It was a super fun project and we had a blast working with Ana on this book. Have you gotten your hands on it yet? It’s ah-mazing! But here are a few of the fine tuning deats and questions that some of you have been asking about:
What did you use on the back? Those look like planks.
Instead of what the plans called for, we finished off the back of the hutch with alternating combinations of 1 x 2’s, 1 x 3’s and 1 x 4’s. We simply cut them to the appropriate lengths, and alternated them on the back.
What color stain is that, and how did you do it?
Topping each piece with a shot of Wood Conditioner (simply rub it on with any rag and wait for it to dry-this helps with uneven grain and blotchy finishes) we finished off the wood top and the backing with Minwax’s Early American. For the darker, alternating look, we simply kept going with additional coats until we reached our desired darkness on each piece.
What color is that on this piece?
For the main color itself, we used Benjamin Moore’s Calypso Blue. It’s my current favorite, and I absolutely adore the look. It’s super punchy and jewel-like. It’s the same color you see on our barn door, and handmade hideaway. If I could paint my entire house this color…I just might.
When the piece was dry, we lightly went over it again with a rag + stain for our tea stained look. To read more about that specific process and look, be sure to check out our post on painting furniture, here. Regarding hardware: we simply topped off the drawers with some simple pulls. They added that extra pop of contrast on the front.
And that’s it!
We hope this helps a little, and that you enjoy Ana’s wonderfully amazing book! Have you picked it up yet? What’s your favorite project you want to try for your home? If you build this, we’d love to see!
Happy building + have an inspired day!