Sunday, July 15, 2012

New (Old) Hutch Redo

My hubby and I have been married for 20 years and for 20 of those years, I have longed for an old hutch, just like the one in my grandma's kitchen.  Every time we would come across one, it was too expensive or just wasn't exactly what we wanted.  My luck was about to change.

While visiting a local flea market on Saturday, I walked to the back of the store and saw this.


One look and I was immediately transported back to my grandma's kitchen.  The sounds, smells, and all the things I loved about her and her kitchen immediately came to mind.  When the owner came over to talk to me, all I could manage to say was, "I want this."  

I called my hubby and he came down to check it out.  We worked out a deal with the owners, packed it up and brought it home.  I was a happy girl.  :)

Of course, it needed some work, but that's what I liked about it.  Although I liked the sunny yellow paint, it wouldn't really fit in with the decor in our home so I had to paint it white.  


You know I'm not crazy about scroll work so I needed to do something to remove or cover it on the top.  I also needed to update the door hardware.  The hardware on the drawers was perfect and didn't need anything.

I decided to add crown molding to the top so I added a 1 x 4 to the top in between the two sides or scroll work.  I attached it with a nail gun.


Next, I cut a piece of crown molding and attached it to the 1 x 4 that I just attached on the front and mitered the corners to wrap around the sides of the hutch.


As you can see, there are gaps but that's why caulk is the best thing ever for a DIY'er.  It covers a multitude of sins.  I learned how to cut mitered corners and returns about 9 years ago and every time I cut them, I forget how and have to buy extra molding to practice on.  That whole thing of turning your molding upside down and cutting at 45 degrees confuses me every time.  I'm sure there is an easier way and possibly a better saw for the job but I don't know what it is.  After I caulked the gaps, and filled the nail gun holes with spackle, I started painting and adding the new door pulls.  
Here's how she looks now.


I had two sea grass baskets that I picked up at Lowe's a few months ago that fit perfectly on the second shelf.  I filled them with my collection of linen vintage napkins.   I also added my coffee sacks and more vintage linens.  Plus my collection of old mismatched flatware that hubby brought me.


As well as my treasured french compote that I picked up on Etsy.


See how nicely the crown molding turned out after filling the gaps with caulk?


Here's a closeup of the drawer pulls.  I thought they matched the original drawer pulls perfectly.


As you can see, I sanded the edges a little to let a tiny bit of the cheery yellow paint shine through.  
I couldn't resist.  :)




(Try not to look at the huge vent and thermostat on the the wall.)


I had to do some rearranging in the dining room but that was fine with me.  I still have the shelf I built from reclaimed barn wood, I just moved it to another corner.


So, after 20 years, we finally have a hutch that also reminds me of spending time with my grandma.


That's the best part....

Have a great day!
Diana

64 comments:

  1. Looks great! What is the paint color?

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    1. The white color on the hutch is called Ultra White by Olympic.

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  2. Beautiful! And how lovely to have something that makes you remember your grandma! I love the addition of the crown molding ( gets me every time too). It really dress up the hutch.

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  3. Diana, your post made me tear up. I miss my grandmother something fierce and wished that I had a hutch like hers as well. Thank you for sharing yours and giving me hope that I too may find the perfect one (even if it takes me 20 years ; ) ).
    ~ Deanna

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  4. Lovely. Just lovely. Nothing beats a beautiful piece of furniture with the best memories of a gramma...and gramma's kitchen is the cherry on the tippy top. Now, you need a nap!!! Love to you!!

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  5. Love it. Looks great in white too!

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  6. Ab fab! I love all of your projects and what you've done with your home. Just a question....do you use a sprayer or roll/brush? I am considering investing in a sprayer for my projects.

