Refurbished Retro China Hutch {Salvaged Sunday}

by GettingFreedom on October 15, 2011

Roughly 9 years ago Willie’s Aunt and Uncle gave us an old retro china hutch to use in our first home together which was lacking in kitchen cabinets.  It wasn’t the prettiest thing in the world, and was actually missing a leg, but it was functional. 

Functional was our goal.

Many years and 2 long moves later and my husband was becoming rather intolerant of it–especially since it’s new home was in our storage garage and was taking up valuable space.  It ended up being in storage for 7 years!

I cannot even begin to count how many times over those 7 years that he asked me if we could just get rid of it.  To which I always replied–Be patient!  I have a vision.  He couldn’t see it and thought it was junk and nothing more.

Now, it’s one of his favorite pieces in our home.  As a matter of fact the first words he said after he seen it finished and in our dining room was, “I’m so happy you wouldn’t le me throw it out!”

I am too!

I cannot for the life of me find my before photos {they really didn’t do it justice anyway!}–so you’ll have to use your imagination for a bit.  I did find this picture through google images that comes pretty close though.

Originally there was 2 sliding glass doors over the shelves–which we decided weren’t needed.  There was also 3 drawers where the curtains are, that were so very shallow they served little purpose.  Under the 3 drawers were 3 doors–1 of which was stationary and could not be opened.  It drove me crazy!  Especially considering that there is a shelf inside, and with the drawers and the stationary cabinet you could not get to anything you stored in there very easily, and it couldn’t be very tall.

They had to go!  By this point, Willie really thought I had lost it.  After my descontruction, I sanded, sanded, and sanded again.  Finally topping it off with a deep green color that matched my color scheme perfectly.

It’s topped with some salvaged glass jars, and of my favorite things from my grandmother and mom.  When I look at it, which is often since it’s in our dining room, it brings back many great memories from mine and Willie’s early years, as well as from my childhood.

Don’t be afraid of that ugly furniture you stumble across while on your frugal adventures.  A little bit of elbow grease and paint goes a long way!


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