Furniture Makeovers

How to Easily Paint Super Slick Surfaces

Hello Friends,

Ordinarily, full room reveals for the One Room Challenge occur during Week 6. However, due to the West Coast fires and the hurricanes in Texas and Florida, the hosts have graciously extended the challenge an extra week. We are so thankful to the hosts and so excited that this extension allows our fellow bloggers to remain in the challenge with us.

This means that I can share one more DIY before next week’s final room reveal. There are actually several more on the roster to share after the reveal and, from them, I chose to share this sweet china hutch updo today (Week 6).

How to Easily Paint Super Slick Surfaces

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Fusion Mineral Paint and Poppies Paint Powder, but all projects and opinions are 100% my own. Affiliate links are included for your convenience. Any purchase creates a small commission at no cost to you.

If you’ve been following along, you may remember seeing this photo back in the Week 2 post (link is at the bottom of this post). Once the moulding was installed and the wall was painted, the plan for the hutch began to take shape. 

BEFORE: China cabinet before the mirrors in the back are painted | #spon #fusionmineralpaint #diypaintpowder #ultragrip | #orc #oneroomchallenge #housebeautiful |

Hutch Pros and Cons 

Although the hutch is dark and outdated, it is in perfect condition so I didn’t want to paint it. Plus, I love the wood against the white wall. To me, it has a “stately” look and balances nicely with the large media cabinet in the great room. If you’d like to see the media cabinet, the link to the great room reveal is also at the bottom of this post.

And truthfully, the hutch needs to command the wall and the dining room as a statement piece. Remember, china hutches may go out of style, but statement pieces are forever. AmIrite?

So the question becomes, “How do I make a statement piece happen?”

Picture in a mirror | China hutch makeover includes painting the mirror in the back | #slicksurfaces | #spon #fusionmineralpaint #diypaintpowder #ultragrip | #orc #oneroomchallenge #housebeautiful |

Process of Elimination

To narrow down the best option for the hutch, I did two things.

  • The room was basically finished before I tackled the hutch. This way, it was easier to see if an idea worked with the surroundings.

  • While looking for the best option, the hutch was accessorized a gazillion different ways. Yes! It took so much time and created a super hot mess, but I just had to keep moving the puzzle pieces around until I found the line of best fit.

Create an Element of Surprise

And so, that’s what I did. I must have had every accessory in my stash in and out of that hutch a dozen times. This, while continuing to scratch the itch to do something bold and off-the-rails.  I mean, I wanted the hutch to be an all-out shock city. Something that would draw fire as either loved or hated. But either way, it would provoke strong emotion and be something you wouldn’t see anywhere else.

So with this, let’s roll back to Week 1. Remember when I explained in the Week 1 Dining Room Plan that there would be an interesting color pop added via this bold pink?

Well, here we are.

Wall color and ceiling color for the dining room makeover | The hot pink is a special color pop painted on the mirrors of the china hutch | #slicksurfaces | #spon #fusionmineralpaint #diypaintpowder #ultragrip | #orc #oneroomchallenge #housebeautiful | 

Meet the Caped-Crusader of Super Slick Surfaces

Finally, all that was standing between me and the statement piece of my dreams was figuring out how to update the cabinet, specifically the smoked mirror in the back, with a minimum of fuss and muss.

Enter Fusion Ultra Grip.

When painting a super slick surface, always start with Fusion's Ultra Grip | #slicksurfaces | #spon #fusionmineralpaint #diypaintpowder #ultragrip | #orc #oneroomchallenge #housebeautiful |

And after only one coat applied to the mirrored-back, I can honestly say that this stuff is the caped-crusader of slick surfaces.

How to Paint Super Slick Surfaces

Here’s what to do:


  • Thoroughly clean the slick surface. Because my piece is a mirror, I used a vinegar-based Windex and made sure no residue was left.

  • When the mirror is dry, which takes only a few seconds, tape off areas that should not have Ultra Grip applied. I used Frog Tape.

Apply Ultra Grip

  • Stir or shake the product according to manufacturer’s directions.

  • Apply it with a super-fine bristle paint brush. Do be careful to make the application as smooth as possible.

  • And let it dry according to the manufacturer’s directions.

This product will work on any super-slick surface and is especially good to use when sanding is not an option, like on this mirrored-back hutch. Plus, it is important to remember that the topcoat was a chalky-type paint made from latex paint. If you plan to use Fusion paint, Ultra Grip may not be necessary. Even on the mirror, Fusion paint should adhere without a problem.

Why didn’t I use Fusion paint?

It was simply a matter of color. Otherwise, I would definitely have opted for Fusion paint.

One coat of Fusion's Ulta Grip applied to the mirror in the china hutch | #slicksurfaces | #spon #fusionmineralpaint #diypaintpowder #ultragrip | #orc #oneroomchallenge #housebeautiful |

Apply Paint

As far as I know, any paint is ok to use, but Ultra Grip is formulated to use with Fusion paint. I purchased a sample container of a Sherwin Williams color and converted it to a chalky-type paint using a product called Poppies Paint Powder. The link leading to a review about the Paint Powder is at the bottom of this post.

Since I wasn’t sure if I would like the super-bold color or if I would want to distress the paint, I used a chalky-type paint to keep my options open. 

  • Once the Ultra Grip is dry according to manufacturer’s directions, apply the paint.

  • Two coats of chalky-type paint were applied and allowed to completely dry.

And remember, no sanding is needed to prep the super slick surface.

AFTER: An outdated chine cabinet is refreshed by painting the mirrors in the back a super-hot pink | #slicksurfaces | #spon #fusionmineralpaint #diypaintpowder #ultragrip | #orc #oneroomchallenge #housebeautiful |

And that’s all there is to it. One statement piece, coming up.

