For several years, I have had this hand-me-down hutch. Not really happy with it, I was unsure of how to improve it to meet my décor standards. I thought about getting rid of the hutch, just because it was so blah. Brown and blah. I even toyed with the idea of having my wonderful hubby make me another one more suited to my taste. However, that seemed like a waste of time and money when I already had a hutch. (Sometimes being a good steward is not all that fun. )
I decided that I would just paint it. But what color? I already had a lot of red due to the benches we made and painted, and I wanted something a little different that would add some zing to the room. Turquoise came to mind, but that is a huge step that I wasn’t sure I could make. It would really zing, perhaps a bit too much. I discarded the idea and thought black – nah, too dark and boring. I kept coming back to turquoise. I also wanted an aged look, but was trying to find out how to replicate that look. I searched the internet, found some awesome DIY refinished pieces, and watched a few tutorials.
Seized with the desire to strike while the iron was hot, so to speak, I ran to Lowes and picked out paint. Yes, I did end up going with a turquoise blue. The weather was gorgeous, so I headed out to paint just as soon as I got back. I also bought spray paint to redo the hardware. I liked the drawer pulls and little knobs, but they were yucky, and the hinges had been painted brown by a previous owner.
I had to get creative when I painted the hardware screws and dangly drawer pulls. I was trying to figure out how to paint all sides of the drawer pulls without having them rest on another painted part. Enter the common wooden toothpick. I wedged a toothpick into the swiveling part until it stood upright, not touching any other part of the drawer pull. Voila! It worked! Fueled by this small success, I turned to the screws. I poked them into a piece of cardboard so that they all stood upright. Again, success! I could now spray paint all the surfaces without having to touch them and flip things around!
Maybe those of you who do this kind of thing all the time are laughing at me, but it was fun to figure out. :)
I looked all over for the finishing glaze to add the antique look to my newly painted hutch, but no one seemed to know what I was talking about. Back to the internet I went, and read carefully the blogs that I had found those awesome pieces with the same finish. I found out some brand names, and learned that I would have to mix the glaze with whatever color of paint I wanted the glaze to be. This was going to be more work than I had anticipated. The Home Depot was the only store in our area that actually had glaze, so I went there. While I was looking at quart cans of clear (add-your-own-color) glaze, my eye fell on a display of Martha Stewart special painting finishes. There were several different varieties of pre-colored glaze. They were much smaller cans, and the price was happily less. I decided to get the small jar and experiment. I f I didn’t like it, I could always paint over it again. This is what I wound up buying.
I highly recommend this product (Black Coffee is the name). It is latex, so it dries faster and cleans up easier than the clear glaze, which is oil-based. This little jar was more than plenty for my whole hutch. In fact, I used over half a quart of paint to repaint the hutch, and I may have used two or three tablespoons of glaze to finish it. A little of this stuff goes a long way! Glazing is one of the most fun things I have ever done. I told my husband that I have a new favorite thing to do! :)
Basically, you apply the glaze with a sponge brush or regular brush, if it is very detailed, and let it sit for 30-60 seconds. Wipe off the glaze with a damp cloth, allowing as much or as little of the glaze to remain in the cracks and crevices of the piece. This is where it gets a little messy, since the glaze gets all over your hands. I had to keep changing the water in my bowl because it was paint-y after a few dips with the cloth.
The whole project took one afternoon, and I am so thrilled with the results! I have moved the hutch into my laundry/craft room, where I will store some of the items that now reside in cardboard boxes. I am thinking I will be able to keep quite a bit of fabric and craft items in the bottom cupboard. Here is what it looks like now!
This is not the best picture because the sun was blazing in the windows. You can still get a good idea of the way it looks now. As you will notice, I left the back of the hutch brown, just for a bit of contrast. It was not painted very heavily, and the wood grain shows through, giving it a unique look.
The best part about glazing is that it does not have to be perfect. If it is a little darker or thicker in some places, it just adds to the antique look. I will definitely be using this technique again in the future!
Do you have a piece of furniture that you want to change? Have you ever tried glazing?