Follow me over to The Shabby Chic Cottage for my very first Transformation Thursday where I will be sharing this hutch made of old fence re purposed wood!!! Talk about one man's trash!!! And how green can you get??? I have always loved recycling things and making them into something new!! I'm excited to see what everyone else has so I better get this going. Here we go :))
I usually spray my furniture but I figured the wood would just soak it up and it take too many coats so I rolled the paint on and it worked pretty good. It was a little gloppy in some areas but overall it did the trick.
This is what I started with. I didn't make the hutch but I do know the gentleman who did. I almost forgot to take a before picture. You can see on the side that I had already started painting it :/ So many of the projects I have done over the years don't have a before picture. I get so excited about getting started that I forget to take pictures of the before and then after it's done I'm kicking myself for not doing it. But on this one I just so happened to remember :)) Yay!!
The gentleman that made the hutch used screen in the doors.
It really looked ok but I prefer the look of chicken wire. I think it gives it more of a rustic look (plus I love chicken wire.)
And here it is. After I painted it I couldn't even wait for the paint to dry to start distressing it. But it was not really wet. The wood really soaks up the paint. I love to distress furniture. It's kinda like therapy but a whole heck of a lot cheaper :)
I don't know why I love chicken wire so much.... One time I covered a lampshade base with chicken wire and then used a white cotton hankie with lace on it to cover the top. I loved it.... I don't know about anybody else, but I did :))
Here is the base of the hutch. The top is removable so it is not so heavy to move around. I just painted over the hardware that was on there too. I think if you didn't want to use the bottom for display and just use it for storage, it would look really good with some fabric behind the chicken wire. Maybe a toile or even just plain white cotton or linen. But I think it would be an ideal place to store and display some cream wear or even all your silver (mine is all tarnished at the moment and I think that would even look good in there!!
Here is the top of the hutch (and one of my mannequins (I love them so much :)) I didn't know at the time that I was taking these pictures that I would be posting them on a blog. So you will have to excuse the mess in the background. You may have noticed that I don't have a straight on shot of the hutch. That is because I couldn't get far enough away to get it all in the shot. This thing is huge. It is probably a good 7ft. tall and maybe 5ft. wide. It really is a monster!! If it wasn't soo big I would be bringing it home with me. I really want a potting bench / hutch for the patio and this would be perfect for that. The wood is treated and already weathered. I use exterior paint so that would be good. I think it would just get better looking sitting outside. But that is just me :)
And here it is all dressed up for the Transformation Tuesday party... You like??? I loooove it!!!
Please excuse the dolly in the picture. I couldn't crop it out without taking off the whole bottom of the hutch. I think having this blog and knowing that I am taking pictures to post on here will make me become more aware of everything else in the picture.
So there it is.... I hope you enjoyed it. I will eventually open an Etsy shop and start selling some of this stuff and I am planning on taking the furniture to a consignment shop. It just doesn't look like I am going to be able to do what I wanted to with opening the shop and having the flea market. But I am not going to give up. I know this is what I want to do. I just have more pressing things going on in my life at this moment. But one day I do plan to open my shop again and hopefully have it on a piece of land large enough to have a flea market as well. I think that would be so much fun!!!
I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed day!!!!!