Over the past few days work days, I’ve been getting the studio ready for our first workshops (happening later this week.) It’s been good to have an imposed deadline to get things spruced up. Otherwise, I just work on whatever I’m most interested in and leave other things hanging. Kriste is always a huge help, but in this case, she was really good at keeping me on track. I’ll meander around the studio, working on this and that and she’ll say, “Okay, what are the priorities? Should we get this finished before the workshops? I’ll work on this while you take care of that.” It’s so helpful.
So, a few weeks ago, I painted the oak hutch that’s behind the shirt counter…
I painted the outside in one coat of Shutter Gray and then got busy with other things, so I never applied a finish. After living with it that way for a few weeks, I realized I really liked the matte finish of the milk paint on its own, so I decided not to put a finish on it.
The inside still needed to be painted, though, and Kriste decided to take matters into her own hands. She’s becoming very proficient with milk paint now, so she’s comfortable with diving in.
She emptied the hutch of all of the paint and products and painted it in Mora, the color I had been talking about using to play against the Shutter Gray. (Mora is the final color in the European line and I’ll introduce it officially in a few days.)
The colors look amazing together, by the way. Kriste forgot to add the Bonding Agent, but I ended up really loving the chipping that happened and it didn’t get too out of control.
Since this piece doesn’t get heavy use, I didn’t loosen the chipped areas, but just left them alone.
And I didn’t even distress this piece. It was just paint and go.
I am so in love with this hutch and sort of want to take it home with me, but it’s really big and super heavy and, after moving this beast twice already, Jeff will certainly drawn the line. (Meaning it’s not going anywhere until absolutely necessary.)
I filled it up with some ironstone just to take some pretty pictures before I loaded it up with MMSMPproducts again.
This was a really beautiful piece before, but I am over-the-moon about it now that it’s painted. It just may be in the running for one of my favorites painted pieces ever…
…and that’s saying quite a lot!