Thursday, November 17, 2011

Beautiful Oops

One problem after another! That's what I experienced while I was working on this hutch...which was my final big piece to set the store for the annual Glendora Holiday Stroll.

The before:


A great French style hutch with curvy legs and fabulous detailing. Not wild about the gold on the glass but we'll live with it.

My first problem was that I ran out of paint. My objective was to match this hutch to a chippy dining set that I had already painted and I used a light grey as the base color and then mixed a bit of teal to give a subtle hint of blue. I mixed my own chalk paint, but the grey I had left was leftovers of a homemade batch which doesn't keep well. So, the batch for this piece was super chalky and didn't go on as smoothly.


OK...so it didn't go on smoothly at all.

But, light sanding between coats did the trick.


My next problem: I wanted to leave the shelf lip dark wood. But, I forgot and painted it. Oops. No biggy, I'll just sand it down and restain.


But, I liked how it looked! So, I left it.


My third problem: I added a dark walnut glaze. But, it didn't rub off...I mean, it was ON THERE! Why? I'm pretty sure because my chalk paint was extra chalky, it absorbed the stain. No biggy, I'll just paint over it. But, I already soaked my brush in bowl in water. And, remember I ran out of paint. So, instead I used the wet brush and washed out over the dark stain. Except, then it started to peel.


Ah Heck! Screw it. Peel away!

By now, I'm sooooo over this piece of furniture. So, I just kept on going with it. What else could happen?


The new hardware didn't fit. No big deal. I just need longer screws. But, they were too long. Just add washers...voila!

Finally...one gigantic beautiful oops job!


Once I got this into the store, filled it with Grandma's dishes and shiny silver, turned on the light, I loved it! It was completely worth all of the headaches!

How do you like it?




18 comments:

  1. I'm in the middle of a piece like that right now! It can be so frustrating, but this turned out wonderful in the end! :-)

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  2. I like the color. I am also starting on a similar china cabinet. I always paint stuff that I don't mean too. I hate when that happens.LOL!

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  3. Never would have guessed you messed anything up. Sometimes those goofs turn out to be blessings. What a project!!! Turned out very pretty.

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  4. Lovely job! I always have these types of trial and tribulations. There are not mistakes...only charming happenstances. lol ;) Have a great Thanksgiving week!

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  5. Wow lady, that's one heck of an "oops" job! It looks gorgeous!

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  6. No pain no gain:-) This turned out beautiful!!
    Bella

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  7. You poor thing! But goodness, it turned out so lovely!

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  8. This looks beautiful. Sometimes just going with the flow is the best solution to design. I am visiting from The Shabby Creek Cottage. Nice Job!

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  9. ha! I should be so lucky to have my "mistakes" turn out as lovely as yours. I can only wish!
    It looks beautiful!!

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  10. I love that I am not the only one that continually messes up...and then loves it! I'm a new follower too.

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  11. You deserve an award for sticking with it! Talk about patience. I can't say I would have been able to do that without completely losing my top. It turned out beautiful, so good for you! :o)

    Found you via link party.

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    1. Thank-you! I'm not sure about patience, but more like a deadline in mind!

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  12. I had a similar cabinet that had been painted yellow with lime green accents . I loved the yellow inside , but it was just too bright. I ended up painting the outside with satin black Painters Touch paint. I let it dry for a couple of days then sanded all the edges lightly so the yellow peeked through. I know it sounds awful but everyone that sees it loves it. it looks very French country filled with blue and white china. Love what you did too.

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    1. I'd Love to see pictures! Sounds really different.

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