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    1. I just used a brush and roller but a sprayer would be amazing. I would definitely invest in one. :)

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  7. Beautiful. The molding on top added so much! I'm searching your blog to find the name of the paint color in your dining room. Love it. Joyce

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    1. Joyce, the color in the dining room is called Classic Gray by Benjamin Moore. :)

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  8. It is a lovely piece and you did a wonderful job making it yours. If I can't sell my oak cabinet soon I am so tempted to paint it. We are married 20 years this month and couldn't afford a hutch back in the early years. Now that so many people are selling great pieces at bargain prices I am happy to own two hutches.

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth. I agree, back then we could never afford one. Now they are so much more affordable. :)

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  9. Gorgeous! Wonderful job you did recreating it to work for YOU.

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  10. fabulous! and don't jinx me over the 45 degree cuts!!! I'm about to begin my very first attempt at mitred corners.............

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    1. Good luck! It isn't that hard, I just always get a mental block, lol. :)

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  11. Diana, you amaze me So proud of you!

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  12. Awesome I love the change you made with the crown! It is a beautiful cabinet and it's so great it reminds you of your Grandma. It looks perfect in the room I adore your style ;)

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  13. Isn't it an amazing feeling when you stumble onto exactly what you've been looking for? Vintage plates with birds on them and old topographical maps transport me back to my childhood and my grandparents' house. Your hutch is beautiful- I'm partial to yellow, so I'm glad you have a little peeking through. Great dining room!

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  14. It looks beautiful! So awesome to have a beloved replica! We also struggle with the format for moulding, so irritating! Love caulk!

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  15. love the new cabinet and still in love with your shelves!

    have a giveaway goin' on here:
    http://hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com/2012/07/summer-sale-giveaway.html
    and hope you win!

    michele

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  16. You made a good piece great! It looks perfect in your gorgeous dining room! I am crazy about that cool bushel basket you placed on top of the hutch too!

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  17. Beautiful~ I love the whole room, the wall color is beautiful and I just love white and wood!
    Great ob on the hutch!
    Susan
    Homeroad

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  18. I love it! It's perfect. Looking at your house just makes me happy.

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  19. Perfect find and love what you did with it as well as the space that it calls home.

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  20. Wow! Looks fantastic and I am glad you found it after all these years!

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  21. It looks great in your dining room! I love all the projects you do!

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  22. It looks beautiful! I think adding the crown molding was the perfect touch.
    My husband & I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary May 30th. :)

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  23. Love your new hutch. But I have always loved your reclaimed barn wood shelf. Always. If you should ever decide that you want to sell that please let me know.
    my email address is sma120@att.net tuck it away for maybe future use. :)

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  24. You did a great job--love the crown molding! And I like how you sanded it a bit to let some of the old yellow shine through:-)

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  25. This is gorgeous and you made it seem so easy! I love everything you do. Even though vintage is not my personal decorating style at all, you always inspire me!

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  26. New reader here! That hutch is so gorgeous! Job well done and I just love what you've done with your entire house. That's the style I'm leaning towards myself. :)

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  27. Beautiful job! Thanks for sharing! I'm inspired!!!

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  28. Love your new hutch! Have you ever thought of trying to hide that thermostat with a hinged picture? I've been seeing this recently on HGTV and thought of you when you said not to look at the ugly thermostat!

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  29. I am curious what you use to paint with. Do you have a sprayer or just use a roller and brush. Reason asking is because it seems hard to lay white latex paint. Thanks keep it up!!!

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  30. Absolutely beautiful! The crown molding is perfect. The memories of grandparents are such a treasure aren't they? My favorite grandmother passed away in the 60's but I think of her almost daily...such a treasure.

    xo
    Pat

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  31. Very nice work on the hutch! I've been reading your blog for a couple years now & love seeing your dinning room & knowing the stories & projects that make it what it is today! I'm about to paint my hutch & am intimadatef by all the work ahead of me... did you sand & prime first?

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    1. Hi Kelly! I did sand a little because the previous paint was flaking a bit but I didn't prime. I never do that, takes too much time. :). Just get yourself a mini roller and good angled brush and you should do fine! Good luck!

