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.
I 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.
Going 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.
I 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.
Even 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.
I 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.
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