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Distressing this walnut hutch

What kind of paint should I use to cover this hutch bottom? I want to distress it white. Can I do it in one step then sand in spots?

walnut base wood
6 comments
  • Grady
    Grady Evergreen, CO
    on Feb 18, 2015

    Yes you can. We had a chair that one of my many, many dogs chewed on. And we finished it in one step. Good luck.

  • Grady
    Grady Evergreen, CO
    on Feb 18, 2015

    We used regular paint.

  • Grady
    Grady Evergreen, CO
    on Feb 18, 2015

    It was a bit difficult. What happened to this hutch bottom? It looks like it had a fight with a cat, and the cat won.

    • Susan Kenneally
      Susan Kenneally Grafton, OH
      on Feb 18, 2015

      It's your old walnut. Actually distressed new when bought. Just too dark for me.

  • Paula Driesell
    Paula Driesell Mount Pleasant, SC
    on Feb 18, 2015

    Annie Sloan Chalk paint in Old White. You don't even need to sand. Paint it and then distress it with some sandpaper. It will look great!

    • Shelby @ The Weathered Barn Studio
      Shelby @ The Weathered Barn Studio Newton, IA
      on Feb 18, 2015

      @Paula Driesell ..I was also going to suggest the Old White. :) I am working on a project at present using the Duck Egg, followed by Old Ochre :)

  • Karen Ward
    Karen Ward Lafayette, CA
    on Feb 18, 2015

    I've used chalk paint (many different brands, including ASCP) to cover dark wood pieces, and usually the wood stain bleeds through the white paint. (The older the furniture, the more bleeding.) This can be avoided by first painting the hutch w/a clear coat of shellac. It seals the wood so the stain doesn't bleed through. Then you can apply your chalk paint (no pre-sanding needed), distress and seal w/wax. Also might want to consider leaving the top piece in the stained wood state, and just paint the bottom cabinet part. Adds a little visual interest to the piece. Have fun! :)

    • Susan Kenneally
      Susan Kenneally Grafton, OH
      on Feb 18, 2015

      Thanks Karen I was planning on leaving the top wood color. I guess ASCP it is!

  • Cisco
    Cisco Castro Valley, CA
    on Feb 19, 2015

    I would go with a CeCe Caldwell Chalk and Clay based paint. Try the Vintage White. First make sure the piece is clean. Paint the piece no sanding required. Let dry for 4 hours then use a wet rag to remove paint in the areas you feel needs distressing. Nice thing if you over do it you can touch it back up with the paint. Once you get the look you want seal the piece with wax or other finish they carry, I think they have 5 different ones depending on the use of the piece. Good luck.

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