Paris Grey Hutch Makeover

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It's been a while since I shared a client piece on here, but I had to share the latest client piece I finished. This thing is massive and was in such rough shape when I got it. I just love the way it turned out!

This hutch had been in a storage unit for some time and smelled pretty funky, so I started off by sealing the entire piece in

Zinsser Shellac

. This product along with neutralizing smells helps seal water stains and bleed through. It is always a great idea to coat a piece in Shellac if you don't know its history. I took an old sock and applied it over the entire piece before painting.

Originally, we had decided to rip out the mirrors and replace them with beadboard like on my personal

hutch makeover

. Once I ripped out the mirror, I realized the paneling on the hutch was real wood! It was in such good condition, so I could not bring myself to replace it. In the end, I think the beadboard backing would have detracted from the simplicity of this piece. This was a huge win.

My client selected

Annie Sloan Paris Grey

for this piece which is a great choice for staying neutral without doing white. Exciting side note, you can know buy Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on Amazon!

And for the top, she wanted a two toned look so I used my new go to stain

General Finishes Java Gel Stain

. The veneer on this top was pretty thin, so I used the stain right on top of the finished wood. This is a technique exclusive to gel stain. It is so pigmented you can use it right on top of finished wood. It definitely has a learning curve, but it has a huge payoff. I'm going to make a video on this technique soon for my YouTube channel, so make sure to

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My client's husband had some wood working skills, so he cut a shelf to replace the glass one in the hutch. You can see it in the pic above. I stained it with the Java Gel to match the top of the sideboard. I applied

General Finishes Gel Topcoat

to seal both pieces. Check out these awesome videos the folks at General Finishes put together to show you how to use these products. There is one for

gel stain over an existing finish

 and one for

applying gel topcoat

 (go to the 5 minute mark to see the portion on topcoat).

To add a touch of masculinity, we decided to replace the old hardware with antiqued cup pulls and knobs. This is more costly and in this case I had to drill new holes for the cup pulls, but it gives the piece a whole new look if you are up for the cost. I purchased the hardware from Menards for around $70, but you could also buy it on Amazon. The pulls are from Hickory Hardware, the Williamsburg Cub Cabinet Pull and the Cottage Cabinet Knob in dark antique copper. Click on the pictures below to see their specifications or to purchase them on Amazon.

The original hardware was not a standard 3" size. I run into this a lot with older pieces. Since I was using a cup pull there was no need to fill in the existing holes. I drilled new ones to fit the 3" cup pulls,  and they covered the old holes. If you are drilling new holes, I highly suggest getting a

cabinet mounting kit

. It will make measuring so much easier!

I finished this piece off with some light distressing. Then I sealed the entire piece with

Annie Sloan Clear Wax

. Then I used a light application of

Annie Sloan Dark Wax

around my distressed areas.

My client also decided she wanted to keep the glass in the cabinet doors. So I had to tape them off and spray paint the brass etching with some

Rust-oleum Universal All Surface Spray Paint Metallic

. This is my go to paint for getting a metal finish on hardware/metal. I used the color Burnished Amber.

I forgot to take pictures of this, but it is the same technique I used in a

sideboard makeover

if you need more details. Here is the finished door.

I had to crank through this pretty quickly because my client was relocating to China and had to start getting her stuff in shipping crates. I loved the way this turned out, and I am excited to know she will have a piece of cozy, farmhouse style in her home all the way in China!

If you need more step by step instructions on working with Chalk Paint. Check out my

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 to see all my tutorials. I am hoping to really ramp up my channel this year. Let me know what you want to see.

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My New Obsession: Annie Sloan® Graphite

I have a new color obsession to share with you- Annie Sloan®'s Graphite. Any fans of PrettyDistressed™ know I love me some Old White, Paris Grey, French Linen and an occasional Duck Egg Blue in her Chalk Paint™ line. In the past, I have shied away from using Graphite. It is the darkest color in the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® pallet, and I had heard it can be tricky to work with. But let me tell you now that I have used it, I am dying to paint something in my house with this color. It's so rich and unique. Then once you put the wax on, it comes to life!



