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  • Vineland, NJ

The Ugly Duckling

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3 Days
Medium

I just moved. Let me back track a little. I just moved into a house that was not the house I was supposed to move into. Originally, on the day I was to settle on the sale of my home, I was also supposed to settle on the purchase of my neighbor’s house. I had spent the better part of a month measuring, planning, and falling in love with the house. A week before settlement, I had to walk away due to the discovery of excessive mold and plumbing issues! Now I was going to be without a home for an undetermined amount of time. Lo and behold (God is good), the following week I stumbled across my current home and was only displaced for the month it took to get everything settled.
During my measuring, planning, and falling in love phase, I purchased a large hutch from our local thrift store. It was perfect for the neighbor’s dining room! Now, I needed to make if perfect for MY dining room! Thanks to Hometalk and Fusion Mineral Paint, I was able to transform this ugly duckling into the swan it was meant to be…

the ugly duckling

Before beginning the project, I laid out a plastic drop cloth and masked around the feet of the hutch.  This piece was so large that I just had the movers set it in place and I worked on it there.

the ugly duckling

I knew I wanted to give the piece an updated look.  After much time spent on Pinterest, I decided to remove the three, center, upper glass panels and the two, center, lower cabinet doors.  The screwdriver was able to accomplish most of the work, but there were pieces of blocking that were visible from the front once the panels were removed.  For this, I employed a hammer and a lot of patience!

the ugly duckling

To create a smooth appearance, I needed to fill in all of the holes from the hinges and magnets.  For this I applied plastic wood with my finger.  Once it dried, I sanded it until it was even with the wood surface.

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I removed the rest of the doors and hardware.  The glass and metalwork was removed from the doors as well. With a rag and my Krud Kutter, I thoroughly cleaned the entire piece (including doors, drawers, and inside the cabinets).  Be sure to have the room well ventilated because this stuff reeks!  Let the piece dry overnight.

The glass and metalwork was removed from the doors as well.

the ugly duckling

I couldn’t wait to dive in with the paint!  Truthfully, I had already experimented with one of the shelves.  The paint and finish was given to me through a collaboration between Fusion Mineral Paint and Hometalk.  It is only fair that I give an honest assessment of the paint, so here goes…I LOVE IT!!!  I am a novice at this.  As a matter of fact, this is my FIRST furniture painting makeover.  I was intimidated to say the least.  Anyway, it was all for naught.  The color was beautiful.  I used a brush, but once dry you could not detect any brushstrokes.  It dries to a beautiful, velvety flat finish. 

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One coat would have been acceptable, but I did not want to go through all of this trouble to find out that I should have done two coats.  This hutch took two jars to complete two even coats.  Since I have no previous experience with this kind of paint, I’m not sure if that is a lot or not, but frankly, I couldn’t be more satisfied with the results.

the ugly duckling

Let’s not forget the hardware and metalwork.  I moved into a 1980’s saturated home.  We spent two weeks removing wallpaper and carpet (mauve).  Most of the metal trims and fixtures were brass or goldtone.  My thought was to replace what I could with tones of flat silver (brushed nickel, pewter, etc).  The metalwork is what drew my eye to this hutch in the first place, so I had no intention of removing it.  Instead, I got out my trusty can of Rustoleum in Antique Pewter and sprayed all of the hardware and metalwork.  I had contemplated replacing all of that hardware but once I saw how beautiful it came out, I decided to spend those dollars somewhere else.  At this point, I let the metal dry thoroughly.

the ugly duckling

It was time to apply the Fusion Mineral Beeswax finish to the unit and the doors.  This wax goes on like melted butter and it smells soooo nice!  It gives depth to the paint and also provides a protective coat.  I like the feel of the wood better with the finish on than without. I replaced all of the hardware and metalwork and then re-attach the doors!  This is the most tedious step, but because I was so close to the finish line, I didn’t mind at all. I went to three Home Goods stores and Hobby Lobby to finally zero in on the right bins for my hutch.  I couldn’t decide between metal & wood baskets, cloth baskets, or these galvanized bins.  Well, I guess I did finally decide and I really love the way they look. Decorating the shelves is a work in progress...several future projects will pay homage to my family.
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3 of 27 questions
  • Georgi Mortensen
    on Oct 6, 2018

    Did you put something on the bottom of the tins so they don't scratch the paint?

    • A
      on Oct 6, 2018

      No, but I am going to rub some beeswax on the.

  • Mary
    on Oct 8, 2018

    Did you paint under shelves,looks like I can see wood ?

    • A
      on Oct 8, 2018

      It all got painted. Photo taken before completing.

  • Karen
    Yesterday

    I love the results. You did a great job. Other than sanding the areas after you filled in the holes, did you have to sand the entire piece before painting?

    • A
      Yesterday

      Absolutely not. I've been living with this piece for almost 2 years now and the paint is still intact. Cleaning the surfaces was more important than sanding. If I were to do it again, I might sand horizontal surfaces that will have things placed on them - and also add an additional coat of paint to those surfaces...just for good measure.

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  • Sarge
    Yesterday

    I've found lately that I am growing to love various shades of grey and while I am still not (yet) on the "painting wood furniture" bandwagon this turned out absolutely beautiful. I love that you kept the side doors on the cabinet, the detail on the glass is nice.

  • Alina Stefanescu
    6 hours ago

     good job !

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