Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Shabby Hutch Makeover: My First DIY Project!

While out thrifting one day, I came across this beauty! Ha! I've been so inspired by all the DIY projects I've seen on so many blogs lately and thought to myself: "Hmm...maybe I could do one!" It was only $15, and they were very clear to indicate that price was for "As Is" condition!
Yikes! So I headed to Walmart for paint, sponges and new hardware. After an amount of time that I will not disclose, this is what I ended up with:

I'm pretty happy with it...for my first time, that is!
I took out the drawer guides and the remainders of the broken drawer to make a bookshelf.
I used a vintage handkerchief to try and draw attention away from the missing drawer corner. It's not as noticeable in reality when one is not zooming in with a fancy camera.

I decorated it with some of my favorite things. At the top, I arranged some of the members of my baby planter collection. I got the idea for this collection from Two Crazy Crafters!Here are a few vintage items I picked up at a recent church yard sale along with a special picture my friend made of us at her bridal shower (in my blonde days!):
This is the Bible my parents bought me when I was two. It is displayed on a vintage dress that I found at an antique store and is guarded by this sweet little angel, Hope. You can read more about her here.
These are some beautiful flowers I brought home from the market last week, along with a picture of my great-grandmother when she was a young girl and a pressed butterfly that my Mom put in the Bible above when I was little.
I really like how it turned out and am excited to tackle something else now! I have a piano that really needs to be done...but not so sure I'm brave enough for that one yet!

Linking up with:
Punkin Seed Productions


  1. What a gem you found and you really did give this old cupboard a new life! Sarah! Is there anything you can't do!

  2. Fabulous First!!! Love all your little treasures nestled in there too! Happy WW!

  3. You did a fantastic job, sugar. Yep, for your first makeover from a piece of junk, it's truly awesome, chick...

  4. Curtains In My TreeSeptember 1, 2010 at 9:22 AM

    Wasn't that fun? And it turned out soooooooo good!!!!.Way to go.

    Now you will be ready for the next project.


  5. Now this is just amazing...you did such a nice job. It is just beautiful.
    You should link this with Between Naps on the Porch for MET MONDAY. It's perfect !!
    xo bj

  6. Wow Sarah, that turned out AWESOME!! I love it!

  7. Great job-you did it-now you're ready for more!

  8. That looks awesome!! It's beautiful! I so want to go find something ugly and turn it into gorgeous now. Hmmm - I do have that old table...

  9. that an owesome job, sarah..
    i really inspired.

    it's very beautiful,
    lovin' it..


  10. owesome!
    it turned out very beautifully..


  11. Wonderful!!!! I love what you did with it! The laces draped on it are just perfect too. I love your Bible...it's so sweet there.
    Thanks so much for linking up with me for Pearls and Lace!!! I love your blog! Great job!!!
    Blessings, Doni

  12. You did a beautiful job with this piece. I never would've thought to use the missing drawer space as a bookshelf. That's quite clever! Your baby collection is darling as well.


  13. I love it! Esp. using the empty drawer space as a bookshelf - kind of genius! I would have passed it by because of the missing drawer, now I'm inspired. Thanks for a great idea!

  14. Well, for your first project I'd say you did a great job!! Looks like you've been transforming furniture for a long time. I love the way the piece turned out.:o)
    Congrats on a wonderful transformation.
    The Tattered Tassel

  15. Sarah- you did a wonderful job! Wow, what a transformation!

    Thanks for planting your creative seeds at Plant a Punkin Seed Party!


    Punkin Seed Productions

  16. Only your first DIY project? It looks wonderful - the hanky is inspired - you have a lot of possibilities opening up in front of you!

  17. Your first project turned out as expertly done!! I love your decorations you placed on the shelves.

  18. Wow!!! I really impressed. Love it and all your treasures!

  19. You did a fantastic job on this beauty? Way to go girl. . . Great find and great re-do. Thanks for sharing. Hope you will visit my blog. Karieschiccreations.blogspot.com

  20. This is a perfect example of something that most people would throw in a dumpster but to those of us who have vision, can save this piece and make it even grander then the original was.
    And that you did!! It is magnificent!! A truly fantastic job!!!


  21. I love your dresser make over. I am always too busy stitching to do anything like that!

  22. Great job, it looks so beautiful, bravo:)))
    Greetings from Europe, Biljana

  23. This is beautiful!! I m hosting a 50 dollar CSN Giveaway and would love for you to stop by. Thanks Anu!

  24. Hello,
    found your link on Kathleen's blog. As your first DIY project, it is amazing! The hankie and bookshelf were such clever ideas.

  25. Hi! I know this is awful late haha but I found this posting looking for some inspiration on a chest that I found that was missing a drawer, and I just wanted to let you know I'd like to use some of your pictures on my blog (as well as give you due credit) You can find me at www.somehowvintage.blog.com


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