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Painting Furniture With Chalk Paint®

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I saw this old chunky hutch in our local Craigslist ads. After a little bit of back and forth negotiating I had myself a vintage hutch loaded into our truck. I didn't need a hutch (isn't that usually how it goes?), but I decided that the bottom part of the hutch had the perfect dimensions to be converted into a media console. I couldn't wait to get my hands on a paint brush and some chalk paint® with all of those fabulous carvings!

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I've recruited help! Currently we're hosting this cute gal from Seattle, who happens to be my niece! In addition to doing some site seeing and getting in some R&R, we're also pooling our talents to transform this vintage hutch into a media console.


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Tips for Painting Furniture With Chalk Paint®

These are the steps I take for any furniture makeover project!

Prep Your Piece of Furniture: It's so important to prep your piece of furniture before painting! After I vaccum the inside and out of a piece, I like wipe down it down with a TSP solution, then let it dry. Wiping your surfaces down with a solution will help eliminate any dust, dirt and oil build ups.

Chalk Paint® is very forgiving!: If this is your first time painting a piece with chalk paint®, don't stress! Don't panic when your first coat dries and it looks streaky. This is normal. All first coats look pretty ridiculous. ;) Everything will look very different after your second coat of paint.

Ziplock Bags/ Saran Wrap: Interruptions happen. In fact plan on them. If you need to step away from your project for longer then a few minutes, put your paint brush in a zip lock back, zip it up and put it in the fridge. This will help keep it moist for a long period of time. Wrapping your brush in saran wrap will do the same!


For This Chalk Paint® Makeover


Turquoise is one of Ray's favorite colors. We started this furniture makeover by dry brushing some Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan in Florence all over the console in random areas. We used this same dry brushing technique for this farmhouse media console. This would serve as a base highlight as we layer colors together. (You can see another example of how to layer chalk paint on furniture here.)



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Then, we finished the entire piece with a custom color mix. 2 parts Provence with 1 part Florence. Blending these colors together gave this piece depth and the prettiest turquoise hue. After the paint cured for 24 hours we sealed it with General Finishes High Performance in Flat.


Here's an up close look at the hardware that makes my heart just putter. The original patina goes beautifully with our custom turquoise color.



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We've named this Media Console Project, The Angelo Console after my sweet niece, Raylene. She has a heart of gold and is always thinking of others. I'm so grateful to have had her help with this turn furniture makeover....




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Didn't she do an amazing job for her first piece of painted furniture? I think so! This project has been so fun to work on and we have BIG plans for this future TV console. 100% of the proceeds of this sale will be donated to an amazing Seattle based charity called The Angel Wings Foundation.


It always gives me such satisfaction to watch the journey of an outdated and unloved piece of furniture become transformed into something wonderful, beautiful and sought after. As individuals, we too can feel unimportant, have feelings of hopeless and feel unloved. Little acts of kindness can change a soul. Frowns become smiles, empty cups become full again and darkness turns into light.


We challenge YOU,  to use your time and talents to help support The Angel Wings Foundation, a favorite charity of your own choice or someone you know that could use help at this time! 

Pass your talents forward... :)

Would you like to see another furniture makeover where we took a hutch and created two separate furniture pieces with it? You can see what we did with the top of the hutch or you can read about how took this hutch and turned into a buffet and a separate cabinet simpley by adding legs.

Take Care!
Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street



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33 comments

  1. I am leary of working on pieces like this one in that style. Although it is beautiful, I am worried that there isn't a big market for that style. Could you let me know how well it sells? Great job on it ! That took some work! How many hours did you put into it? I love the color choice!

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    1. Hi Shelly- This piece sold within 24 hours. The popularity of a specific furniture style is really going to depend on the area you're in. Something that works for our area may not work for yours and vice versa. However, my mantra is... I create furniture pieces that would work in my own home. That way if I have a difficult time selling it, then I get to keep it.... It's a win win for me. We layered both Florence and Provence to achieve this turquoise patina so there was a little bit of drying time in between coats. You'll never know if something will sell unless you give it a go! If you're attracted to a piece like this, jump in with both feet. It all boils down to personal preference. Good luck!

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  2. So pretty and nice of you to re-do it for the charity. I have the same manta about pieces I re-do too! gorgeous!

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    1. DD's Cottage- Thank you for your kind words! Anything that's given a little love and attention becomes brighter! ;)

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  3. An inspiring new technique – I’m looking forward to trying it, but what colour does one choose! Lovely website

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  4. You rock! I saw what you did with the top portion and love it all. Great stuff!

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  5. Very Pretty!! and I love what you did with the top!! Great job!

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  6. Beautiful! Best color ever! I love how this turned out and yes, it's great to see an old piece become new and modern again! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I'm so glad that you liked it! Thanks for stopping by, Pam!

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  7. Saw this at the Merry Monday link party. The finished piece is beautiful - all the detail work is incredible and I think the colors you chose really highlight the intricacies! Beautiful job!

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    1. Ah, thanks Emily! It was a fun piece to work on!

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  8. This is absolutely gorgeous!! Nuff said!! I'm sharing!

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    1. Mary, thank you for sharing this project with your readers and friends!.. Carrie

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  9. Carrie, I love this, in fact I feel really guilty right now, I know you painted it for a wonderful cause, The Angel Wings Foundation, but I am feeling a bit covetous. Boy, I really am loving this piece, the color, the hardware and the art of the piece! You did a fantastic job reading what this piece wanted to be when it grew up! Nailed it. I love seeing your pieces!

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    1. Thanks so much, Nikki! You made my evening! :)

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    2. I keep coming back and looking at this. I so love it. And you figured out it's secret identity and pulled it out. Amazing! Hope to see you at #WAYWOW this week, I so love your pieces, I want to share them with everyone! xx

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  10. I love your turquoise combination!! Such a gorgeous combination!! Especially with the circular hardware... I've never seen anything like that before! Thanks for linking up at the Welcome Home Wednesday Link Party... can't wait to see what you link up next week! I'm also featuring you on this weeks Fantastic Finds Saturday!

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    1. That circle hardware had me at circle. :) Gosh, thank you for sharing our work at Fantastic Finds Saturday... you made my day!- Carrie

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  11. Wow, what a difference a little change can make to furniture!! That remodel is amazing!! Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty

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    1. Isn't it amazing what a little paint can do?! Thank you for the lovely compliment. :) Have a great week!.. Carrie

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  12. This piece is so gorgeous! I love the details of it and then with that amazing color...just stunning! Thank you so much for linking this up at Creative Circle Link Party!

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    1. I'm glad you liked it! Thanks for stopping by!.. Carrie

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  13. Wow, what a huge difference a little paint and love can make. Your niece did an amazing job for the Angel Wings Foundation. Thanks so much for sharing her makeover with Vintage Inspiration Party.

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    1. It was so fun to work on it together. :) Thanks, Betsy!

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  14. This console looks Amazing!!! Thanks so much for sharing your furniture projects @ at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link. I hope you will join us again tonight @ 8EST. Take care, Tara

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  15. Hi there Barb!
    Thank you for linking up your beautiful Angelo Console with us :)
    Your post has been featured
    http://milaslittlethings.com/2015/10/idea-box-thursday-link-party-30.html

    xx
    Mila

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    1. Mila- Thank you for sharing our Revamped Media Console!.. Carrie, Thirty Eighth Street

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