Saturday

DIYP#11 Reviving Furniture Your Sick Of

My Dining Room

This room was born from local garage and thrift stores! Every piece of furniture and most of the accessories are on their second life. 

I store all my dishes in here:


Used, but still useful:


Star ornaments and bandanas make for a fun summer table setting!


My chairs came from a consignment store and this trestle leg table dates back to the 1900's. It was a steal at $50 from an estate sale! I even got this flag centerpiece at a garage sale!


And now for my favorite piece in my dining room!

I get sick of my furniture. But before I toss it out, I always try repainting it. Sometimes I love it, sometimes, I toss it anyway.

This piece is lovely.  But there are emotional feelings attached to it. I wanted this hutch because I knew it would fit my space. I found it in the newspaper for a great price and the hubby and I went to look at it. I liked it.  He didn't.

We left without it.

The next day I had a miscarriage.  And so, as we grieved the weekend away, my hubby brought it home to me.  And it's been in the same spot for three years.  And I've had the same thing on it the whole time.

Before:


Yes, that's a Christmas village.  I leave it up year round for the festive feel.  And because I'm too lazy to box it up.

I've grown tired of the honey-stain on this piece. Every time I mention replacing it, my hubby agrees. "But it's my miscarriage piece," I always whine.

He nods as if he understands what in the world that had to do with this pre-owned hutch.

I did not even sand or prime the sucker.  (I did use very high quality black enamel chip-proof paint from Sherwin Williams, so the first coat serves as a great primer!)


There are probably a lot of different ways to attach the paper.  I used double-sided tape because I wasn't sure about making it permanent.  I think decoupaging over the paper would seal it nicely. I bought 12x12 sheets and only had to trim off a little of the edges.



I have a thing for white china.  I gathered all my mismatched plates and serving pieces and placed them on the shelves.


After:



And I've fallen in love again with this special piece of furniture!

Check out Kelly's Korner for more appetizing dining rooms!

145 comments:

Nancy said...

Wow! Beautiful! I wish I had your talent.

P.S. He loves you... said...

What a clever clever idea!
While visting my sister's I popped over to the Nester's and we are planning to flatter her and do a diyp!

I like what you did!

Ashley @ mrs007.net said...

OMG! I am so impressed!!! I love that scrap booking paper. It's so pretty! It makes me want to paint my entertainment center black. What an inspiration you are!

Marcy Writes-The Glamorous Life said...

Great job.
I have used the black paint trick on NUMEROUS pieces in my home to great results...you really can't mess this one up.

So excited you are gonna do a linky next week. I am dying to show a few of my things too!

Dawn said...

It looks terrific!

I painted my dining room hutch black last fall, too. My huby chose the piece when I selected my dining room table. He loved it. Me, not so much. So, he agreed that if we purchased it, I'd have the right at a later time to replace it if I ever found the *perfect* one. So, last year, I told him I wanted to paint it. I reminded him of his promise and then also pointed out that maybe I'd love it and he'd be safe from having to purchase one for me for awhile longer. We both love it - I think he even likes it more than I do with it's new black paint.

I "aged" mine by sanding the corners and edges, too.

Bubba's Sis said...

OMG I love it!!!!!!

Karen said...

Wow! Very chic!

Meredith said...

Great job! That looks beautiful.

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

Well, being that I am decoratively deficient, I am absolutely blown away at the idea. Scrapbook paper? Like wallpaper on furniture?

I stand amazed. Okay I'm sitting, but in my spirit, I'm standing amazed.

Beautiful!

mamajil said...

Oh I really like this!!
It turned out so pretty!

Peanut said...

I love it! What a great idea!! Now you totally have me eyeing up all my furniture to see what I can do with it... and I have SO much scrapbooking paper. I never thought to use it like that!
I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with next week.

MoziEsmé said...

Very pretty! Would never have thought to use scrapbooking paper! And a definite improvement over the Christmas village (though those are very cool at the right time of year . . .)!

Happy Mommy said...

Kristen, it looks beautiful! I did that last fall with our table and chairs and my hutch. I love it! I so need to do the paper think.

bunchofbull-ers! said...

Love it!! Hmmmm....certainly there is something around here that needs some shiny black paint?! The best part is no sanding or priming!! ;O)

Monkey said...

well done...

The Source said...

Well now, that turned out beautiful! I want to paint something! But I don't have a cool piece like that. :(

Jen said...

Whoa. I had my doubts as I got to the pieces of scrapbook paper, even though I loved the black. But the finished product is stunning! I just read "No Compromise Decorating" by Lynette Jennings yesterday, and plan to do some of the exercises in it. She would have loved this, and she's an expert! Way to go! It's gorgeous!
xox

Misty said...

Love it! I have a table that is begging for this type of "mistreatment" Black paint here we come!

Lisa J said...

Yep, another good one.

Carolina Mama said...

Just love it! Nice work!

Jennifer (Niffer) said...

It looks fantastic! I'm totally inspired! Hmmm....what can I repaint?

