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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Hutch makeover - from yukky to "it's a bar!!"

This is the end result - a long from it's humble beginnings. The backstory: We've had this hutch since we bought our cabin in NM. So a very long time. It's either been relegated to holding dishes or craft supplies, but had no main focus in our home. I had a thought to turn it into a bar. Then we went to a local department store on the search for a couch (still searching) and saw a bar up there similar to this one. The lightbulbs flashed, the wheels started turning, time sped up!! Although the bones are good, the piece was UGLY! Color can make such a huge difference. See for yourself.

See, interesting design details, vintage and the ugliest yellow green color ever. Well that I know is subjective, simply put, it never fit into our color scheme! We refinished our first piece of furniture.

So we sanded, then began to paint. It's always hardest to pick the color. I have to remember that it's just paint, if you don't like it. Paint it again! I chose a gray-green-blue color from Valspar in a semi-gloss finish. We removed the hardware, sanded and then the painting began. Two coats. Inside and out. See the ugly wallpaper on the inside back! The tragedy was carried out to the n'th degree.

Even my right hand got involved. This picture shows the sharp contrast from what was to what is.

One more coat of paint to go. All the shelves and the inside were painted too. I think we didn't remove the doors because we didn't about it.

I used a ck gray colored Valspar semi-gloss to 'antique' the finished hutch. Use a damp rag, dip it into the tester size of paint and for less than $3.00 you have a stained piece of furniture. This little tip came from the really nice, cute paint guy at Lowe's. I was going to get a larger can of paint and he recommended the tester size. Then we sealed it with a water-base polyurethane. Two coats on the surfaces that get the most use and one on everything else.

And we found these great drawer pulls. I should have taken a picture of those that were on there..you would have gotten a good laugh. These are bronze with gold highlights. This will be very important... you'll see.

For the old hardware that was going to be too difficult to find.. the turn on the top doors and the latch on the bottom, I used a hammered oil-rubbed bronze spray Krylon paint to lightly, not solid coverage, spray paint the hardware. I wanted some of the existing gold to show through so that it would all match the new drawer pulls. Success! Yeah, the pull has undertones of gold also.

Each door had this mesh insert in it. Originally it was a brass finish also. So once again, the light coat of the hammered oil-rubbed bronze Krylon spray paint to allow some of the brass to show through. Perfect!

Okay this goes into the blogland bloopers file!!! See the chord hanging down from the light. I guess I didn't have the cord from the light tacked yet - ooh blamage!!  We then had a mirror cut for the back, and a glass shelf cut for the inside. Found the hanging stem-glass holders at Lowe's also. They were a bright and shiny chrome!! So I got out the dependable hammered oil-rubbed bronze spray paint by Krylon. I love that stuff!!! And they then blended right in with everything else. This time, full coverage, several coats, sealed with a semi gloss sealer.Found an under the counter florescent stick to fit on the front top to light the cabinet. Drilled a hole in the cabinet through which to run the cord. Plug it in behind the cabinet.

So it's finished. All told with drying time included this took a weekend and then a couple of evenings the following week. So a rather quick project.

Thanks for dropping in, I love your comments. Have a very blessed week. I am linking up to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for her Metamorphosis Monday Party.. be sure to go by and see the lovely transformation on lots of different items!



Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Wow! I love what you did! Great minds, right? LOL

Teri said...

What a big difference! It's beautiful!

Chrissie said...

Your hutch turned out beautifully! I love the mesh in the doors~

xinex said...

I love the color, Marlis,. It's very pretty!...Christine

gena said...

AWESOME ! My son just turned my grandmother's secretary ( probably 80 years old bought for my mom when she started school ! ) into a bar for his new home. LOVE it !
thanks for sharing,

Becca said...

Wow(!) ... this is beautiful! I love the color you chose and the wired mesh on the doors! Thanks for sharing, *Becca*

Becolorful said...

Love it. Crazy for the color and that you found a new and unexpected use for this piece but most of all I love love love the chicken wire? door panels. Inspired!'

My favorite thing I've seen today.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

I love this! What a great idea to turn it into a bar, and it turned out so pretty. laurie

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Wow...talk about a transformation! You really were creative with this and it turned out so great.

Thanks for your visit!

TracyM said...

looks great!

Sailing Simply said...

Great idea for an old hutch! Beautiful makeover!

Dandelion and Daisy said...

Nice! You are inspiring me to finish a similar china cupboard that is stored in the garage. You really made a nice piece of furniture out of a cast off.

Shelia said...

Oh, your cabinet turned out great! I love the new color and it's new function. Now it looks like it's always had this job! Nice to know you had a great helper too! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Mélanie A. said...

I love what you did with the cabinet , it looks wonderful

food for thought said...

cute conversion!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous, Marlis! What a great idea...and I love the color!!! xoxo

niartist said...

Marlis!!! Thank you so much for directing me back here. I remember this post from you ... because I remember loving that color you painted the cabinet. GORGEOUS, and completely amazing transformation. LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Thanks for the inspiration - and for stopping by the blog!


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