Well, this isn’t quite a woodworking project, but…
My wife and I have a pine hutch that was used as display shelves in a store that she used to own. The hutch isn’t old, and it isn’t well made. It is mass-produced, about 10 years old and is made of “pallet” grade pine…ugly. I’m not sure exactly where it came from, but it was called “French Country” in style. It was bare pine with a very thin coat of some sort of clear finish.
It made its way into our dining room a few years ago because we needed a piece like it, and it was to be serviceable until I got around to making a better one. I haven’t gotten around to making a better one yet, and likely won’t for some time to come.
I have always hated that hutch…
So, my wife suggested that we paint it, and even though I am generally against painted furniture, I figured that it could only help this piece. On Sunday, in one day, we put on a coat of thick primer and one coat of latex paint. I then “weathered” it with a wash of dark brown latex paint that I quickly wiped off to give it an aged look.
I have to admit that I like it. I won’t be so embarrassed to have this piece in our dining room now. I still don’t care for painted furniture, but this piece needed to be painted. See finished pictures below. I wish that I had a “before” picture to post also, but I don’t.
Matt Sanfilippo is the Chief Partnership Officer (CPO) for the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Co-Director of its Engineering Research Accelerator. In this role, Matt coordinates and enables strategic and sponsored research opportunities across the college, and stewards the development of proposals for major research opportunities along strategic themes. Additionally, he enables collaboration among the college's research institute/center executive directors, and industrial and government relations personnel in the pursuit of opportunities with industry, federal and state governments. Before becoming CPO for the College, Matt was the Senior Executive Director for Research Initiatives, the Executive Director of CMU's SII (Smart Infrastructure Institute) and ICES (Institute for Complex Engineered Systems), and Associate Director of PITA (Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance) and RAMP (Research for Advanced Manufacturing in Pennsylvania).
Before CMU, Matt was Managing Director of Applied Technology for Michael Baker Corporation, an engineering and energy services firm. Matt managed Baker's technology division including Geographic Information System (GIS), software and web development, multimedia, virtual reality, visualization, Global Positioning System (GPS), mapping and surveying services. Before joining Baker, Matt was an Innovation Director for Redleaf Group, a Venture Capital/Operating Company focused on information security, supply chain and mobility solutions. While at Redleaf, Matt managed technical due diligence for seed-stage investments and coordinated relationships between Redleaf and their partner companies. Prior to Redleaf, Matt was CIO of GZA GeoEnvironmental Technologies, an infrastructure engineering firm, and operations manager for their Internet start-up that focused on web-technologies for health and safety and manufacturing metrics.
Matt is on the board of Larson Design Group (LDG), past Chairman of the Board for the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, current board member of the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation (PHLF), current Vice President of the Sewickley Heights Gun Club (SHGC) and former member of the Information Sciences and Technology Advisory Board for the Pennsylvania State University Beaver. Matt is also former Vice President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Association of Internet Professionals and former Vice President of the Board of Trustees for Baker Combined Charity of Pennsylvania.