I came across this dresser hutch combo and I thought it would make a good project piece. My daughter was still using the dresser that we had in the nursery, which was just too small. I wanted a sutble design with a few details that would really make it special like a stencilled detail. After looking around online, I found one example that used a stencil to make the countertop of a dresser stand out like it was an actual countertop. Because I was also really wanting to try incorporating a black board on the hutch, the countertop needed to be feminine.
1. Clean furniture, remove knobs and sand off any rough or stained areas.
2. Paint the entire piece with two coats Rustoleum in French White shade (slightly cream colored) – I purchased three cans, and then returned to purchase three more. Things to consider if you use spray paint:
- Absolutely must do it out doors or in a big shop with good ventilation
- Wind will be a factor
- You may need a lot more paint if wind is a factor
- Take you time and do thin multiple coats to prevent drips
3. Once dry (which is another reason to use spray paint, it dries quick), stencil design on countertop. I started with the lotus flower design in multiple sizes/styles and continued to add between flowers until I covered the countertop completely. I also did this on the top and bottom sides of the shelf on the hutch. I ordered my stencil from amazon – Folkart was the name of the vendor.
4. Prep the hutch for the chalk board paint by taping off edges. I used Martha Stewart’s black chalk board paint and found I needed to water it down slightly for the second coat. I also painted the knobs black with spray paint.
5. Coat entire piece with polyurathane or sheer protectant