Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Hutch Revival: Craigslist Find Turned Kitchen Beauty

Passing notes today:  Mrs. Gosling

Hi Girls!  Since we're talking kitchens, I wanted to share a recent kitchen project.  Of course I forgot to capture a before picture.  But here is a similar inspiration piece to keep in your mind.  

So, we have had a really awkward section of our kitchen that collected junk, I mean,  family treasures?!?  We also had a lack of storage to display any of our china and finer pieces. 

Anyways - it was a waste of space.  It was a weak attempt at throwing in bargain cupboards to sell unsuspecting young-ins a house.  It worked, we BOUGHT it!  We always knew we wanted to change it, but didn't know where to start.  Well, Craigslist was just our GUY!  We found an old 1940's hutch for $200.  It needed a good cleaning, some TLC and a little minor construction - BUT it ended up being perfect.
See the weird collection of cabinets/pseudo desk, left of the fridge.  Well, it's gone!
We started de-constructing the cabinets.  Which meant, we put 3 kids to bed and a severely pregnant lady and an overly tired businessman got to work.  It only took a couple hours from start to finish.  Don't worry, this chickie didn't do any heavy lifting this time around.  I was on clean up duty, while enjoying a snickers cheesecake from cheesecake factory.  Thanks Honey!


We had to separate the two pieces, remove some molding, relocate electrical and phone jacks.  We brought in the "big guns" - our carpenter to help with most of this.  After positioning the top piece, the electric was pulled through the top section to accomodate for a "phone caddy." Finally the piece was secured and in it's place.   I sanded it 3 times, added 2 coats of KILZ primer and 3 coats of finish paint.  Instead of using the old hardware, I freshened things up and purchased farm style hardware from Lowe's, in rustic black.  I used Eddie Bauer Honeysuckle Bloom to match the rest of the house trim and fireplace.

We removed the hutch legs.  The carpenter made new legs (out of 2 x 10" pine) to accomodate the heating unit offset.  They really make the job look like a custom piece now. 



What a difference!  Who has "revived" a craigslist find out there?  I would love to hear about your projects .... past, present or future!

Thanks for checking in,
Mrs. Kelly Comment:  So pretty--like Ryan G.'s face.  I'd be afraid that I'd start Eddie Bauer Honeysuckle Blooming up the cabinets next.  That color is lovely!  Nice job lady.

Mrs. Willams Comment:  My favorite part of this project?  Easy...the phone cubby.  Actually all the cubbies.  Why is cubby seeming like such a strange word all of a sudden?  Nice revival Mrs. G!


Between Blue and Yellow said...

I had a similar desk/cabinets in my kitchen that we removed too! You did a great job with the hutch, it looks amazing!

Vintage Street Designs said...

I just finished a hutch for my dining room too...love all the extra storage it brings! You did an absolutely beautiful job incorporating yours into the space! It looks fantastic! Hopped over from MMS and now following! Would love to have you stop by for a visit! Blessings ~ Judy

House Crazy in Michigan! said...

VERY unique way to get glass front storage in your kitchen. A very cleaver idea.

Small House / Big Sky Donna
White Oak Studio Designs/Hand=Painted Vintage Furniture Transformations
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House Crazy in Michigan! said...

It's pretty amazing how you fit that china cabinet into your existing cabinet space. Very clever!

Small House / Big Sky Donna
White Oak Studio Designs/Hand=Painted Vintage Furniture Transformations

BLOG: http://smallhouseunderabigsky.wordpress.com
Facebook: donnaallgaierlamberti@facebook.com

Naptime Notebook said...

Thanks Donna!

Naptime Notebook said...

Thanks Judy. Will have to check out!

The Distracted Designer said...

Love it!!! How did you get the paint to look so nice and smooth especially with all those coats of primer nd paint?? Tips??

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