Happy Friday! And by happy I mean so excited it’s July and Friday and the weekend of the Fourth and my birthday month and the first day of my four-day weekend and the day that I get to show off part two of the hutch makeover.
I am so excited to share this with you! We hung it up on Sunday evening and I have been slowly adding plates and mason jars and other knick-knacks to make it just right.
As I mentioned in part one, we got this hutch off craigslist, it’s solid wood and was in great condition.
After finishing the base, I repeated the exact steps to the top – lightly sand, wipe clean, apply homemade paint, distress and wax – with two small changes.
One, we removed the design portion on the bottom because we wanted to have the the top hang on the wall and not sit on the base.
Two, I realized that I was going to run out of the paint that I created and knew there was no way I would be able to re-create an exact match. So, I painted the outside the white/gray color and painted the inside a solid gray.
We experienced another slight hiccup when we brought it upstairs to hang on the wall. The backing was a flimsy piece of plywood that was not going to hold the hutch on it’s own.
Brett came up with a great idea to screw in two pieces of scrap wood to the wall and the hutch would sit on those and they would take on most of the weight. Once we decide on a wall color, I will paint those to match the wall. Fortunately, they aren’t too noticeable and I think it just adds to the woodsy-rustic feel 🙂
After finding the studs in the wall and marking those, we screwed the scrap pieces of wood to the wall, right below where we wanted to hutch to hang. Then, we screwed the hutch to the wall, right on top of the scrap pieces of wood. Brett tested out the strength to make sure it would hold – thank God it didn’t rip out. Could you imagine the fun that would have been?
After that, we were all ready to decorate!
Several weeks ago I found a beautiful set of white dishes at the Goodwill for $0.89 a piece with the intention of using them in the hutch. The patterend bowls I got at Target in the clearance section for $1.98 each and the vase was also in Target’s clearance section for $3.98. Yet another reason why Target is my absolute favorite.
We still want to add lighting inside the top and I am noticing that the wax topcoat on the base isn’t protecting as well as I had hoped. I will end up going over it with a polyurethane topcoat to add a little more protection.
And with that, we wish you a wonderfully relaxing, safe and fun Fourth of July weekend!
All our best,