I finally did it! I finally made over our teak dining room hutch. If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat (Browngirldecor) you might have seen some sneak peaks already. I have been resisting this job for years debating whether to sell it and buy something new or get it professionally repainted. We’ve had this hutch since we bought our first house back in 2001. It’s made out of teak and had a dark stain on it.
Buying something new on a tight budget would have meant going for some laminated piece. I didn’t want to do that so we considered getting it professionally repainted. That last option would have set us back about 500 Euros. Teak wood is a hard wood that has a tendency to bleed through paint so I wasn’t looking forward to all that hassle. But hey I was onboard quick when I found products that could get the job done all for under 90 Euros.
I wanted to use chalk paint for two reasons, one because I wanted a very matt finish to the hutch and two because I wanted to finally use the chalk paint from Abbondanza, a Dutch paint company I’ve been following for years now. This is not a sponsored post I just loved the product and want to share it with you.
Painting is all in the preparation as you know. Painting teak wood even more so. Here are some tips to keep you sane if you want to tackle a project like mine. Use quality paint, clean your project before you start and always use a sealer or primer before any paint touches that wood. You can suffice with a light sanding to give the paint something to hold on to.
I used the following products (all from Abbondanza)
- Chalk paints in pure white and indigo night
- Extra matt varnish
I first started with cleaning the hutch. I used StMarc for this. It’s an all-purpose cleaner you can use to clean wood before painting it. You can get it at most big DIY stores. After that a light sanding all over. Our hutch is a two piece so it was easy to work on without using a step stool or ladder.
After removing all the dust from sanding I put two coats of shellac on the wood just to be sure. I was really nervous for this part you guys. I had never used shellac before and couldn’t imagine it working like it was supposed to. But hey it did, what a relief. I painted the inside of the hutch with two coats of a rich blue colour called indigo night. For the outside, I went with the colour pure white. It took 4 coats to cover up the dark wood yes 4. I used a paintbrush to do all of that. I used two coats of the extra matt varnish on the doors and some other spots that will get the most wear and tear over time. Because drying time is so short you can apply multiple coats quite quickly. The only thing to consider is the 2 or 3 days curing time needed for the project to be ready for use.
Application of all the steps was very easy. We moved the hutch outside for the cleaning and sanding part. I also applied the shellac outside because it smells a little bit. The Abbondanza shellac comes in dried flakes that you dissolve in alcohol or ethanol. The alcohol/ethanol is what you are smelling. Shellac is a non-poisonous product that you can use as a sealer on bleeding wood, as a primer between two incompatible paint types and as a protective layer.
This is a before picture.
I must say that I’m very happy with the results. There was no visible bleeding on the indigo blue but a few spots (2/3) showed through on the pure white. I touched up those spots between coats and that helped. I painted over the metal handles as well. We’ll see how long that lasts. I wouldn’t mind if those spots show a little wear and tear over time though. It will add to the character of the hutch.
Do you guys have any paint projects in the works right now? I would love to hear from you in the comments section below.