Saturday, December 29, 2012

Black Top Cheat

For this hutch, I would have loved to have had the top a stained wood, but I was not ready to take on the sanding or stripping process yet.  The next best thing (I thought) was to paint the top black to cheat the look of a stained top.
I painted it using homemade chalk paint.  The base is the Valspar paint sample with no color added.  The top is Valspar Lincoln Cottage Black.

I distressed it lightly and sprayed the hardware with Oil Rubbed Bronze and finished it with ASCP clear wax.
Sometimes you just have to make due with what you can handle.  I think it came out beautiful and added interest rather than being just one color.

Linking to:
i should be mopping the floor
Homemaker on a Dime 
Southern Lovely
The Shabby Nest
Beyond the Picket Fence
Embracing Change
The DIY Dreamer
I Gotta Create
Miss Mustard Seed
The Shabby Nest  
Wallis Farms Daily Walk

I was featured!
Classy Clutter 
Embracing Change
Power of Paint


  1. I think it looks fantastic! Love the black top! Visiting from Debbie Doos.

  2. So lovely!

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  3. Your cabinet turned out beautiful, well done!

  4. Great makeover! I love the new after and the black top! Happy New Year!

  5. I like it! There is a dresser upstairs
    that I want to do over and this might
    be the answer..
    Thanks for sharing.

  6. Love it! The contrast is great! I think it even looks better than a stained top would have.

    Jenna @

  7. This turned out beautiful. I think I prefer the black. I would love it if you would come by and share your creativity with my friends at:

  8. I love the transformation. It turned out beautiful. I found you over at the Fluster Buster link party.

    Kelly at

  9. Thanks for linking to Fluster Muster Wednesday over at Fluster Buster.


  10. Oh my!! It looks WONDERFUL!! Looks like a brand new piece!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I can't wait to see what you link up this evening!

  11. You certainly have the knack for making old furniture look great!


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