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A Little Bit of Sanity and A Lot of Chaos: Hutch of my dreams

Monday, April 4, 2011

Hutch of my dreams

Do you have a piece of furniture that, if you could, you would go over your budget and splurge on?

I have one. Eh-hem, had one....

Enter my new hutch.

Funny story....my friend/neighbor and I were taking the day to go and have lunch, venture to Hobby Lobby (it's an hour away) and do some antiquing. On our way to Hob Lob I searched my good ole' Craigslist App and found a piece that I've been dreaming of for a long time and it happened to be in a town on the way to where we were going. It was fate. Serious fate.

So, I called them and on our way back we picked it up...it was practically in a swamp...the area was a little sketchy and the houses were just a tish bigger than this piece...no exaggerating.

The gentleman was asking $150 for it, having nothing to lose, I pretended like I totally knew what I was talking about and offered him $80 and he took it. He got it for free, so really, he was still making money on it. The funny part was that I put $100 in my pocket and gave my accomplice $40. I was going to tell him all I had was a hundred and if he wavered, I would look at my dear friend and beg her for some money...fortunately we didn't need to stoop to trickery....

It needed a bit of work....

And it was dirty and smelly. I used my trusty Mrs. Meyer's cleaner, some fresh air and a good coat of primer to get the stink out. I think I found 27 spiders. And about a dozen spider eggs. Gag....

I primed it and painted the outside white. Then I painted the inside the custom mix of gray and turquoise to get that awesome inside color.

It still had some issues after painting, see how the door doesn't close all the way? So I called in reinforcements...

Not these two yahoos. Although they are good helpers, not exactly what this hutch needed...

 Look at those eyes. (Don't look at Gus' messy face...)

I love the inside. 

Here are my reinforcements. Hubs and his Dad. Thank you for all your help!

They fixed her right up for me. And now she is complete. (Knobs are from Hobby Lobby.)

She has found a permanent spot in my dining room, where I have made my bed so I can stare at her whilst sleeping on my farm table. A little much? Nah.

Love. Love. Love.

Tell me. What is that one thing that you are willing to go over on your limit if you happened to find it?

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Blogger alison said...

i love your new hutch! i have one that's similar, though less ornate and i just painted it white a couple months ago...great job on the inside color choice too...love the bluey hue...congrats on the fine haggling as well.


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April 4, 2011 at 6:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You got yourself a bargain! Beautiful job refreshing it! It's gorgeous!

April 4, 2011 at 8:26 AM  
Blogger Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely said...

Oh, I think you got a killer bargain on that piece!! For sure!! I would have paid $80 in a heartbeat, even though $40 is my limit on just about everything. :)

April 4, 2011 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger Ana @ Don't Fear the Ripper said...

That hutch is dreamy!! What a great, cheap find!

April 4, 2011 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger Krista@TheGatheringPlaceDesign said...

I absolutely adore it! Good job on you offer too...impressive;) You did an excellent job painting it. I love the lines and details...oh, just LOVE! enjoy!

April 4, 2011 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Gosh that is a great piece. You are a great wheeler and dealer. That was a steal really. Love her legs.

April 4, 2011 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger Carol-Anne (Use the Good Dishes!) said...

Good for you for seeing the potential in that piece....many would have passed it up! It's turned out beautiful!

April 4, 2011 at 6:39 PM  
Blogger Kolein said...

Answer to above question:
YOUR farmhouse table.

OK. The hutch had limited potential in my soul until I saw how you painted it.

Now. The answer is:
YOUR hutch.


April 4, 2011 at 8:56 PM  
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April 4, 2011 at 11:14 PM  
Blogger The Polka Dot Closet said...

fabulous, what a find, I would be sleeping on a table looking at it too!! My one hug splurge would be on vintage bark cloth shabby rose fabric, if I found it I would buy it!


April 4, 2011 at 11:30 PM  
Blogger Kindra-At Home With K said...

I'm in love. Love this piece!! Great job on the makeover!!

April 6, 2011 at 9:11 AM  
Blogger Kelsey said...

Swooooon!!!! Those legs....SO hot! :) Great makeover too...I'm in love with putting turquoise inside drawers and shelves now...thanks to you! Great job lady!

April 7, 2011 at 5:28 PM  
Blogger Jacqueline said...

love the blue hue inside! Simply Creations Link Party

April 8, 2011 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger katskraps4kids said...

Oh how beatiful! I believe you would have had to go out of your way even to get her...so good she has a loving home now.

April 16, 2011 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger Minda said...

I wanted to say that I came across almost the same exact piece in a "second hand store" the other day. They wanted $995 for it. Oh and that was on "sale". lol

April 21, 2011 at 5:44 PM  

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