Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Remember this dark coloured hutch thingy that was going to get a makeover? Well it has!
After taking the glass doors off to paint and then deciding they could stay off and they could take their vertical supports with them (after checking with Mr Fish who said they were allowed to go too), it looks a lot more open and different.
The vertical pieces were surprisingly easy to remove with a bit of tapping using a rubber mallet (thanks Mr Fish) and the shelves had hardly any damage to them where they were nailed in.
After coating the top half in a generous slather of zinser and filling in a few nail holes we were ready for painting. ( I did the painting in top half and bottom half to break it up a bit)
A couple of coats of Antique White USA in a semi gloss and the transformation was almost complete. Add in a few new door knobs and a nice bit of duck eggy looking blue to the back of the shelves and we have ourselves a new looking display piece which is now conveniently located under a down light to give it a bit of a fancy look (pure chance that the down light thing happened, it was already there). I only put the pretty things on display as there was too much stuff and it was getting pretty crowded in there before, only the best op shopping finds made the cut!
(Don't tell Mr Fish that all his beery type stuff will not be going back on this lovely new looking hutch, he probably won't notice unless it's pointed out to him)


  1. Oooh, are those the sea urchin knobs from Anthro? I wanted those so bad but they only had 3 at the shop and I needed 4. (I am too cheap to buy online and pay shipping, lol!) They look lovely, as does your hutch. Amazing what a little paint and elbow grease can do, isn't it?!

  2. Hi Tara, the knobs I found are from Ebay! They are ceramic ones that are white with blue patterns painted on them. They are all a bit different and are hand painted (so I'm told anyway)but they suit the new look hutch and give it a lovely fresh look. thanks for the comment!

  3. Hi Joely, I've wandered over here from the Meet Me At Mikes forums and have spent the last 1/2 hour or so perusing your lovely blog! I adore natural sea items like shells and coral so your blog has me oohing and aahing! I'm especially jealous of your framed sea fan. Good job on the hutch makeover - it looks like a completely different piece of furniture. I had to chuckle at your Mr. Fish's beery stuff...we have a bit of that going on at my place too! Oh, and before I forget, your blog banner is gorgeous (Ahh, sandy track to the beach) and your girls are way too cute!

  4. Oh wow! That is some fabulous transformation! I so want one like that.