So I have this hutch. It used to be cream and really tall, like, it almost touched the ceiling in my living room, granted we have really low ceilings, but still. So last year while my hubs was gone to AIT with the national guard I detached the top and painted it this really cute green color (it's not quite as harsh of a green as it appears in the pic). It has been like this for about a year now, and since the hubs is gone to AIT again, I thought it needed a change. So I thought back to the tissue paper wall boxes I made earlier in the year and decided to try the same kind of thing.
I wanted all of the pieces of paper to be the same size so I measured the top of the hutch and it was 15 3/8X40 3/4". So I decided that I would cut each piece of paper to 5 1/8X10 1/4. So I had 3 rows across and 4 rows long.
Then I started applying the mod podge, enough for one piece of paper at a time,
and laid the paper down, flattening it with the side of my fist to prevent bubbling.
and worked my way all the way across the top.
Then I took 3 colors of distress ink, a dark brown, a lighter brown, and a green and worked it around the edges of the hutch with a paper towel, darkest on the outside and lighter as I worked my way in.
I then started applying the tissue paper. I crumple it first then flatten it back out and lay it onto a thick layer of mod podge. It's important to put enough on that the tissue paper can absorb it to make the tissue paper see-through. And then apply another thick layer of glossy mod podge to the top.
Once it was dry I used a craft knife to cut the excess tissue paper off of the hutch.
I then rubbed a little more of the dark brown distress ink to the finish using a paper towel to give it more of an antiqued look.
I then used the same distress ink and worked it around all of the edges and crevices on the rest of the hutch.
It's like a new piece of furniture!! I wonder if my hubs will even notice the difference. (I didn't even notice that Mr. Finn helped decorate with his blocks while I went to get my camera. Oh well, this is a more accurate representation of my house I guess :D )
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