Another piece from my fab friend Donna, this pine hutch was slightly scratched and dented when it came to me several months ago. I loved the windowpane doors, the top molding and the size of it. I thought it would look great white....
So I sanded and filled and sanded some more, primed, primed, primed and painted and painted.... but the paint just scratched right off. This was the orneriest varnish I've ever seen. So I stripped off the peeling paint....
And sanded it even more, until the wood was totally nude. Actually, the whole thing is probably about an inch smaller from how much I sanded it. (Fool me once, and all that.) This time I stained the top surfaces for contrast, painted the body white again, and wiped a glaze over the white paint. A neighbor put a huge bathroom mirror out at the dumpster and my alert daughters dragged it into the house for me (they know me well). I measured it and drove it to the glass shop, where a $4 cut made it fit in behind the shelves, adding some reflected light to my foyer. I did all the work to this right in my foyer since it was so big, but ultimately that proved to be less than smart since I somehow got gooey stripped paint on my shoe, tracked it all over the floor and had to get down on all fours to scrape it up with a putty knife. Lesson learned. (Maybe.) Then it sat for a month before I finished the doors. I am easily distracted and had several other projects in the works.
I added some neighborhood-kid-friendly Halloween decor and have it all stocked up with candy underneath for my little trick or treaters. Not super-chic and trendy, but that can wait til after Halloween. A couple days ago I finally put the doors back on, so this one is DONE. I think.
I'm thinking this piece does not really suit its surroundings, so I will have to repaint the foyer. I'm looking at vinyl wood-look plank flooring to replace my builder linoleum, and I'm on the lookout for some cool decor to put inside it post-Halloween. So, basically redecorating around it, I guess. Or maybe just painting it white all over again.
What would you do?
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