To start I refinished the top. I did this step first because I knew I'd be painting all around and directly above that finished top. Where as the old surface would take the paint and hold it, my new glossy smooth top would repel the paint like magic, so any errant drips could just be wiped away with a wet paper towel.
Once the top was done I set to work on the case. The color is inspired by a coastal hutch I refinished a couple years ago. That hutch is one of the most popular pieces I've ever done, and I've had the color requested a few times since. It truly is a magnificent shade of aqua, bright and playful, but not too over the top, just right for a pop of color in a classic farmhouse space. The backboard is also a custom mixed antique white. I distressed the entire thing and then sealed it with my homemade dark wax.