Happy 2013 everyone!!! Are you just as excited for 2013 as I am??? Seriously, I can’t tell you HOW excited I am. I have some great news to share very soon ~ more on that to come! Overall, it was a great start to my year and I’m definitely feeling the immediate effects of trying to reset my body clock and working out after almost four (yes 4) weeks of being sick and not moving that much. Yowza. :-/ Anyone else off to a fresh start in their fitness this year???
Well, what better way to kick off the year here on TTL than with a furniture makeover? It’s been way too long…actually, I haven’t shared a furniture makeover since this pretty mint dresser. Sad, sad, sad people. That was in November – yikes! To redeem myself, I wanted to start the year off by sharing a beautiful hutch makeover with you. I found this piece off of Craigslist awhile back. You may remember seeing me share it on facebook or twitter. That’s where everyone gets all of the sneak peeks and sometimes I even ask for your vote on colors or other items. It’s so fun talking with you guys and hearing your ideas! I’m really do hear and listen to each and every one of you. :-D
So here we go! Let’s get on with the Before and After and talk details!
I’m so in love ~ it always puts a smile on my face when I finish a piece and I’m just really proud of it. If you’re wondering, there are pieces where this is not the case or yes, even pieces I just get rid of because it’s just not flyin’. No one’s ideas or attempts at them are perfect, right?
Ok, so let’s talk DETAILS on how to get this finish.
First of all….I have to admit it. You’re gonna kill me. No seriously! This is one of those pieces that ended up being a custom mix of paints with no specific measurements, BUT I will share the colors and general measurements to give you an idea how I was able to get this rustic, beachy kind of look.
This hutch was painted entirely with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colors. I’ve found these paints to be so easy to work with, and love their versatility. The back inside panel was a custom mix that I used for this dresser of Aubusson Blue and Graphite, about half and half. The outside of the hutch was first painted with a custom mix of Old White and Coco, about half and half, then dry brushed with Old White over the entire surface. Then add distressing (with 150 grit sandpaper) and seal it up with some Annie Sloan Clear Wax. That was the process.
I wasn’t sure what direction I was going to go with this, but I have to say I’m pretty in love with the french coastal look! The only other piece I’ve done like this was this desk quite awhile back.
What do you think? Do you like the distressed coastal look???
Have you ever tried a layered or dry brushed technique?
I’d love to know your thoughts and/or experience!
Here’s to a fantastic 2013!