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6.16.2011

CHALK one up for me!

 In addition to unpacking and
arranging and rearranging, I
painted three pieces of furniture last week.
Yep, with THE chalk paint.
I jumped in those waters and tried it too.
I did the big hutch in the picture.
I used Old White and Duck's Egg
with the clear and dark waxes.
 This is what the top of the hutch use to look like.
(Yes, that is dust you see.)
 This is what the bottom of the hutch looked like.
I bought the hutch off Craigslist several years ago and
only got the bottom of it painted black.
I never got around to painting the top black.
I like the hutch because it is so slender.
It fits in tight spaces and does not take up much room.
 (After I dusted it!!) I painted the entire hutch..
both top and bottom..
the Duck's Egg color.
It is a cross between blue and green.
Much like the color of the sea. :-)
If you look closely, you can see the color under
the Old White.
Sorry, I did not take a picture of it when it was all
Duck's Egg.
 This was my second piece to paint with the
chalk paint, so I felt more at ease.
After I painted the
 Duck's Egg
then the
Old White,
I put on a coat of clear wax.
Then I sanded down in a big way.
I wanted the old green to show through...
or as in the case of the bottom...the old green and the black!
I did NOT paint the table top of the hutch Old White.
I left that painted only Duck's Egg.
I am glad I did that.
 You can see how heavily I put on the dark wax.
It is alarming the first time you do it.
I used the clear wax ...and elbow grease...
to take most of it off.
The shelves above clearly show how one shelf has
had the dark wax,
and one has only been clear waxed
and distressed.
 Here you can see how I kept the tabletop part
Duck's Egg with clear and dark wax on it.
 Some of the closeups of
the hutch
after it was completely finished.
I realize this look is
not for everyone,
but it sure beats the
"before" pics!



 I tried to put the heavy distress look
on parts that would have
natural wear
and tear.
 Here you can see how
slim the hutch is.
Now, when I am in my
computer room,
I look up through the doorway...
and this is the view I see.
Chalk one up for me!

10 comments:

  1. I love it. I haven't been able to track chalk paint down here yet, it's only a matter of time. Love the colours you chose. I have a similar hutch, also very slim, but the bottom has cupboard doors, and did blue under white. They are great for small or narrow spaces. I really like the Duck Egg colour you chose.

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  2. That is a look I love, and you did a wonderful job. I'm unfamiliar with chalk paint so now I want to learn more about it.

    I really love that you left the two separate pieces in two shades. That really looks great.

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  3. All I can say is: WOW! Everything fits together so perfectly. I just love everything in your livingroom! Coming over from My Romantic Home and your newest follower!

    Jeanine

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  4. Oh wow! It looks awesome! Nicely done! A successful makeover indeed! I love your choice of colors and you got the distressing down just right!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,
    Amanda

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  5. Cynthia (Simply Chic Treasures)6/17/2011

    This looks so nice! Great transformation, and I really like your distressing of the knobs.

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  6. Oh this turned out awesome!! Love the colors of it and you definitely have the technique down pat :) Great job :)

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  7. Good Morning,
    Your hutch looks great!! I also used the chalk paint for my first time this weekend on my kitchen table. I love how your hutch turned out, the blue is really pretty. I love the look!
    Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

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  8. Love your hutch redo! It looks fabulous in the room in the photo. I can't wait to try this chalk paint.

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  9. Wow! It looks awesome! Thanks for sharing! Great space here. Hope to see you on my blog:)

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  10. Love this, the layers of paint showing really add to the charm of this piece!

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