Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Hutch Rebeautify

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 )

And find all of our link-to's here!

17 comments:

406 Olivia said...

Loving the lime green! Great work.

Mod Podge Amy said...

Beautiful! Can't wait for the post tomorrow! xo

Lanie Ree said...

That is beautiful! Great choice for the top paper. I'm totally impressed.

Thank you for participating in the Creative Therapy session over at Life in the Pitts!

olive and love said...

I love the color! Your distress ink, is it something you pick up at a craft store or Home Depot? Is it similar to the glazes that people use to 'age' their painted wood?

Chris said...

Lovely new top and color. Great job.

Sammy said...

The distress ink is something that you can pick up at a craft store and with the stamping supplies and it comes in a ton of fabulous colors. I love the stuff.

olive and love said...

Seriously? With the stamping supplies? You get enough bang for your buck to do a piece of furniture? I never would have thought about stamping supplies. Great work.

Fawnda said...

Beautiful! I love the green! : )

Rebecca said...

I love it! And I really love that green color! I'm now happily following your blog :)

http://happybabydesigns.blogspot.com

Heather said...

Ooooo Very nice! TFS!

Kami @ Sweet Charli... said...

That is such a fun idea!! I have a table I wanna do that to! Thanks so much for sharing!

sweet european dreams said...

SO very cute! I picked up a "new" hutch today via Craigslist - FREE! My husband wanted to barf, but he can't visualize how groovy it will be when it's all finished. Love this re-do!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

This is a good looking THRIFTY makeover...hop over and show it off at my PAR-TAY!

Blessings,
Linda

C.R.A.F.T. said...

great idea! come link up to making monday marvelous! happy memorial day :)

Room to Inspire said...

I just love the technique you used on the top - it looks great. Thanks for linking up to Be Inspired last week.

Chelsea

Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

That is just so cute. I love how it gives the piece such personality! Great job!

xoxo
jEN

Stephanie Lynn said...

Love the green! The paper on the top is the perfect touch. Fantastic job! Thanks so much for joining The Sunday Showcase. I greatly appreciate it! Hope you are enjoying your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

 
Simply Yours Designs: Cute Blog Designs