I have finally found the time to sit down and write this post! Whew between school ending, summer starting, and project finishing my house has been a busy place.
This will not be a step by step tutorial, but more of a look-book. If I gave away all my upcycling and thrifting secrets I just may put myself out of business and that would not be good! But be warned this could get lengthy anyways!
Over a week ago, I posted pictures, see the our blog tab, of my completed upcycled dining room. It was a very sloooow process to finish but I am thrilled with the results. Why so slow when I do this for a living you may ask, well when it comes to doing and finishing projects for my house I am horribly indecisive! I think it took me almost a year just to pick out the right dining set, but more on that in another post. I love working on pieces for the shop, because I am fearless and just go after it. With my own house, I stress over every detail, and want to make sure it will perfectly suit my needs and will be something I will not tire of looking at in two days. Anyways, back to the topic at hand, my hutch redo.
This was the piece that started my entire makeover. I spotted it in one of my local thrift stores and fell deeply and madly in love at first sight. Actually, I feel deepest for the hardware, I adore vintage hardware. I am not much of a jewelry gal, but oh man, I do nuts over furniture hardware. Just look at it, whats not to love?! So basically I bought the hutch for the hardware and luckily the rest of the piece was also in amazing shape. The price tag also stellar at only $75 super plus. In addition, it was made by American of Martinsville furniture, a high quality manufacture, double plus.
It is missing the glass, but that was not big deal to me, actually it made it easier to transform. It had an an ugly and dated stain, sorry no before pictures, so I knew it needed an update. But this was my first foray into painting a big piece of furniture. But I can still say, I did an excellent job! The whole piece was primed, then painted with Sherman-Williams Emerald paint in lazy grey by hand. This was before my spray gun days. The back interior was give a darker shade and for that I used charcoal by Behr. For added protection I used a water based satin poly and brushed on three coats. The hardware was, of coarse, just cleaned up and put back on.
Next came to fun part, filling it up! My sister, and shop partner, made this clock for me a million of years ago, and I knew I needed to keep somewhere to showcase.
It had always hung on this wall but with the hutch it looked so lonely by itself. Off to the thrift store it was! Darn.
First I found the frames, and spray painted them in this fabulous ivy green color (Krylon brand). I pulled the color inspiration from the grapes in the clock. I love the open frame look and they served as the perfect counterbalance for the clock.
Next where the empty decanting bottles. They looked boring, so I outlined the detailing with glass paint, and viola! Another unique accent piece.
I found the vase and the two pots at a thrift store as well, and they nicely rounded out the top decor scheme.
The first shelf was inspired by a couple of my grandmothers tea cups I inherited and never could properly display. I love vintage teacups, they are so proper looking and little works of art to boot. I ready owned three, but needed a few more to complete the look I wanted. Off to the thrift store again! I hit the mother load during an outing to Goodwill where I found those greenish-yellow tall cups and three more dainty cups. I always look for unique teacups, ones from Japan (bone china), or England, (authentic porcelain), never cheap China crap.
Don't you just love those tall ones?! I had never seen teacups like them before, check out the label:
I think I purchased all five for under $10, a total steal!
To complete the shelf I added the colorful plates at the back to add interest (I already owned those), then my six " proper " tea cups, and finished with my super hip teacups in front. This is my favorite shelf display. I represents my personality perfectly, colorful, girly, traditional, with a bit of funk thrown in to keep thing interesting. And yes, I do actually drink tea, my British blood runs deep.
Next shelf please, the easy one. I filled this one with my "nice" plain white plates. Then to complete space I added my fiestawear bowls that I already had.
Now we are on to the bottom shelf. We are not big drinkers anymore, but used to be, so we still have a ton of cool bar ware, that is just so hard to part with. And besides you can't be a midcentury fan and not have a martini glass around right?! Then I found those amazing wood bound cocktail books my parent found at a thrift store years ago just collecting dust in a cabinet. Drinker or not, you can't help buy love these books, I mean they just don't make stuff like this anymore! Note the action figure in the glass at the right, yes my son also likes to add his personal flare to the decor, gotta love it!
So I jazzed up the bottom shelf with a few shakers, an ice bucket, a couple Martini and margarita glasses. Then of coarse anchored with those fabulous books.
This is one of the first things I see whenever I walk into my house and it always makes me happy. My first big makeover project and the first piece that inspired me to Upcycle furniture for a living. I hope I inspired you and remember what was once old can always be new again, for furniture that is!
Thank you! Stay turned for my table and chair set redo post next.
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