How to Paint and Distress a Hutch: A Step by Step Guide to Painting & Distressing Furniture
An Old Oak Hutch to be Painted
We have all seen furniture that looks like this...tired, outdated and it just doesn't fit in quite right with the rest of your décor.
I had this wonderful hutch from my parents that I just couldn't use without making my house look like my grandmother's. I didn't have the money to buy a new, shabby chic hutch that I really wanted, so this sat in storage for a year. Finally after lots of blogging hours I decided to try a transformation of my own. What did I have to loose if it wasn't being used as it was?
I couldn't be happier with the results!
Blue Distressed Hutch
Step by Step Instructions on Painting the Hutch
The best part about it all is that it was so easy!
Here are my step by step instructions...
1. I used liquid degloser and then lightly sanded just to give the paint something to stick to. *I really only spent 15 minutes or so on this step*.
2. Then I coated the entire thing with a great primer (Kilz was my choice). I primed it so that you couldn't see any of the wood (it makes it so much easier for painting).
3. Then I mixed the paint with a paint conditioner (I have never done this before, but it made a huge difference in not being able to see the brush strokes).
4. Paint away! I used a small *foam* roller for the large parts and a small brush for the hard to reach spots. The foam roller does a much better job at getting in the cracks and leaving a smooth finish. I followed with a second coat of paint.
5. The next step is the best - distressing! There is something terribly frightening, but also theraputic about distressing. I used sandpaper and roughed up the edges and some spots on the top and sides. Then I got out my dark walnut stain and rubbed it on and wiped it off. I used my kid's small paint brush to get in the cracks of the details. The longer you leave the stain on the darker it will look. The key to this step is to try not to make everything look even and perfect (this is especially hard for me), sand more in some areas, less in others and make some areas darker, other areas leave completely alone. The most important part in the step is to take a clean cloth to wipe with when you are done to avoid a streaky look.
6. For the handles I just spray painted the old brass ones black - so easy! I bought 2 glass knobs for the top piece because I just thought they made the perfect addition.