Dated 70’s Hutch – Transformed into a Coastal Shabby Treasure {Annie Sloan Chalk Paint}

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I just love these old 70’s pieces.

They can so surprise you.
And they make the best “shabby”, “coastal” style furnture.

I grabbed this 2 piece hutch from a garage sale….for $35.00.
Solid, heavy, very well made.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Blue Hutch
And of course, I painted it with the wonderful Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
Here is a before shot. Very 70’s, dated.
Not very interesting and not something I’d really enjoy having in my home as it is here.


Blue Hutch Before Chalk Paint
I had already removed the bead board backing to paint when I took this shot.
I was painting it a different color and it’s so much easier that way!
Popped it right off and went back on just as easy.
There’s my little helper in the background…..sleeping on the job. ;)

I mixed up some Annie Sloan chalk paint and came up with this really
pretty pale blue color.
(please don’t ask what happened to the rest of this batch I had mixed up….
quite a large amount….that I had stored in a glass jar……. :( )
Yep, a large section of my garage floor is now a lovely shade of chalk paint blue. ;)


Blue Hutch During Blue Doors

And I used Old White for the rest.
As it goes with any creative process….I had thought I would paint the entire door blue.
Didn’t like that at all.
So I went back and painted around the edges with Old White and just left the
inset of each blue.
Like so…..

Blue Hutch Chalk Paint 1

And back together…..

Blue Hutch Chalk Paint Done

Blue Hutch Chalk Paint Done 2

I loved this piece. To pieces. Really.
I almost didn’t let it go to the shop. But sadly I had no room for it.
My sweet husband said…”If it stays, something has got to come out…”
He was right, of course.
And I actually considered exchanging out my “Antique Dresser turned
Coffee Server” in this post here for this piece.
But I didn’t!
I had a hard time leaving it at the shop though. And considered going back to get it!
It’s now sold so I no longer have to stress over it.  Thank goodness!

Some up close detail….

Blue Hutch Chalk Paint Up Close

I sealed the Chalk Paint with Poly.
I sometimes do that instead of wax depending on the look and finish I’m going for.

The handles…….I just love how they turned out.
I dry brushed them and the doors with a touch of the white, before
distressing a bit, to get this look.

Blue Hutch Chalk Paint Handle

I added glass knobs to the cabinet doors….sigh…..

(the metal area of the glass knobs were silver but I also painted those parts
with the Old White chalk paint and distressed a bit)
A 70's Solid Maple Hutch.....Transformed into a Coastal Shabby Treasure with Chalk Paint / Artsy Chicks Rule
I’m sad I didn’t get to keep you pretty blue hutch.
But I’m glad I was able to bring you back to new life!
Re-stored, Re-styled and now Re-loved.

One of my favorite pieces!
I just LOVE the transformation. It’s like the best present ever….
….seeing it finished at the end.  Nothing better!

Do you have an old piece like this?
Ready to paint it and turn it into something fresh & new??

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  1. Awesome steal and great job! I love how it turned out.
    I’m visiting you today from Not Just a Housewife. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Medicine Cabinet Makeover

  2. This is gorgeously beautiful!!! LOVE! Can’t wait to start my Annie Sloan project!!

    ~Abby =)
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  3. Nancy, that turned out beautifully! I can see why you had a hard time parting with it. My husband says the same thing when I want to bring something big home, “if that goes in, something has to go out!”. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t. :) Sharon
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    • Thanks Sharon!! :) Haha yes, I don’t always comply with the “keep/take out” rule myself but unfortunately we really didn’t have the room for it. Well, at the time!! ;) I’ve moved some things around and now it would fit. I’m actually on the quest for something similar for an idea I have. LOL (always something!)

  4. The blue you mixed is beautiful! I know how you feel about painting a piece, loving it and wanting to keep :) I do that all the time! It is beautiful Nancy!
    Sonya ~At Home with The Barkers recently posted…He Is Risen!My Profile

    • Thanks Sonya! I’m always mixing those paints. They mix so well and you can come up with just about any color you need. Yes, I always get so attached to everything I paint too. I think it is just part of that creative-ness in us. :) It only makes sense that we’d want to keep it all!

