I have a habit of starting something and when I am about a quarter of the way through thinking, “This is a huge project… I must be crazy to tackle it”! This was NOT one of those projects. I knew before my paintbrush touched this hutch that it would be a very big job! But I was so motivated to turn this ugly and tired piece into something marvelous for my living room I was determined to work with gusto from start to finish! The painting process was not hard, it just took a long time. There was a lot of surface to cover and I used several layers of paint to give it depth. Here’s how I transformed this horrid, brown, dated hutch into an updated, fresh piece…
Here is the BEFORE…
I stared by cleaning the whole piece inside and out! It was filthy and sticky and cleaning it was a pretty gross job! It’s so important to have a clean piece before beginning any painting project. I used an all purpose cleaner, water and cotton rags.
Bobby helped me remove the two glass doors and all the hardware. One glass panel of the doors was curved… I call it “bubble glass”. I replaced it with an ordinary pane.
I taped off all the glass.
The whole outside got two coats of ANNIE SLOAN CHALK PAIN in COCOA. Then I let it dry for 24 hours. I like to let any piece I do dry completely for at least 24 hours before I sand.
When the piece was completely dry I lightly sanded it. When I say “lightly” I mean I went over the piece using very little pressure with a very fine grit sandpaper.
I did not actively try to sand it down to the wood, but where that happened it gave the piece a gently worn look. Then I went over the piece with a slightly damp rag to pick up all chalk paint dust.
Now starts the FUN!!! I love putting a color wash on a piece!!! It make a piece come alive! I used ASCP in PURE WHITE to make a color wash and used this technique over the entire piece. A color wash is soooo simple to do!!!! Here’s a detailed COLOR WASH EFFECT TUTORIAL.
When the white color wash was dry I used a ASCP VERSAILLE color wash. Doing a double color wash gave the hutch a lot of character and color variation! Even though I worked the two color washes over the entire hutch, some places picked up more white and some the tinge of versailles. A color wash takes no time at all to do!
Again, I waited 24 hours before I began to wax the hutch. First, I used a very thin layer of clear wax over the whole hutch and buffed it to a slight sheen with a cotton rag.
Then I made a sludge (half clear wax and half dark wax) and went over the entire piece again, concentrating in the nooks and crannies of the piece. Once the wax was dry (just a few minutes) I gave it a good rub using lots of elbow grease until is shone.
The last thing I did was to “dry brush” the hutch. Dry brushing is a very easy technique. I dipped just the “eyelashes” or the tippy ends of a paintbrush into paint. Then I removed most of the paint by brushing the bristles over a paper towel. And then I gently painted back and forth here and there. I dry brushed the hutch with both ASCP OLD OCHRE and VERSAILLE. This is so so subtle! But I love the effect! Can you see the light halo around the carved out arch in the image above. That was created with the dry brush technique.
After the outside of the hutch was finished I tackled the inside. What a mess! This was the original backing… can you believe it? This was the ugliest part of the hutch!!!! I painted the whole inside of it with ASCP PURE WHITE. It took 3 coates to completely cover the back. I originally was going to paint a chevron design on the back, but went in a different direction. I’ll reveal that next week when I post about styling a hutch or bookcase.
I spray painted the hardware black and bought new cup pulls and knob pulls and Bobby helped to put them on. If you look very carefully in the BEFORE picture at the top you can notice that the pulls on the bottom drawers are not centered… not one! What were the previous owner thinking?
I was going to go with small round pulls on the bottom doors, but we had to use cup pulls to hide the off center holes in the cabinets! Isn’t it a good thing this poor hutch found a loving home? Once the cup pulls were on, I secretly thanked the people who put on those wonky pulls! I would have never chosen cup pulls… but I think they work!
The hutch almost completed…
If this type of transformation seems too big for you to tackle… or you are not sure you know how to paint it… please LISTEN!!! Just dive in! Give it a try! It is not hard at all! You will be so so pleased you did!!!
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