Monday, September 7, 2009

One…last…project…

Well, tomorrow is the day.  I go back to work.  I’ve shed my share of tears already, and the nightmares about unruly students have begun.  Very normal, I’m sure.  Sooo, in a last ditch effort to get some summertime projects done, I present you with the hutch.

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My grandparents have recently moved in with my mom, and they told me to come over and take anything and everything that I want of theirs.  At first, it was quite daunting and sad for me.  Pieces of furniture and memorabilia that I had grown up with were now being “discarded” to me if I wanted.  After much re-assurance from my grandparents, I loaded up my SUV.

IMG_6778 I actually didn’t take this until the very last minute because I just didn’t think I’d have room for it.  But…it needed a loving home.  After 6 coats of paint WITH primer, this is what she looks like now. 

IMG_7170Don’t mind any random mess that you might spot around the room.  The second it was semi-dry, I took pics.  The light in here isn’t the greatest, so I had no time to waste!

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I added some new handles to spiff her up a bit!  Nice, huh?

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Obviously, I’ve got one more set to put on the bottom doors.  Then, I’ve got lots of things to fill it with!  Can’t wait!

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Here’s her space.  I’m turning my office into a craft room, and this piece is just perfect for the room.  Now I just have to pick out some fabric for those chairs

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Come back in a couple of days, and I’ll show you how she looks with her jewelry on.  In normal words…how I decorated her.  In really normal words…how I decorated it.

94 comments:

Sherry said...

gorgeous! :)

Karie said...

I have been dieing to go thrifting and find a project.

This looks great!

The Vintage Modern Girl said...

it looks awesome!

Beth said...

Just beautiful.

Traci said...

Love it! I'm so glad you have gotten to keep your grandparents furniture. I think you will treasure it for years! Can't wait to see your chairs.
Goodluck tomorrow at school! I am thinking about going back to teaching next year, but I wonder if I can teach and blog at the same time?! You are my inspiration!
Blessings,
Traci

alexandjess said...

That looks fantastic!
I especially love the curves at the top of the glass.

julie - eab designs said...

What a great piece for your new craft room! The handles were the perfect choice! Have a great first day back at school!

The Shea Family said...

that looks gorgeous! im jealous!

Jodee Leader said...

This might be my favorite makeover yet! I want it!

Enjoy your first day back!

arkie said...

Beautiful piece of furniture!

breanne said...

Oh how I love this hutch!!!

Rachelle said...

Love it. Err.. Her.

I have a desk with the same lovely lines, I got it from my grandparents too!

:) Great job! So jealous you have room for a craft room.

Jen said...

Wow!! You amaze me!! I wonder what I have around my house that I could spruce up! You inspire me!! I'll let you know if I actually do anything!! Ha!!

Good luck tomorrow!! Hope you don't have any unruly students!!

Barb said...

Wow what a great job Chris. When mom see's it, she will wish she had it white when it belonged to her. You do such good work, maybe you can consider painting my bedroom outfit. HE HE HE.... Just kidding.. Maybe.

Mom

cottagewish said...

Amazing what white paint will do. It looks great!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

OMG, Chris! This looks fantastic! I kept going back up to the "before" picture. It looks so good white. Love the new draw pulls, too. Looking forward to seeing how you doll her up. Have a good first day of school! : )

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

The hutch turned out to be so beautiful!!! It is so amazing what white paint can do to a piece. By the way, what kind of paint did you use? I am thinking that since the piece was larger, you may have used a brush-on paint, instead of spray paint. Thanks for sharing. Good luck with school. Love & blessings from NC!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

She is gorgeous - 6 coats!! Wowie!

susan said...

It looks great. I have one in my attic and I don't know whether to be inspired or scared to death---SIX coats !!!! Did you have to sand it first?? Can't wait to see it all dressed up. I am sure it will make your grandparents happy to see it in your home! Good luck with school--hope you get great kids and even better parents :)

Heidi said...

i have a similar hutch that my aunt gave me. Painting it is on my list of "to do's". I am inspired by this. I recently acquired my grandmothers table (that she had as long as I can remember) so I totally relate to how you felt taking this home. I plan to one day paint the table to match my hutch....not sure what my family will think about that!

Six in One Hand said...

Your grandparents will be so glad to see the hutch have new life.
Great Job!

Misty said...

