This is one of those projects I want to share with you because it just shows you how much YOU can do with an old or even mis-matched piece of furniture!
We refinished this piece for our last house's dining room. It was actually made up of TWO completely different pieces of furniture. The top was a Sears original hutch. We were given it by a friend because they could never figure out what to do with it without its bottom mate. Instead of relegating it to a spare room as they had, we searched for a long dresser to pair it with to create a one of a kind buffet and hutch.
Once we found a suitable partner on kijiji, both pieces got a light sanding. The drawer fronts got a little patch job too, so that new handles could be added easily in a slightly different position than the originals.
Dean attached the two pieces together with screws from the bottom to keep them hidden and to make the piece extremely sturdy.
Then I painted it with three coats of Behr Swiss Coffee, distressed it by sanding the edges and finished it with a glaze. We purchased some half cup drawer pulls from Lee Valley Tools and spray- painted them and the knobs that came with the hutch to match in a rich brown colour.
To give you an idea of how you could create such a large piece for your own home on a budget, here is an approximate price breakdown:
- hutch $0 (even if you had to buy it you may find one second hand for less than $100)
- buffet/dresser $75
- Swiss Coffee paint $0 (on hand from other projects)
- glaze $0 (on hand from coffee table project)
- paint to mix with glaze $3 (oops! paint at home depot)
- spray paint $0 (on hand from painting outdoor chairs this summer)
- hardware $35
TOTAL $ 115-215
So here is the before again:
And the after:
Here are some close-ups of the distressing and glaze.
So if you're on a budget, you can still totally have a large piece for your home. Just use a little ingenuity and a touch of elbow grease! I KNOW you can do it!
(P.S. The lady who bought our old house loved this hutch so much that she bought it with the house when we moved!)