Sunday, July 26, 2009

Not-A-Corner Hutch

****This is an older post that I am linking to Furniture Feature Friday at Mustard Seed Creations. Go check out the party!

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Well, I got it finished girls!

The reason I love participating in Metamorphosis Monday each week is because it causes me to GET THINGS DONE!

I announced on my blog last Monday that I would be re-doing my hutch and posting it this week. So I knew I had 7 days to get it finished. It wasn’t easy, but I did it!

Now one of the projects that I had on my “to do” list can be checked off!

I’ve turned my corner hutch into not-a-corner hutch.

Here’s what it looked like before…


It had to be put in the corner because of the large back. I left the doors open because the “genius” that designed it didn’t take into account that the doors hit the wall every time you opened and closed them. So I just left them open all the time!

Here it is pulled out from the wall for me to paint the first of two colors that I applied to our den walls. (That’s another story!)


This is the large back that protruded from the hutch making it impossible to sit flat against the wall.


So my very handy husband took his SKIL saw and cut the back off.



Now I wanted the hutch to look like a cross between these two pictures from Ballard Designs’ magazine:

I like the color of the picture above, and the style of the picture below resembles mine.

There is bead board in the back of this entertainment center.

So Mr. Handyman added bead board to the back of ours.


Oops! I have to back up and share how we added some detail to the sides.

Notice how the sides of the doors have a 3-grooved trim piece. (I just totally made up that name!)


I wanted that trim piece to continue on the sides of the top part of the hutch, just like the brown entertainment center in the Ballard Designs’ magazine.

We tried to find a trim to match at Lowe’s, but it had 4 grooves in it. Then Mr. Handyman got the bright idea to just cut the 3-grooved piece of the upper doors off to use as the trim piece.


Am I making any sense? He cut off the part we needed, sanded the rough edges, took the hinges off, and nailed it back on.

Then it looked like this…


There was a small gap that he filled with caulk so it wouldn’t be noticeable once we painted it.

Next, I put two good coats of white paint on the entire hutch. Trying my best to wait until it dried real good before I started sanding.


Next, I used a fine grit sanding sponge to sand all the edges. This took a little while and my arms were sore the next day from this step!



Then it was time to glaze.

I have had many people ask me what glaze I use. It is Valspar Mocha Glaze (and this is the Valspar white paint I have used on all my furniture makeovers). I love both of these products.

IMG_2801 Glazing is a very scary step for me. I am so nervous that I will mess up all the hard work I have done so far.

But it never has. This is my third project using this glaze, and they have all turned out wonderful. (You can see my other projects if you click on “furniture makeovers” in my sidebar.)

I have applied the glaze with an old cloth, with paper towels, and with a sponge brush, but this time I used a sock!

The sock worked good because it was like I was applying the glaze with a cloth glove.

I just put a big glob of glaze on the sock and start spreading it over the piece. I worked in sections. First, I did the middle section of the hutch. When it was covered in glaze, I got a damp paper towel and used it to wipe the glaze off. I know it sounds crazy, but it works for me. I continued these steps in sections all over the entire piece of furniture.

If I want to leave more glaze on, I just rub lightly with the paper towel. If I want more of the glaze off, I press harder when I am wiping it off and usually get a second wet paper towel and wipe off even more.

The glaze is very forgiving. I add and take off glaze as I desire to get the look I am after.

I put the original hardware back on for now, and here is what it looks like..


What do ya think?

I love it! It’s exactly what I wanted.

Please forgive the accessories. I will definitely be changing those! I just wanted to get some stuff up there so I could post this on Met. Monday like I promised my followers.

This is the flat screen from our bedroom. We will be getting a larger flat screen someday…

I sat the TV on a white shelf just to give it more height.



Now I need to get curtains for this room!

Any suggestions?


I am so glad this is finished.

Now head on over to Between Naps on the Porch for more wonderful Met. Monday posts.

****I’ve also posted this on DIY Thursday at A Soft Place to Land. Go by there to check out other DIYers!



  1. Fantastic job! Looks like you just bought it at PB. :)

  2. Once again, you have done a humdinger of a makeover! It doesn't even look like the same cabinet, Traci! (Thank goodness, huh?!) You and hubby should be so proud. I think you make a great team!

  3. GREAT JOB! I love it. I love how you are doing everything cottage white! Very cute.

  4. Traci, I love the cabinet. The detail that you put on it, all the molding and the color is so perfect. Such a great job. The only suggestion I have for drapes is to be sure to move to rod up and hang then high on the wall. Makes a world of difference in a room. I can't wait to see what you do. Hugs, Marty

  5. Tracy,

    I just think this is one of the most fabulous projects I have seen! You and your husband get my thumbs up!!

