DIY Designer Hutch Makeover Part 1: Mixing and Applying a Custom Scumble Glaze

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In part 1 of this two part series, we are going to take you through the process of creating and applying a custom tinted Scumble glaze.

We chose to create a dark glaze that would add richness and depth to the new paint finish on this vintage cabinet, but with Scumble you can create a custom glaze for your project in any color you choose!


We started by removing the cabinet doors from the bottom of the cabinet and the back panel from the hutch top.  The back panel was put aside for detailing which we will walk through in Part 2 of this 2 part blog series.

We custom mixed a vibrant teal paint color for this piece and started by applying two coats to the exterior of the cabinet.

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Once dry, we applied one thin coat of Clear Topcoat Sealer to our paint finish.  The sealer provides a good working surface.  Applying the sealer first allows us to have more control when we wipe back the Scumble glaze.

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Scumble is a white medium that can easily be tinted with paint or mixols.  Here we added 1 teaspoon of black paint to 5 teaspoons of Scumble, creating a dark grey glaze to tone down the brightness of our paint color and add depth to the finish.


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Within 20-30 minutes the thin coat of Clear Topcoat Sealer previously applied was dry to the touch and we were ready to apply our Scumble mixture.  Working in manageable sections, we used our round brush to brush the mixture over our painted surfaces.



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We allowed the Scumble mixture to settle for about two minutes before proceeding.  Here we worked on one cabinet door at a time.  On the larger surfaces, we worked in manageable sections.  Scumble has an open time of about 20 minutes, which means you have a good amount of time to work with it and get the look you desire before it dries.


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After allowing the product to sit on a painted section for about 2 minutes, we used a damp sea sponge to wipe back the Scumble Glaze, allowing it to gather in corners and around the edges of the cabinet doors and other detailed areas.  This is where you can really get creative, giving your paint finish a custom look with highlights, depth and dimension!


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The effect is beautiful!  Here we toned down a bright and bold color by adding a dark Scumble glaze.  Try mixing a lighter glaze by adding white or cream paint to the Scumble product and create a softer and more muted paint finish!  Scumble allows you to create a paint finish that is truly custom!




Once you are satisfied with your Scumble glaze, allow it to dry completely before proceeding to seal your finish.



 Within an hour or two you should be ready to apply your first coat of Clear Topcoat Sealer.  Use an Artisan Enhancements Topcoat Brush for even application and to minimize any brush strokes in your Sealer finish.  Allow this coat of Clear Topcoat Sealer to dry for 24 hours before applying a second coat.





Stay tuned for Part 2 of the DIY Designer Hutch Makeover Blog Series where we will walk through the steps used to create the beautiful stenciled panel backing for the hutch top!








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