Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Hutch Makeover


Hello Friends!
I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones. We did here in Iowa and finally the heat gave way to some cooler temperatures so it felt much more like Thanksgiving. This  post should actually be two but ended up being one that reveals more than one project.
When we last visited I left you with a peek of a project that has been a long time coming.


When I say a long time coming it is no exaggeration! You see, my kitchen  is 13' x 14' which is almost square. It is an eat in kitchen and I love that, but there is one corner that drives me crazy! It is small enough that it is hard to really do anything with as far as furniture goes but big enough that it looks so lonely and empty from the rest of the room.

My attempt to do something with this corner of the kitchen
  I thought a small hutch would be a nice filler for this barren space. Well, 2 years ago I came across the perfect hutch at a used furniture shop. It needed a good cleaning and a paint job (which I love doing) so it should come home with me...right? WRONG! Don't be indecisive and look around for something better cause when you go back it will be gone!!
 So, after 2 years of shopping, I found one on craigslist and jumped on it immediately!
It was pretty dirty and beat up which made it very appealing to me.
Sorry there are no before pictures with it in one piece.


Glass doors and a light were a must so my crystal could be displayed.


It sat in our garage most of the summer during my stay in Georgia, but when I returned home it was time to get to work.

Cleaned and ready for sanding


Remember the free paint that was given to me from work? Well, here we go again with it on the hutch. I painted a dresser with it last year and you can see that here



The hardware was scrubbed clean and spray painted ORB.




As work progressed on the hutch my thoughts were going toward getting rid of the awful green walls and the old faded curtains in the kitchen. They were there when we moved in and I have just been living with them. I mean, who wants to put a piece of furniture that you have worked so hard on in a room full of colors that you just don't like? It's still funny to me how one thing leads to another.


I came across some panels that were on clearance and got enough to sew up some new cafe curtains.


Red was not in my plan but definitely added some much needed color to otherwise drab kitchen windows. Plus, they will lend a very festive touch when it is time to decorate for Christmas :)


The walls were painted with a soft grayish taupe. I mixed my own paint with colors leftover from other projects. And yes, the recipe is saved for future touch-ups if needed.
 So, here are some pictures of the finished hutch, new wall color and curtains.




My fall decorations did not get to stay up long on the hutch as I am now putting up Christmas. I get most of my decorating goodies from thrift stores or when there is a clearance sale. My excitement level has gone way up for this room since changing the curtains and wall color :) The next big project for the kitchen will be the cabinets, but that will have to wait for warmer weather. It is getting cold and I have run out of time to paint anything in the garage. That's okay though. I find there is never a shortage of things to improve on with this home and we will keep busy inside during the winter. Thanks so much for stopping by today and may you all have a wonderful week.
Karen

26 comments:

  1. Karen, I love the make over of the cabinet. It does make that corner not so bare. Just the perfect size for that wall. I also love the plaid. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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    1. Finding the right size for that wall made my search much more challenging but in the end it was worth the wait to get exactly what I wanted. Thanks so much for visiting today Susie. Take Care 😉

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  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a wonderful change you've made - I just adore a sweet hutch in the kitchen, and I'm all about rescuing and rehabbing old pieces like that! And give me a red buffalo check any day of the week, I just adore it! Super awesome job, kudos to you!! xo

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    1. Thanks Debbie! It does feel much more like home when you get a chance to add your own touches ☺

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  3. I think you did a great job. You really brightened the place up. I love the red. I have a hutch I'm getting ready to paint too. I've been back and forth about the color.

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    1. Thank you Valerie! I had trouble deciding between gray and the cream but so happy with the cream on it. I will be looking forward to seeing your hutch soon ☺

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  4. My dear Karen, I absolutely LOVE the trasnformation! The white makes it looks so clean and fresh. Fabulous job, my friend. And the curtains are PERFECT!

    Have a great week. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you so much Stephanie! It was a fun and rewarding project ☺

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  5. Red and white decor??? Oh my favorite. I love what you did to the hutch and the window! ;) Enjoy it all!

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    1. Thanks Kim! I have never decorated with red in my kitchen...it's fun :)

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  6. I'm new to your blog and you did an amazing job with the Hutch! So pretty!

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  7. Karen you made her pretty! Love how it changed the corner and gives display space inside. Red is such a happy color.
    xoxo,
    Vera

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    1. It was a fun project and I am enjoying the end result! Thanks for visiting today Vera. Hugs :)

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  8. Karen your space is filled now with beauty! I love what you done here! What a wonderful transformation! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. Thank you Cindy! It sure is a nicer place to prepare and have meals together :)

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  9. Karen I love your makeover. Just gorgeous. You have styled your kitchen beautifully. Love the darling cafe curtains too. You've made this all so charming!! Looking forward to how you style it for Christmas. xo

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    1. Thank you stopping by to see it Celestina. It is coming along nicely for Christmas. I am excited to share it soon ☺

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  10. Wow! Everything looks so good! The hutch is the perfect size for the space and adds great storage and display room. I LOVE your curtains....they are too cute. They are going to look awesome with Christmas decor. Hope you are doing well. Have a great rest of the week!

    Hugs, Vicky

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    1. I am doing great Vicky! Busy catching up on projects that were on my summer to-do-list. Thanks so much for visiting today. See you soon ☺

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  11. Love the curtains and LOVE,LOVE,LOVE the hutch makeover!! Looks wonderful in your Kitchen!!
    Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. Thank you Debbie. This is my first time decorating my kitchen in red and I am really loving it! Your kitchen is one of my inspirations 😀

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  12. You spiffed her up so nicely Karen, and now you have a pop of red and lots of extra storage, always a good thing!

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    1. Thanks Doreen! Yes, I am so enjoying the extra storage and filling up that corner at the same time :)

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