Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The little hutch that could....a makeover

Hi friends - I hope you are all doing well!

This is the type of post I get excited about.  Not because it's authentic and revolutionary, but because I don't often work on refinishing furniture and I feel a little closer to becoming a 'real DIY blogger'.

A couple of months ago I saw this sad little hutch at our local thrift store.  I inspected it and soon saw right into its soul.  Its sad looking scratched up surface hiding beauty.  But despite its already low price, it had an additional 50% off tag adorning it, trying to tell the world 'I really want to go home with you', yet I still walked away. 

We left the store with more items than intended, but I still couldn't get this little hutch off my mind.  So I asked my sweet hubby if he could go back and get it for me? Once at the store he called me.
hubby: ' babe, what does this hutch look like?'
me: 'it's brown and it has glass doors and....etc'
hubby: 'I'm looking at it right now, but are you sure you want this?  It's kinda...'
me: 'don't worry, I can make it beautiful'

So, hubby comes home with the little hutch that could and a couple of weeks later....

 It holds some of the pretties I have been collecting.

 Remember the burlap place mat? 

Some beautiful serving dishes my sweet mother-in-law 
has given us look perfect holding some old silver cutlery... 

I never get tired of the beauty of the blue 
jars. This one I found recently for $1.99.

 And here he is again...

A lot of the items are simple dishes that I have either 
collected from thrift stores or had in my kitchen pantry. 

 I love the little 'pop' of colour from 
The PoP Shoppe bottle (also seen here)

New knobs, and a little distressing on the doors and edges...

I didn't want too much for this piece...

I used the beadboard wallpaper by Martha Stewart. We had bought it for a different purpose, but I love how it looks on the little hutch...:)

And there you go...the little hutch that could.  I'm sure this little hutch will become a focal point in our home and will change with the seasons...

I hope I didn't bore you with too many pictures; I guess I'm a proud momma...:)

As usual, thank you for calling today. I hope to see you very soon. 

Remember to come back as I will announce the winner of the hand painted tote as well as I will be sharing with you a very important and dear to my heart event I will be attending. 

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  1. Beadboard wallpaper?? I never knew that existed! Love how you used it (and everything about your hutch).

  2. GREAT job! It doesn't even look like the same piece as before. It's so beautiful. Truly, you did a perfect job. It's a masterpiece now.

    And that beadboard is actually wallpaper! I just fell in love. Lol! Not once did I look at those pics and think that wasn't real wood. That's amazing.

    Loved the title of this post, by the way. :p


  3. It looks so gorgeous now! Great job!! I just love how the pretty aqua pops against the pure white!

  4. Love your hutch, you did a great job!

  5. It looks beautiful!!!!! I also really love your display, so many pretty pieces :)

  6. It's so great that you saw through the old hutch and new it could come to life with your special touch! Fantastic display too!

  7. What a beautiful job on the hutch and I love your pretty way of displaying the items inside also! I am thinking I need to get the paint out for my china closet that is similar to this one.

  8. Oh Lu! You should be a proud mama!!!! HE turned out beautifully! I love that you knew you could make it beautiful and then you did! After all of my home renovations I would just LOVE to do a piece that I could finish in a normal amount of time.... because truly to step away and see the beauty.... how wonderfully rewarding! :o) You are going to become a perfect re-finisher I just know it! You are just SO darn talented! :o)

  9. Beautiful - I am wanting something just like this for my dining area. Hopefully I'll find one at a great price too!

    And I must check out that beadboard wallpaper... who knew?

  10. Oh Lucy! Its FANTASTIC. You are an inspiration.

  11. I Love your Hutch Lucy!! I found one a couple years ago and put it in my studio. Truly these are treasured pieces of ours!! Have you ever tried the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint? It's a dream to use on furniture.


  12. omgoodness...it is fantastic!! great job and thanks for the inspiration!

  13. LOVE how it turned out!! You did a great job!!

  14. ahhhh what a stunning makeover & I'm smitten with the pop shoppe bottles too and have them on my summer mantel -


  15. Love the hutch, what a great transformation. Looks much better now.

  16. LOVE it! I have a china cabinet I'm planning to slather in white, too. White paint = miracle worker.

  17. Wow! What a difference. That turned out beautiful :)

  18. It turned out beautiful - I am so impressed by all your lovely creations. Thanks so much for sharing.

  19. I love a big white hutch, and you have styled it so perfect. Good Job!

  20. Lucy- You did a great job on that hutch. Just enough distressing for me...perfect. I love that you have a special space to display your treasures now. Blessings to you- Looking forward to hearing the winner and to your special event- xo Diana

  21. I love seeing the completion of a vision! It looks beautiful, Lucy! Almost coastal with the bead board wallpaper, and beachy blue! Love it! It's so cool how we can look at something and see it's soul, and even show it's soul to others! That's the very heart of vintage decor! It is sooo hard for me to shop retail since the pieces with character, a story, and soul are resale!!

    Have a wonderful day, and thank you for always bringing beauty to my day!!

  22. Lucy, it's soo cute! I have a hutch that I'd like to paint. I'm toying with maybe trying a light color on it, instead of just painting it white. But white will always "go", so we'll see. That's for sharing your gorgeous pictures. You did a fabulous job!!

    ~ Catie

  23. Oh Lucy -- your hutch looks amazing! I can't believe that the beadboard is actually wallpaper. Seeing the Pop Shoppe bottles certainly brought back some good memories! Your sense of styling and colour is phenomenal. Thanks as always for sharing!

  24. The beadboard texture definitely puts this piece over the edge. Nicely done. What kind of paint did you use? I'm seeing a lot of chalk paint and wax everywhere and wonder if anyone has used this technique?

  25. I am in love with this. Great job, Lu! And, if you hadn't put beadboard in the back of the hutch, I would have suggested wallpaper, to really have the shelves stand out...but love the beadboard!!!! I wouldn't cover that up for the world!

  26. So fresh and lovely! Beautiful choice of accent pieces inside!

  27. Lovely, soft and very feminine look.

  28. LOVE your hutch and it looks simply delightful with your pretty white and aqua accents and a little pop of red. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day.


  29. Lucy, it is divine! You are such a crafty minx. I'm so intrigued by the word 'hutch'. In Australia, we would call it a 'dresser' - very English sounding, isn't it? J x

  30. wow lucy it turned out beautiful i love it white xxxx


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