I decided I wanted to have my project on my site, so I am reposting it. Thanks to Jen for having me as a guest at Tater tots and Jello back in August. Check it out here.
It all started with me being inspired by a fellow blogger, scouring my basement to find something to makeover, and I came across this:
It was the hutch for a dresser I bought off Kijiji for my daughter's room. Whoever painted it this terribly streaky brown must be controlled! But I snatched it for it's potential. Although I have to say it sat in my daughters room (attached to the dresser) for a year before I got sick of the ugliness and moved it to the basement. I had plans to paint it white, but.... excuses, excuses...
Anyways, with new hope for this piece I cut it in half on a table saw. The piece in the front ended up becoming a bench for my kids playhouse. You can see it here. I am focusing on the piece in the back now. I knew exactly what I wanted it for.
I primed it. I can't even tell you with what because it was just something my husband had. It's latex at least.
I used a jig saw for the first time, and cut the side to make it prettier!
Then I painted the inside of the boxes blue. This is a can of paint I had leftover. I love the cool feel of the colour.
I love bead board as I am sure lots of you do too. So I had to add some of that. I used a table saw to cut the pieces to fit the area I wanted.
I glued the bead board on with No More Nails Glue.
I wanted my shelf (I just gave it away!) to have hooks, but I couldn't find any that were cheap enough for my liking... until I went in the hardware aisle at Dollarama! They were perfect! And only $1.25 for 2.
I painted them with black spray paint. The kind you don't need primer for (that's my kind all right!).
See how much prettier they are now!
Then I painted everywhere else on the shelf with just a matte latex stark white colour.
Now, here is the part I haven't finished yet, see the white line at the bottom under the bead board. I have to caulk it so you don't see the gap. And besides the fact that I haven't hung her up yet is also incomplete... but hey, that won't stop me from taking a few shots of how it will be.
Can I just say, this is no small piece of furniture! I had to use every arm and neck muscle to hoist this up on my dresser to get a few pictures. Needless to say it will be secured to the wall into the studs!
So a reminder of the start:
A bench for my kids playhouse,
A shelf for their bedroom.
So, does anybody have a hutch they feel like chopping in half now?