    From a girl to a girl~sometimes we have to live with the big screen TV's and before that it was the stereo equipment,,,but hey, we like it too. We just want it to fit with our decor!!

    Thanks again for explaining the glaze. I am doing two nightstands for our master at the lake and I don't want them bare~butt white! LOL!!

    I also wanted to pass something on in case you just didn'y know~Black and Decker makes a small electric sander called The Mouse. It is my best friend. Can I say "designed for a woman"??? All sorts of different heads to reach in all sorts of small places. I use it for distressing big time.

    Sorry I rattled on. Just love, love, love this piece!!! :-)


  6. What an amazing transformation! I love it! never thought of taking the doors off and transformting my amoire into a chic entertainment center!

    Thanks for the fabulous post!


  7. Oh Traci, Honey I just love this cabinet. You and Hunny Bunny did a fantastic job. What a team you make. I love the paint and the sanding, showing the natural wood beneath, and then the glaze was just the added glory. What a great post. Just love the project. Country Hugs, Sherry

  8. As usual, you did a spectacular job. I just love your makeovers! The beadboard and the trim that the you added to the sides gave it wonderful detail. You get an A+++

  9. Your cabinet looks just as good as the one in Ballard Designs. You and your hubby did a fantastic job!

  10. Hi Traci !
    Wow, 1 week ? That was a ton of did a fab job ! You are very creative as is your hubster ! I have never tried glazing...thanks for the directions ! Love the before and after of that chair - oh My !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

  11. My husband is also very talented, but whenever I show him something he says, "That looks like a lot of work." His polite way of saying, "No." He works very hard to earn a living, but never seems to have enough energy for the DIY stuff that I have seen him to for other people. All of your work is so beautiful. Very inspirational for me. Curtains? Lighly colored flowing drapes with lots of folds and fabric like muslin and dark-stained bamboo-type roll up shades?

  12. Wow! I'm totally impressed! Love the hutch makeover. I'm in the market for a hutch/armoire for my tv. Hard to find one I can afford. LOL

    Can't wait to see the chair recover. I need to learn to do that too.

  13. You and your husband did a fantastic job, the details are great and the paint awsome. Jane is right, you need to invest in a Mouse, it will save the pain of your arms and hands. It is perfect for distressing our treasures. Hope you have a wonderful day.

  14. What a major change! Your hubby is very handy and did a great job tweaking things to make it work. Looks fantastic with your paint job.

  15. VERY Ballard design! I am helping my newlywed daughter turn the bachelor pad into a nest and she needs to see this--so far she can't see past the Ballard Design catalog :) Great job!

  16. Wow, that cabinet is just awesome! What a wonderful job you guys did. Can't wait to see the slipcover!

  17. Oooh I love what you've done as well as the inspiration photos.

    Your hubby must be fairly patient and definitely loving to do that for you. I'd say he's a keeper! lol!

  18. Wow, Tracey! It doesn't even look like the same cabinet! I have to say it looks even better than the one from Ballard's.

    I have a computer armoire in our breakfast nook I want to paint. You've inspired me!


  19. You have the best projects! I always love what you do. And I, for one, am a little envious of all the carpentry skills your husband has!

  20. You did an amazing job making over the armoire! I can't wait to see the chair slipcovered.

  21. YOu guys make a wonderful team. Like you I love the transformation from the black to the white.

    Great job and great tutorial!!

    TTFN~~ Claudia ♥

  22. Wow, what a fantastic transformation. Your hubby did a wonderful job giving you a completely new piece of furniture. It is beautiful.

  23. WOW! love white and the old depreciated look! wonderful transformation!

  24. I do love Ballards, and this looks it came straight out of their catalog! Great job! You have more nerve than me, and the pay-off to show for it. Can't wait to see what you do for the chair. Real ingenuity here!

  25. Hey Traci,
    Okay your hubby wears such cool working clothes- just like mine..shorts and all.
    I love what the tv cabinet looks like. You all did a great job and quite ingenious about using the trim from the top doors. I love it.

    Also, on your chair transformation for next week, how about redoing it with dropcloth fabric. It is strong durable- cheaper than fabric and you could do curtains that way too. It also is quite soft after you wash and dry it.
    Can't wait to see the chair- wish you could come give me a lesson on upholstery.
    Keep up the good work...