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  32. Great hutch!!! Love the styling - the seagrass baskets are lovely!
    xo,
    Shannon

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  33. P.S. Great call on the crown molding!

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  34. If you paint your vent the wall color and turn it upside-down (so that you can't see down into the louvers when you are standing), it will practically disappear.

    Love your blog, just found it! I have pinned a zillion things already!

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  35. Beautiful and inspiring as always. This reminds me of my granny's furniture, too. I love when you find something that brings up such tangible memories.

    Can you tell us about the basket of giant scrabble tiles in the photos under the subway art? At least I think that's what they are... would love to hear the story behind those!

    Thanks for the lovely, lovely images of your home. :)

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  36. Lucky you!!!What a great find.Love how you displayed it too!
    ((Hugs))
    Anne

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  37. It's perfect! I've been wanting a hutch just like that. I hope I find one too!

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  38. Love it, Diana! Wonderful how you covered up the scrollwork....I'm not crazy about scrollwork, either...I'm going to remember that great idea next time! :)

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  39. Love it and love how you covered the scrollwork. I probably would have passed on the hutch because of the scrollwork as I am not a fan. I will have to remember to think outside of the box when purchasing redo furniture.

    Love all your treasures and how you displayed them.

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  40. WOW! Love it. What thermostat? Please that's tiny, you are a creative genius and I'm sure you will come up with something awesome to hide it;)

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  41. I love old cabinets and cupboards. I had a recent experience - finding a similar hutch...that also needed a lot of love (http://thesavvyseeker.com/2012/01/09/chalk-paint-cupboard/). I think the hard part is deciding what to display inside of them! I love the crown molding work you did on the top! You should do a tutorial on how do add that to any piece of furniture!

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  42. Love what you did with this, particularly the drawer handles

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  43. My grandmother had a similar hutch in her kitchen...I love them, too. That looks great in your dining room! Maggie
    p.s. Just hang a basket over your thermostat!

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  44. Your new - old hutch looks simply beautiful! Well done! Your blog and all your projects are so inspiring! I must say - I am honored that the compote I had the pleasure of selling you has such a special place to reside! Love that! :)

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  45. Ok, I am in love! You're hutch is great, but the rest of your house is also fantastic. I saw your pillow in the background, and that is what actually made me want to comment. I'm saving my pennies for it right now! (you know, with husband in school and year old baby) I'm saving your blog in a special file on pinterest, so I don't forget it!

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  46. Diana, I was just lookin around different blogs and I came upon yours somehow, (not sure as I'm new to blogworld) but I must say I LOVE LOVE LOVE your decorating and your beautiful home. Also checked out your sweet breadboards!! Love them, they are so cute. They remind me of a restaurant I used to work in when I was still single, we used to bring out little loaves of bread with the salad to the table of each guest. Stop on over and see mine sometime in the future. I don't have much to look at yet honestly and I'm still figuring things out.:} Hope you have a great day. I'm adding you to my favs list. Blessings~~Ann

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  47. Hello! I adore your hutch remodel. It looks beautiful. I also love your kitchen table. Curious as to where you found it...??
    http://nickandashleyklaus.blogspot.com/

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  48. diana, where do you live so I can borrow you lovely bread board engravers! A great find for sure. If you know any Brownie or Girls Scout troops and even Boy Scouts, they might could use you and your engravers with leather also. You use a soft wooden or rubber mallet and just hit as you probably did on the board. I've used stamps with the Tandy Leather. Just another use for you. Have fun. Deb G.

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  49. PS. I really would like to borrow your engravers : ). Deb G.

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  50. Love the hutch redo! I still have to finish mine... from February. So sad! You've inspired me though! I like how you decorated it as well!

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  51. The hutch looks great! What color is on your walls?

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  52. The hutch looks great! What color is on your walls?

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  53. "...immediately transported back to my grandma's kitchen." - This is funny, but great! Vintage stuff, especially furniture, really don't get old!
    -Eidine Lubbs

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