My Painted Hutch + How To Tips

July 21, 2011 § 5 Comments


This is what I have been working on this summer; my hutch. When I found this used piece, the right bottom door was locked shut and I guess no one had bought it because of that, not realizing the lock could easily be removed. Lucky me, because I got it for a slamming 30 bucks. Anyhow, I immediately knew I wanted to paint it with a distressed finish, but how? I had never painted a piece of furniture in my life… I went online, I went to the library, and I didn’t quite come across what I was looking for. Everything was too complicated with a list of special materials I didn’t want to bother with. I finally just decided to do it myself, and this is how I did it:

1. Remove the doors and hardware, labeling (writing on painters tape) where each door goes and where the hardware goes. It is especially important if the hardware is unique with small differences between each because they may only line up with there original holes. Sand down the entire piece (including doors) to remove any finish so that the paint can stick. I used an electric sander for very large areas, like the top and sides and then did the rest by hand. Avoid edges with electric sanders as you can quickly, accidentally, grind down corners. When finished sanding, wipe off the sawdust.

2. Begin with a primer, painting the corners first, I believe the term for this is “cut in”. Then paint the rest of the interior. Because this piece is so dark, I used three coats of primer and one white top coat for the inside.

3. Mask any glass with painters tape, making sure the tape is securely pressed down so no paint leaks underneath onto the glass. Then prime doors, I used two coats. Note: If some paint does leak under (it did for me), hold a razor blade vertically and run it down the edge where the window and wood meet. Then turn the blade horizontal and scrape the paint off, starting at the top. Use long strokes (usually one will do it), not back and fourth scratches or you will mark up the glass.

4. Prime the exterior. I used two coats of primer.

5. Paint with your color of choice, I suggest two coats. p.s. thats my dog Riley, she kept me company.

6. This is the fun part. Take rough sandpaper and sand down to the original wood, focusing on areas that would naturally become worn, like the corners and door knobs. Then finish by sanding with a fine sandpaper, this makes it so you don’t feel a bunch of jagged edges when you touch it.

7. Remove the tape. There are two ways to do this and it depends on what style you want. I just gently pulled the tape off, which slightly rips off some of the paint with it (you can see that towards the top of the photo). If you want a clean cut, take a razor blade and run it along the edge where the glass and wood come together. This separates the paint on your tape from the paint on the wood, so when you pull the tape away it doest bring the paint off the wood with it (I did this for example near the middle of the photo.)

8. Put hardware back on.

This was my first furniture project and I’m quite happy with how it has turned out : )

I’m not sure whats the difference between a hutch and china cabinet is, but I feel that hutches are less formal and if you’re not holding china in it, well, it’s not a china cabinet. hmmm…

This one holds puppies.

A Feminine Bathroom That He Can Live With

May 7, 2011 § 1 Comment

Via Nuevo Estilo

I adore this bathroom. I love and want it. Every part of it. I was thinking “feminine” as soon as I saw the pink, but I came to realize its a feminine that could be accepted by “him,” the guy in your life because of the masculine grey colors and patterns.

How To: If you must have a feminine bathroom but you have a man to share it with, this is a way to pull it off. Its is rather feminine dominant but has enough masculinity that he can survive it and even like. Choose a dusty pink, its less girly (note: most men don’t hate the color pink.) Avoid floor to ceiling pink paint by making use of a tile chair rail (the subway tile here is gender neutral in shape and color). Pair a feminine accent color with masculine color such as pink and grey or pink and navy. Use a geometric floor tile, which speaks more masculine than other patterns.

A good way to make a balance between feminine and masculine is to use a masculine print or shape in a feminine color and vice versa. In this bathroom the vanity has cabriole legs, which are feminine but the  black balances it to become more gender neutral.

Remember, it doesn’t need to be 50:50. A 60:40 of feminine and masculine will do.

Pinstripe Walls – DIY

April 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

Pinstripe walls are very sophisticated and classy, just like a classy pinstripe suit.
Emily Henderson, HGTV’s latest Design Star, gave a wonderful tip on how to paint pinstripe walls.
I will speak of this in terms of the photograph below. First paint your base coat black. Then use 2 inch think painters tape, measuring it at the top and bottom to make sure its even, and leave a thin space between each (about 1/8 inch) for your white stripes. Then you paint another coat of black paint where the white stripes will be in the end, this is to make sure that the bleeding, which is unavoidable, will be the black onto the black. Then you paint your white layer. When it is dry, remove the tape. There will be some little imperfects, but just touch them up with a small paint brush.

Via Bahrainidiva

Charles Newhaven Wallpaper

Designer Emily Henderson

DIY Sentimental Art – Thursday Tip 2

March 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

"Key To My Heart' by Savannah B. Lubomirski

I strongly believe in making your own art. It’s really quite simple if you don’t over think it and it’s much more sentimental if you do it yourself.
For my four year anniversary with my sweetheart I made him this piece of art.
I first picked a few sentimental pieces and then wondered the thrift stores to find some interesting little knickknacks. I then lined the back of a deep frame with a white handmade paper that had a subtle texture. I  painted my little treasures black and lastly I attached them using a hot glue gun.
I choose a steel frame and black knickknacks since this was for my guy and because it already had love written all over it I had to find a way to make sure it wasn’t too cutesy. You can change the design shape, frame and color depending on who it is for and/or what style you want; if you are going for a mod style try a bright turquoise, or if it is for a little girl the design could be a heart in a mid-tone pink.

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