Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Dining Room Hutch

So we have this dining room in our house that is probably bigger than our living room! It's oddly large for the house size.

I've been stalking craigslist like it's my job for a solid 3 months to find some sort of hutch or buffet to fill some space and provide extra storage for large cooking items.

It was finally found!

My coworker had it sitting in his garage and sold it to me for CHEAP!

It's solid oak and is HEAVY! It was a little bit of a struggle to get it in our house.

I thought the oak was very pretty, but there were quite a few imperfections that would be tough to fix.

Plus, I wanted to add some color and character to our dining room.

I used the paint leftover from our kitchen makeover a few months back. Last time we painted the kitchen blue, it was way too bright.


Once again, I decided to tell Trent WAY too far into the project. Like when it was completely finished.

I went back to Lowe's and had them darken it. Twice. Until I finally had more of a gray-blue than a bright burn-your-eyes blue.

Then I painted it all over again and distressed it!

I did a bunch of research on how to distress. I decided on a sanding + glaze technique.

And then I sanded the crud out of that thing.

Until my hands felt like they were going to fall off.

So I used an electric sander instead.

Distressing a gigantic piece of furniture is not for the faint of heart. This takes FOREVER! Especially when you distress as much as I decided to.

So streaky and fun!

After sanding (I used 180 sand paper in case you are wondering), I went over distressed areas, as well as some blank areas, with Rust-oleum Decorative glaze in java brown.

It kind of gives a smudged, dirty look.

The right side of the below photo has some of the glaze on it. Much easier to see in person.

After you use the glaze, you go over it with a wet rag to blend it out.

Here is the final product!

This is WAY more distressed than I had originally planned. 

I understand that distressed spots are supposed to be along areas that are "touched frequently" like corners and cuts but it was just kind of boring without adding marks to the sides and inner panels of the doors. I am still on the fence about it, so don't be surprised if I change my mind and go less intense.

The real thing holding me back is the amount of time it took to do all that stupid distressing...Also that my husband would be super annoyed by how much time we wasted :-)

I really do like the character of the thing though. It's provides so much variety to the room.

 Here is the inside where I am already storing my crockpots!

Aren't those drawers awesome!?

A before and after...

What do you think? Should I keep the intense look or go with a more "traditional" distressed look with less streaks? I would love to hear your opinion!

Thanks for reading! Have a happy Wednesday evening!


  1. I love it! The distressed look gives it an antique feel!

  2. Definitely has character! Oh Katie you and Trent are like the perfect handy couple! love it

    1. Haha, definitely no "Young House Love", but we try!

  3. My taste tends toward the more "traditional" distressed version but you put so much into making it beautiful! Leave it or redo it, it'll be amazing either way! I would view this as a win-win (just don't ask the husband...) ;)

  4. It is beautiful! I am a more tradtional destressed lover. I think If the inside of the door panels were painted a different color to offset the overall color that would look great as well. A two tone look would also make it very unique!

  5. What kind of paint did you use?


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