Ugly Desk Hutch Makeover with CeCe Caldwell’s Alaskan Tundra Grey

February 12, 2013

I recently did a huge make-over of my “studio” aka patio (to see the complete studio makeover, visit this blog post).  This total makeover included doing my favorite makeover so far – the makeover of this ugly desk hutch.  The hutch came with this desk that I refinished and sold.  I started using the hutch as shelves for my studio and decided to keep it for myself.

before-antique-hutch-restored-cece-caldwells-beforeI had to rip out a light that was attached to the top of the bottom shelf and I also ripped off the backing because it was cheap, junky and I figured I don’t really need it.  Finally, I wiped it down as thing thing was pretty nasty dirty.

Now comes the fun part.

antique-hutch-cece-caldwell-alaskan-tundra-greenGoing from top-to-bottom, left-to-right on the pictures above, I first coated the hutch in one thick coat of CeCe Caldwell’s Alaskan Tundra Green.  This is by far my favorite of her colors.  Next, I distressed the edges and details of the hutch with a wet rag (so easy and no mess).  After that, I white washed Dover White over the whole hutch using up and down, quick motions.  I also covered the pretty scroll detailing with Dover White.  I used a slightly wet rag and rubbed the entire thing to blend in the white brush strokes (be careful and do this gently so you don’t rub too much off).  Finally, I covered the whole thing in CeCe Caldwell’s Clear Wax which really brought out the true color.  I let it dry overnight and then buffed it out.

hutch-cece-caldwell-alaskan-tundra-green-dover-whiteI cannot get enough of this distressed and whitewashed look!  This paint is amazing.  The entire process took me less than two hours.  I love that the original wood shows through and how the Dover White accents the beautiful scrolls at the top of the hutch.

dear-olympia-furniture-revivals-hutch-cece-caldwellEven though the hutch was originally meant for a desk, it actually works pretty well as storage shelves.  It is so pretty and the Alaskan Tundra Grey Color so soothing that I can’t wait to get out in my studio and see it.  Dramatic, I know, but I really do believe that your surroundings affect your attitude!  One of my favorite aspects is the distressed look that really gives a Shabby Chic feel.
hutch-cece-caldwell-alaskan-tundra-green-dover-white-close-upI love, love, love this calm, cooling color and the fact that the hardened and buffed clear wax protects the wood against the inevitable spills that will happen.  It will be a fun piece for customers to see when they pick up furniture that I feel really shows off what this paint can do!  Too see the complete studio makeover, visit this blog post.

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Show Me What Ya Got @ Not Just A Housewife
Power Of Paint Party @ Domestically Speaking
Be Inspired @ Elizabeth & Co.
Trash To Treasure Tuesday @ Kammy’s Korner

Walkabout Wednesday @ Taingamala
Primp Your Stuff Wednesday @ {Primp}

Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Under $100 Linky Party @ Beyond The Picket Fence
Open House Party @ No Minimalist Here
Creative Inspirations @ Embracing Change


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Frugal Friday @ Shabby Nest
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