The Project is completed. Hurrah! My parents purchased this hutch in the early 70's and then passed on to me about a decade ago. A lovely little piece but my, that dark 70's brown felt dreary. However, a few coats of primer and some Antique White paint resulted in a whole new look. Not to mention help from the new hardware that I spent a small fortune on. Sigh. (But aren't they perfect?)
There are still some small imperfections (slightly wonky cabinet doors, scuffs and divots from the years, less than perfect paint job...), but I'm viewing them in favor of an "it lends charm" theory. I am debating whether or not to lightly distress the hutch. Maybe a little on the edges or leave it as is? Any thoughts?
See that little door on the side? The "rabbit door" was the genius of my father. When my folks first bought this hutch, they received a good bargain as there was a hole kicked in the side. So, why not trim it out and put a door on it?
The little door was magical as a child. There was always a recliner blocking it from view, so if you scurried behind you could open it in secret. And if you were really lucky, there would be treasure waiting. Usually, a box of butter mints.
All these year later, I have great affection for this quirky little hutch. I had such fun filling it and everything looks new and fresh against the creamy white. Isn't Grandma's soup tureen lovely up top? And while china and crystal seem to be outdated for brides these days, the women in my family all gathered up a set when they married. True, it mostly sits and looks pretty these days, but my mother assures me I'll be glad I have it in the future. I do still love it.
Overall, I'm quite satisfied. There is only one thing that I will have to remedy quickly ... a trip to the store to purchase some butter mints!