Thank you so much for your sweet comments about my new lady love. I keep walking by the room and catching a slight glance at her! She’s still so pretty! I thought I’d share a couple more pictures to show you how I decorated her “on the cheap”.
I shopped the house to find some last minute end-of-summer decorations because…well…they’re free.
The lantern was a Goodwill ($2.99) find. The starfish is just hot glued over some burlap I glued to an ugly plaque.
You can’t go wrong with some seashells in a $4.00 Target tray.
I’m not overly happy with the tiered tray I purchased (for .99) and painted, but I thought it would be a good holder of craft trinkets once the room is transformed.
My favorite? Cameras from my grandparents’ house. I remember my grandpa using these when we were younger (and the huge row of bright bulbs to light up the room). Technology has changed a bit, eh?
Well, I’ve received lots of questions on how I did it. So, I’ll use bullets. Have I told you how much I like bullets? It’s good for my attention span (or lack thereof).
1. Wipe the piece down very well with a TSP type of cleaner. Mine had so many years worth of Pledge build-up that it was in desperate need.
2. Don’t sand it at all. I’m serious. I didn’t touch it. I made that very clear to my paint guy. I did NOT want to sand this baby.
3. Prime it with a Zinsser primer designated to cover glossy surfaces. Yes, I’m too lazy to check the actual name.
4. Paint only the crevices with a paint brush. ALL (I said ALL) flat surfaces should be painted with a foam roller brush meant for cabinets. It’s the best way to get a smooth surface unless you spray it. Also, use an oil based paint so the surface is even smoother. It evens out better. I used Benjamin Moore (of course).
5. Spray paint the hinges silver. Not my favorite or fool proof method, but it was cheaper than buying new ones.
6. Spend 73 grueling minutes drilling holes (because you filled in the old ones with wood filler) for the new hardware. Strip one of the screws with your drill bit, throw your drill on the floor, and swear at it.
7. This is the hardest part. Let it dry. Let it dry. Let it dry. It takes forEVER, but it needs to set.
Well, I hope that answered your questions! Feel free to let me know if you have more. For now, I’m off to tend to this guy.
He fought the playground, and the playground won. On the second day of school.
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Jen - Balancing Beauty and Bedlam says
Oh – I've been saying I am going to paint mine for a year. Maybe I'll stop procrastinating since yours looks so amazing. 🙂
that young man looks just like his dad – in mini form!!
Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says
Oh,gosh ~ an injury already? Is it broken or sprained? Poor guy.
Thanks for the bullets on how you did this. I like the idea of no sanding myself, although I think I could bring myself to clean a piece up before painting. Again, nice job!
Goodwill Haunting says
I just love looking at your hutch, too! Thank you so much for explaining how you did the project…and I love your grandpa cameras… both the hutch and the cameras are special. Thanks for sharing!
It's beautiful! Love, love the trinkets (the double tray included – it caught my eye immediately). Bravo!
I love it! It looks so great! Thanks for the tips on painting it — I would never guess oil paint or foam rollers but I'll file that away for future projects. Love the tiered tray — I've been looking for one for more than a year, and you found one for 99 cents???? and in my fav color too!
Jen~ Lipstick and Laundry says
I love it, I have an old collection of cameras in my hutch too… I am sorry the playground was such a "bully"…
Kimmy @ my beautifully blessed life says
Everything looks SO good! I LOOOOVE your hutch, it's amazing!
Laurel @ Ducks in a Row says
Sit back and listen to all the compliments come in! Seriously- it's so awesome and you have accessorized it with pizazz!
Looks FAB! You've done a great job dressing her up too!
I painted our kitchen cabinets this past May and also spray painted our hinges – good call!
Beth@The Stories of A to Z says
The hutch is so beautiful (and so is your .99 tiered stand). I also would like to know where you get a paint guy. Is that like a husband or is it better? I want one of those too. So sorry your little man managed to break something already! Playgrounds can be mean sometimes :).
I love it all! But…I don't think those cameras go there.No…I am sure they go better in my house! I'm just saying…
Linda at Lime in the Coconut! says
Oh no…what happened to his leg/ankle??
Love your goodies…most particularly the cameras…Swoon!
I just adore this hutch! I've been enjoying your blog for about 6 months and just had to send some blog love your way on mine.
I hope you stop by to check it out.
Lacie E. says
its so funny you said you didn't love your .99 tiered tray because that's what i was drawn to instatly please tell me all about it i love love love it. oh and i have a crafty question on my blog post today if you get a chance see if you can help me thanks a ton.
Country Dreaming says
I have a brownie and a poloroid (sp)camera from my Mom's house
plus when our 35mm goes I'll put it with the other two cameras.
Planning on displaying them in our family room if we ever get it put back together. Your right when you say technology has changed!!!
Your little baby hutch turned out very nice. Liked the bullets of how to's. Now you have to fill me in on Jackson!!!