I am so grateful for my clients, and the way they push me out of my comfort zone. She selected Graphite for this dresser I was refinishing for her son's room. She has an amazing old century home and has a lot of antique brass throughout the home, so we knew we wanted to do a brass cup pull on the dresser. I selected the Martha Stewart Bedford Brass Canopy Cup Pull from HomeDepot.com. Graphite is really the ultimate complement to the antique brass. The cool thing about it is it's not a true black but more of a slate like a chalkboard.

My client only wanted mild distressing, so I went with a different technique than I usually use. Instead of making big brush strokes in every direction, I kept my strokes smooth and in one direction. I did two coats and really covered the wood. Then I took a 400 grit sandpaper and smoothed the entire piece down. This technique exposed just a smidge of the original finish on the edges of the drawers and corners. I finished it off with Annie Sloan clear wax.
antique brass pull



graphite

annie sloan graphite


chalk paint

I am really excited about working with Graphite more. I need it in my house somewhere! Trust me, you have to check it out for yourself. I've got some more projects in cue right now and can't wait to share more reveals with you soon. Happy painting!

Off to Market

Spring is in the air, and this is my favorite time of the year to paint. Drawing up the garage door and taking in the fresh air while sipping on an iced coffee from my Keurig was the place where Pretty Distressed was born. It soothes my soul. It is also a great time of year for moving and garage sales, and I just scored two beautiful pieces from such a sale. Today, I will be sharing the first reveal from my haul. And the most exciting news is she is looking for a new home.



This Queen Anne Thomasville sideboard is a real beauty, and she was in such great shape that it was pretty hard to take my paint brush to it. But you know me, I just couldn't help myself. I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in French Linen with some medium distressing. Then, I finished it off with Annie Sloan Soft Wax in clear and some dark around the detailing to give it that aged patina. French Linen is considered a neutral, so it really can blend in with any color pallet.

I love how formal and fancy this piece is, but the paint job makes it casual and comfy at the same time. She is also really versatile. It would really work great as a focal point in a foyer like I staged it, but it could also be used behind a sofa, as a media center, or the classic approach of a server in a dining room.







Once I got it all staged up in my foyer, I felt really tempted to keep it. It is such a different look than my Goodwill Dresser that sits here. But in the end, I decided I am not quite ready to part ways with my signature piece yet. This little lady sure made me ponder it for a while. So, off to market she goes. Check out my Shop Furniture tab if you are interested in purchasing this piece or want to check out the rest of my work up for sale.

Are you a spring junkie like me? Is anyone else out there enjoying painting outside again? Here's to more reveals soon!

DIY Distressed Sliding Barn Door

So sliding barn doors are everywhere these days. It used to be the case that if you wanted one you had to shell out some serious bucks. Even if you opted to make your own door, you still had to drop a lot of money on the hardware. Not anymore, there are actually a lot of affordable options for sliding hardware now and a lot of big box places even carry them in store. Lucky for me, this helped me get this idea off my Pinterest board and into our master!

sliding barn door

I am blessed to have an ensuite bathroom in our master, and it is a decent size but it is fairly narrow. The door opened into the bathroom right up against the shower which made it very crowded. It was also difficult to keep the door open to keep an ear out for my kids anytime I was in the shower. And the door would always shut while I was trying to get ready at the sink. I first saw a project like this on I Hate my Bath on HGTV a couple of years ago. I knew it would clear up a lot of these problems and make our narrow bathroom seem much larger. After enough begging, my husband finally gave in and helped me build the door.

To build the door, my husband bought 1 in. x 6 in. x 8 ft. common board from Home Depot. A good thing to know is that the actual measurements of these boards is .75 in. x 5.5 in. for when you are measuring out how large you want your door. Ours is 77" x 38" or seven boards wide. My husband is a "figure it out as you go man." I showed him some images of what I wanted and he went to work. For those of you who need a little more help than that these plans from Brandi Sawyer at Nest of Bliss will help you build a door that looks just like ours.

I wanted the door to look old and distressed like a real barn door, so we took a hammer to it and roughed it up. My husband took the hand saw and made some cool marks with that as well. Don't think too much about it if you want to do the same thing. Be random and don't be afraid.

