prime it after all.
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But when I did, I realized that the stain on the hutch was bleeding through the primer... ugh!
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What a disaster! Thankfully, I had watched the MMS video about using their Tough Coat Clear Finish for a stain blocker. So, that's what I did!
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After the clear coat dried, I painted the sides yellow (everything would need two coats).
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I painted the tray...
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I painted the door that I had taken off of its hinges.
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The door and tray were easy to paint because
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I set a pot or a bowl underneath so I could paint the edges easily.
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Here is the Tough Coat clear finish going on the shelf. See how dark it turns? It will lighten a bit as it dries.
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And this picture shows you how the clear coat changes the yellow to be darker.
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To paint the drawer area, I first painted the strips between the drawers.
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Then, beginning at the bottom, I pulled out each drawer to paint it, pulling out the drawer above it further, so it wouldn't drip on the drawer below.
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This first coat was done at night. I do recommend painting in natural daylight as much as possible, which I did do for the final coats.
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When I rinsed my paint brush, I saved the water to reuse the next time I mixed a batch, so as not to waste any paint.
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I love that my ice cream maker fits perfectly in the cabinet space! I edged it with some contact paper.
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Look, dovetailed drawers. I thought about painting these drawer sides yellow. Should I do it?
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The hutch is finished, except for adding the Tough Coat.
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I started with clear coating the tray.
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Again, you can see how adding the Tough Coat (or any finish) darkens the color.
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Creamy the cat is always interested in my projects.
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At first all of the fluctuating colors in this powdered milk paint bothered me, but it is growing on me!
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This is the wet clear coat. I hope you are ready to see the final result.....
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Here it is! I used my Vintage Tupperware on it.
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I really like how it turned out. It was a lot of work, but worth it.
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It looks soooo nice in my gray and yellow kitchen.
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I look forward to trying more of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint colors!
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The first time I used MMSMP, I painted this Dresser in Flow Blue.
Pretty And Functional... the best of both worlds!
But wait, there's more! I only laid the contact paper on the shelf without adhering it, in case I don't want any yellow...
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See? Now if I am styling something like Valentine cookies, I can have a neutral backdrop that won't clash.
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These are my Heirloom dishes from Pfaltzgraff, made in my own county here in the USA!
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They look so good with my Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint hutch!
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Most I have found at local thrift stores, but a few pieces I have ordered from Etsy.
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I love this pitcher for a vase.
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So which way do you like the hutch better? Neutral or with the yellow?
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