|Project by gsimon||posted 01-12-2013 01:58 AM||3542 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
I purchased this old hutch from a family that had this in a barn to hold greasy tools and machine parts – it cost me $250.00
This one was good except it was too perfect. The reason i wanted one was for the family room. I tormented myself for a week on whether to remove the glass doors and stiles. It killed me to be suburban and utilize this for a family room but finally i have to come to terms with (A) there was no real inherit value in the piece – i think it’s Douglas Fir and it appears to be a common piece from the 40’s or 50’s and (2) the intended purpose of the piece. I had to get out of my mind all the other things this could be. I needed a piece for the family room so i relented. Either way if i fixed it up and sold it I would still need a piece for that wall.
I stripped it down completely, (still have the doors), added a small crown molding on top, and did repairs
Chalk painted it a black cherry, distressed it and minwaxed it. Distressing it was easy because i could see where it naturally was distressed from real age and use. This is all one piece by the way – it does not have a top and bottom. It was very heavy and too convoluted to cut in half and design to be slip fit or match up again
I’m very eager to start building furniture so I’m really taking the opportunity to analyze how these older pieces are made up close and deconstructing the techniques
-- Greg Simon