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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Starting Small is Smart and Just as Fun

When you think about getting into painting furniture it is probably because you need a big change. You think your bedroom set would be perfect if you could lightened it up with some white paint. Or maybe you think, grandma's dining set you inherited because no one else would take it could really look great with a few coats of paint as well. While I agree with you whole heartedly, projects like these are a huge undertaking.

I have preached on here that starting small is always best. Get your feet wet and see if you like painting before you commit to painting a whole bedroom set or the like. I even tackle small pieces now and then to practice new techniques.

A client of mine gave me this little jewelry box to refinish for her daughter's room. It was the perfect opportunity for me to practice the modern finish I just learned from my class at Carter's Cottage. The best part of working with a piece this small is that if you mess up, it is super easy to just start all over again.




I loved working on this piece. I was able to work on it inside at my kitchen island a little bit each night which is very relaxing compared to tackling a whole bedroom or dining set out in the garage. Don't get me wrong. I still love taking on those big projects, but everyone can use a change of pace sometimes.



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The jewelry box was finished in Paris Grey with Old White accents on the hardware and a coat of Clear Wax.

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A Look Back at My First Piece

It is hard to believe at this time last year I was living in a completely different house in another state. This past year has brought a lot of change including, a new home, a new school for my son, a new church, new friends, renewed relationships, and everything else that goes along with uprooting your family. Even though it has been tough at times, I thank God for this opportunity and the ways He has blessed our family that I couldn't have even dreamed up including this little blog, Pretty Distressed.

Last November, I decided to buy my first can of Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan, and my life has never been the same. I started creating all over my home and sharing it with others as I found my passion for writing again. Then, I ventured out to selling pieces and even taking on clients. I can't thank you all enough for bringing this dream to life. I am so encouraged and inspired by your comments and messages I receive daily. 

Last week, I was contacted by Annie Sloan Unfolded, the sole distributor for Chalk Paint® in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. They like my work so much, they are offering me an opportunity to do a product review post right here on Pretty Distressed. It was honestly one of the most exciting emails I have ever gotten. I have been brainstorming like crazy and hope to be giving you more details as my project and post take shape.

Today, I wanted to share with you the first piece I ever refinished. It isn't anything special, but I dressed her all up to show you that dreams can start small. 








This little cupboard was painted with one coat of Paris Grey followed by a coat of Old White. I distressed it heavily with 100 grit sandpaper and finished it off with a coat of Clear Wax.

To anyone out there thinking about painting furniture, I recommend starting with something small like this that you really don't care about. I completed this project over two days and was able to really play without having the pressure of ruining the piece. From there, if you enjoy the process, you can move onto tackling grandma's dining set or searching for flea market or Craigslist treasures to refinish.

So, you know how my story goes. I became hooked on painting furniture and sharing it with you. I hope my journey will inspire you to keep dreaming...even if you aren't quite sure what that dream is yet. 

Cottage Inspired Dining Hutch - Before & After

I know I owe you one more video tutorial on dark wax to complete our dresser makeover we have been working on for a couple of weeks now, but I have lots of other things I have been painting that I have been dying to share with you. So today, I am excited to reveal my cottage inspired dining hutch.



paris grey kitchen hutch


This piece is truly amazing. It is a Thomasville and was in such good condition I almost had a hard time painting it...almost. I bought this thing back in January thinking I would use it in my dining room, but as some of you might remember, I had a dining table and hutch fall into my lap in February that belonged to my husband's nana. After I refinished those, I fell in love with them and their history. This beauty then got shoved into my husband's office until our neighborhood garage sale lit a fire under me to finish this baby off, try to sell it and promote Pretty Distressed.

My garage sale looked more like a showcase. I set up a digital frame with all my work loaded onto it complete with my ever favorite before and after shots. Anyone who merely glanced at these pieces got an earful about my blog and love of furniture painting. It was so much fun. Maybe a warmup for a flea market or vintage show? Lots of people left with my Website in hand. Note to self: I really need some business cards. 
My French Linen dresser that is the star of my Chalk Paint video tutorial series sold this weekend, but this gorgeous hutch still needs a home. It is finished in Paris Grey, and I did an Old White dry brush technique on the back of the shelf to give it a really shabby, cottage vibe. Check out my Shop Furniture tab to purchase this piece and see what else I have for sale. 
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annie sloan paris grey dark wax

annie sloan chalk paint paris grey

For all of you anxiously awaiting completing the Chalk Paint video tutorial series, the last installment will be on Tuesday where we will apply our dark wax. I will be taking Monday off, and I hope you are, too. Until then, have a great Memorial Day weekend!

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The Making of a Makeover

In my last post, I revealed my recent sideboard upcycle. There were simply too many details to share with you in one post, so today, I am going to give you the nitty gritty on this makeover. 

This piece arrived via a client and is something that I typically wouldn't gravitate toward refinishing on my own. The client didn't really have a vision of how she wanted it to look and gave me free reign to let my creative juices flow.


If this piece were for my home, I would have taken the glass out and put some chicken wire in there, ripped off the backing and replaced it with bead board, and distressed the tar out of it. This is where I took a step back and put myself in the client's shoes. Knowing her style and home, I decided I needed to go a more traditional route and less country and shabby.

The wood on the top of the piece was in decent condition, no scratches or gouges, so I thought a stained top would work nicely. I roughed it up with my DeWalt orbit sander and stained it with Minwax Polyshades, a stain and varnish in one, in Espresso. I am new to this product and put it on way too thick the first coat, so I basically had to sand the whole thing down and start over. Lesson learned. The idea is to do a really light coat and blend it in really well keeping a wet edge. You also want to buy a "best" quality brush with natural white bristles to minimize your streaking.





Not bad. I am looking forward to trying more staining techniques in the future. I really love having the contrast of the wood color top with a painted base.


Even though, I did not care for this glass at all, the client wanted to keep it. I agreed as long as she would let me get rid of the brass. I just don't like brass. I blame my early 21st century home that was covered in head to toe brass fixtures. Now, my home is almost brass free and I had to take this brass down, too. I turned to one of my biggest loves for transforming metal, Rust-oleum Metallic Spray Paint. They have tons of metal looking shades like nickel and oil rubbed bronze. The one I used for this project is called Hammered Black.


I taped this puppy up to the best of my ability and sprayed several coats over a course of 30 minutes. Once I removed the tape, I scraped off any paint that got on the glass with a razor blade.

My next issue, was this water damage inside the cabinet. The veneer was warped and peeling and there was a visible hole in the bottom of the particle board. I already had to buy hardware for this thing so I needed to get creative here to keep my costs down. I ended up taking this off and flipping it upside down. The hole is now hidden behind the drawer on the top. As for the damaged veneer, I sanded that down and simply painted over it. Problem solved.



The hardware was also a little bit of a headache. The holes were not a standard size. I am guessing that is why someone put those knobs were a pull should be. I shopped around for pulls that would be long enough to cover the existing holes but had 3" holes so I could add some new drill holes myself. I picked these up at Menard's for a great price, and I love the way they look with the completed piece and my painted glass trim.


The easiest part came last with my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I used a 2:1 mix of Paris Grey and Old White for the base with clear and dark wax.

The hard work always pays off in the end. Here is this beauty in her new home. Happy painter and happy client.