You know those unfinished projects that sit around in your home for months on end, with the hope that you WILL get to them one day? Sitting there, collecting dust and more and more promises that they will one day, get worked on.Well, this past Labour day weekend, the hubby and I decided to finally tackle one of those projects!I even went into my cupboard and pulled out some of our white serving dishes to put on display.

updating an old china hutch-78

So I asked if I could have it to display in our kitchen! I also wanted to add in a little bit of nature, so I found some pine cones in a box (that I’m pretty sure are Christmas decorations, but that’s ok). It feels like there’s more “breathing” space…it’s not so confined, not so closed in.

I then went out to the field behind our home and snipped a few dried flowers to finish the look! And by darkening the color of the hutch, it really makes our pieces stand out that much more.

If there are any items that your family is no longer using, ask if you can have them.

For example, my mom’s old dish set, that she started collecting before she was married (over 34 years ago), she had packed away in a box. I made the EAT sign from letters that I got at Hobby Lobby and then modge podged them with paper.

And there are so many crevices and finer details that I had to take my time with.

After three coats of the chalk paint, it was time to wax.If you want to follow along, my username is amidstthechaos).Then I mixed up some chalk paint, using our Benjamin Moore “Chelsea Gray” paint and went to town on painting this piece. I really loved the recipe I used (I will do a post on that soon), but it was a little thin, so that meant multiple coats.I’ll start with the actual Dining Room Set, since it is the main center of attention. My set only had 4 chairs, several of which had missing or broken parts. If you want to see a before and after of the actual room you can see it here. (arms, supports, etc) And I just wanted something different. I looked for awhile, off and on, but could not find what I was after. And I had not come across 6 chairs on any of my thrift or garage sale runs. Let me know in the comments below and let me encourage you to get to them this coming weekend!