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A Little Bit of Sanity and A Lot of Chaos: Anthropologie Inspired Goodness

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Anthropologie Inspired Goodness

Sometimes I feel as if I'm bragging a little.  I mean, I have this fantastic GW that has some great stuff and I write about all the crazy ways I make them look pretty. Is that too much? Is that bragging? Well, if it is then so be it. Hopefully someone can learn something from my mistakes and gain some inspiration from my work. I just can't stop making things over!

Here's the crazy hutch. I got this for $32. I didn't even bat an eyelash when I saw it. I just grabbed the tag. And then I asked Tom to go back and get it!

It's yellow with hunter green crackle underneath. 

First I was going to sand it all down and repaint. Then I saw this little cabinet over at Blue Cricket Design and I figured I might as well try.
I love the look of crackle, just not crazy about the multi-color crackle effect. So I painted over the edges in black and then painted the whole thing Heirloom White. 

I changed out the hardware with some ORB knobs I got on clearance at Target (BTW - are they getting rid of their knobs, etc?)

I also took out the glass from the doors. It just wasn't doing it for me. I sprayed the hinges ORB and then sanded them a little too. Of course, I put the hinges on the wrong way...twice. And then realized that some of the screws were smaller for a reason...but it didn't change the look of the hutch at all! Thank goodness!

I imagine this in Anthropologie overflowing with aprons from Anne at Get Your Martha On and skirts and a bowl full of crystal knobs. Or at Urban Outfitter filled to the brim with jeans....do you hear me Anthro? Urban? Want it? I will sell it to you for a very expensive price...

I sanded the edges and the fronts of the decorative thingies. And then went over some areas with Ralph Lauren Smoke Glaze. 



I love how it turned out! 



Blogger Ruby Red Slippers said...

Me too! Love it-and keep the GW stories coming!

March 13, 2010 at 6:03 AM  
Blogger Rita said...

This came out amazing! I love it.

March 13, 2010 at 6:19 AM  
Blogger Magic Brush said...


March 13, 2010 at 7:42 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

This is gorgeous! Great job!

March 13, 2010 at 8:02 AM  
Blogger Get Your Martha On said...

It CAN be full of my aprons if you just give it to me. ;)

March 13, 2010 at 8:25 AM  
Blogger Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely said...

Muy Bueno!! You must have the one GW with great deals. Mine is almost always overpriced, with a rare great deal mixed in once in a great while. :( This hutch is gorge!!!

March 13, 2010 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger Anna said...

wow, it's beautiful! I wish I could find something like that at my Goodwill.

March 13, 2010 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger Nikki said...

OK, your GW is way better than mine... but this peace is beautiful. I'd be bragging too.

March 13, 2010 at 9:49 AM  
Blogger Jess said...

Love it! BTW-our target here stopped carrying knobs a few years ago. it turned out beautiful!

March 13, 2010 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger aahadley said...

Gosh that turned out great! I want to go to your GW! So, you didn't get rid of any of the old crackle? It just looks so heavily crackled in the before and now it just looks aged! Did you spray or roll? I'm amazed!

March 13, 2010 at 10:29 AM  
Blogger aahadley said...

Forgot to ask...is it a keeper or a seller?

March 13, 2010 at 1:32 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

This looks fantastic!

March 13, 2010 at 5:09 PM  
Blogger Amy Kinser said...

Keep sharing your creativity. You know we want to see it...

March 13, 2010 at 9:40 PM  
Blogger Kelsey said...

Ahhmaazing! Love the ORB knobs on it. Looks so amazing and pops against the white. I decided while reading this post that I need a big impressive hutch! I'm on the hunt starting NOW!

March 13, 2010 at 10:20 PM  
Blogger Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

Looks great! What a steal!

March 13, 2010 at 11:41 PM  
Blogger Marija said...

This turned out great! It doesn't even need napkins and placemats and aprons spilling out :)


March 15, 2010 at 12:02 AM  
Blogger Kirsty said...

Anita - I sprayed it. I could have rolled it, but I am such a spray paint fan, it's just so easy!

I wanted it to be a keeper. I so did. It is looking beautiful in our front room!

But, alas, it's sold. She's coming to get it this week. I can enjoy it for a little while longer!

March 15, 2010 at 12:08 PM  
Blogger vignette design said...

Wow, this turned out great!

March 15, 2010 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It turned out great! I like hearing about furniture finds at GW, it gives me hope that maybe something good will turn up at mine!

March 15, 2010 at 5:22 PM  
Blogger Annie Wilcox Designs said...

Great job on the piece. I love that you shared your glaze color. I will look that one up. Might have to stock up on knobs too.

March 15, 2010 at 7:38 PM  
Blogger Bonnie @ House of Grace said...

I just found you at BNOTP and I really like your blog. I am your newest follower.

March 15, 2010 at 9:00 PM  
Blogger Red Door Home said...

I wish my GW had such terrific finds. Love what you did.

March 17, 2010 at 7:22 AM  
Blogger Debilou~Mississippi Mama said...

that looks great!

March 18, 2010 at 12:47 PM  
Blogger One Cheap B*tch said...

Well done! And I think $32 was a great price for it!

March 18, 2010 at 4:04 PM  
Blogger Katy said...

love love love hutches from the goodwill. They're like margaritas, can never have enough.. er... :)

great job!

March 18, 2010 at 5:01 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Great job...

March 18, 2010 at 10:05 PM  
Blogger Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

SCORE! Glad you scoped it up at that price. LOVE IT!

March 18, 2010 at 11:38 PM  
Blogger Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

You really transformed that.
It is a fabulous friday favorite~

March 19, 2010 at 11:48 AM  
Blogger Atticmag said...

The lines of your hutch are so elegant. You chose well and redid it so beautifully. Hope you'll have a minute to stop by and see some furniture and other stuff on our Architectural Digest Home Design show tour. -- Jane F.

March 19, 2010 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger Theresa @ 612Riverside said...

Your hutch turned out beautifully! Absolutely gorgeous...Theresa

March 20, 2010 at 8:31 PM  
Blogger Amy@TheLemonCottage said...

Kirsty- It's gorgeous!
I just love it!

March 21, 2010 at 1:20 PM  
Blogger micah @ the yellow front door said...

Wow - I love it!! I could totally see it in Anthro/Urban. Great job!!

March 21, 2010 at 6:44 PM  
Blogger michelle b @ every little thing said...

awesome job! $32???? of course you took it!!

well done!


March 22, 2010 at 11:29 PM  
Blogger Lilipadella said...

I have never seen anyone with an eye like yours...you can look at a piece and envision what color and texture it needs in order to be its best. Amazing and creative.

March 23, 2010 at 5:11 PM  

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