I do hope you will join us next week for the full china hutch reveal along with the exciting room reveal. 

In the meantime, if you appreciate this quick and easy way to paint super slick surfaces, please.. PIN the photo below.

Got a super slick surface? No worries! Check out how the mirror in the back of this china cabinet is easily painted | #slicksurfaces | #spon #fusionmineralpaint #diypaintpowder #ultragrip | #orc #oneroomchallenge #housebeautiful |


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And as always, many thanks to our wonderful hosts.  

Linda from the blog, Calling It Home and House Beautiful magazine. 

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We appreciate you so much!


The Dining Room Makeover Plan –  Week 1

How to Design Picture Frame Moulding – Week 2

Tips for Perfect Ceiling and Wall Paint – Week 3

How to Paint Dining Room Furniture – Week 4

How to Paint Faux Antique Brass Hardware – Week 5

How to Paint Super Slick Surfaces – Week 6 (YOU ARE HERE)

Dining Room Reveal Coming – Week 7

Outdated Bench Refresh – How to Paint the Fabric and Frame

Stationary Bar Cart Refresh – Using a Combo of Paint and Wax

Traditional Meets Trendy – Mahogany Console Table Makeover in Metallic Paint

Easily Add Gold Touches to Furniture and Accessories with Liquid Leaf

Spring 2017 ORC – Great Room Refresh


Fusion Mineral Paint website ~

Poppies Paint Powder website ~ 

Paint Powder Product Review On This Blog – Click here 

#orc #oneroomchallenge #housebeautiful #slicksurfaces #fusionmineralpaint #ultragrip



  • Reply Toni | Small Home Soul November 7, 2017 at 10:46 am

    You are such a tease, we only get to see a blurry picture of the hutch? what the what girl? 🙂 Ok, I’ll be patient for one more week to see the full reveal, but it’s killing me, just so you know.

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 8, 2017 at 2:21 pm

      LOL….Toni! You are hilarious! I loved your comment so much that I put it on IG!! One more week, dear friend. One more week.

  • Reply Susanne November 7, 2017 at 10:47 am

    What a teaser!!! I can’t wait to see it in all of its glory 🙂 And this is another product to add to my list of must haves! On to the reveal!!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 8, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      LOL….Susanne! You and Toni crack me up! I just responded to Toni that I loved yall’s comments so much that I posted a version on IG. And yes, Ultra Grip is a must have. I used it on the dining room table, too. You can check that post out when you have a minute.

  • Reply Tee November 8, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    I can’t wait to see that hutch! I can always count on you to introduce all of these neat products. And by the way, that chandelier is so gorgeous! Yay…for next week’s reveal!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 8, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      Hey Sweet Tee…. sorry, but I’m from the South where “sweet tee” is a term of endearment. Thanks so much for the encouragement and kind words! And yes! On the the reveal!

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  • Reply roomfortuesdayblog November 8, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Ahhh!! I want to see the hutch. ha! Way to leave us hanging. Thanks for tips though- I learned some things!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 8, 2017 at 8:05 pm

      Hi Sarah and thanks! Sorry about the suspense. 🙁 I’ll try and make it up to you next week. XOXO

  • Reply Jen@ Jenron-Designs November 9, 2017 at 12:14 am

    Well I am excited to see your hutch next week!!! Great teaser… 🙂 I have really got to try that fusion paint, it sounds remarkable!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 9, 2017 at 12:34 am

      Hey Jen and thanks a million. And trust me, I can’t wait to show you the hutch!

  • Reply Emy November 9, 2017 at 10:08 am

    I’ll have to try this out. I used Fusion paint this weekend and I love how smooth it is. 🙂 Can’t wait to see your room!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm

      Hi Emy and thanks! Exciting week ahead!! XOXO

  • Reply heyfitzy November 9, 2017 at 10:26 am

    You had me at hello! 🙂 I was busy scrolling through your post trying to find the reveal picture. Can’t wait till next week to see this space!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 9, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      Hey Tammy and thanks! So happy to hear that I peaked your interest. LOL… We have a fun week ahead! XOXO

  • Reply Mary Hunnicutt November 9, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    ohhh I love the pop of color you are teasing us with! I can’t wait to see the whole thing! This post is very helpful as I have painted glass before with lackluster results, so I am def pinning this for the next time I need it!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 9, 2017 at 7:38 pm

      Yay Mary and thanks! I’m thrilled to hear that learning about this product is helpful. I just loved it! I used it over the sealed factory applied shellac on the dining room table so I didn’t have to sand and reseal. I mentioned it in the post if you ever need to cover a bleeder.

  • Reply Jessica Vanderveen November 9, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Can’t wait to see the reveal next week!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 9, 2017 at 7:39 pm

      Hey Jessica and thanks! I’m so excited to see all the rooms!! XOXO

  • Reply northcountrynest21 November 10, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Oh my gosh, that COLOR! Even the sneak peek looks so fun – can’t wait to see the entire piece in your finished room!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 14, 2017 at 3:11 pm

      Hey Kelly and thanks girl. Go big and bold! My motto. LOL..

  • Reply Jillian November 13, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Looks beautiful! I love the hint of red I see!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 14, 2017 at 3:12 pm

      Hi Jillian and thanks a million. I have a confession. I altered the color a smidge… it’s not red, but it’s close!

  • Reply Diane Rath November 14, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Oh now you have me all excited about this hutch!! Why can’t I just see it now- I’m so impatient- 2 more days, 2 more days

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 14, 2017 at 3:14 pm

      LOL….Diane! Thanks girl! And that’s exactly how I feel about your room. I loved the before…..can’t wait to see the after! XO

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