This hutch was your basic maple hutch that is so common from the 80's. Great maple solid wood, but that look is outdated and just kinda boring :)
So this got my usual prep cleaning and it all also got a coat of shellac. I took a survey on Facebook and Instagram of colors I should paint the hutch. Cream and green got the most votes so that is what I went for. I am very pleased with the results and love this color combination. It is Chateau Gray (no, it's not gray, just the name of the color) and the cream is a mix of pure white, old white and old ochre. Great colors to mix together. Everything got 2 coats. I then distressed it all and put on a coat of clear wax. The next day it got a second coat of wax, but this time a mix of dark wax and clear wax as I wanted this piece to look aged. The mix I use is normally about 70% dark wax and 30% clear wax. You can do whatever mix you want though - the more dark wax the darker it will be. I wanted a mix because of the light color. It absorbs dark wax so much so I always add clear wax to the dark wax when using it on a light color.
I love using wax as it ages pieces so well and it also is such a great sealer, much tougher than a water based sealer.
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