Saturday, October 9, 2010

Hutch Talk

Thanks for all the comments on my two hutches. I still haven't done anything yet, but there are tons of projects I need to work on first. Like finishing the guest house and the office to name a few. The older hutch has this great finish on the inside so white would probably be a good choice and I've seriously considered that. It is real sturdy. Amazing considering what it's been through. I do have two panes of glass for the bottom. Once I fix the hardware so I'll be able to open it without breaking glass to get in I'll put them in. The outside finish is horrible in most places. It's all beaded up probably from floating in the basement during one of the ranch floods. I did start to strip it at one point and realized how foolish that would be if I was only going to paint it. It's made of pine I'm sure. Which would have been a really cheap wood in that day. Most things were made of oak and stained dark to look like mahogany the desired wood of that day. I do have some of the missing molding but not all. So any pieces added would not match the old wood, so painting it would definitely hide that. The back gaps quite a bit, would you dear reader put on a new back or live with the gaps?

One kind reader commented that it would make a lovely bottom for a sink. Which it would. My husband at 6'3" would love that. But considering the bottom hits me above my hip, I would need a step stool just to use the sink decently. Oh the bothers of being short. The entire piece stands at 8' tall. So it's massive and definitely has a presence in any room.
I've been under the weather this week with strep throat. The hazards of the profession. Yuck. I haven't had strep throat in probably 20 years or so. So nothing got done around here. :o( Feeling a little more human today. Thank goodness. Here's hoping you have a great weekend.


Secret Garden Cottage said...

Hi Amanda,
Decisions, Decisions... what will you do with this fabulous hutch?? Look forward to seeing. :)
Is this favorite shop of yours an antiques shop?? Sounds like fun if it is. :) I'll have to see how my finances are around that time of the month... I just spent a big chunk of change at some online shops... that vintage bottle holder included. ;-)
Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!
Hugs ~ Jo

cranberry cottage said...

I had to laugh at your comment. Sorry for the heart attack. You have plenty of time. We Canadians celebrate the 2nd Monday of October.

Now I need to go check out your hutch!

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

I'd paint it black then shabby it a bit (to keep the original character). Then rub a bit of pine stain over the whole thing and it will really bring out the original glow of the pine on the shabby parts. Just a thought!

LDH said...

What a delightful blog you have here! I have perused several of your posts and enjoyed seeing all of the things you are up to.

So happy you stopped by my place and left your comment!
Kindly, ldh