A while back we shared a little project we had done back in 2003 that allowed us to turn an absolutely disgusting eBay find (and the dirtiest and grossest thing we've ever received in the mail)...

...Into a great looking storage solution for our kitchen.

Our "white hutch," as we've come to know it in our household, has been a veritable Swiss Army Knife of kitchen furniture. From wine glass storage behind the upper glass doors to miscellaneous cookbooks/recipes/food scale/juicer/whatever else we could fit in there storage in the bottom cabinet, it was about as full as we could make it. Over the years we've asked a lot of out trusty white hutch, and It was clear that this hardworking piece had seen better days. 

The paint was chipped, scuffed, and dirty, the doors were not closing properly, some of the hardware was starting to pull loose, and Alex had gotten overzealous with his application of caulk that was now cracking and looking tired. I'm not being critical of Alex's caulk skills here, just ask him and he'll gladly admit that he was "just learning" in these early days. 

In addition, the bead board in the back of the cabinet still retained the red accent color, selected to complement our old floral window treatments in the kitchen and sun porch. Today, the red bead board backing just wasn't going to work with our new "London Fog" gray (or should I say "gray") color.

Since our big epiphany over the weekend which includes moving this lovingly restored kitchen furniture to our sun porch, it was high time we give it a little facelift to allow it to blend with our decor. To tackle this side project, I got to work taping off the back of the cabinet. 

The red we had applied is called "Red Red Wine," and is the same color red that coats our dining room walls. To ease the transition to its next color, I decided to apply a quick coat of primer. While I was at it, Alex removed the caulk that was looking bad and sanded all of the rough areas that needed a little help. I continued with priming and touched up some of the areas in the worst shape.

Though I was painting the red in the upper visible areas, I decided I could leave the red in place in the lower cabinets. This area really isn't seen, and I like the idea of a reminder of colors from the past. Call it sentimental, it just comforts me to know it's there.

During the entire process, I always had a friendly helper very nearby.

Alex removed all fo the hardware and screws and set them aside for future reinstall. One thing we learned long ago is to place all of your different types of screws on pieces of tape. This keeps them all in one place, keeps them organized by type, and makes sure you don't have any unfortunate drops that could end up in lost hardware fasteners.

I mentioned all of the stuff we were able to fit inside of this cabinet when it was fully stocked, and though we were fully aware of what was in there, when we removed everything and put it in the dining room we were still shocked. There were glasses, bottles, cookbooks, cookware boxes, and small kitchen appliances all over the place.

From the dining room tables to the buffet to the floor, the hutch's innards were seemingly everywhere. This is the very reason we decided it was high time to add a little bit of kitchen storage by way of IKEA cabinets.

My efforts continued on the hutch painting and I completed the exterior and interior painting over the course of two evenings. I decided to go with an all white color to match the trim throughout the room and the house. The color isn't a true white, as it has a bit of cream to it, but it matches the IKEA cabinets quite nicely. And yes, in case you're wondering, wearing overalls when you paint does tend to help the process along quite a bit, and you always have better results. (It just scares me that I used to wear these overalls as a "real outfit" when I was in college. Yikes!)

We completed the whole project by shoving a few toothpicks in the hinge screw locations to better secure the doors in place. Before we knew it, we have a completely refreshed, great looking, and upgraded "White Hutch" to continue serving a critical purpose in our kitchen.

We're quite happy with the end results of the quick facelift, and with the continued use of our diamond in the rough eBay find in the sun porch. The new room houses the piece quite nicely and it really seems to work well along that long gray wall. Now we can add a check mark next to this item on our long list of things that "just need a little attention" while we're doing our quick and temporary kitchen update. Hopefully it will be in good shape and will keep working well in the sun porch and anywhere else we decide to use it for many many years to come. 

The next step will be to find lighting as well as two small chairs that we can angle on either side of the hutch to provide additional seating in this room.

Do you have any pieces in your house that you love, but just need to give it a little love to whip it back into fighting shape? This is definitely another case of "what took us so long to do this project?" But then we remember just how much junk we had to unload and then reload to get it all back in place.

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Sarah Kate
8/22/2012 at 12:01 PM
White Hutch looks fantastic! (yes, it has earned proper noun status) Can't wait to see how the rest of the kitchen turns out, I'm sure your devoted MSLD is keeping everyone on task this week. :)
Wendy
8/22/2012
Thank you! Yep, the Mid Sized Lady Dog is very interested in all the work going on. Unfortunately her "close ups" of the painting work left her with white paint spotches in places that we've been trying to pick out of her mink colored fur. What a goof ball!:-)
8/22/2012 at 12:28 PM
The hutch is beautiful! From the last picture, it looks completely brand new, as if you just brought it home from a store. You guys did a fantastic job restoring it.
Wendy
8/22/2012
Thanks so much, Antonella! We spent countless hours bringing it back to life the first time, but it's amazing what this time around a little paint could do. I love this cabinet and am so happy we figured out this new location for it. :-)
threadbndr
8/22/2012 at 1:04 PM
Lovely. It looks right at home in your sun room and gives a nice 'weight' to that side of the room. Have you considered moving it to be next to the fridge and keeping a small bistro sized breakfast table in the corner by the windows? If it were my kitchen, I'd love to have somewhere to sit with a cup of tea in the morning.

Some time in the next couple of weeks, I've got to unload, move and lemon oil my mom's china cabinet. It's about the same size as your hutch, but in a totally different style. I'd love to find another one with simpler doors and windows for my kitchen (Mine has embossed doors and diamond lead glass in the windows. So it's a bit fancy for my A&C home.) But it's a family piece that was rescued from my grandfather's garage in the mid 1960s and I helped my dad strip multiple layers of paint off and refinish it. (There were so many layers that you couldn't even see the carving on the doors.)
Wendy
8/22/2012
Thanks, Karla! We're still planning to do two chairs on either side of the asian side table on the left, so the coffee area will be preserved. :-) With the new layout we'll have two chairs on the left, and two on the right with the hutch. (Unless we scootch the hutch over a bit to put one larger chair between the window and hutch.) So many options!

Your hutch sounds gorgeous!
Margie
8/22/2012 at 1:04 PM
B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L! The height of the hutch looks good on that wall and it looks great on your new rug. We're starting on our basement today. (By that I mean our contractor is starting today.) Lulu will have many new areas to explore at Christmas.
Wendy
8/22/2012
Awww, thanks Margie!!

That's so exciting about your basement! I didn't realize you had such immediate plans to finish it. Lulu will have a blast down there at Christmas, after her "perimeter sweep" is completed of course. Ha!
8/22/2012 at 1:32 PM
I just adore that hutch. And thanks for the tip about keeping screws together with tape! I am brutal about losing them...
Wendy
8/22/2012
Thanks, Ashley! It only took us too many lost screws to keep count before we came up wit the tape idea. :-)
JC
8/26/2012 at 10:06 PM
I still love that hutch. It's just such a simple, yet elegant piece of furniture. It's similar to one that we used to make at my previous job (pine furniture company).
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