Our next project

June 23, 2008 at 6:51 pm 5 comments

I took a vacation day today so Alex and I could spend our second anniversary together. We slept in, had a late breakfast, and then took a leisurely walk around Old Hyde Park Village. His schedule is so crazy that we no longer take quiet, simple days like this for granted. 

While we were in Hyde Park, we decided to stop by one of my all-time favorite stores, Anthropologie, to get some new knobs for our hutch.


When I lived up in Fernandina, I searched every antique store for months to find the perfect (affordable) hutch. Then right before I moved to Tampa, my mom learned that her friend was getting rid of a bunch of furniture, including a hutch, and she wanted to know if I would like it. For free.


So funny how things just fall into place sometimes.


The hutch is great. It’s huge and sturdy with three big glass doors and tons of storage space. But the dark wood and bronze hardware just isn’t our style.

hutch close up

We’ve had “redo the hutch” on our project list for ages, and we finally took the first step today by switching out the hardware. We replaced the top door knobs with these…

new hardware 

…and replaced the knobs on the bottom of the hutch with these…


Because the old hardware was larger than the new, our next step will be to fill in all those extra holes with putty. Then we’ll sand, prime and paint the whole piece. The hutch is so large and heavy with so much glass that it’s going to be a huge project. One we’ll likely need a whole uninterrupted weekend to complete.

I’m leaning toward painting it white with a contrasting color for the back wall of the inside, but I’ll probably change my mind a million times before we actually get around to painting it.


Entry filed under: Family/friends, Look what I found, Things and stuff, Vintage/antiques.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sandra :)  |  June 23, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    Happy 2nd anniversary!

    I think your china cabinet would look quite lovely done in white … or that sanded down white look with another color underneath. The new hardware is fantastic – I hope the knobs will stand up and demand equal attention to whatever paint job you decide on! I just got a dozen flamingo knobs in the mail today, so I’m going to be looking for a fun project to use them on 🙂

  • 2. alex  |  June 23, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    Can’t wait to give it a second life!

  • 3. Betty  |  June 24, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Great hutch! A contrasting inside would look amazing. I also have several pieces of furniture to refinish. It is really hard when you don’t have much space to paint and leave things to dry. I wish I had a garage!

  • 4. Rachel  |  June 25, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    Those knobs are awesome! It’s going to look great when it’s finished!

  • 5. Jenaveve  |  June 26, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Oooh!! I love these – and against a white (or other ‘neutral’ paint that you’re going for) they will really make a statement. Amazing what one little change can do for the whole look/feel of a piece. You’ve made me think about furniture a little different (I don’t often think about the individual bits that can be changed) – thanks.

    And hope you enjoyed your second anniversary – it sounds like it!


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