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Guest Project – Old Hutch to Fabulous Beadboard Shelf!

  I’m Charity, and a fairly new blogger.  Come for a visit at All Things Beautiful.

Thanks goes to Jen for accepting me to be a guest on her blog!  It’s really too bad I couldn’t get on here sooner, as I have had too much time on my hands wondering what kind of project I could show you.  My mind was full to the point of overwhelmed, when I finally came to the realization that I just need to pick SOMETHING and do it!!

So I was drawn back into finally finishing one of my projects!  my very first one in fact for my blog.  

It all started with me being inspired by a fellow blogger, scouring my basement to find something to makeover, and I came across this:

It was the hutch for a dresser I bought off Kijiji for my daughter’s room.  Whoever painted it this terribly streaky brown must be controlled!  But I snatched it for it’s potential.  Although I have to say it sat in my daughters room (attached to the dresser) for a year before I got sick of the ugliness and moved it to the basement.  I had plans to paint it white, but…. excuses, excuses…

Anyways, with new hope for this piece I cut it in half on a table saw.  The piece in the front ended up becoming a bench for my kids playhouse.  You can see it here.  I am focusing on the piece in the back now.  I knew exactly what I wanted it for.

I primed it.  I can’t even tell you with what because it was just something my husband had.  It’s latex at least.

I used a jig saw for the first time, and cut the side to make it prettier!

Then I painted the inside of the boxes blue.  This is a can of paint I had leftover.  I love the cool feel of the colour.

I love bead board as I am sure lots of you do too.  So I had to add some of that.  I used a table saw to cut the pieces to fit the area I wanted.

I glued the bead board on with No More Nails Glue.
I wanted my shelf (I just gave it away!) to have hooks, but I couldn’t find any that were cheap enough for my liking… until I went in the hardware aisle at Dollarama!  They were perfect!  And only $1.25 for 2.

I painted them with black spray paint.  The kind you don’t need primer for (that’s my kind all right!).

See how much prettier they are now!
Then I painted everywhere else on the shelf with just a matte latex stark white colour.

Ta Da!

Now, here is the part I haven’t finished yet, see the white line at the bottom under the bead board.  I have to caulk it so you don’t see the gap.  And besides the fact that I haven’t hung her up yet is also incomplete… but hey, that won’t stop me from taking a few shots of how it will be.

Can I just say, this is no small piece of furniture!  I had to use every arm and neck muscle to hoist this up on my dresser to get a few pictures.  Needless to say it will be secured to the wall into the studs!

So, does anybody have a hutch they feel like chopping in half now?
Here’s a quick peek at some of my other projects, feel free to stop by and take a closer look!
Thanks so much for having me share my fun Jen!  And thanks to all your readers for taking a peek!
Thank you Charity! Beautiful project!
I need to try that No More Nails product! I love the beadboard you added and the hooks. It is wonderful!!

You will love Charity’s blog. Another project that I loved of hers is her Meal Planner Menu Board:


Be sure to stop by All Things Beautiful and say hi!


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  2. How great the cabinet has turned out! the color is great too! I like it! Thanks for sharing this 😀

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  3. Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage says:

    This is spectacular!! :)

  4. Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage says:

    This is spectacular!! :)

  5. Elizabeth says:

    I love it!! It's so beautiful and fresh looking. I'd buy that in a store. :)

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  8. Just love the bookshelf!! Good job!

  9. Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com says:

    Hi Jen, I love this. It turned out beyond amazing. We just did our home office in beadboard and I love it. I know I have some scraps I just have to use on something! Love your blog girl. It is always wonderful to visit.

  10. Heidi@Mommy Tools says:

    I love the hutch redo! And the color is so fun!

  11. That "E" makes my mouth water.
    I have a hutch in "terrible streaky yellow".

    That menu board is a "must-do" for Xmas gifts.

  12. Sue (Someone's Mom) says:

    What a great idea! It turned out beautifully. Can you really put gumballs in your daughter's room and have them not all be gone in 24 hours?

  13. Christine says:

    Simply adorable!

  14. I have a hutch that has been sitting in my garage that I have wanted to cut like this…. just too chicken. This post is helping me get my courge up.

  15. That is beautiful!

  16. Tania Grim says:

    Im so excited I actually have this exact hutch . Im so doing this project. I think dark brown with a burgandy . maybe a fall project. Love all your ideas!

  17. Lynn from For Love or Funny says:

    So clever! I'm inspired by your creativity!!

  18. eye_on_sparrow says:

    That is a beautiful and clever transformation. I see another cute project for the piece you cut off.

  19. Becolorful says:

    So much eye candy here I don't know where to begin. I never would have thought to remake that hutch top like you did. Then I adore the colors you chose to paint it. I also smiled with the little yellow framed 4. So cute. Well pulled together look.

  20. Oh, my gosh, is that ever cute!!!

  21. Kelli @ RTSM says:

    Very cute! I love the beadboard detail!

  22. grammy and papi says:

    How cute. You not only did a great job with the makeover, but I love the items on the new shelf!!

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  23. Lindsey @ Inspiring Creations says:

    I love how it turned out! It looks great! :)

  24. Laura @ Ms Smartie Pants says:

    Wow what imagination you have!!! I wouldn't have ever thought of turning it an cutting it in half. It looks amazing!

  25. That is adorable. These are the moments when I think how fun it would be to have a sweet little girl's room to decorate….

  26. Nina Patricia @ The Adventures of Nina Patricia says:

    I need one too! she did such a great job, and that meal planner would be fantastic in my kitchen!

  27. Super cute job on the hutch. Now I wish you were my neighbor so I could ask you to cut things for me. I'm afraid of power tools that could cut your fingers off. :)

    Off to check out your blog!

  28. ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com says:

    That turned out great! You had me at "I cut it in half!". Love it! The blue boxes really pop and the beadboard and painted hooks really complete it.


  29. Beth McC. says:

    What a great post! I got some great ideas!! I love that blue paint!! Thanks!

  30. I love this shelf! It is exactly what I need by the front door!! I have a new project! Thank you!

  31. I love this shelf! It is exactly what I need by the front door!! I have a new project! Thank you!

  32. Ashley @ Bride on a Budget says:

    That shelf looks absolutely wonderful!