Um...the piece is beautiful!
What's not beautiful...... that I have been back teaching for almost a month already and you are just now getting ready to go!

Puhlease!!! ;-)

southerninspiration said...

that is FABULOUS!!! I so love it! You will get a lot of use out of that.......and what a nice thing that you can have something that nice from your grandparents!

Suzanne

Andrea said...

I love how your project turned out!! I've got a little project myself, that I'm trying to work up the "nerve" for! HA

Country Dreaming said...

Love it!
Good Luck tomorrow--we have been back since the 17th of August!

Melinda

Maureen said...

wow! I love it. I especially love that it came from your grandparents!

ONE MANS TRASH IS MY TREASURE said...

wow that is an absolutely beautiful piece of furniture! I hope i get lucky enough to find one some day :)

Cathyk said...

Ahhh...I have spent my last day of vacation planning and crafting...I so know how you are feeling right now! Here's to a super school year and hopefully is goes speedy quick.

Goodwill Haunting said...

WOW! That came out great ~ it was totally transformed and rejuvenated! I need to start looking at older furniture with a new eye. Good luck tomorrow~!

{ L } said...

This is incredible! It looks like a completely different piece of furniture. Great work!

welovetucker said...

beautiful hutch. You did a fantastic job. I redid a hutch. Check it out if you want at http://stayhomeandplay.blogspot.com

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

Love it!! You are a lucky dog to go back so late!! Hubby has been at school for a month now. When do you guys get out for the summer?

Carmen said...

Looks fabulous!!!! That's exactly what I need in my dining room!!!

Jo said...

Wow that looks amazing! I really would love that :) And I love the white!

Better After said...

That's so funny, I was already calling "it" a "her" before I even got to the end of your post! She's gorgeous!

♥Amber Filkins♥ said...

It is BEAUTIFUL. Just beautiful! I love it so much. Great job girl. Can't wait to see her all spiffed out! :)

b. said...

love it. cant believe you almost didnt take it!

Jane said...

The hutch looks great! Love the new handles. I too go back to school tomorrow. Not nervous yet. I think I am in deeeeep denial! I have spent this week frantically trying to finish everything I wanted to do this summer. Got a lot done which is good.

Funky Junk Interiors said...

That baby was MEANT to be white! It's gorgeous. Happy decorating!

Donna

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Niiiiice!

Shari said...

You are so talented and have such a great eye for things!! I hope you have a great first day, too! I was wondering if you painted the hinges? They kind of looked like a dark brass color in the before pic and then looked a lot lighter in the afters.

Ruth Ann said...

Sooo beautiful! You really did a great job! I need to do alot of projects! It gets really cold here in the wintertime...too cold to be able to spray paint! I go through spray paint withdrawal! Have a wonderful first day of school!

Janene said...

I bet that was hard to remove your Grandparents items from their home...but just think of all the memories, love and use that will be given to them?! This cabinet looks fantastic!
A breath of fresh air!
Have a great day at work...it should go by pretty quick!

duchess said...

Beautiful!
Enjoy getting back to school.

Kim said...

I love it! It took about that many coats for my oak hutch too.... lots of work but soooo worth it.

FOR THE SAKE OF TIME said...

The china cabinet looks great! How wonderful that you have pieces of memories to keep. Have a great school year. I remember those thoughts!

Charla

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a lovely sentimental piece. Well done!

Lacie E. said...

So fantastic....i have been searching for an old piano bench to revamp for my entry it would be just the right side!!

Jenglamgirl said...

Its just beautiful what you did! and even more is the memories that you will cherish getting to keep a passed down piece. I love it white, great job! I WANT ONE NOW!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Chris, what a great piece to get from your grandparents!! I love it painted white, it's amazing how these older pieces are being revived with a coat of paint. Perfect for a craft room too.

Erin said...

it looks so pretty. good job!

Richella said...

Who wants normal? I like to think about seeing her with her jewelry on.

Hope your first day of school is a wonderful one. Lucky, lucky students!

roseylittlethings said...

White paint is such a great way to transform furniture! LOVE IT!

the undomesticated wife said...

Fab!!

~Tammy said...

Awesome! It looks amazing. Glad you were able to give a loved piece a good home.

Anonymous said...

If you can you should try etching the glass in the doors or faux etching if you want to switch up the look later. It looks really good with the white paint.

Grace said...

How lovely! I love the asymmetric arches!

Beth said...

