Last week, I showed you how I painted a laminate counter top and I promised to show you how I updated the built-in hutch that surrounded it. When we bought our house, I absolutely loved that it had this built-in because it allowed me to get my good dishes out of storage and actually use them. Our old house had no where for good dishes, so I had them in storage.
But, I wasn’t in love with the 70’s yellowed oak, or the giant brushed brassy knobs. I didn’t want to paint the wood because I liked the grain, so for a while, I was stuck with this.
And then I had some inspiration. I figured if I could make some wood look pickled by whitewashing it with white paint, why not try to darken the wood with darker paint? So I got out some of my craft paints. Yes, that’s what I used, bottles of acrylic craft paint. Using a disposable plastic tray, I put blobs of different colors in the tray: black, burgundy, chocolate brown. Then I added some water to dilute the paint and make it more like a wash. I dipped a brush into the color and started painting it onto the surface. I made sure that I kept it a little bit streaky so that I didn’t lose the look of wood grain. The color was sort of a mahogany (reddish brown).
In other words, I was trying to tint the wood, but not to fully cover the wood with paint.
This is how it looked right after I painted it. I hadn’t found new handles yet, so it still has the ugly brassy ones.
This week, I’m linking my blog to these other blogs:
- Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Reinvented
- Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
- DIY Day @ A Soft Place to Land
Trash to Treasure Decorating
View the full post at http://www.trashtotreasuredecorating.com
Great job M! Love it!!! tb
It looks great.
Very nice! It looks awesome! Love the way you reinvented this piece.
This looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Cheers, Lia
What a beautiful change! I love the idea of spraying onto a brush! I'm going to have to try that.