I got this hutch from my neighbor last summer as a trade after doing some work for her in her house. She was cleaining out the side yard so her son told her about these cupboards I was selling on Craigslist during my garage renovation, and asked how much she could buy them for. I was thrilled, because I had seen this hutch she had covered out there and knew she planned on getting rid of it. I asked if she would like to work out a trade instead. I was so excited when she said yes!! We felt like we were both winning out on this one, I love it when that happens! So my husband and I took it home and it sat in my dining room feeling too big and not quite right for months.
After posting it on my Facebook page and collecting some opinions while finding some pinterest inspiration, I decided on the style I wanted to paint it. But I still couldn't get myself to do it. It was then that I realized I needed to sell it. So I did. I went through a seller's remorse, wondering if I made a mistake. It was then that I started looking for a more suitable hutch on craigslist. I found this cute pine hutch for less than half of what I sold the other one for. It was obviously worth less, but I felt it was more suitable....
Till I brought it home and set it in the old hutch's place.
This one seemed to be too small and looked funny next to the big spacious table. I started to wonder if I'd made yet another mistake.
Then I suffered buyer's remorse.
Resolved to selling this new hutch, I decided to go ahead and paint it and then sell it for more than I bought it for. Then I could start searching again for the perfect hutch. So I mixed up some homemade chalk paint (using a recipe I found on Confessions of a Serial DIYer) with a paint sample from Behr of Stealth Jet, distressed it with 150 grit sandpaper, and gave it a coat of clear wax.
After replacing the knobs with some crystal ones I bought for an excellent deal at our local thrift store, I felt satisfied with the look. Now it is exactly what I envisioned and am thinking I don't want to sell it anymore, because to me, it turned out to be the perfect pine hutch!
And, I love the way it looks with our new bead board wainscotting. More on that later cause for now, I have a couple curtain panels to sew!