Friday, July 23, 2010

Befores and Afters

I wanted an old hutch I could paint. It would be nice for the screened in porch on the back of the house. I could keep the sheets that I cover the porch furniture with in the winter in the drawers. Yes, I could definitely justify a small purchase! I found an old hutch on CL ( and it wasn't much money. The only thing that worried me was it had a laminated top. A little sanding, and two coats of primer before the paint took care of the surface. It is not getting a lot of use anyway. Here's the before:  the top part:

Before, the bottom part.

This was the decoration at the top of the hutch I wanted to change, so I glued on those little wood appliques.

Here's the after:

I kept the original hardware, which has that  rustic look, (think Pottery Barn, only cheaper!)

Wood appliques

Here is a hanging hall fixture that was brass that I desperately wanted to replace, but instead repainted with a $1.00 can of spray paint, and $1.97 for candle socket covers. The plastic socket covers crumbled in my hand as I took them off to paint!



At least I didn't spend this much at Pottery Barn for these:

Gothic Lantern $269

Brunswick Pendant $149



Laura said...

The chandelier turned out great! Very updated now.

So...when are you going to come paint my hutch?? I'll even "let" you post pictures of it on your blog!

Debbie Moore at Slice of Pie Entertaining and Cookbooks said...

Well ... this is fantastic and I'm glad I took the time to visit your site. The hutch turned out beautifully ... and I love the re-do on the light. Great job ... Thanks for sharing.

Keetha Broyles said...

Normally I am NOT a fan of painting wood furniture - - - but in THIS case I would be WRONG.

The laminate just wasn't very attractive and by painting it you turned it into a cottage treasure! Well done!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Pam...

So happy to have you join us for the Sunday Favorites repost party, my friend...welcome!

What a great post! Wowzer...your china hutch really did turn out beautifully! I love the creamy white really updated that pretty hutch! Ohhh my...and I just love all of your beautiful blue and white transferware and all the pretty milk glass pieces! You have a gorgeous collection, my friend! Love how your pretty light fixture turned out as well! You did GOOD!!! Again, thank you so much for sharing this awesome transformation with us for Sunday Favorites...this was such a treat! I hope you'll join us again!

Have a wonderful week, my friend!
Chari @Happy To Design

Lynn said...

Very well done, paint is amazing!! I like the fixture also. Did you know there is a PB outlet in Memphis, TN. If you ever get down that way it is well worth stopping at. I am thinking of going down there at the beginning of the summer. If I can get my hubby to make the drive.

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

You're pretty clever! The light fixture took more time and patience than I might be able to muster but the result was a great improvement! I've enjoyed strolling around your blog!