Sunday, June 29, 2014

My Sewing Studio: The Blue Hutch

After painting the walls and installing the flooring, next on the agenda was sprucing up a hutch I had picked up a few years ago in anticipation of having a dedicated sewing studio.  This hutch was sturdy, but definitely dated.  I actually liked the gold colored glass inserts in the cupboard doors, though, believing they would eventually play into my future color scheme.

It was so heavy I knew I would never get it upstairs in one piece, so I took it apart and went to work prepping for paint.

The cupboards were all decked out with this "lovely" contact paper!  I removed the contact paper and hardware, then sanded and primed everything.

I picked up a gallon of "oops" paint from the local hardware store.  It wasn't the aqua that I wanted, but I thought it would do.  The gentleman at the paint counter was kind enough to add a bit more tinting to try and get it more to my liking.  In the end, I went back to the hardware store and picked up another gallon of "oops" paint.  This time it was the aqua that I wanted.  Of course, I had already painted the whole hutch and wasn't too excited about painting it again (there was a lot of areas to paint!)  So, I figured I would continue with the rest of the projects in the room and then determine if my hutch would get a color change or not. 

I was lucky enough to find a roll of contact paper at a thrift store that fit into my new color scheme!  The little storage containers with drawers came from my previously organized office and fit perfectly.  I painted all the hardware with the Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint.

I organized, and accessorized my hutch with a variety of thrifted jars, a basket, and vintage suitcases.  The jars were "recycled" from my aforementioned office space.  As luck would have it, I found one jar that was the same colored glass as the cupboard door inserts.  It sits in the middle of the jars.  The suitcases I already had on hand.  In fact, one of them was used to hold cards at my son and daughter-in-law's wedding reception.  The lower cupboards are filled with stacks of fabric.

In the end, my lack of motivation (hey, let's be honest!) to repaint the hutch won out, although I like to think it was a stroke of decorator's luck.  I ended up painting some of the furniture pieces blue, and some pieces aqua, and then interspersed them throughout the room.  I think it adds to the eclectic feel, keeping it from being too matchy matchy.

Total cost for this project:

Used Hutch.....$20.00
Gallon of "Oops" Paint.....$15.00
Oil Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint....left over from the curtain rods
Thrifted Contact Paper.....$1.00

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  1. We must be soul sisters or something. I LOVE the color of this hutch. Such a huge improvement to it's former self! As a matter of fact, the first painting project in my new studio is an old church pew that I'm guessed it....... TURQUOISE!!! Can't wait for you to see it.

    1. Oh I can't wait to see the church pew ( I LOVE old church pews and have always wanted one!) Plus, the fact that your sewing studio has the room for a pew...I'm green with you know what! Okay, this reply really sounds like I'm coveting everything you have. : ) Quite the contrary. I'm so excited for you and can't wait to see the new studio. I wish we lived closer. I would love to go thrifting with you and help you pick out and transform fun things for your studio. Have fun soul sister!

  2. what a great find!that turned out fantastic!

    1. Thanks Helen! When I saw this a couple of years ago for $20, I called my husband to see if he would mind if I picked it up for a future sewing/craft room. Normally I don't check in, but this beast was going to take up a lot of space. He was a dear and consented. It lived in the garage for those two years and housed several greasy and grimy tools. I think its much happier now in my sewing studio!


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