6 coats??? Wow, girl that's a lot of painting. And for your craft ROOM! I'm so jealous. Love my closet but it's nothing like having an entire room to create in. How heavenly! Can't wait to see it completed. (BTW--hope your first day was better than you could've ever hoped for and that your students were angelic.)

Beth

The DIY Show Off said...

It's gorgeous! Beautiful job - as usual. I love the color and the pulls. I'm so jealous! ;)

Roeshel

Pink Stitches said...

Beautiful!!
Hope you've had an enjoyable first day back at work! It's soooo tiring the first week!

Michelle said...

It looks beautiful, what a difference the white makes. Love it! Michelle

mustard seeds said...

Your cabinet is beautiful. Nice transformation!
Sheila

Toni said...

Wow! This looks totally awesome! Maybe I should try to do this with the outdated dining room furniture I have. I would love to know that paint you used, and if you used a brush or roller. Great job!

Lil' Woman said...

Wow looks gorgeous

Lil' Woman said...

Wow looks gorgeous

Maggie said...

I love it - would love to hear more about your process, the finish is so smooth - it looks like it came from a factory.

Great job!

Elaine said...

That is absolutely gorgeous! Good job. I hope you have a great day tomorrow and have a wonderful group of students. Although the unruly ones generally need the most love and guidance. Good luck.

Katy said...

Lovely!

Hey, ....come enter in my giveaway if you'd like.

mimi168888 said...

Love it.... Gorgeous!!!!

Janean said...

No apologies needed. It looks FAB!

passion4pink said...

Love IT!! I have furniture that I are the same colour and I have been dying to paint them white . Tell me did you have to sand every little nook n cranny ?? Please share or I know I ll never get mine done.
Cheers
Vicki

To The Moon and Back said...

ooooh! Gorgeous after. Can't wait to see how you dress her up.

Anne said...

Looks like a Ballard Designs beauty! Great job! Good luck with school. Anne

Anonymous said...

Ooh! It's beautiful!
And you are lucky to still have your grandparents.

-ella

Kristen said...

Oh WOW!! She is gorgeous! Great job working on those lesson plans, I mean, um, painting!

The Barkels said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE it :)

Have a good school year!

christi said...

stunning! love the drawer pulls.

KJ said...

Kudos for having the patients to makeover such a large piece! I'm jealous.

Blarney said...

Umm... errr ... I'll admit I'm a little sad. Your going back to work. NO! This work thing better. not. get in the way of your blogging! I mean where else will I be guided and inspired with projects. So now I'm shedding tears over your return to work, possibly not seeing you blog as much and jealousy over the fine piece you've completed. Ay Vey I'm a mess over this. ;)

Amy {The Red Chair Blog} said...

Ooh, this turned out lovely! So nice to reinvent a family piece. Sending wishes for lots of friendly, apple-bearing students :)

gallaghergfam said...

WOW! That is fabulous! You did a great job!

Good luck with your school year!

Please keep blogging! Nancy from OHIO

Centsational Girl said...

That is gorg ! Love love love me a white painted hutch and buffet. Shouldn't every room in the house have a variation of one?

:-)

Kate

Dyana365 said...

I think I have it's sister hutch in the collection..it was my husbands grandparents, so to him, it's an antique..it's probably JCPenney circa 1960, but you have inspired me. I just dried my hands of TSP waiting for it dry to hit the liquid sander. I can only hope mine turns out as nicely as yours! Really, 6 coats?

James | Postcard Printing said...

The star of the show " The amazing cabinet". But I love the transformation.

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Wow! It looks great white with the new hardware. What a good eye to know that what cabinet could be.

Mandy said...

What an awesome piece of furniture to be given!
So beautiful in white! Nice job :)

Vintage Dutch Girl said...

GORGEOUSNESS! Dear me, six coats of paint...EPIC.

Love it!

Sheri said...

wow, what a difference a coat of paint makes!

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

So beautiful! Paint is such a quick and easy fix, but few are willing to take the risk. Kudos to you! What a marked improvement.

sarah said...

That is Beautiful!! Great job!

Shanty 2 Chic said...

I just love it white! The shape is beautiful and the legs are even better! Thanks for sharing...can't wait to see her with her jewlery!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

She is beautiful... great job!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

She is so purty now!!!

Shirley said...

It looks all together different. Just beautiful. I'm beginning to think everything looks better painted white!!

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