Hi there! Today I have a project to share involving an old hutch that I found at an estate sale. I spied it in the kitchen filled with all kinds of junk (and I don’t mean the good kind). I almost didn’t notice it. The room was so dark, it just blended right in. I might have passed it by and missed the opportunity to coax out its vintage beauty.
But one of my “rules” is to always try to look beneath the clutter to see what it’s sitting on or filling up. Often times we overlook good pieces because we’re so focused on the smalls covering it.
Honestly, I may have overstated the horrid-ness of this piece but I couldn’t resist the alteration of the two “H’s.” together 🙂
And in person, you would have seen the dullness of the wood, along with a fair amount of grime, not all of which would come off.
It’s what I would call a terrible mix of mid-century (on the bottom) and colonial revival (on the top). Probably made in the 60’s or 70’s.
Nonetheless a sturdy, solid piece, I painted it with homemade chalk paint that I made with some oops paint and grout. I mixed a pint of it and just barely had enough to give the hutch two coats, which is all it needed, fortunately.
The project took a bit longer than I would have liked because I could NOT unscrew the hinges on the doors, nor could I remove the handles. So, I had to paint around them.
My trick to make the process easier? I rubbed a thin coat of petroleum jelly on the handles and the hinges. After I finished painting, I could easily rub off any paint that landed on them.
Then I went to town sanding all the edges and corners using a sanding block that I had on hand.
I gave it a good coat of clear wax and buffed it out after about 15 minutes of “drying.”
You can see in this photo the amount of distressing I did. I guess it was just the right amount because it sold the day I placed it in my booth at the Grist Mill Antique Center (for a $100.00 offer, down from the $125.00 I had priced it at).
I love using these leather books for photos like these.
Not too long ago, I painted a similar piece and gave some hints in the post about what to look for when buying ugly vintage furniture, and how you can easily transform it into a thing of beauty. You might find it interesting.
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