As a reminder, here is the before...
It looks darker in the picture. It was a yellowy piney color that really didn't match the rest of my dining room. I decided to stain and paint it. I stained most of it and painted the center panel on the front, the handles, and all of the shelves black. I painted the back panel a sunny yellow and stenciled it with a geometric pattern in white.
It took forever. But I think it was worth it. I especially like the way it looks next to my mid-century modern chairs.
I found lots of good advice on how to stain a veneer here. To stencil the back, I removed it from the hutch (it was held on with staples) primed it, painted it yellow, then stenciled the pattern in white. I used this stencil and found the tips on the website to be very helpful. Once the back piece was dry I nailed it back on to the cabinet.
I really, really, really want to buy this rug for the room ~ but I am afraid the kids will trash it.
Oh, and did I mention that when I bought this piece I got another one with it? Its completely different style wise, but fits my eclectic house. This one I plan to paint, and I have been pinning all sorts of inspiration on Pinterest. I am currently debating whether to leave the glass on the doors or to replace it with mirrors. Thoughts?
Oh and that chair is done too! I'll share the final product on Thursday.