Dining Hutch Before and After | Health, Love & Fire

Dining Hutch Before and After

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

I've always been one of those people who ohh and ahh over the before and after photos I see on my instagram feed. The one who pins all the diy projects on pinterest with the hopes I'll finally convince my husband to make them actually tackle one. But after daydreaming about the amazing hutches I've seen on ever social media outlet and constantly yearning for one of my own, I decided it was time to finally try one of those projects myself! (Time to prepare and deal with the mess, frustrations, and perfectionist tendencies that were about to drive me crazy!)

For months I have been searching craigslist, every local buy/sell page on Facebook, goodwill, antique stores, or really anywhere that sells furniture. I started off at furniture stores but quickly realized I was never going to be okay with paying the prices that those places wanted for a hutch. I may have also been put off after walking into a furniture store and telling the sales lady that I was searching for a china cabinet or buffet and getting a blank stare. She had no idea what I meant when I said buffet. No ma'am I'm not planning on serving you a meal, it's a type of furniture. It was sort of my last straw. I was sick of seeing price tags way higher than I wanted to spend, sick of dealing with clueless sales people, and frustrated that I wasn't finding exactly what I had pictured in my head (shocking right, doesn't everything you see in your head exist?). So time to move on.

One of my goals with my time off of work around the holidays was to finally find and get to work on the hutch project! After tons and tons of searching, (I'm sure my husband was WAY sick of hearing me talk about this dang hutch project) I finally found one! And after quite the adventure picking it up, involving borrowing my moms car, strapping part of it to the roof on a windy day, changing and feeding harper in the driver's seat of the car while Dan loaded the bottom half in the car, we finally got it home and went to work!

This was my first time using chalk paint, and I was pretty happy with it. We used Amy Howard At Home One Step Chalk Based Paint in the color Bauhaus. I think in the future sanding the piece down first would have helped with any coverage or flaking issues, but overall it worked well. It took us three coats of paint, but covered well. After changing out the hardware, having new glass for the doors custom cut and installed and moving it in the house and adding our favorite pieces it makes me smile every time I pass the dining room.
Halfway home with the top part of the hutch on the roof, the bottom part in the way back, Harper & her stroller in the middle seat along with the shelves, and Dan and I in the front seat. It was an adventure on a windy Oregon day! 
Once I grabbed my camera and started snapping photos of it completed,  I'm definitely thinking we may need to add some color in this room asap! But for now, I'm loving the extra storage and the ability to display some of my favorite pieces. I'll be back soon with some photos of our whole dining room too!

20 comments :

  1. What a great job you did. It is not the same hutch. The white color is brilliant, it makes your hutch stylish.

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  2. I just LOVE the way your hutch turned out! It is so pretty!

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  3. chalk paint is the best! this looks awesome and turned out so great!! i love it!

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  4. Oh wow! It looks fantastic! We've been wanting to paint our kitchen cabinets white (which currently resemble your before pic). This is seriously motivating!
    ps, I spy some great wine in that cabinet!! Brooks is fantastic :)

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  5. Wow, so impressed! I've been staring at an apothecary I have that I want to repaint and this is inspiring me to do it!

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  6. I AM SO IMPRESSED! Gosh, it looks awesome. I wish I had an eye to see things for what they COULD be and also the energy to do creative projects. Well done! -- Lisa | Two Martinis

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  7. I LOVE IT!!!!! Isn't it fun to give life back to something :-)

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  8. I love it! I'm looking for a china cabinet/hutch/whatever you want to call it as well, but my dining area is teeny tiny so it's been a struggle. How much did you pay for yours if you don't mind? I don't know what a good price is, but I refuse to spend what normal furniture stores charge!

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  9. Oh I love it! You did such a good job! I'm not sure if I'd have the patience to tackle a DIY that big, but it definitely paid off!

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  10. Amazing! Love the colour. I have also thought about redoing furniture. Good tips for when I finally take the plunge.

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  11. Oooo I love the color you chose! It looks wonderful, much better than the original! :)

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  12. Your remodel of the hutch looks great! I love the idea of transforming a piece of furniture to fit your home and personality.

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  13. Looks awesome! Love how you decorated!

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  14. Libby, this is beautiful! We've redone one thing together (hubby and I) - a buffet. It was fun. I want to do more. Great job!

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  15. LOVE! So cute. Looks like a completely different piece of furniture. Know that must have been fun to style and get set up with all your pretty pieces.

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  16. Oh my goodness, it seriously looks so good!!!!

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  17. This is so great! I really want to be the DIY type but it just never seems to happen. This turned out so great, I love the beadboard backing, and those knobs are perfection!!

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  18. The before is super lovely, but your after really pops. I love the white. I too have several projects on my pinterest and I am determined this year to finally get some of the house stuff done once and for all!

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