Tuesday. Who doesn't love a Tuesday? No pressure, no expectation, just simply.....(deep breath).....Tuesday.
What's not to love?
I finished painting a very large hutch over the weekend and wanted to share the final results with you. I love the combination of heavy distressing with sublime robin's egg blue interior on this piece.
And of course a little glass knob sparkle.
I gathered several white serving pieces and vases from around my house to stage the inside for photos.
For the body, I painted one coat of Behr's Sterling mixed as a home chalkpaint (1 1/2 cups paint, 1/2 cup Calcium Carbonate, 1/4-1/2 cup water). Sterling is a very, very light gray that looks almost white but it's not ~ because it's gray.
Like a white with a past. Scandalous.
I found this piece on Craigslist and snapped this Before picture after I'd removed the original hardware. You're not missing anything there: Chunky, clunky and 70's is all I have to say about that. I will not be keeping it for future projects.
Here's a photo of one coat of paint before any distressing. Note: I do not prime when I paint with chalkpaint; the adherence is that good.
When it came time to distress this piece, I wanted to be pretty heavy-handed, so only needing to distress through one coat of paint helped achieve that look with little effort. I sanded all the corners, edges and detailing with a medium-grade sanding block, which also serves to buff and give a very smooth finish to the newly painted surface.
The interior received two coats of Behr's Windwood Spring, also mixed as a chalkpaint. I did not distress the interior as I wanted to it to look fresh and new. I like the unexpected contrast.
I finished the interior with one coat of Minwax Polyurethane, applying with a brush in a very thin coat to avoid drips and runs. This product tends to be very stinky and can take a couple hours to dry, but it provides a very durable, smooth finish I've learned to trust.
Finally, using my new-fangled, official Miss Mustard Seed waxing brush (why did I not get one of these sooner??)...
I waxed the entire body of the exterior with Minwax Furniture Wax in a very thin application, wiping off excess and lightly buffing as I went.
One word about the end result finish on this hutch: Velvet.
I keep walking by just to touch it. And I'm not kidding.
We furniture painters may be crazy. Maybe it's good we spend a great deal of time alone.
This piece may already be sold to a client who purchased a desk and hutch from me last year, but if not, you will see it posted in the next day or two.
Labels: Chalkpaint, Furniture, Paint