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When I found this on Craigslist it looked like this…

The owner had it in his family for decades. He demonstrated how the drawers slid easily and said, “we had it professionally restored” as he showed me the stamp on the back.

I had been looking for just the right piece to go in my living for months, this was it! I told him I had a Youtube channel all about appreciating vintage items and repurposing. As we loaded the hutch in my car his wife looked at my business card and said, “you’re not going to paint that are you?” I sort of panicked… find out what happened next in this video…

 I tried to create this finish two years ago and it failed HARD. I had seen a beautiful buffet a from Shelly at Shizzle Design that I couldn’t get out of my head. Shelly gave some tips as to how she achieved this look on her blog and I could barely wait to try it myself. The video below not only shows my failed effort but I accidentally left the camera on as I got into an argument  about how bad it looked. You can hear me telling Bobby, “I don’t want to my viewers to say, ” did you see Debi’s video? she created a throw-up piece of furniture!” See that video here,

After that I just thought well, Shelly must have some kind of magical skill that I don’t. Years went by, And I let go of the dream until last summer  when I saw this from Dionne at The Turquoise Iris!

  My heart stopped.

I scrolled and scrolled through her photos on Instagram and was completely mesmerized. I love color. White furniture is what sells in my shop, it’s the best selling color in my paint line too! I appreciate the look of white decor it is beautiful, BUT it bores me to paint with white.  We live in a world of  many colors why can’t colors like Bohemian Blue and Queen Bee be just as loved as white?

Queen Bee DIY Paint

Dionne’s work is full of color and it sells fast, she ships her furniture all over the country. See her furniture and artwork here.

My dream to create a multi layer, color blended finish was reawakened and I was determined to give it another try. I decided to practice on a little side table before going to town on the Hutch, I didn’t want another fail documented on video. I painted this table three times before it looked like this. I analyzed everything about it as I painted. I sanded it down and started over, I prayed, I sighed, I was up until 2 AM. By the time I got it to look like this I wasn’t sure if I loved it or if I was just really tired.

The next morning I realized that I had finally created something that I was happy with!

Now that I have finally created this look, I have a few ideas about what went wrong the first time. Before I get into that products I used to create this look,are sold at over 130 retailer shops in the US. To find a store in you area click here  or shop online here

Helpful Tips:

#1 I used a brush, when I should have used a roller.

when you have color going in several directions with lots of stop and start points, the brush marks show up under the top layer of paint like a panty line and it can look sort of chaotic. Using a roller helped create an organic result.  

#2 Water down the top coat as seen in the video. Shelly recommended this in her blog post but I disregarded her advice the first time, I didn’t want to do this because I thought a thin coat would make the already crazy brush marks look worse. The thin coat is necessary so you can get to all the under color without rubbing back too hard and going down to the wood. At this point of the project it looks terrible but you have to trust the process 🙂

#3 clay based paint vs acrylic based paint.

When I tried this look two years ago I was not using a clay based paint.  I switched the formula of DIY Paint from an acrylic base to a clay based paint 14 months ago. Clay based paint will easily melt and blend  like butter or it can be built up thick and texture-y like a chunky peanut butter. I did both in this project.

 see the feathery light layers here…
and the thick chippy chunky layers here…

Many paint formulas have ingredients built in like stain blockers, primers, and self levelers. This can be good if you are looking for a flat factory type finish however in my experience a clay based paint without additives is much easier to manipulate and create a vast variety of finishes with.

DIY paint has just nine ingredients, plus love!  The first thing you might notice when you open a can is that it doesn’t separate, I never stir! And there is no smell other than a slight earthy scent from all the fabulous clay! Without chemicals and fumes you can paint inside, worry free!

#4 Wax? You can use a brush on top coat for this no problem. Wax is my personal favorite way to finish because the results are so pretty! Some prefer a liquid brush on like DIY Big Top because it’s faster and our wax has something we refer to as The freak out factor…  

When DIY wax is first applied it dramatically changes the paint color, it can look uneven, patchy and even translucent. It stays this way for a few hours and it can really be freaky if you don’t realize that it will even out as it dries.

waxed and unwaxed
In this photo the top drawer is freshly waxed the rest is still in its chalky state.

As DIY Paint dries it has a very flat chalky finish as you can see above. The wax will bring out the color and the detail but until it dries it looks like the photo above… what happened?!

But wait… a few hours or over night, come back & buff it. The paint starts to shine and the color is beautiful!

If you would like to learn how to do this blended finish, I’m teaching a  furniture painting class this Friday at our special event FriDIY! On Jan 27th, Channel 8 is coming to film at our Store in Solana Beach. We are looking for 8 people  near San Diego who don’t mind being on camera and want to lean how to do this. I’ll provide  paint, rollers basically everything you need. Just bring a small piece of furniture with you. Your piece should be unpainted, something that’s a yard sale type item instead of a family heirloom and it needs to be small so we can get through all of the steps. Small enough to carry under one arm. Like a step stool, a  little shelf or a small chair.
furniture painting classes
Were located at 315 S. Cedros ave. Solana Beach CA. 92075  our hours are Thursday – Sunday 11 -5.

We have two more classes this Friday, a Succulent Bar and a Make your own chalk board class! And there will be lots of refreshments and fun shopping. We would love to have you be a part of our big filming day!

 My sister Danielle is hosting a succulent bar, this is a fun class to get creative, be a part of our special day and help support my sister.
All the proceeds from this class go to help her with her medical cost. she was diagnosed with cancer last September, it was removed with surgery and she is now cancer free! Danielle is a mom of two girls she was out of work for 8 weeks. We have created a beautiful succulent garden at the store, all the sales have really helped my sister!

We have lots of fun planters or you can bring your own. Danielle will share how to fill your container with succulents and soil. Cost for this class is just $25.00 it starts at 1PM. To reserve your spot, Email Danielle

Make this chalkboard from a salvaged cupboard door with Melissa at 12:30

All supplies are provided.  You will learn basic painting and distressing techniques as well as how to create a chalkboard finish. You will leave with a beautiful completed chalkboard all for just $30 reserve your spot by clicking HERE.

If that’s not all Marissa from Simply Shabby and my co-producer at the shop created this awesome FREE Valentines Day Photo Booth in our rusty vintage truck! Come bring your loved ones and take some fun pictures!

We hope to see you at House Vintage this Friday! AKA FriDIY!

Let me know in the comments if anyone has ever said “Don’t paint that” and what your opinion is about painting wood 🙂 I really want to know!



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