I just needed "Mr. Muscles" for transport.
Amazingly there is not a chip on the laminate top & the diamond backsplash is without flaw.
The glass doors are perfectly preserved and...the piece de resistance....
it still has the original Turner knobs.
Almost too good to be true!
I knew instantly this would be the new home of
my equally-gorgeous Autentico Vintage Chalk Paint.
How could it not be used to showcase them?
Now before No-prep, No-sand, All Natural Autentico Chalk Paint
came to Australia painting this would've been a nightmare.
In fact, I would've walked right by not willing to tackle the job.
Sanding the high-gloss enamel (likely loaded with lead & other horrible toxins)
then primer undercoat before finally being able to paint...bleh!
this took two coats because I wanted it saturated with
colour & not a PEEP of the old blue peeking through.
Next up I tackled the top section with Casa Blanca....
all it took was one coat!
Just ONE coat covered it beautifully & updated the tired,
yellowed shiny enamel into a brilliant & modern white.
Once again, no sanding was necessary.
In fact, no preparation was necessary at all.
Just paint...Autentico Vintage Chalk Paint.
my next task was doors & drawers.
I removed the drawers & the knobs & came face-to-face
with some other-wordly contact paper....and
a few nasty-looking beasties of the 8-legged sort!
(tip: place hardware & screws together in a labeled jar or plastic bag so nothing goes missing).
Fortunately the contact paper came out easily & a quick
wipe with eucalyptus oil removed any leftover glue.
Next the drawer fronts got a nice coat of French Grey.
blue-green, green-blue hues & I wanted to get it right,
so it was time for a bit of colour matching.
I kept the doors on until I found the colour that
best suited the gorgeous original laminate top — Summer Sky!
Before putting the drawers back in
I gave the insides of the drawers
a quick coat of Casa Blanca & the sides
of the drawers a coat of Thunder Grey
for additional visual interest & to
freshen it up a bit more.
Next I mixed & matched gorgeous
kraft papers to line the drawers using
Mod Podge--so easy & such dramatic
impact when you open a drawer!
I selected a cheery coordinating retro-inspired fabric for the shelves which I cut and tore
(thank you High School sewing class!)
attaching it to the upper shelving with craft glue.
new screws & replaced the original handles adding a washer to those
that were a bit loose or wobbly.
A bit of wax or soap on the drawers rails
(see post on waxing drawer rails here) to ease opening & closing of drawers &
at long last...my lovely hutch was ready to be reassembled.
Autentico Vintage Chalk Paint made this nothing but easy...and gorgeous!
She is now home to the beautiful paint that gave her new life.