Here’s how the hutch looked when I brought it home. Brown and boring – except for all of that white plaster dust.
The sideboard was completely sanded down to the bare wood. The rock maple was in perfect condition. It sat for about a week in my workshop while I contemplated staining it; but I wasn’t as successful sanding off all of the stain from the hutch. My DeWalt rotary sander just wouldn’t fit in the smaller spaces. So in the end, I opted for paint.
I began by mixing up a light blue from a few paints I had on hand (light gray + black + royal blue) and using that to tint the primer. The dried color was a light baby blue.
I then took the color and added it to a white semi-gloss; but this time added just a bit more gray and black to the mix to get more of a gray. The inside of the hutch was left as this solid gray color.
The exterior of the hutch and the sideboard needed more color depth. Darkening the color one more time and then watering the mixture down to a thin liquid, I used this final color as a wash. I brushed on very little onto the wood, and then wiped it off with a rag. In areas where the paint wasn’t wiping off enough, I just wet the rag with some water and alternated between the dry and wet rags.
It was a labor-intensive process, but the result was a unique blue-gray that showed layers of colors.
The hardware is original but it did get a fresh coat of silver spray paint – except for the hinges, which I sanded down to bring back their original silver color.
This blue gray hutch is for sale in my Shop.
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