Tuesday, January 24, 2012

{C}HiPPy HuTCh

{F}rench Hutch in CLasSIc WhITe


Putty, glue, and some sandpaper plus any structural repairs.

 I love that I found a random pic inside one of the drawers.  
Glad it wasn't X-RATED  LOL

This hutch has those cool wire grids on each side that you can have in or out of the piece.  The new owner didn't want them in right now, but the style may come back around someday.

The vaseline has been applied and then I sprayed the piece.  After being sprayed, it is sitting out in the driveway drying.  Originally, I planned on leaving the inside of the hutch it's original "stained brown".  BUT the buyer wanted the inside finished in white too.  So, I ended up painting the inside by hand indoors.  I couldn't use the vasoline technique, SO I had to distress it with a flat edge and sand paper.  
NOTE TO SELF: Plan ahead and spray inside and out at the same time.  
MUCH faster process! 

At this point in the process the piece looks clean and perfect.  Close up it's NOT.  The next pics will show you the process of the technique I used to achieve the darling chippy effect.

 Most important tools---scraper and {M}y fingers.

In these pics, you can see where the paint isn't sticking.
Totally looks like I messed this up, RIGHT?
Nope, supposed to look this way~~

HINT~SECRET******A simple trick for hinges:

One of the easiest ways to "paint a hinge" on purpose is to coat it with vasoline.  Then, scrape the paint off the hinge in a messy kind-of way.  It is a "lazy approach" but cuts out the step of removing the hinges and not getting paint on them.  If you execute is correctly, paint in some of the cracks looks amazing.

Next, you have to get working on the project before the paint totally cures.  I use a scraper and my fingers to get off the paint I want.  If I want to take some more paint off in spots where I didn't put vasoline, I still can scrape it off with a flat edge.  This is a lot harder and can really damage the piece.  So, be careful.  You can also sand some off if you need even more removed.  
Here is an edge that I took paint off because it had a run coming down the side.  Again, there wasn't any vasoline, so I just scraped it with pressure and a flat edge.

So, here is my progress at this point.

After I have distressed everywhere that I want, I get ready to clean up the edges and over-spray.  In the pic below, you can see where the sprayer got paint inside the cabinets.  No problem, just lightly sand where you don't want any paint showing.
I usually have to sand the edges of the drawers and doors.  I think that this is faster than taping the edges off.  You will have to choose which one works best for you.  Some jobs are easier to disassemble the doors and tape off, some are easier to just sand the over-spray off.

After cleaning up the over-spray, I match paint to those circle putty marks where the door knobs used to be.
Then I rub glaze onto all the original finish areas.  This cleans the piece up really well and helps the "old" smell disappear.

Wet paint/varnish/glaze is one of my favorite smells (I also like the smell of a salon) weird huh?

Here is a pic of the inside of the doors, with the matching paint over the putty~~~

Next, I would seal the entire piece BUT the client doesn't know if she wants the piece glazed or not.  So, she is going to live with it for awhile and then decide later on how to totally finish it.

Almost done.......
I need to add the new hardware, insert the glass, clean the glass, and add some fluff for a few "AFTER" pics.


AFTER: Perfection!



On another NOTE~~~
Does anyone else have a garage THIS dirty?

You'll learn that I am a "messy crafty".  The inside is always clean, the garage isn't.  
The End.

I've Linked this project {HERE}................

Saturday, January 21, 2012


I got this from a guy called "CRAZY DAVE".  I was expecting an entertaining negotiation, BUT he was "BORING DAVE"!  Maybe, he only gets "CRAZY" after a few & at night.  HUM????  
I sanded and puttied here-n-there.  Then, I apply vasoline where I didn't want any paint to stick.  After that step, I sprayed the piece with a white paint that had the primer already mixed into it.  (Don't ask me what color white, because it was something I had in the garage already.  Sometimes, when I am running low on a color, I mix all that I have together and voila!  More paint,right?  It totally doesn't matter what I start with, because when I glaze, it takes on a different color and finish.) 

IMPORTANT: You have to spray vaseline-edged furniture.  The brush can't stroke across the vaseline.  It's never going to work~ just smear and wreak havoc!!!

When the paint had dried mostly but hadn't completely cured, I scraped the paint off where I had applied the vasoline.  Whenever I could, I would "tear" into the paint even further than where it wasn't sticking because of the lube.  That is why I worked on it before totally curing!

It gives a piece a more cool edge that looks amazing.  The trick takes practice. I use a flat edge scraper.  There isn't any rhyme or reason, just have at it.  It is all the artist's preference.

NOTE:  It is totally easier if it isn't staying at your home.  You aren't as critical and know that you are going to be staring at the distressing forever.  

{Anyway}, after I have all the distressing completed, I let it cure.  Then, the piece is glazed and finished with a poly.  My favorite piece of this CREDENZA (besides the drawers, and storage) are the knobs.  I found these right after picking up the piece.  I think it's amazing that the doors are cubed and the knobs are checkered too.  Thus, the black accents.  

Awe, the drawers.  
I LOVE a piece of furniture that I can add a {POP} factor to.  In this credenza, at a glance it really doesn't have much to it BBUUUUUTTTTTTTTTTTTTT~~~
Open the doors and WOWsers-fun!  
I did the stenciling with these.

I bought them at Lowe's.  I love them because they remind me of 
{Damask fabric} 
* which I am loving lately *

~Don't stress too much about clean edges...you're going to sand them for a distressed look anyway~

When you stencil, make the pattern random on each drawer.  You don't want them to look like they were printed from a warehouse (stamped-like in mass production).  Does that make sense?  You want them to compliment each other and balance each other.  Don't make one side heavier than the other.  I eyeball everything (except for hanging things on the wall.)

~~An innocent step stool~~ 
{T}his stool was nearby and sooooo.....
...It also got {D}amasked.
My little girl woke-up from a nap....very happy to see the "new girl" version.  Her older brother, whom it was originally created for, not as happy.

I got this step stool from The Wood Connection
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