  5. Hi! Saw this on Instagram and liked it there, but just wanted to stop by here on your blog to see mord!
    Your work is incredible and sooooo inspirational! But I’m always afraid to try something like this!
    So I watch your transformations with envy…and will someday let go of the fear and give it a try.
    Giggled at the garage floor….that’s definitely something that would happen in MY garage! Hugs, Annette (aka Petunia Pill in blog world and “From Any Angle” on IG)
    Annette recently posted…Crystals and LaceMy Profile

    • Hey Annette! :) Aww, thanks so much for hopping over here from Instagram. And thanks so much for the sweet words. You can do it too!! Just find something small & inexpensive at the thrift store and just paint it! You can do it!! :)
      OH yes, the paint on the floor. Don’t you know I had my hands full carrying things back into the garage and of all of them I dropped…it would have to be the GLASS jar not the metal ones. Figures. lol I have a pretty, expensive painted garage floor now. ;)

  6. This is SO pretty!! Love the pale blue and old white,I’d love to have it in my house…but I’m on west coast…lol
    Your sleepin’ *helper* is cute as well!!
    Sayuri recently posted…Blue French CabinetMy Profile

    • Haha, thanks! Yes, that would’ve been quite a haul! ;) And thanks, yes,…I do love my little helper! She keeps me company anyway. ;)

  7. This is gorgeous! Love the colors you chose! Great job! If you haven’t already, would love it if you would link this up to Give Me The Goods Monday: 1 Party, 5 Blogs!
    Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  8. Nancy, this hutch came out great. I love the colors you choose, great job!! I would have had a hard time parting with it to and The Mr. would have told me the same thing.
    Denyse @ Glitter, Glue & Paint recently posted…Update an Old ShelfMy Profile

    • Thank you Denyse :) Yes, the Mr was right this time ;) But I did find a new ‘empty’ space that I’m all set to fill up! lol

  9. That’s a beautiful hutch! I know what you mean with ‘as it goes with any creative process’. I also change my mind while painting. I invite you to join my link party every weekend: Crafty Country Cottage. Hope to see you soon!
    Goedele – Old Red Barn recently posted…Crafty Country Cottage & FavoritesMy Profile

    • Thank you so much! Ha, yes, happens almost every time. ;)
      Thanks for the invite!! Hope you are having a great weekend!

  10. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the colors! That blue is just beautiful!! I hate when you get attached to a piece and yet fall in love with a new one. Then it comes down to something has to go….. sniff sniff!

    • Aw thanks so much Shelly :) Yes, that was a beautiful blue…lol…too bad I lost the rest of it on the garage floor and I didn’t write down my measurements when I mixed that one. ;) Oh well!! Plastic containers from now on. ;)
      And yes, it is hard to let some of them go for sure!!

  11. Such a pretty color combo! I’m featuring your hutch in the PoPP Spotlight this week. Thanks for linking up.

  12. The house we’re buying comes with a 1970s super cool french provincial dining table and china cabinet that I’m DYING to paint!! You just gave me some color inspiration!
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  13. Love this and may be copying it! Did you use any dark wax at all to age it? It looks fabulous!

    • Hi Paula! Thanks! I’m so glad you like it! No I actually didn’t use any wax on this piece at all. I just used a clear poly to seal it.

  14. Hi Nancy, love your coastal shabby look on this piece!! I’m sure it will be quite loved by its new owner:)
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  15. Beautiful job, Nancy! I love the distressing you did and how you treated the handles. Adorable little glass knobs too. Great work!!
    Krista @thehappyhousie recently posted…Mellow Yellow: DIY Chalk Paint Side TableMy Profile

  16. You really worked your magic on this piece! I’m sure the new owner is thrilled to pieces with her purchase.

    Looking forward to meeting you at Luckett’s. My mom will be with me.
    Paula@SweetPea recently posted…Wintergreen Tennis WeekendMy Profile

  17. I love how you distressed the edges. I admire people that are able to do this perfect imperfections:) Pitty you couldn’t keep it.
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  18. I keep looking and looking and looking for exactly this hutch. I love what you did with it!
    Ashley @ recently posted…Project FAIL – almost (DIY cork letter)My Profile

    • Aw thanks Ashley! :) I just picked up another hutch recently (pictured in this post here) that I’m planning on keeping! I haven’t painted it yet but it will be similar to this one but not blue. ;)

  19. Fabulous! I am painting a hutch today and would like to know what “dry brushing” means please. Also, do you have suggestions about painting small wooden knobs that I have removed from the doors. The screw is still in the knob.
    Thanks so much!

    • Hi Blake,
      Dry brushing is just that….taking a dry bristle paint brush and putting only a tiny bit of paint on it (wiping away excess) and lightly brushing over the wood/painted wood. The key is to keep it dry with little paint. If you have some old cardboard or styrofoam you can push the screw end of the knob down into that and paint easily. :) Nancy

  20. Alyse Hort says:


    I love this blue you created!! It’s the shade of blue I’m after and was wondering if you could kindly tell me what colours and quantities of ASCP you used?

    Thank you

    • Thank you Alyse!
      I’m so sorry, I painted that about 2 years ago now. I wasn’t blogging when I painted it so don’t remember what I mixed. I can tell you it was probably a little bit of Aubusson Blue and Old White. (mostly white)

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