  26. Oh Traci,
    It's just wonderful!! Isn't it great to have such handy hubbies!! And girl, your getting really good at this glazing thing! I have been eyeing our enertainment center up for a redo too, I love beedboard, its exactly what I want I just don't want to overwhelm my hubby with just another project (well maybe) Your braver than me, announcing what you will get done this week! Good luck on the chair, we have a footstool in mind to upholster, but first hubby has to build me one! Great job Traci and Traci's Hubby!! Cindy

  27. You and Mr. Handyman make a great team!
    And in one week?
    I can't believe it!
    Looks like new!

  28. I am in total AWE of your abilities, and I totally wish you lived closer so I could be your little Padawan learner!
    It is beautiful


  29. Traci, you and your hubby make a great team - fantastic project and beautiful outcome! My hubby is handy, too, so I might get him to look at this for future projects! Can't wait to see that chair! I'm getting ready to try either slipcover of uphostery and I'll be glad to see what you do. Linda

  30. You cabinet looks wonderful. You and your hubs did a super job. I love how your repurposed and transform an existing piece that wasn't workin' for you. Have fun with your reupholstery project; I am looking forward to that post.
    Have a great week!
    The Bloom Girls
    Nashville, TN

  31. Traci, The cabinet looks great! You two get the job done when push comes to shove! Cy is the best helper I know -- always willing to please you. Keep a tight reign on him -- he's a keeper for sure! Can't wait to see your chair when it's finished! Love you!

  32. It takes a lot of work for things like that, but isn't it worth it! You did a great job. I love items that have "potential"!

  33. Love the hutch and you DO have some cute little charmers!!
    Thanks for visiting my blog~
    God bless you, Traci!

  34. Oh how nice! What a pretty look! Great job!
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

  35. That looks sooooo good...I love it!!!

  36. wow- you are talented and my hero for finishing it in 7 days :0)

  37. Hello Traci - love your hutch make-over! It looks so fabulous. Much better. I love how you distressed it and the groupings on the shelves. The little piece underneath the TV is cool too! Thank you for sharing.


  38. Traci,
    Your cabinet turned our beautifully.

    Does the glazing just add a little antique look to it?
    I tried to click on pic to see it better, but it did not enlarge.

    Barbara Jean

  39. that looks amazing! could you come & redo one for me, too? kentucky is just south of ohio, you know. also, can't wait to see your chair. i have a few chairs that need redone, hint, hint.

    great job!


  40. Yours is even nicer than the one in the ad! I can't believe it all came together in only one week. Using an extra piece of shelf to hold up the tv was just genius :)

  41. You're opening new doors of design to me!! I love it. As far as curtains, I"m partial to buffalo check! Thanks for sharing your hard work.

  42. Hi, Coming from ASPTL and I LOVE it!!! Very beautiful!

  43. I TRULY LOVE this! Thanks for sharing! I LOVE DIY DAY!

  44. You guys did a great job taking an outdated piece and giving it new life. Amazing transformation!

  45. Hi there - visiting from Kimba's - you did a gorgeous job on this - it looks so much like the Ballard's one. Thanks for sharing it!

  46. I love the end result. LOVE IT! It is absolutely beautiful, and a great improvement.

  47. Wow I LOVE IT!!!

    and I have some curtain suggestions:

    The Coqo Floral Curtain from Anthropologie... gorgeous!

  48. I love what you did... Totally amazing.

  49. The trim details you added make such a huge impact. And you can't go wrong with crisp white distressed paint. You've imspired me...

  50. Wow.... that's impressive! Love it! Great job!

  51. It's beautiful! Great makeover. (BTW I gave you a Kreativ Blogger award last week - not sure if you got the e-mail or not). Hope so! Have a good week...

    pk @ Room Remix

  52. Your transformation looks just as good as the expensive Ballards piece. Great job. I love the Valspar glaze too and use it all the time.

  53. Gorgeous! It totally resembles a piece from PB. Love the bead board backing and the trim added. Awesome job!:)

  54. looks wonderful...yay! Turned out wonderful

  55. I really like the beadboard and trim you added!

  56. I love this so much! I checked out my hutch to see if I can do the same type of thing...we will have to see :) Yours is just so cute! Can I have it?

  57. Wow. This is a piece of work you both should be very proud of! Isn't it great to have a handy husband? Now I'm going to go check out your other 2 furniture redos...

  58. Awesome redo! IT looks fantastic!


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