Whew! It’s been a few minutes since I have written anything here. Sometimes, the days all blend in to each other, and life can really throw some curve balls! We sure are living in unprecedented times, and I for one am feeling a collective sense of stress and anxiety. Most people I am talking to are feeling the same way. Our worlds have been shaken, and hopefully in a way that helps us be better humans- taking better care of ourselves and others.
I for one have really been listening to what the world is trying to tell me- as an individual. I made the decision not to re-open my store, moved all of my do-it-yourself products to a booth space next door, and kept two of the rooms from the shop as a studio and storage/staging area. I honestly feel like its the best decision I have ever made. Instead of doing everything for everyone else all the time, I am now concentrating on me, and the art that I want to make. It feels really good.
Blue Damask with Cabbage Flowers
Speaking of me and my art, I have been staring at this vintage hutch for the better part of 6 months. The veneer was really bad on the pull down door, so I took it off, and then had no idea how I was going to finish it.
Enter the Blue Damask Floral decoupage paper!! I love the soft subtle tones in this sheet and its big: 24″ x 36″, so I knew it would be perfect for this hutch. First and foremost, the hutch is so dark. I really felt like it needed to be lightened up so it wouldn’t look so heavy and foreboding anymore.
Here is Part 1 of the video tutorial showing you exactly how I got this gorgeous paper onto my hutch.
Vanilla Frosting Anyone?
After hemming and hawing, I chose Country Chic’s Vanilla Frosting for my main paint color. It’s just a touch lighter than the paper, and I knew with a little distressing, that would be just the right balance.
Isn’t it so pretty? I painted two coats of this creamy white. This is where I had to make a big decision: the legs. I did want to have a contrast between the legs and the body of the hutch, but i thought the dark, dark wood was just that, too dark. So, I grabbed a piece of the Blue Damask decoupage paper and headed over to my paint cabinet.
Low and behold I literally found the most perfect color! Hurricane!! It matches the blue in the paper almost to a tee.
Wow- I really love the contrast. What do you think?
So this hutch is pretty old, and really well used. There are bumps and scratches and places where the veneer has peeled off all over the place. For this reason, it absolutely could not have a “perfect finish”. I decided to distress the paint, and made a really wild decision to stencil the sides. The stencil will break up the inconsistencies of the scratches and bumps and bruises, and then I also could bring more of the Hurricane color into the rest of the piece.
I used a stencil that is no longer available – BUT WAIT!! I actually found one that is a really great alternative. This French Script Stencil will give you the very same result.
Well my my, I really opened a can of worms with this one. The stencil is larger than the surface of the sides of my hutch- so I couldn’t tape it on! I had to hold the stencil in place- and press hard so it didn’t move! My arms were killing me. For real. Ah- what we will do for art right?! In the end it turned out pretty good.
Check out Part 2 of the video tutorial right here:
Glazing with a Sea Sponge – what??!!
I really still felt like I needed to something to bring this piece cohesively together- to bring it on home per se. The crazy thing was, I really wanted to match the yellow amber color that was already in the paper. So… I put on my mixologist cap and got to work.
I had some Burnt Amber Glaze in my cabinet, but I knew that by itself, It would be way to dark, and not the right hue that I really was looking for. I started by adding Country Chic Clear Glaze to the burnt amber to start diluting the amber color. Then, oddly enough, I grabbed the Country Chic Fresh Mustard Paint and added that to the mix. It was a perfect blend!
I also mixed a little of the Vanilla Frosting into the clear glaze so I could build the glazes and create good dimension.
Here is the final video in the 3 part series:
Do you think you can recreate this look? Tell me below!
See you next time,
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