Wednesday, October 22, 2014

French Country Hutch

One of my latest furniture projects had a mind of its own…but what else is new?? Red Hen Home French Country Hutch 3 I have been in love with this hutch (below) for months and months…in fact, I have it pinned to at least two different Pinterest boards!

I haunted Craigslist for days/weeks/months/(who knows) to find a similar piece for a good price, and finally came across this one:
Red Hen Home French Country Hutch before
It was $75!!  The only problem…it was in Kirkland, WA, while I was in Portland, OR, for spring break!  The owner was moving, and it HAD to leave on one specific day, and I wasn’t going to be available.  I fretted over that for a while, until an elegant solution occurred to me.  I was supposed to paint a small chest of drawers for a client that she was picking up IN Kirkland!  I made a deal…if she would pick up this hutch for me, I would paint her chest for free.
Everybody wins!
So the hutch came home in April, I think…and then it sat….and sat…and sat…until finally I was ready to do something with my dining room.
Red Hen Home French Country Hutch 5
I tried my best to re-create the look of my inspiration picture.  I painted the body with a DIY chalk paint made from SW Creamy ceiling paint!  I distressed everything heavily, and also glazed it with a dark walnut stain .
Red Hen Home French Country Hutch 4
I had a different vision for the backing other than beadboard, but I had to bring the hutch inside before I got to it in order to keep it “safe” from other garage projects. 
  Red Hen Home French Country Hutch 7 I placed it against the dining room wall that was supposed to be it’s new home…and promptly hated it.
Red Hen Home French Country Hutch 8
It was too. darn. big.
Sadly, I knew right then that it wasn’t staying.  I decided to use beadboard for the backing, painted a couple of shades darker than the rest of the hutch.
  Red Hen Home French Country Hutch 2
After putting it all together, I could appreciate that it was a pretty piece…just not for me!  It has moved on to a new home now.
<Sigh.>  Better luck next time!

Linking up here:
  Elizabeth & Co.
Primitive & Proper  
Friday Remodelaholic The Scoop!
Funky Junk’s Saturday Night Special The DIY Show Off
Miss Mustard Seed
Beyond the Picket Fence  
Knick of Time  
Common Ground My Repurposed Life
  Mod Vintage Life


Okio B Designs said...

Beautiful makeover! I wish we could fit a hutch in our dining room. Best we can do now is a corner cabinet.


Cassie Bustamante said...

that looks like a beast to paint and it turned out beautifully!

Unknown said...

i one you loved is really big and looks even bigger than the one that you have. in the little bit that i can see to me it looks just fine. i live with things for a week and if i still do not like it i might try a new place and if that does not work then i would get rid.

Unknown said...

Beautiful!! I hope you find what you are looking for soon.

Anonymous said...

GooD job Korry!
It looks beautiful and I love plate rails!

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

It is gorgeous! I'm so sad you couldn't keep it. Hope you find a similar, but smaller piece soon. Have a lovely week.

Kyla - House Of Hipsters said...

Wow! This turned out great! Nice job! Kyla @

Beth@Makemeprettyagain said...

What a gorgeous re-do!! I want one of those to do!!

Unknown said...

Gorgeous! I have that same hutch pinned to my Pinterest Board as well, but I think I like yours more! The plate storage is awesome!

Kelsey @ the Vintage Storehouse & Co.

PS- Would love to have you share & link up at ReLoved Fridays! The link party is open until Monday!

-Lisa said...

WOW-what a transformation. And good for you for figuring out a way to get it! Proves, where there is a will, there is a way :)
I love to see outdated furniture come back to life and this piece sure has.
Thanks for sharing, came your way from Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

So beautiful Korrie! I would have been tempted to keep this one! Featured you at the party this morning!

My Repurposed Life said...

oh my gosh! all that work and now it's moved on. lol

I have sentimental attachment to my things, even things that are fleeting. It's hard to give stuff up...not sure how you do it.

anyhoo, it's a beautiful piece and you did a fabulous job Korie!!


Angie @ Knick of Time said...

It looks so pretty now, Korrie! I can see why you searched high and low for the hutch - it offers everything you could want in a hutch. I especially love the plate rack on it.

I hope you'll drop in and share it at the Vintage Inspiration Party today!


Bliss said...

You wheeler dealer you. Proves where there is a will there is a way. Too bad the way wasn't on your dining room wall. It still turned out excellent.