To achieve that aged wood look I mixed my own stain. I used Minwax Wood Stain in Classic Gray and Special Walnut. I used a 5:1 ratio to mix them respectively. If you want an aged look you need a lot of the gray. Mix your stain in a separate cup. Just add a small amount of Special Walnut at a time and test out the color on scrap board. The color darkens the more you let it set on the wood, so play around and find the perfect shade before you commit to staining the whole door. I didn't use a pre-stain to treat the door. When you are going for an aged wood look, I find it better that the finish is uneven. It makes it look more natural.
staining a sliding door

If you are not into building your own door, and you have some money to drop on a project like this. Check out some of these built, stained and ready to hang doors from Amazon.
Dogberry Collections Mod-Z Barn Door - $722

Dogberry Collections Country Vintage Door - $623
Dogberry Collections Modern Slab Door - $796

We bought the TCBunny Sliding Door Hardware Closet Set Antique Style in black from Amazon for under $100. We found the instructions that came with the door are not that helpful. My husband decided to screw a 2 in. x 4 in. board into the wall at each stud. I painted it the color of the wall before we screwed it in. Then my husband hung the sliding door hardware on there. It is very secure and could hold a really heavy door. 
amazon sliding door hardware

I got my rustic looking pull from Menard's for under $5, but here is an option you could order right from Amazon that is very similar.


distressed barn door


distressed barn door

I am so happy with my door. It cleared up the space issue in my bathroom, and it adds a lot of character to our pretty basic bedroom. Can you think of a room that could benefit from a sliding door in your house?

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Gender Neutral Nursery On a Budget Reveal

I have had the most wonderful three months of snuggling and cuddling my new little baby but have decided it is finally time to get back to work. When I last left you, I was preparing my gender neutral nursery for our third kiddo. There is nothing better in my opinion than waiting to find out the gender at the hospital. On a Sunday afternoon in March, we welcomed our precious, little...BOY! Here is a tour of his Little Foxes Nursery.
navy orange light blue nursery

It was such a good idea to prepare the nursery before baby arrived. I made the mistake of not doing this when we had my daughter, and she didn't have a completed room for six months. Let me tell you; it was depressing sitting in an unfinished nursery feeding her every couple of hours. Everything you see in this post was finished and photographed before our precious boy arrived. Here is my inspiration board I started with to get the ball rolling.
Once I finished the room, I thought it leaned a little more masculine, but I decided I could add some feminine touches if we had a girl like flowers or bows on my foxes. Honestly, I had a feeling it was going to be a boy, so I lucked out that I didn't need to make any changes.

I am a very amateur seamstress and made the bedding. I bought the sheet, but I made the skirt, blanket and pillows. If you can thread a machine, you could make a set like this for under $50. The crib is a Walmart special that my daughter used as well. I bought this Baby Mod Modena crib for under $200 three years ago. The price seems to have gone up since then, but it is still a great value.
orange navy crib bedding

I ordered these prints from Etsy and had them printed from an online printing press. The frames are from Hobby Lobby. Total cost for these was under $40.
fox nursery

I found this adorable onesie at Costco. It was in a two pack and under $8 for both of them.

These pomps are a great way to add color to a nursery on the cheap. I used a Martha Stewart tutorial to make these. I also got the tissue paper at Hobby Lobby. They have lots of  colors to choose from in their gift wrapping section. The chair I have used with all my kids. I refinished the night stand on my own, it was another hand-me-down from my daughter's room. I also had a lamp I was going to refinish, but I got the pictured lamp and shade on clearance at Target for under $15. The pillow is from HomeGoods and was under $15, too.
navy nightstand

The hubs and I put this wood plank sign together a couple of weeks before baby arrived. I just love the way it turned out. This is the life verse we chose for baby number three.
verse art

This changing table also belonged to my daughter. It is the South Shore Savannah Collection Table, and I bought it on Amazon. I bought a new changing pad cover to go with it and spray painted the baskets to match since they used to be hot pink. The changing pad rang in at $15 and the spray paint cost me $5. I found the shelf and metal letters at Hobby Lobby for under $40 with the use of my 40% off one item coupon on their app.
little fox nursery

So, there it is. I had a lot a fun putting this room together, and by refinishing and reusing a lot of pieces from my daughter's room I was able to make it happen for under $200! 

Stay tuned because my hubs built me an amazing barn door that I will be featuring on here soon, and I am booking jobs again for the summer. If you have a piece you need refinished, contact me for a quote!