Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Making Room in the Workshop

For the past few weeks, I haven't had a whole lot of free space in my basement workshop.  This latest project of mine is so big ... it was in the way of everything.  Now that I'm finished, and I had The Husband's help to load it up and move it to my shop, the workshop seems so much bigger now!

What was once a dated, but hefty, solid wood dining hutch ... is now a stylish, colorful flat-screen TV cabinet.  (The TV in our family room sits in a converted hutch.  You can see it HERE.)

I knew from the moment I saw this hutch sitting on the sidewalk at Goodwill that it would be perfect for a TV cabinet ... but it's classic, 1970s style wasn't part of the picture.

The doors were the first thing to go.  I installed trim to cover where the hinges had been.  New wood panels fill the sides where glass was originally.

With these modifications made, now what color should it be?  I knew that I wanted to use two colors of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, so I stared at my handy color chart for inspiration.  (seen in THIS post)  Initially, I was drawn to Chateau Grey and Duck Egg ... but my new can of Olive was the winner.  I am continually amazed at how much I love the way ASCP colors combine with each other.  (I don't think I've found a bad combination yet.)

The original door pulls look like door knockers from a medieval castle ... they're gone now, too.  In their place, I found knobs at Hobby Lobby that are perfect!  Look how well they coordinate with the Duck Egg.

Inside those doors are two drawers and LOTS of storage space.  Everything in this hutch shows quality materials and construction ... dovetailed drawers!

At the shop, The Husband and I rearranged a few things to make this baby fit.  As tall as it is (7 feet!) the footprint is surprisingly small ... four feet wide.  That's a lot of function in a relatively small space.  The TV space is wide enough to easily fit a 42" television.

Why settle for ordinary television furniture?


  1. This is beautiful. Duck Egg Blue is my favorite color and I just picked up some olive yesterday and can't wait to try it.

  2. What an beautiful transformation! You've inspired me to be on the lookout for something I can transform for our TV. :)

  3. We have an ordinary looking TV piece of furniture for our flat screen and I don't like it at all. Would much prefer something eye catching like the look you have created...

  4. That cabinet looks tons better now. Love the colors you chose.

  5. Connie, this is gorgeous. Love the color combo. Thanks for sharing at Wow.

  6. You did one heck of a job with that!
    xo, misha

  7. That's a huge transformation!

  8. Your vision is amazing. I look at that sitting in front of GW and think...gawd that's see this gorgeous thing! I LOVE it...the colors are amazing. hugs, Linda

  9. Excellent job on the transformation!
    I so admire people that can look at one thing yet see it differently in their mind and can see the potential of it.

    I hope it sells quickly!

  10. GORGEOUS!!!!!!!
    Love the color combination and you are so right about Annie's paints blending well.
    This baby should sell ..sel..sell!

    Janet xox
    The Empty Nest

  11. Now I remember ow we hooked up! You and I have the same china cabinet!!! Love your take on it! - Susan

  12. Ohh I love that color combination! Lovely piece for sure.

  13. Great vision and a cool color combination too! Thanks so much for sharing!

  14. Talk about an update from the 70's! Beautiful color combination you selected, I love it!

    Thanks for linking up to my weekly Chalk Paint Link Party!

  15. I love this color combo of duck egg blue and olive...I have to start searching for a Goodwill hutch of my own to paint!
    Thank you for the Sunday morning inspiration!


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