It would be redundant at this point to state how much I love digging for treasure at thrift stores. So I won’t say it (<— even though, I kinda did).
I found this cute little hutch at Community Thrift in Tulsa, for $19.19.
Again, would love to know how they decide on specific prices for items. It is curious to me, but under $20 will do, for sure.
This piece is made entirely of plywood and particle board, so it is not what you would call “sturdy”. Still, I needed something in my office to hold all of the crafting materials I inevitable bring home every day, so this piece had a lot of potential to serve as both fun and functional.
See? It has this amazing “Secretary” element, so I can store all kinds of bobbles and do-dads up in there.
I deconstructed the piece a bit – sometimes you have to deconstruct to reconstruct, am I right?! Right…? Any way, after I took off the secretary part, I sand blasted the whole thing. I had to put on a mask because the paint that was coming off had an old, musty book smell. This thing is OLD. And old paint=lead, so I didn’t want to risk the possibility of inhaling tiny lead paint particles.
I sanded it down with a pretty rough grade sand paper until I could see the original plywood underneath all of the paint.
After sanding, I painted this beast of hutch. I initially bought two cans of Dove White spray paint but had to make 2 trips back to the store to buy more. By the last trip, I had spray paint, sweat and sheer frustration all over my face, so I can only imagine what the sweet employees at my local Ace Hardware were thinking…
In addition to (SEVERAL LAYERS of) Dove white, I chose a mint green and red/orange to accent the inside of the hutch. I thought the color combo would be light and whimsical.
And it was 🙂 This little hutch not only complements my office, it serves as an excellent home for all my fabrics, sewing machine and countless tools I use to make things.
Little splashes of color can make all the difference when redoing a piece of furniture.
Stay tuned for more on my next big project!! Oh, and special thanks to The Daily Quirk for giving The Clever Bunny some love. I am eternally flattered that a blog of this caliber would like what I do 😉