ONE MANS TRASH IS MY TREASURE says
beautiful decor! its funny you should say the tiered stand isnt your fave cause that was the piece that caught my eye! beautiful job so creative!
I LOVE those cameras!! I wish I had some space to have things to display like that 🙂 One day when I get my own place!!
Better After says
Oh man! poor kiddo! At least he didn't get in a fight with another kid on the first day of school (not that my kids would know anything about that…)
I continue to love this project!
Danielle and Clint says
To be totally honest, I was so in love with the tiered plates! It had a great vintage feel to it. Those cameras are real cool. I have my granparents old cameras displayed in my bedroom. Keep up the good work!!
Miss Obara says
Don't you just LUV finds like this? Great job on your patience during the drying time! I know that can be tough!
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I love how this turned out!
Your hutch is so beautiful! I have one very similar that is still the wood color and I have been meaning to paint it black, but now I know white is the color to go! =)
The starfish on burlap is SOOOOOO PRETTY!!!!
~Jennifer in Texas
Anna Marie says
I love the hutch! But my question is about the trinket tray. You said you painted it…was it wood, ceramic, etc.? Just curious. I have seen several ceramic and glass tidbit trays on ebay but wasn't sure if I could paint them or not. I think it turned out really cute by the way!
Mom's Place says
She looks beautiful!
Ruth Ann says
Very beachy and serene! I love it! You do the best projects! They are soo lovely! Have a wonderful day!
You are amazing and your new lady love shows us all just how amazing you can be. I love it and love the decorations. Great job!
Nice work! Must be so proud of yourself! And good score on the lantern.
Thanks for sharing
I love the hutch redo and your blog. It actually inspired to me start one of my own about decorating my house and yard. bluebippy.blogspot.com
The hutch is gorgeous! Hope he heals quickly!
Wow – that looks great. I am going to totally copy you with a tea cart I bought that I want to paint black. Thanks! You are so freaking crafty and your blog makes me to freaking happy that I freak! I don't really know what I am talking about – I am dealing with serious jet lag…my apologies.
it looks so so so good! you are so talented! i hope school is going good!!!
I love your hutch! But, I like your "tutorial" even better! You crack me up!!!
Kimm at Reinvented says
Fabulous job on that hutch, it's gorgeous! So sorry about your boy, mine seven year old broke his leg one week before school started, so I feel your pain! Not his pain, but yours. 🙂 Hope he's doing better.
Its So Very Cheri says
This is my first time to your blog. I am going to join as a follower and hope you come for a visit and do the same.
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The Martys says
You have given me inspiration to get my project started. I have a piece of furniture from my grandparents as well and now I need to tackle it. Thanks for giving a tutorial. This is my first time leaving a comment and I have to say that I love your blog. You are very creative and very funny. Enjoy.
Tangerine Kitty says
I love the hutch, it's beautiful!!
Stacy Smith says
Oh that camera is good.I am sorry its looking good.I am preety sure that it is a great one.
Lil' Woman says
Love the hutch! 🙂
Grace @ One Craft Girl's Corner says
You have such a great eye for design. I love the simplicity of your objects. I'm so inspired.
Love love love the hutch! and the accessories. Can't wait to see those chairs….Been wondering if you've made any progress. Don't keep us hangin'!
You truly have a knack for taking something that would otherwise be overlooked and making it something that turns heads. I always look forward to your Friday posts!
Carina Blogarina says
It's beautiful!! I love the starfish!! And the lantern! Crossing my finger's I'll have some great finds at the fleamarkets this weekend :O)
I sooooo love that you call the hutch "her". I found a dressform at the Salvation Army recently that I am crazy in love with – and named her. Rosita. My hubby thinks I am crazy – he may be right. But the kids call her Rosita now, too, so he is outnumbered!
Thanks for sharing her! She is beautiful!
Hi, just had to pop in to say I love your hutch transformation and I think you decorated it beautifully! take care, Maryann
Misti of Studio M Designs says
Happy Saturday morning to you! I have spent the last 30 minutes catching up on your blog, and it is awesome. You are so funny, and so very talented! Loving the hutch, and that darn oil paint really does take forever to dry doesn't it? I am dying to paint my hutch that is now pine, but with all of the glass inside, I just cringe thinking about it. I am all about instant gratification, everything that sits too long in my house gets painted, except that one cabinet. Just can't bring myself to tackle that monster yet!
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Elizabeth (blue clear sky) says
Loverly hutch! Thanks for sharing the pics. Too bad about the big guys injury.
Jessica Fuller says
I just came across your place here….you know a click here, a click there and the next thing you know here I am. I just had to leave a comment about the old cameras. I love them and love that you choose to decorate with them. My husband is a videographer and we have about 8 or so vintage cameras. Unfortunately he just recently acquired his own office at work and now he's removed them from my living room to decorate his office. 🙁 Hopefully someday I'll get them back!
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Nice collection of items and I love that starfish. I will be collecting those also.
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