Mid-Century Modern Hutch Revival
But I had one problem. Payday was almost 2 weeks away, and I wasn't sure any of the sellers would be willing to hold their items. I figured I'd offer each of them extra compensation for the hold-time & hope for the best.
I was in luck! Every single person I asked to hold items was fully wiling, extra cash or not. Most posts were getting close to a month old, so I think that helped me a little. They hadn't yet reposted their pieces, so they weren't necessarily in any rush to get rid of the items.
I was most excited about this hutch though. It had a MCM look to it (just look at those nubby legs.... *swoon*), was in my city, and had a price tag of $25.00.
That's right, $25.00 for this huge piece! I offered the guy $40 to compensate for hold time, but even that was a steal for this piece. This would provide storage space & a nice place to display some dishes, glasses, or ceramics.
I was hoping to strip it down to the bare wood, and re-stain it to return it to it's former glory, as the previous owner had started a DIY project, but given up about half way through. Unfortunately, after a test strip, I realized that only portions of this hutch were made up of real wood, while the rest was pressed wood with a faux grain overlay.
I see now why they had opted to paint instead of re-stain.
On to Plan B: paint over the existing color with a darker navy & light grey backboard. I had the sliding doors for the bottom compartment, along with the glass doors & original backboard for the shelving, so I had all of the pieces needed to return this piece to a thing of function and beauty.
I'll spare you some babbling about choosing colors and whatnot and just allow the pictures to tell the story.
|Second coat, inner cabinet painted
The doors are all a bit difficult to move (the glass especially) with the extra layer of paint taking up space in the grooves, but overall I couldn't be happier with the way this turned out.
It's the perfect place to store & display our wine glasses & cookbooks, and hide our water jugs and porch salt out of sight.
At first I wasn't sure if I'd want to put the glass doors in at all, but after looking at it for a few hours without them....
|Why is the door open on the bottom...? (sigh)
...I ultimately decided that the glass doors would be better for a few reasons. The cats couldn't explore and break my nice stemware, for one. For two, dusting wouldn't be as necessary if they were on. Less cleaning = a win in my book!
This piece will also match our "new" dining set (also from this past weekend's furniture haul) once it's completed! I've been working on it for over a week, & I hope to have it completed next week sometime (you can see a sneak peek of it with that chair, and in my preview post here).
So what do you think of this transformation? Here's one more before shot...