A Moroccan Inspired Hutch

Meet Jen Burns of J Burns Designs!!

This girl always knows how to take paint to a whole new level!!

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Enjoy as she takes us on this Moroccan inspired journey!

*Although this post is sponsored by Pure and Original Paints, all views and opinions are my own.

I’m extremely excited to be invited to do this quest post on Colorways by Leslie Stocker.  Leslie has been a huge inspiration to myself and many others and I can’t begin to tell you how thankful I am.

I knew right away that this would be the chance for me to do something out of the norm for me.  I have been dreaming of doing something similar to the designs and colors of Moroccan architecture and hand painted tiles.  I chose several colors from Pure and Original to work with on this project.

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Greek Sky, Kenyan Copper, Lipstick and Lava White

Pretty amazing colors, right?

I had an old hutch that was the perfect size and overall style to get started with.  After cleaning and stripping the hutch, I gave it a light sanding to make sure it was free from any stripper.  I wanted raw wood to show through in the end or normally I would skip the stripping.

I started with Lipstick, a deep rich red. I randomly hit the highs and lows of the surface making sure to get roughly the same coverage everywhere.

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Pure and Original Lipstick

After letting that dry and lightly sanding with 400, I did the same overall approach with Kenyan Copper.

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Pure and Original Lipstick and Kenyan Copper

Again I let those dry and lightly sanded before going over the entire surface with Greek Sky.  Instead of just painting like normal though, I loaded the brush thick with paint and did more of a dobbing action across the entire surface.  I wanted a lot of texture and the look of old worn stucco walls.

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Pure and Original Lipstick, Kenyan Copper and Greek Sky

Once that was dry, I went over the entire area with a medium grit sanding pad distressing in some areas and burnishing the paint in others.  I chose to do a floral pattern. I roughly sketched out the design in pencil before laying out my brushes and paints to start the hard work of hand painting the design.

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Hand painting with Pure and Original Paint

After many, many hours of painting I lightly sanded the entire surface again and using Lipstick, Greek Sky and Kenyan Copper I mixed up a wash of a dark muddy brown.  Using that I went over the entire piece, wiping off as I went to give an aged look.

Once that was dry the hardware was installed and it’s ready to go.  I absolutely love the texture and color!

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18 Comments

paula

The first couple of pictures had me mystified and skeptical but the results are spectacular. True talent.

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Brenda

I’m just a little unclear about whether you had painted the copper over the red, or just in between where the red had not been painted. I love this piece. You are so, so talented!

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Jen - J Burns Design

Both actually, some areas I overlapped the color and some I just filled in where there was no red. When I went back with sanding and distressing it brought the colors through in different areas.

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Brenda

Thanks very much Leslie. I am going to try this technique. I’ll send you a photo when I’m done.

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Ellen

You started with an outrageously gorgeous piece and put on beautiful decorative icing!.

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Jen

This is beautiful! Thank you for encouraging us all to go outside the box! We all need a reminder every once in awhile!

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Corrine Moore

Stunning! I’ve been wondering how to layer multiple colors. ..can’t wait to try it.

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fabiola garcia

It is amazing, love the final color and texture. And the hand painting to. You did a great job, and I can imagine how many hours you invest on the piece.

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