Friday

Hutch Makeover & Chic Shelf Paper Review

I'm so sorry for the silence over here.  I've spent the last few weeks finishing up my Home Depot style challenge and have totally neglected the blog!

This project has been semi finished for a while.  My mom picked up this hutch for me at Goodwill a while back.  She graciously stored it in her garage for me until we moved.  Once we got settled in to the new house, I realized it would be a perfect fit in my daughter's room and all the extra storage was a nice bonus.

Here is where it started.  It had a funky crackle glaze finish going on so I had to give it a really good sanding.


On a side note, the folks at Goodwill labeled it as a "chester."  I guess it kind of makes sense, a mix between a chest and a dresser? :) 


So, once I sanded it down I gave it 2-3 coats of Behr Marquee Graceful Gray.  I love this color, it's a great neutral with a little bit of warmth, but the hutch still felt like it was lacking something.  It just felt too plain and the inside seemed too dark to me.  


Thankfully the people at Chic Shelf Paper reached out to me to review one of their products.  It was perfect timing because I was trying to find something that would work on the back of this piece.  I had actually tried wrapping paper, but it was a total fail.  It got all wrinkly and wouldn't lay flat.  I went with the classic black & white dot in a fine weave fabric.  They sent me a roll that I could cut to size, but you can also order your pieces pre cut to save you a step.

Cutting it was super easy though.  I just used a razor blade, yard stick, and cutting mat to get crisp clean edges.  


I was going to take pictures of the process, but it's pretty simple and I didn't have a free hand to snap pictures.  You just peel of the backing a little at a time as you are applying the paper.  If you mess up you can reposition it so it's very forgiving.  It also comes with a small squeegee so you can work out any air bubbles as you go.


I think it really brightens up the back and gives it a more playful vibe.


My mom also recently gave me these horse prints that she won at an auction.  They were pretty dirty, but a good scrubbing and some fresh paint made them good as new.  I thought they were just so sweet.



The existing hardware just needed a little rub 'n buff to freshen it up.




It really is a great product and seems like it will be durable too.  I kind of want to cover everything in it!

*I was provided a product to review, all opinions are my own.

23 comments:

Unknown said...

I love this!! You chose a great color! I would never have thought to add the polka dots to the back of it- looks great!

Unknown said...

I have used their paper under my bathroom and kitchen sinks. It is very durable and they do have so many fun prints. It's on the shelves of my laundry room too.

Unknown said...

Beautiful transformation Bethany!!!! Love the color and the paper you chose!

Unknown said...

What a great find, and I love the dot paper backing. Gorgeous.

Unknown said...

What a change! Even though I've seen it and done, it still amazes me the power new paint has. The whole thing looks so lovely!

Unknown said...

it looks beautiful! i love the new color and with all of its accessories it feels so much more up to date.

Unknown said...

Chester! Haha! I love it. Those horse prints are so cool! I have a friend who's little girl is seriously into horses. She would love those. Now I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for something like it at a thrift store...

Unknown said...

I love the idea of using a piece like this in a child's room! I have been looking for a very narrow secretary cabinet to put between the beds in my boys' room. I love how "Chester" turned out! That needs to forever be the name of this piece! So cute! Robin @ designbyrobinsnest.blogspot.com

Unknown said...

Gorgeous Bethany!!

Unknown said...

Oh it looks beautiful Bethany!! Love the color and the polka dots are just so whimsical. Ill have to look into the paper for sure. Ive been looking for some for our dining room builtin.

Unknown said...

Thanks Shavonda! I really like the paper and it's super easy to work with too!

Unknown said...

Thanks friend! :)

Unknown said...

I know, it will definitely always be called "chester" :) Hope you find the perfect piece, that sounds like it will look awesome!

Unknown said...

I thought that was so funny. :) And thanks!

Unknown said...

Thanks Cassie! I like it so much better now too!

Unknown said...

Thank you so much! And I agree, I never get tired of seeing furniture makeovers with paint. I'm always amazed at the difference it makes!

Unknown said...

Thanks so much Marty!

Unknown said...

Thanks Vel! I'm loving polka dots lately!

Unknown said...

That's good to know. It feels like it would be really durable.

Unknown said...

Thanks so much! I was surprised at what a difference it made!

Unknown said...

That turned out so cute!!

Unknown said...

Thanks Beth! :)

Unknown said...

It's absolutely gorgeous!

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