I admit that a lot of the grief it has given me has stemmed from the fact that I just couldn't make up my mind about what to do with it. It wasn't even just that it was such a small space. It was that the small space was dominated by five floor-to-ceiling windows. Now I know what you must be thinking… “How on earth could that possibly be a bad thing? The natural light it must provide!” If, in fact, that was exactly what you were thinking, you would be right… to an extent. The natural light in that kitchen is perfect. The view is great! That’s where the praise ends. The windows wrap around the edges of the room, effectively cutting off 25% of my potential cabinet and counter space. And I can’t put anything in front of them because they are floor-to-ceiling.
While one half of the kitchen was going to stay the way it was in terms of placement, I had only one measly little wall to turn into a fabulous spot for my refrigerator, trash can, recycling bin, food pantry, and extra counter space. Not going to happen. At least not the way I wanted.
The original fridge was a lot smaller, and now I could see why. It was also white. New fridge… stainless steel. So of course, we're going to have to replace all of our other appliances eventually.
Back to square one. We ripped out the cabinets that were above the original fridge and moved the fridge closer to the windows. I measured the big blank space on the wall and went to work in search of a dresser I could put there with some shelves over it. I went to every thrift store in the area several times each week. I swear they recognize me now. It took me a while, but I finally found the perfect piece. It was different than I was picturing in my head, but the moment I saw it, I knew I had to have it.
Once I got it there, I set it in the garage. Normally, the garage is where projects go to die. It seems ironic to me now that I placed my new hutch next to the skeleton of my unfinished kitchen island that I had pillaged for parts. If I hadn't had a reason to finish my kitchen ASAP (company…ahhhh!!!), that hutch might still be sitting in the same spot. But as fate would have it, this was a project that I finished in a timely fashion.
I removed the top portion of the hutch and started with that piece. Don’t ask me why. Probably because it seemed less threatening. I was wrong, of course. The top was much harder to complete than the bottom. I removed the shelves and starting sanding everything. Once I had it sanded, I used an oil-based primer and applied two layers with a cheap brush, sanding in between coats. Per the usual, it looked TERRIBLE with just the primer on. Luckily, this wasn't my first rodeo, and I knew not to panic. I painted two more layers of white paint over the primer, sanding in between coats. I used the same paint I used to paint my kitchen cabinets so everything would match.
I went a little crazy with the hutch décor. At first, I thought about displaying dishes or cookbooks on the shelves, but after some Pinterest research I got a better idea. I went out and bought some new food containers. Displaying food out in the open is such a space saver! I even bought little black labels for my mason jars and wrote the names of the foods with a chalk marker. I purchased a basket for all the items I didn't want to display. Then I installed some hooks on the bottom of the lowest shelf to hang my coffee mugs over the Keurig.
Long story short... this hutch is clutch!
Thrift Store Hutch
Brushed Nickel Spray Paint
1. Sand all parts that are being painted or stained
2. Stain the part that will be the counter top
3. Allow the stain to dry for a few hours and apply another coat
4. Apply a coat of Polyurethane on top of the stain, allow to dry
5. Apply another coat of polyurethane and allow to dry for 24 hours
6. Apply two layers of primer to all parts that will be painted, sanding in between coats
7. Apply two layers of paint, sanding in between coats
8. Spray paint the hardware using a small cardboard box
9. Flip the hardware over when dry and spray the other side
10. Re-assemble the parts and hardware
11. Take lots of pictures!