I know you’ve been anxiously awaiting this moment. I know you’ve been thinking “Casey, how could you torture me for an entire week with no beautiful AFTER picture of the hutch?” I know, I know…it’s been hard for us both.
My friends, the hutch has finally arrived. And she is just as beautiful as I remembered.
But before we get to those aforementioned AFTER photos, I need to tell you about a few final details we made to really transform this piece.
I forgot to mention in my Part 1, that the hutch didn’t just get an exterior upgrade. Oh no no, she got the full celebrity treatment, and received a little face lift on the inside.
With the help of some cute, purple-checked, wrapping paper from Costco, we were able to transform the drawers and cabinets.
We Jan simply cut out the paper to line the cabinets/drawers (we all know I’m not the best with scissors…)
I then mod podged it to the wood…let it dry a bit…and mod podged the top.
The Janimal in action!
So outside is looking good. Inside is looking good.
Janimal loaded her up and brought the new beauty down to STL.
Now, I originally didn’t know if I would be using the top mirrored part of the hutch. I just didn’t feel it was really my style. A little more old-school than my taste.
So we set her up sans top part, as seen below.
But here’s the thing…Moms always seem to know best. Janimal insisted I take some pics with her and the boy holding up the top part just to see if it might work.
And guess what..she was right. I actually DID like it with the top piece! We screwed it in and were ready to fill her to the gills with kitchenware.
So this DISASTER ZONE happened.
We are really into organization around here, and a new piece with tons of storage meant we needed to reevaluate our entire kitchen setup.
So out came EVERYTHING! And we spent our Saturday afternoon finding a new kitchen setup that works for us.
Into the drawers went place mats, napkins, and towels.
Into the cabinets went cookbooks, vases, candles, and oddly shaped pans.
Isn’t she gorgeous with the glossy wood?!
And how about those shiny fixtures?
She is definitely a great new addition to our kitchen.
I’m still playing around with how to decorate the top without making it look too cluttered.
So far I’ve got a new table lamp from Ikea…
Cloth napkins in a $5 peacock bowl from Home Goods.
And a few other knick knacks to tie the blue and white theme together.
I’m thinking I will eventually get some chunky white frames to put over hutch, and add a little height. But for now, I think she is dreamy!
So, what do you think about my decision to use the top mirrored part?
Isn’t she gorgeous? Jan’s friend recently moved, and didn’t have room for this vintage hutch. Luckily, Jan acted quickly and brought it home with her before anyone else could snatch her up. (Way to go Janimal!)
So, I planned a weekend trip home specifically to meet my new beautiful hutch
Me: Hey there beautiful… Hutch: Silence. Me: Let’s strip you down and stain you up (rubbing the wood beneath my fingertips) Hutch: Silence.
Okay, enough with me being a creep to furniture.
When I originally saw the hutch in the above picture, I thought I would paint her white.
But, upon closer inspection I realized it would be a sin (a sin I tell ya!) to cover it with paint.
The details were just way too ornate and handcrafted to cover up with paint.
But I definitely had to do something to her. Look at the top of the piece…
The wood was dry and in need of some TLC. There were also some water spots that needed attention.
Aren’t the antique knobs and pulls absolutely GORGEOUS?!
But they too, needed some TLC.
So I came up with a game plan to re-store the hutch: Condition the wood and deepen the natural color, and give the hardware a nice new shine!
I also wanted to cover up the flowers on the top part of the hutch. Yes, they were painted on there so beautifully, but it’s just not my style (don’t hate me!)
Here is what I gathered to get ready for this project…
120 & 220 Grit Sandpaper
Minwax Polyshades in American Chestnut Satin ($8)
Wood Stain Paint Brush
Noxon Metal Polish ($6)
My first step was to remove the hardware…
And then sand down the piece, making sure to smooth out any damaged parts of the top.
I used 220 grit sandpaper for the front and sides of the piece. And then a coarser 120 grit for the top.
I also sanded down the top of the mirror piece, to get rid of the painted flowers (goodbye!)
Then, after wiping off any excess dust, dirt, or wood shavings I cracked open the stain.
It is VERY IMPORTANT to go in the direction of the grain of the wood. Just trust me on this one!
Also, make sure you don’t glob on too much stain. There will be plenty of time to deepen the color, in the next 2 coats.
Just after one thin coat, I noticed a huge improvement!
Here’s the entire hutch after just one coat of stain.
And here is the top piece…
Lookin’ good already!
The stain directions said to wait at least 6 hours before applying the next coat. So I let the hutch sit overnight.
While watching the Olympics (go USA!), Jan and I polished up the hardware.
And what a difference it made!
The next morning, I lightly sanded down the furniture with steel wool. This got rid of any stickiness from the first coat of stain.
I then stained that bad boy again, and again. 3 coats in all.
Sadly, this is not the end where I show a fabulous before and after picture of the hutch. This is the time where I wait 6 days for the hutch to be driven from Chicago to St. Louis (by the one and only Janimal..don’t I just have the best mom?!)
So I promise in Part 2, you will absolutely get that satisfying before and after picture. In the meantime, I’m dreaming up how to decorate and accessorize this new piece of furniture for our home…
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