Saturday, May 14, 2011

French Country Hutch??

Today I want to show you a hutch make-over that we just finished. This is how it started out...
It looked a little "country" with that bright honey colored butcher block top, but it had great promise.  So we decided that we could transform it in to a "French Country".  It had been painted with this hideously thick cement-like paint.  And it wasn't a very good paint job to begin with. 

CHALK PAINT TO THE RESCUE!!!  We did not sand or prime any of it!  We simply painted over the existing nightmare with the Duck Egg Blue chalk paint.  It was amazing!!!  The texture of the existing paint job gave the piece tons of character once the chalk paint was applied.  We also stripped the butcher block top and refinished it with a Dark Walnut stain.  Soooo much better!

 The distressing was a little tricky because there was sooooo much paint on it.  But Ben did a great job of distressing it in all the right places!!

We finished it off with some clear and dark wax to give it some age and protections.  Here is the final product...
What do you think???  French Country??  This piece is available for sell.  Let me know if you are interested!!

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Duck Egg Blue Cabinet

Hey Guys! I hope you all had a great Easter! I wanted to share my latest piece with you. I used Annie Sloan's chalk paint on it and I LOVE IT!!!! This paint is the coolest stuff ever!!! It distresses so beautifully! I just ordered 4 more quarts in different colors and I cannot wait to try them all!! I ordered them from a little shop in Waco called Lily Lane Home. Check them out on Facebook here.  Their shop looks adorable and they are super sweet!  Okay, so here is the before pic of my cabinet...

 I did not have to sand or prime it!! Well, at least not on the outside of the cabinet.  I painted the inside and the trim around the windows with white latex paint because I did not have white chalk paint yet (it's coming!).  So I painted the cabinet with 2 coats of the chalk paint in Duck Egg Blue.  It dries super fast and is very easy to work with.  Then I got to favorite part...the distressing.  I just used a sanding block and went to town.  It came off so smoothly and looked very authentic. 
 Here is a close-up of some of the distressing.  So pretty!
 And here is the final product!  I LOVE IT!!!

 I love the crackling around the knobs. 

This is definitely one of my favorite pieces so far!  I cannot wait to try out the other colors of the chalk paint!!!  Have you painted anything with chalk paint???  Let me know!!

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