I always make a point to stop and window shop at DIVISION IV, a beautiful community based home goods store in the Fairmount area of Philadelphia. I have been eyeing their Blue Hutch for over a year, an absolutely stunning salvaged cupboard from Westbury College paired with gorgeous reclaimed Fir countertop. For a pretty penny of $700, I could have made it mine a million times over, but of course -- I never had that extra kind of cash lying around. I wanted that damn hutch so bad, I will be honest and say I literally dreamed about it. With it's nod to mid century style tapered legs, sea blue color and sliding glass storage... I could not stop thinking about it!
Scanning Craigslist's "for sale" sections is a fun past time for me, I usually keep an eye out for both Philly listings AND the North Jersey listings since I have the best parents in the world, willing to drive an hour here or there in NJ to pick up a dusty CL find for me. (Love ya Mom & Dad!)
I always have a couple of pieces I'd like to find or replace in the back of my mind while scanning, and of course, you already know, I was looking for a hutch that I could re-create as my own, inspired by the piece at Division IV.
Upon my scanning one day, I came across this incredible 1950's metal hutch! I have never seen such an interesting shaped cabinet. I fell in love with the sliding glass cupboard, the speckled laminate countertop and of course -- those tapered legs. I knew it would be a project to get it where I wanted it to be in my head, but I really wanted to give it a try.
An hour drive for my parents and $95 later, it was in my parents garage ready to be worked on.
Materials Used ⟶
- Rust-Oleum Painters Touch 2x Ultra Cover Paint & Primer - SATIN Vintage Teal
- Rust-Oleum Universal Advanced Formula - Paint & Primer - MATTE Iced Gray
- Rust-Oleum Specialty Metallic - Chrome
- Metal & Concrete Epoxy Glue
- Electric hand sander with 400-grit sandpaper
- Hand sanding blocks
- Painters Tape
Day #1 ⟶
Man this thing was N-A-S-T-Y. Years of build up, rust, contact paper (seriously, F contact paper. 60-year-old contact paper residue is painfully hard to remove) was caked on, and took an entire day of cleaning, sanding and smoothing out before even the thought of paint. Boring!
Sanding, sanding, sanding away. Oh and this Goof Off Lift Off stuff REALLY WORKS!
First was spraying the silver elements of the look. The spice rack connection, the *working* light, and the countertop trim. First off, who knew that you can't get a reflective "chrome" finish from spray paint? This girl didn't know. I hated the silver when it first went on, but after much research about the cost and efforts of "chroming" something, I started to like the tin-colored spray a bit more. I was extremely happy once I noticed the brass coloring on the trim could be hand sanded off, and while a labor in istelf, I was pleased I didn't have to tape off and spray that portion of the piece. I was already sprayed-out and had not even sarted the major parts yet.
I knew that the main thing that attracted me to the Division piece was the color. I wanted that striking blue to come through on my piece. I was terrified of spray paint, so I researched other methods and womp... spray paint came out as the obvious best option for a metal piece. I probably watched 10 YouTube videos of spray painting techniques to prepare myself for the task.
For some WILD reason, I decided to paint the inside of the piece a different color (frost gray) thinking that wouldn't pose difficulties and issues on that task alone. Don't do this, unless you enjoy spray painting or pulling out your hair in frustration.
I started with the top half of the hutch, and worked my way to the lower cabinet.
I started spraying the inside with white, waited about 4-ish hours for it to dry, taped it off with cardboard and painters tape in effort to protect the white and of course, we had a few issues. The tape ripped off some of the white and I missed a few spots while attempting to block off the inside. Whoops.
The blue was going on beautifully though, and I was extremely happy with the results. It was all about moving in slow shifts, allowing for each light layer to dry before adding more paint. I had a few pools here and there, but nothing too noticible. Yay!
Rain was in the forecast for the next day, so I really wanted to get as much spraying done as I possibly could. Using a flashlight, not the best or most accurate method, but it worked.
Day #2 ⟶
I had to move my project into my parents garage for Day #2. While it wasn't pouring, it was too wet to risk working in the yard.
Under the cover of the garage, I did some touch ups on the main base cabinet, and happily discovered that under all the grit and grime built up on the tapered legs, they had gorgeous silver caps!
I purchased this Loctite Epoxy for metal & concrete and it seemed to work. Of course while loading the car the next day to take the hutch to Philly, the leg snapped off again. We got another tube, did another round of gluing, left it for 24 hours to set and turned it over. It's been fine ever since ... fingers crossed ... !
Last step was the hardware. I purchased some mid-century-esque pulls from Home Depot, but when I put them on, they looked incredibly flashy. The original hardware was really beat up and had a weird brassy film that took forever to sand and polish off, but once they were actually on I really appreciated having the original hardware kept with the piece.
That was it -- the final step! We loaded the car and headed to Philly for the hutch's forever home. While I still love the masterpiece from Division IV, I really enjoyed having a hand in creating my own inspired piece that I smile at every single day. Thanks for sticking through this blog, this was my first big-time Craigslist refurbish and am so damn happy with the results!
On to the next one . . .
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