Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The end of the Give-Away & A New Hutch

My latest & greatest project...

This piece was inspired by something I saw in a warehouse recently.  It looked a lot like this ~ grungy, industrial & very well-used.  The cabinets & drawers were especially gunky, due to all of the grease-worn hands that had handled them on a regular basis.  So I went extra heavy on the distressing/glazing on these cabinets & doors to get that look.
The hutch started out like this.  It is solid wood.  The mirror was damaged, but the dust you see is all mine :)  I removed the mirror for prepping, priming, painting & distressing.
This lovely blue (a bit lighter than the Carolina blue I shared earlier!) is what I started with.  I'm slowly learning to trust that it is all going to turn out ok when I start with a bright color like this.
See what I mean?
This is the closest thing that I have to a 'before' shot of the dresser.  It was FILTHY.  We picked it up from a craigslist ad.  I don't watch a lot of tv, so I've never actually seen the show "Hoarders" but from what I've heard about it, I felt like we were in a live episode.  It was so sad, y'all.  We had to move multiple pieces of furniture just to get to the piece, and then unload boxes & boxes of things from it & around it to get it ready to move out.  When I removed the interior drawers (hiding behind those cabinet doors) I found that we had missed some things that were stuck behind the drawers~ old football programs, poems, pictures, etc.  All things that were once treasured by someone.  So I loaded them up and took them back to the home where we purchased the piece.
This piece was done in stages, as I had trouble removing the hardware (it was stripped and rusted) and had to get my husband to help me with it!
I love love love how the distressing turned out.  Don't worry, I finished the job on the sides of the drawers!

It is hard to tell in the pictures, but the original holes for the hardware were crooked.  Like, really crooked.  So I tried to fix them by drilling new holes, which was more successful on some drawers than others.  The hardware I chose in going for the industrial feel is actually from the new Martha Stewart line at Home Depot.  Have you seen the new display?  It is odd, how nice it is, in the middle of HD!

Now can you see how crooked it is?  Still trying to decide whether to let it be, or start over on all of them!

And now, onto the Big Give-Away!  I am so excited that tonight is the night!!  In an hour & a half (midnight EST), the contest will be closed.  Everyone who is a follower will be entered, and everyone who commented on this post will get an additional entry.

What might you win?

One of these wonderful magnetic boards!  You choose the fabric covering, color of the frame & size (either 3' X 4' or 2' X 3').  I'm even going to throw in a set of 12 Mighty Magnets Cubes from The Container Store.  I can't wait to announce it tomorrow!!

As of now, there are 139 followers and 26 comments on the give-away post.  Yay!!

A million thanks to all of you who have joined me on this adventure.  I am having so much fun, I hope you are too!


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  1. Hi Kathie, thanks so much for visting my blog and becoming my newest follower...I am very glad to have become your newest follower your work!

    xx Karen

  2. This looks so unique and rustic. Great job of course! Cant wait to see what is next.

  3. Oh my goodness...I absolutely LOVE the way this came out!! The color and glaze are perfect. It looks so unique and rustic.

    Great job!!