Friday, March 9, 2012

80's Nightmare to Shabby Delight!

My friend/Luci's baby sitter had a predicament. Her ex husband was going to come and pick up all of his old furniture that she was using. This included a really cute hutch she had in her dining room that she kept cook books and kids art stuff in. So, I came up with the idea that she would go shopping in my garage. (Let me tell you, if you dig deep there are some treasures in there!) After a little shopping trip we decided that this hutch would be a perfect replacement:

One problem... It was ugly... but have we ever let that stop us before???? Heck no!

So, basically I did the exact same thing I did in the epic failure of a pantry I did a few weeks ago.  I just started painting and not caring about drips or anything.  Then I just started sanding.  This might be my new favorite technique.  I mean, there are no rules (and we all know how bad I am at following rules).  Basically you just paint, paint, paint, then sand, sand, sand.

I am so excited to move this awesome 80's-nightmare-turned-shabby-delight into Danne's house!

Oh, and Luci helped:)  She just followed me around with her screw driver and pretended to work.  It made me so happy.  I think if I play my cards right now, I might have a little helper for some time to come!

Mercantile Muse


  1. Another amazing makeover! And how cute that Luci has become your helper!

  2. It is amazing how a coat of paint can make an old piece look so amazing. I love your technique!

  3. Paint rules - especially any shade of white!

  4. Great job. I love it. I found you through French Country Cottage. I can't wait to see the rest of your finds.
    Katie @ Let's Add Sprinkles.

  5. Amazing transformation. The original was not pretty but it is now!

  6. I love this piece in the after it looks very early american! would go great with the new hutch table and chiars I just bought at a sale that are maple early american for my pieces are from the fifites and were in awesome conmdition american made and I got rid of the newer furniture that I had purchased five years ago going shabby french farmhouse with some french provencial and early american here! You choice in color was lovely!!