Ive had this hutch and wasn't planning on painting it. I found it off Craigslist for around $150.. I was looking through a Romantic Homes magazine and saw a teal colored hutch...hmmm that got my wheels turning!! I stopped by Lowes with the 5 minutes of time before my daughters gymnastics class and bought a little sample size of a color called Mermaid. (how could a color called mermaid treat me wrong!)
here she is before, raw wood I might add, no sanding or prime! love that.
I started by painting the inside, the color was shocking and i was a bit freaked out thinking, what am i thinking!!
I realized that the entire hutch was not going to look good in Mermaid colored paint. So that's when i painted the outside of it white, that ended up being to bright against the inside color so i took some antiquing glaze, watered it down and brushed it on over the white.
It really toned it down for the look i wanted!
Here she is finished!! I really love how it turned out!
Pretty in Paint is teaming up with Hillhouse living for a GIVE AWAY!!! so here is what is up for grabs, Hillhouse is known for her home decor, once you see her space at American Mercantile you will fall in love with her style! She put together a cute wicker trunk full of fun goodies. It has a map photo album, vintage hanger with fun music paper shred, and map shred (perfect for gift bag filler) mini stamped envelopes, candle snuffer, bingo ephemera and adorable bookmark. I threw in a frenchy style pillow and super cute shabby white cast iron soap dish! how awesome!!
All you have to do to win is 'like' hillhouse living on her facebook and then 'like' me on mine then share this link and leave us a comment that you did! (only one comment a person) We will randomly choose a winner and let you know who won Friday March 18th. You will be able to pick it up at the American Mercantile on Saturday the 19th!!
(you can get to her facebook through her blog and on the right hand side you will see her little 'like' button) remember, let us know you did it!)
Here is a little bit about Ruth, owner of Hillhouse:
She is a wife to a wonderful husband of 8 plus years. Several years ago she had the opportunity to sell her business and be a stay at home wife, and travel the country with him for his work. Since then she has had time to pursue her passions and interests, which have lead her to create Hillhouse, an ever changing venue to buy and sell home decor. some vintage, some new.. mixes of all styles in one compilation of what she likes to call the 'layered' look'. having the privilege of traveling all over, she is able to bring fresh new ideas to the Rouge Valley. She hopes you enjoy your journey with her.
I asked my sister to write a post to share her perspective on what is going on in her life.. I think she is a wonderful writer and what better way to share it with the world!
Hi my name is Ashley Walport.. Let me start with a little bit about myself, I am 28 years old, and married to a wonderful man named Adam. Together we live in Medford and have a chocolate Lab named Jericho and our cat Roxy. My husband and I both work for the state police, he is a trooper and I am a dispatcher (no we didn't meet through work) We enjoy camping,hiking, road biking, and GOOD FOOD!! I love to run (you can hate me later) I ran my very first marathon in October of last year. I was nervous to write this post, but after careful consideration and prayer, it dawned on me that God wants us to share our lives and perspectives with each other. So here is a little of my perspective:
By: Ashley Walport
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature- have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse” (Romans 1:20).
It’s safe to say that every Christian believes that the creation of the world and all of it’s inhabitants was and is a miracle performed by God, but how many of us actually stop and marvel at it’s beauty on a daily basis?
Recently my family and I went on a ski trip to Mount Bachelor. Let me just start by saying that I am a fair weather skier. I only enjoy skiing under the utmost “perfect” weather conditions called “sunshine”, and the day was going GREAT. I was warm, I was dry, the sun was out, the slopes were well groomed and powdery, everyone was having a blast. After an enjoyable morning we all decided to break for lunch, and in the middle of what I thought was going to be a beautiful cloudless sunny day, the weather changed for the worse. The wind brought in clouds, and the clouds began to drop that dreaded four letter word that starts with an “S”, that’s right- you can say it, “SNOW”. I was ready to throw in the towel right then and there, pack it up, let’s go, the day is RUINED, but being the agreeable person that I am, I kept my mouth shut, bundled up, and braced myself for impact, as we walked outside of the lodge and into the blizzard (a slight exaggeration on my part).
Needless to say a few minutes later we were all sitting on a ski lift making its way back up to the top of the mountain. As I was sitting there, silently groveling to myself about how I could no longer feel my fingers or toes, my husband turns to me and shoves his jacket sleeve in front of my face “look”, he says. I have no idea what he is talking about, all I see is a bunch of snow that has accumulated on his arm. “What” I reply. “It’s a perfect snowflake”, he says, as he points to one with his bulky gloved finger. I stare at it for a moment, and finally I see it. All over his jacket sleeve are tiny little white miraculous snowflakes, no one the same as the other, and each one is absolutely breath taking. At that moment my eyes were truly opened, and for the rest of the day instead of complaining about the fact I was cold, I spent the day admiring and marveling at God’s miraculous creations. Everywhere I looked He was there, and I was in awe of His beauty.
When I got home I did a little research on the Internet about how snowflakes are formed. It starts with a speck of dust that is carried up into the atmosphere by the wind. Then when the temperature is just right, between 10’ and -30’F, ice collects around it and a snow crystal is formed. When the snow crystals becomes heavy enough, they fall towards earth, and collide with up to 200 other snow crystals and combine together, thus forming a snowflake, each one unique unto itself. Scientists say that there are basically 4 different types of snowflakes and that it depends on the temperature, which one will be formed. Ironically the most beautiful are formed in the coldest temperatures.
Since that day I have really tried to make it a point to see the world for what it is- A MIRACLE. Every time I go outside and see a flower, an insect, a raindrop - I think God made this, and each one is so complex and different from the next, and exist only under the utmost “perfect” conditions. I’ll admit that I don’t always succeed in this new revelation, but when I do I am always struck by His awesomeness, God never disappoints. So today I challenge each and everyone of you to go outside and truly open your eyes. Put aside the details of your life, your problems, your plans, and marvel at His beauty. Believe me, you don’t want to miss this.
I just wanted everyone to know that I am getting some furniture pictures and prices together of pieces that are at the store and at my house, so if there is anything anyone is interested I can bring it down to the store! thanks~ Mindy