Have you ever lost your creative vision on a project? I have had this tired, half finished hutch filled with my tax receipts sitting in my home for some time now. I lost my creative vision and I stopped working on it.
When Dixie Belle recently introduced their new line of transfers from Belles and Whistles line, I was so inspired! The Magnolia transfer was the perfect addition to this hutch, I was so excited to try it out. Here is how you can create this look using this gorgeous transfer on your next project.
Even though I had previously painted this hutch, I wanted to start off on the right foot. I gave it a quick prep by cleaning it with White Lightning, scuff sanded with 220 sandpaper and wiped off residue with a damp rag.
My plan was to create a blended technique, using Antebellum Blue on the bottom and Haint Blue on the rest of the hutch. Using my La Petite brush, I painted the bottom section in Antebellum Blue to create a base coat before I began blending.
Using my Belle brush I painted the remainder of the hutch in Haint Blue leaving a slight space between both colours.
Once my paint was dry, I applied my second coat of each colour. Using my Best Dang brush, I began blending each colour slowly and misting with the Continuous Spray bottle. I blended my paint in a circular motion, side to side, up and down to blend out any lines in my finish. Once I was happy with the result I let my paint dry.
I used a fine artist brush to apply Steel Magnolia on the moldings.
My plan was to use the Magnolia Transfers on the doors of the hutch. I cut out the images and taped them up on the doors to help me decide on placement. It is a great way to try out different transfer placements.
Once I was happy with the layout, I removed the white backing from the transfer and applied the adhesive side of the transfer to the surface. Make sure you keep the white backing on until you are about to apply it. Once you place it on the surface it can not be repositioned.
I gently rubbed it on with my hand until it adhered. Starting from the outside edge, working inward, I used the tool to gently rub the transfer onto the surface. I gently lifted the paper to ensure it had adhered. I continued this process until I had all of my transfers on my hutch.
For an added impact I used Golden Gem Gemstone Mousse on the hardware and painted the inside of the bottom of the hutch in Plum Crazy for a bold contrast.
I applied 2 coats of Clear Coat in Satin over the whole hutch for durability and to seal the transfers.
I am so happy with how this hutch turned out. Haint Blue and Antebellum Blue are so beautiful blended together, they make the perfect colour palette for the Magnolia transfers. The transfers can be added to any project regardless of the size and make such a big impact. Make sure to try them out on your next project! Happy painting!