Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Garage Sale Find; Before and After

Making some rounds to several garage sales during the end of this last month I came across this kitchen hutch that was the right price, but that needed a little makeover (not that it wasn't handsome as it was...).  Just minor changes- nothing extensive, some costmetic adjustments that would allow it to blend in a bit better with my current arrangment(s).

After a little bargaining a price was arrived at that made everyone happy (things started just north of $125.00, but ended at $100) and away I went.  Once home the two pieces were separated and lightly sanded.
Though it isn't obvious in this photo, the existing backing from the hutch's top-half was flimsy, stained and worn; in need of replacement and removed.
A quick coat of water-based primer on everything is next followed by two coats of a low sheen, water-based enamel (often called an 'Eggshell' finish, some prefer 'Satin' though the 'Eggshell' is just slightly more durable I believe)...


Two sections of some leftover 3/16ths in.'wainscotting-board' were measured,  cut and prepared for the hutch's top-half new backing (creating a more stately look while adding stability/ rigidity). 
Using small steel zinc-coated finishing nails versus even a medium-duty staple is more precise and yields not only a more sturdy, but a more lasting result. I used the smaller size in each of the corners, and to 'place' the backing, then the slightly larger size for the securing the ramaining area (one nail every 8 inches is adequate), following the pattern made by the back of the upper piece's frame, and the rear edge of each shelf.

Once the backing is attached it's time to see what they look like after being taken inside and 're-assembled'!
The intent of the second image here, was to try and show a little more of the linear texture of the 'wainscotting-board', the new backing...
And finally, viola, all done (finito!).


           



33 comments:

  1. looking good sister! lovin all the white! ~lulu

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  2. I am in love! Love the hutch, the beadboard, the ironstone.... What isn't there to love? Great job!

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  3. Wow!!! That's just flippin' beautiful. The beadboard makes it totally fabulous. And can I just say how completely jealous I am of all your pitcher? I am. There, I said it. :)

    Great job!

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  4. Beautiful piece, beautifully improved! I love the beadboard backing and fresh coat of paint and all the sweet things you've put inside.
    BRAVO! Take a bow! It's wonderful, Donatella! :)
    Hugs,
    Zuzu

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  5. ancora - bello, it looks like it was made for that spot... I love everything about it and your display is to die for.

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  6. Donatella, what a romantic name! Thank you for visiting my blog. This hutch is such a find and what you did with it, amazing! I read about your mom who had the courage to come to America. She sounds like a brave woman. It is nice to meet you, Joan @ Americana By Candlelight

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  7. Donatella beautiful blog, so wonderful vintage, congratulaciones!! Chany

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  8. Thank you for visiting Donna, just love what you did with this piece it looks really great. I will drop in regularly regards Julienne

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  9. What a find! It sure looks good with your things in it. Do you really have a beautiful white living room like the picture in your header?

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  10. First time visitor today. I'll be back often- beautiful site. Just beautiful.

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  11. It looks so good! I love the new backing.

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  12. This is a wonderful makeover, and your ironstone is making me swoon!

    oxox
    Jennifer

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  13. Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such a positive and encouraging comment. I love your blog. The makeover turned out beautiful. I can see by your blog, comment, and posting that you are a girl after my own heart. I look forward to visiting and getting to know you. Have a beautiful and blessed weekend.

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  14. Hi Donna,
    Your visit to my blog was appreciated. I am Teresa Carter- thank you for your nice comments on my poetry. No,I haven't any compilation of work, maybe one day.....when time allows. LOL!!!!

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  15. Hi Donna, I love your find of the Kitchen buffet. It's lovely, you did such beautiful work on it. Thanks for the nice comment on my blog. Smiles, Carol Mae

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  16. Fantastic makeover ~ Love it!! You make it sound so easy. There should be a DVD series on Flea Find Makeovers ~ and you should certainly host it. I'll be back.

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  17. What a great piece, wonderful make over. You have a gorgeous collection of Ironstone. Hope you have a happy weekend! xo Lidy

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  18. You did a fantastic job! Isn't it just pure magic what a few coats of paint can do?? ~mary~

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  19. Gorgeous! I found a similar piece curbside a few months ago. It needs a little more work, but it's become the headboard in my daughter's raised bed. The girls need to pick up their room a bit before I can post pics. LOL.
    :)
    Julie

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  20. what an amazing find and thank you for the detailed tranformation! I will be starting to paint some of our own pieces when we get settled into our new home...appreciated the hint about the "eggshell" finish! gorgeous piece!

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  21. I got interrupted while leaving my last comment, but just wanted to add that I love how you have decorated your cabinet, and I love, love, love the wainscoting you added to the back! And the beautiful picture with the chandelier in the top corner! Wow, is that heavenly!!! You have an amazing sense of style that I just love!
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Kate

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  22. hey Donna thanks for stopping by.. great job you did on your cabinet, it all looks a bit Scandinavian ;)

    Si vediamo.... (I am wondering if you speak Italian or Napoletana ;)
    Saluti, desiree

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  23. Donna this is my first visit to your wonderful blog and I'm so enjoying it. You did a gorgeous job on the hutch. It's beautiful!! I'm basically just learning to use a hammer! I'm following your blog now and will go straight away and add your link to my list of Inspiring Blogs. ♥

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  24. What a treasure you found.Wish I would be so lucky.

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  25. Beautiful! You did a wonderful job refurbishing the 2 pieces.

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  26. Absolutely gorgeous, before and after! Your white display with the mirror is "bellisimo"!
    Have a wonderful Sunday!
    Debra

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  27. Oh how sweet it turned out. I love the mirror behind the ironstone display. Nice touch...caught my eye right away.

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  28. Oh, so beautiful! I agree, your collection looks marvelous on the hutch.

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  29. This is beautiful!!! I am in love with that mirror! I love your style and look forward to getting to know you. :)

    Hugs,
    Victoria

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