We Made a Hutch!

I constantly ache for more storage space in my itty bitty apartment.  It is the first place that we've called our own and we adore it.  But, we have so much stuff.  I'm always on the search for ways to better organize.  We don't have much empty wall space for shelves, but when I came across this fabulous family heirloom, I knew that somehow I'd have to incorporate it into our little home.

The finished product in our not very well lit hallway. 

The finished product in our not very well lit hallway. 

Being an eager chef, we have so many kitchen gadgets and not enough room for them all.  I knew right off the bat that I wanted to turn this hutch into a little bar station.  This would free up two cabinets in my kitchen and I covet that much needed cabinet space.

I enlisted the help of my crafty mom, who is always doing some incredible home project.  She's the paint master.  In all of our eagerness, I forgot to snap a before picture.  We started to disassemble the piece and midway through I remembered I had to take a before picture.  So, here is the top portion of the piece pre-renovation.  It has so much character!

Step 1: We gave her a good coat of Kilz to reluctantly hide that beautifully vibrant blue.

Step 2: Choosing a color.  Most items in my house are neutral.  I'm forever drawn to black and white, calm beiges, and greys.  For a girl who really loves so much color, somehow my little apartment has developed a spectrum of all of the colors of a rainy day.  

50 shades of grey.  And a brightly colored attire.

50 shades of grey.  And a brightly colored attire.

I chose this classic  Rock Gray from Benjamin Moore.

Step 3: Is it obvious?  PAINT!

Notice the shutter doors in the bottom right...

Notice the shutter doors in the bottom right...

My cute painting partner.

My cute painting partner.

Step 4: After the paint had dried and we added a matte finish, it was time for the fun details. Knowing this was going to be a bar station, I wanted to incorporate that into the design somehow.  My mom had the great idea of using corks as some of knobs. 

Mama in action.

Mama in action.

Cork handles couldn't possibly be any easier.  All we did was screw the screws (that sounds weird...) directly into the corks.  We went with champagne corks since their unique shape creates more of the knob shape we were wanting.  So easy.  I almost am tempted to replace every knob in my house with these.  And did I mention the free cost as well?

Step 5: For the double drawer handles (is this the correct term?  I'm not a hardware person, clearly...), I wanted to use some rope.  I've got a thing for rope.

Experimenting...

Experimenting...

Which one is better?

Which one is better?

We had a lot of trouble deciding between the two styles of rope handles.  I think I prefer the knot for looks, but ultimately we chose the more simple first style for practicality.  The simple version is less likely to fray over time.  They both are too cute, though!

Step 6: This piece has a backing on the top portion that I wanted to dress up.  Remember the polka dot wallpaper from the before picture?  We took a trip to the fabric store and I fell in love with every single piece of fabric in the store.  This is typical for me.  

Since my general apartment theme is so neutral, I decided I wanted to go with a pop of color.

I LOVE IT.

I LOVE IT.

Hot gluing is a tedious thing!

Hot gluing is a tedious thing!

Step 7: Remember the cute shutter doors?  I liked those, but I wanted to see the contents of my shelves, so we removed the shutters and added chicken wire.  I forgot to take pictures.

My helpful mama, doing some touch-ups before calling it a day.

My helpful mama, doing some touch-ups before calling it a day.

There she is in all her glory!  I adore the finished product.  It totally fits with my French-modern-rustic vision for my little home.  I now have a new space for concocting cocktails this summer, storing my cookbooks, and excess glassware that doesn't fit in our kitchen cabinets.  Adorable and practical... can't beat that!  And now, I'm off to reorganize those kitchen shelves that the hutch freed up!