I started working on this tired hutch a little over a week ago. Slick wood, ugly color, just tired…. you know those pieces of furniture! Well, I am happy to say this one now has a lot of life left in it! Keep reading to find out exactly how we achieved the look including the products we used.
This thing was very very slick, to prevent adhesion issues I used Dixie Belle Slick Stick, one even coat of this stuff will allow the paint to adhere to almost anything. I waited 24 hours after application before applying the paint.
Since I used slick stick and was going over white I opted to use two coats of Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint In The Navy. The paint went far, we used about 8oz out of a 16oz jar on this one. Does your paint go that far? If not you need to switch brands!
- Some tips for painting with Dixie Belle….. use a damp brush to make the paint go on smooth. Not soaking we just damp. You can also use a mister bottle if you don’t want to wet your brush. Use long even strokes making even coats.
Once the paint was dry I used Dixie Belle Satin Clear Coat to seal the piece. One good coat is sufficient to seal the piece. If it is going to get heavy use I would suggest two or more coats. If necessary you can use Gator Hyde in place of Clear Coat.
I let the clear coat dry overnight, about 8 or so hours. If you try to apply wax or anything too soon you risk the clear coat not being dry and damaging the finish…. be patient with this step as the rest goes pretty fast.
Now on to the fun part – WAXING!!!! We sell a lot of pieces to people who want them waxed with either brown or black wax. For this hutch I used Dixie Belle Best Dang Wax – Black. I brush it on, going all the way across or top to bottom on the piece. I then use a t-shirt material rag to wipe it back to the desired look. Don’t panic when using wax, it will look like a mess when you first apply, the magic comes when you wipe it back. We will post a waxing video soon to teach you all how to do this easily.
Now the really fun part…… adding stunning detail. I opted to use Amber Lights by Prima Wax to add the gold detail. I love this wax because it is the perfect consistency to work with and the color is very rich. I apply with my finger tip, there is honestly no need to use anything else. This stuff goes on perfectly every time! It can really make a piece.
So total work time on this project was about 5 hours excluding dry times. Not bad for a piece this large. Here are some images of the completed piece ( Excuse the lack of staging, we are currently remodeling the store and my staging area is full of other stuff!) .