Hutch Make-over January 01 2015, 0 Comments

Working on a large piece can be tough, especially when you need to create a layered or wash like effect.  I was definitely up to the challenge when presented with this piece.  My client sent me a picture to give me an idea of what she was looking for and I knew with Shabby Paints I could create a unique one of a kind piece that she would just love! 

For this project I used the following (of course, all Shabby Paint  products);

  • Worn White
  • Dynasty Blue
  • Garfield Grey 
  • Sheer Vax
  • White ReVax 
  • Black ReVax

I started by removing the back panel of the hutch, as I knew painting the back would be much easier if it was removed. Next I sanded the entire piece very lightly (5 minutes tops on the whole thing, just to give a bit of texture).  I didn't need to sand, but I generally quickly sand all my pieces before I paint just to ensure that I remove the shine. Again, not necessary, but more of a habit. Next I cleaned it up with a warm mixture (50/50) of white vinegar and water.  Ok, prepping is out of the way - time to get started!

I painted the base of the hutch Worn White. Generally I can get away with two coats, but for this pieces I used two coats, then a fairly watered down coat of Worn White just to fill in any of the bare wood that was still peeking through the paint as a third coat.  I then took a fine grit sand paper and worked around the edges and details to distress and add some character.  I then let dry overnight. 

Next I needed to layer on some blue, so we chose Dynasty Blue for this step.  Now, before I walk through the process, I do want to point out that when I wash on or layer on colors, I always keep an open mind to the finished product!  Working with a darker color over a lighter color can be a bit intimidating, but I have found that if you start light you can always work up. For this particular piece, I wanted a washed looked with some dry brushing to really give it a few dimensions and layers if you will.  In a bowl I put some Dynasty Blue, White ReVAX, Sheer VAX and about a tablespoon of water.

The reason I used all three items is because I knew I already had quite a few layers of paint and by using the VAX and ReVAX in this step I was starting to add the protectant as well. I then dipped a damp sponge into different places in the bowl, so each product was on my sponge in a different spot.  I then started to apply all over my piece, starting in the dips and grooves, as that is where I wanted it the darkest. I applied in long motion, starting in the grooves and working outward. As you can see from the picture the doors were a little darker than the base itself.  Since I was going for that sort of look, I was very sparse with applying the blue mixture on the outer shell of the hutch. I worked over the entire piece, re-dipping in the three products periodically but in no particular order.  Using long strokes is best; it helps prevent having short little streaks.  At this point I had a wash look over the piece.  The reason I added water was because I needed the product thinned down, which allowed me to 'wash'. 

Once the piece was completely dry, I put about a tablespoon of Dynasty Blue and White ReVAX in a bowl (not touching).  I then took a dry chip brush and very lightly put a little Dynasty Blue on my brush, then dabbed on a paper town.  I then went over the piece, being very gentle, not applying too much pressure. I worked to brush closer to the edges and around details, as well as the doors to give those areas extra dimension.  Periodically I would put a little white ReVAX on my brush to help blend it up a bit.  The goal was to add a little texture and dimension over the piece on top of the wash.  Again, I put more emphasis on the doors than the outer base as you can see from the picture below. 

Now for the back of the hutch!  Here I started by using two coats of Garfield Grey and let dry.

I then put some Worn White, Garfield Grey, Black ReVAX and White ReVAX in a plate.  

Working with a damp sponge, I dipped a portion of the sponge in each item in my bowl.

 Working section by section, l I gently wiped from top to bottom in long strokes.  As I needed additional product on my sponge I would dip in no particular order.  This created a unique blended grey look which I love (learn more in my blog post "Slate").

Once I had the base of the back complete. I then dry brushed on a little Black ReVAX and White ReVAX to give it a bit of texture. Here I used super long strokes from top to bottom to keep my pieces from having broken up streaks. When I applied using the sponge I was able to blend the colors together and by using a dry brush technique, I was able to add a little more depth to the piece and essentially 'stack' colors. Do you see from the picture below how it is blended yet layered? 


I let everything dry overnight.  

As a last step I covered the entire piece with Sheer VAX, which I applied with a damp sponge. 

Here is the finished piece and I will tell you I had one happy customer!