I love this picture because it has two great "befores"! A before shot of a super ugly hutch that I picked up to use as a paint display case and a before shot of Gillian's hair. Of course, Gillian's hair was lovely "before", but wait until you see her streaks.
Gillian is still in high school, but she comes to help me whenever she can. She was my assistant when I did the photography for the Fusion Mineral Paint colour collages. That was quite the adventure! You can read more about it on my blog: Behind the scenes with Fusion photography.
Although Gillian has painted lots of small projects using both milk paint and Fusion paint, this was her first big project. Impressive huh?
Before Gillian started painting, she gave the entire hutch a light sanding to rough it up a bit. This ensured the paint would adhere well.
The hutch was previously painted black and brown and the drawers were green. We wanted to distress this cabinet once it was painted, but we knew that distressing it with three different colours underneath would look bad. Really bad.
But, there are always options! Gillian painted the entire hutch with one coat of Fusion Mineral Paint in the colour Chocolate first. We knew this would mimic dark wood.
So, the next time you are find a piece of furniture already painted a horrible colour, buy it anyway!
Let's just say you buy a pink dresser that you want to paint white and distress. Obviously the pink will show through when you distress it. If that's not the look you are going for, then paint it Chocolate first, then white and then distress it. The Chocolate colour will show through (and no one will EVER know that it is not the original wood showing through. I promise!)
Gillian let the paint dry 12 hours (as recommended). She came back the next day and used a wax puck on the areas where she wanted to distress. Then she painted over top of the wax.
Did you notice Gillian's hair? Awesome streaks! It's hard to tell with her ponytail, but when her hair is down it looks like Jennifer Anniston's hair. It really does!
Gillian let the cabinet dry for 12 hours and then she put on a second coat. Once the painted dried, I distressed the hutch with 220 grit sandpaper. The paint came off with ease in the areas Gillian had applied wax using the wax puck.
We kept the old handles and hardware because it really suited the hutch.
And a before and after shot side by side because it's way more impressive that way. lol.
One last photo of Gillian. She is holding a grey card used to colour balance photos, which of course has nothing to do with painting, but I loved this photo of her. Great smile. Great hair!
Whenever I post a photo of Gillian on my facebook page, it always gets tons of likes. Apparently she is way more popular than I am. What can I say? She's a lovely young lady and a pleasure to hang around with. Thanks Gilly Bean! You're awesome.