I've been in the market for a dining hutch for several years now, but I couldn't ever seem to commit to any for some reason or another. I love the idea behind re purposed furniture, but also know the work that goes into restoring these gems sometimes. When this lovely little thing popped up, I didn't even hesitate! The price was right, and the work to bring about new life in her seemed worth it!
Here she sits BEFORE:
And after much more sanding, and stripping and filling, and priming, and more sanding and painting....
She proudly sits AFTER:
The pictures somehow don't do her justice, but look real hard! ;) We took her from a very old yellowed-white color to a lovely shade of light grey, with a dark wood-stained top on the buffet part.
Her shelves and drawers were covered in what I'm going to guess as a 70's-ish wall paper, that my "loving craigslist partner" spend many hours tearing off inch by inch! We gave them all a nice bright white coat of paint and couldn't believe the transformation!
AFTER:We removed all the hardware during the preparation stage, and I initially thought I was going to replace them all. The hinges were a little rusted and covered in paint by a previous owner that apparently thought removing them was a waste of time! After a google search, I put them in boiling water and the paint came right off with a little scraping. A little steel wool & they looked marvelous! I found the aged brass pulls very complimenting after we painted the hutch grey, so they too went back on!
European wrought iron that I bought sight on scene, with no idea what I was going to do with it...but way to cute to pass on! For now, it serves as a headboard in the guest room! (Fun+cheap)