The Kitchen Hutch that Made me Cry Take 2

First off, if you want background check out THIS post first. It explains my frustration with this dang piece of furniture.

 I wanted a piece of furniture to be able to put the mail on and store some stuff in my kitchen.  I found this piece at the thrift store and got it for $90 bucks.  Pretty expensive I'd say for what it is at a thrift store...but I had been looking for something for awhile so I just went ahead and got it.

I took it back to my dad's workshop

And spent a LOT of time trying to get all the old ugly paint off.

These doors? Yeah, a big pain in my batoochie. I had intended to keep them so I spent a lot of time stripping them and trying to repaint them....and then the paint didn't go on nice so I just decided to nick them.

Looking a little better now! Got a nice coat of red paint (don't look too close on the inside I ran out of paint)

Here it is all put together in the kitchen. I decided to just leave the doors off and bottom open and got baskets to put in the inside. 

To tell you the truth.....I still don't really like it. BAH. I think it's still a for my taste? With the decorative trim on the top. And the first coat of paint I put on I didn't have a roller so I really messed it up from the beginning, so it still doesn't look super finished. 

I do have a spot for my mail now...and some cute votives I covered in Washi Tape....but I don't know how long I will keep it around. I kind of feel obligated to now that I spend that much time and money on it. 

True story:
Walking through target the other week I saw this gorgeous red cabinet for only $150
I may or may not have gone up to it on the shelf, shaken it back and forth, and yelled "WHERE WERE YOU 2 MONTHS AGO!!!!"

Alas.  Thoughts? Is it as bad as I think it is? I feel like I'm so invested in it now I can't even tell. 

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  1. I think it looks very nice. But if you really don't like the decorative shelf on top then I would say ditch the top shelf part. Then with the square knobs you have, and maybe a darker color paint on the inside of the bottom shelves (or patterned shelf paper?) I think you would have a pretty modern looking piece of furniture. But either way I think it looks great! Awesome job!

  2. Sometimes the more time I invest in a project, the more I hate it. I feel your frustration!

  3. I think it's cute but if you really don't like it, sell it and buy the Target one! :)

  4. I think it turned out just lovely! You did a good job :)

  5. it's DONE! And you should be proud :) I totally understand the feeling too - I re-did my kitchen table a while ago and it still had the "country shape" - that I couldn't do anything about. I honestly think yours looks cute though!!

  6. I really like it, I think u did a good job! I like that u left the shutters off & used baskets, also, maybe u could stencil it! I just spent $25 on hutch from craigslist, needless to say, it was MUCH nicer in the pics, it needs MAJOR TLC too, I have a feeling I'll be kickin & screamin b4 its all over with lol!(:
    -Carrie Eve @

  7. Oh, I would totally given that cabinet at Target a good talking to! Sit on it a while and then maybe see about taking the trim or the whole top shelf off. Maybe some dark wax would make the paint flaws less noticeable.

  8. Love this. It is really cute. I also love your link party. I have a Blog Hop on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this post tomorrow. You can find it at
    It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  9. Aww!! I love that!! It's gorgeous! I would totally keep that! :)

  10. Love the red and love it with baskets instead of doors. Nice addition.

  11. I like it! I love the baskets too. Sit with it for a while.... try it without the top if you can't get past it.... maybe keep the top and paint the back of it a different color? I know what you mean though.... I think I've done this with most projects except one. Great job!

  12. Oh so much better!! Love the baskets in place of the doors! Someone else said what I was thinking...what about taking the top part off and doing a glaze? Try the glaze on the back first to see if you'd like it maybe. It is really much better, good job!

  13. Turned out great. The top keeps it country & you might like it better if you ditched that part. I'm in the process of re-doing my china cabinet of 25 years & will be removing all the wavy edging that makes it too country for my taste now.

  14. If the top shelves are removable, you should have Shawn hang them somewhere for extra wall storage. The ruffle on top might not bother you as much up high. If you can't take it off, maybe put some framed pictures on the top of the shelf so you can't see the top edge as easily! :)

  15. i think it looks great i'm so lazy i probably would have put a white primer over it and paint it lol. If you want to make it less country you should add some wallpaper to the shelves in a fun and funky print

  16. I so sympathize with not wanting to change something because of the time you put into it, I've been there. And it sucks. I wonder if you could get the country-ish thing at the top off somehow? It might be a separate piece that could be sliced off. Good luck!!

  17. You did a great job!! Love the red! I just painted all the cabinets in my laundry red ...then accented with yellow and turquoise!! I could now live in my laundry room...the red makes it such a happy room!! Drop by if you get a chance to check it out!! Headed to prowl around your blog for a bit!! Visiting you from linky party Serenity Now.

  18. Maybe if you stenciled it with a damask pattern in a slightly darker color it would cover up the imperfections? I think it's pretty but it just needs a LITTLE somethin' somethin' =)

    Good job though! I wouldn't be able to handle it!

    Sending you sunshine,


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