I went to an antique show a few weeks ago in search of a hutch to put on a buffet my grandmother left me. I found this incredibly old and dirty wooden piece with a ton of potential:
I’m not really sure what it used to be, but I loved the cubby holes. It had “Post Office” painted on it, so it may have been out of an extremely ancient one. It’s more likely some kid wrote those words on it for play.
I vacuumed it out with a brush attachment and then wiped it all down with a damp cloth. It probably could have used a lot more cleaning, but I just jumped into painting from there.
I planned to use chalk paint and after some research, I settled on Folk Art Home Decor, conveniently located at my local Jo-Ann’s.
I mixed a little Maui Sand in with Spanish Moss. If you mix colors, make sure you blend plenty for the whole project. I learned this the hard way, sending my husband out for another Spanish Moss and trying to match my previous mix.
The color looks much lighter when you paint it on the wood, but it darkens nicely. I used a small amount of paint, almost dry brushing, so the wood would show through a little bit. Here are a couple of different areas:
After the paint dried overnight, I brushed on clear wax by pouring a little at a time into a plastic container.
About an hour after the wax application, I wiped down the whole piece with a lint free soft cloth. I decided it needed a little more of an antique feel, so I brushed on antiquing wax with a smaller brush, wiping it immediately with the same cloth.
Here is the final product:
And here it is mounted on the wall above my grandmother’s buffet:
I don’t know about you, but we are always fighting over phone chargers in our house. My favorite part of this creation is the many charging stations created by drilling small holes in the far back bottom of 5 cubby holes. I used little plastic removable hooks, made to hang a string of lights on the wall, to hold the cords in place.
Thanks so much for visiting with me! Let me know if you have any questions about this project. I would be glad to help.