3boys247 said...

I love it. I have a coffee table that could use a facelift!

blessedwith5 said...

The process and result is impressive! Love the new look it has! Great job!

Heather said...

That looks great! I think you could have done one shelf in damask, one in stripes, and one in another pattern. Or just alternate the stripes and damask for some visual interest. Awesome job, The Nester is a great inspiration isn't she?!

Tales From the Eurovan said...

Wow! I didn't even know that kind of project could be accomplished without a degree in interior decorating! I am majorly impressed! I have the do-it-yourself abilities of a worm. Yeah, that just about sums it up. Take care, Julie

Robin said...

Wow, that looks amazing! What a difference a little paint and paper makes!

Cheri-Beri said...

That's extremely impressive!! I just wish my weekend wasn't already so full (in a good way) so I could attack something around the house.

I always say I can do anything - as long as someone has done it before me and I can copy them.

Judy said...

WOW - this is awesome! It totally makes me want to go shop the resale shops for some furniture, haha. Seriously, you took a decent piece of furniture and made it look top-notch. Well done.

Darla @ UltraBeautyBoutique said...

That is TOTALLY & EXACTLY Nester's....infact, I'm wondering if maybe, you errrr...uhhhh....oh just are pretending this is YOURS? Hmmm.... J/K

It's beautiful. I would love to do that but I have no hutch nor do I have pretty white creamy dishes, so I guess I'm out huh? Dang.

D... said...

It's stunning!! If only I could do something like that. The decorating gene completely missed me. But that? Is gorgeous! You did a great job.

Lynn said...

Really cute!

...and you still have time for blogging?!?!?!

Pregnantly Plump said...

That looks great! Very cool!

Annie said...

Great job!

I have seen the Nester's hutch and love it. I hate mine, and my dining room table and would love to give them a makeover - but I'm so scared I'll balls it all up - and so they stay, mocking me in all their ugly glory lol!

Twice Blessed said...

Kristen, how french of you. It looks lovely!

Qtpies7 said...

That is a great idea! I think I will concider it for a hutch I have in my garage. It isn't in great shape, but it was my husband's grandmother's. I want it for my daughters, but they are not ready for a home of their own. So, I may as well get some use out of it.

Tausha said...

Love it! i so want a hutch. More than any girl should want a peice of furniture.
Love the scrapbook paper with teh white plates! Classic!
You did fantastic!

Lisa Knight said...

Looks like it should be in the pages of Better Homes & Gardens! Loved the paper. Now I have to keep my eyes open for paper I like to cover my ugly built in book cases!

Meritt said...

Love it! I did the same thing to our 'old' dining room table about 2 years ago. I moved it downstairs to be my sewing and craft table but painted it black first. LOVE IT SO MUCH! Two years and I'm still not tired of it.

samsakara said...

Looks so very beautiful! You have such great ideas.

It All Started With a Kiss said...

Wow, that turned out great! There's no stopping a girl and her paint can.

LifeatTheCircus said...

Seriously, you never cease to amaze me. I know your all modest and say you copied, but still the fact that you would even attempt it and then you go and pull off this incredibly fancy piece. It is gorgeous. You have a great eye for this stuff!

The mom, the robot, and the dancer said...

You took one ugly little hutch (with much sentimental value, though, I'm sure) and made it so cute and hip! Beautiful job, and I can so follow you on the non-comittal paper. It seems like something you could almost "switch out" with the seasons. Love it!

Joy said...

I actually gasped out loud and hubby turned around to see what I was gasping about. BEAUTIFUL! I just posted on a piece I bought for my bathroom. It looks like a tiny version of your shelf... kind of... a little bit.

Everyone told me I should do what you just did and now that I see your finished work I AM GOING TO!

Crayl said...

That truly did change the whole look and feel, I love it.
Nice job, even if it was copying.

Heather said...

I LOVE it! I am so impressed! Now I wish I had a piece of furniture that I could try it on.

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

That looks FABULOUS!!! You did a great job! Can you come to my house?

Kim said...

That looks awsome. I wish I had as much vision as you. Even if I did see that on another web site I would never have thought I could do that.

Domestic Accident said...

Kristen, that is amazingly lovely. What a transformation.

You gotta stop with all this wonder woman stuff. You're giving me a complex!

Now excuse me, while I go look at my china cabinet. Seriously, no primer?

Good N Crazy said...

I guess you don't need my comments here, but fab anyway...

I wish i'd seen it before I wrote my next article for boutiqueflair.ning.com! It's all about refinishing something...but I was focusing on something small...and oh my gosh you went and did a big ole guy?! How many coats did you do and did you paint it or spray paint it!?!

Anne Elizabeth said...

My SIL Joy told me how amazing this came out so I had to see for my self. She was so right!!! It looks great!

THopgood said...

I don't impress easily..

Wow!

That is all...

WOW!

Blue Castle said...

I love paint! It's amazing how just a coat of black paint changed the entire look of your hutch. It looks fantastic. And yes, it also looks like you copied the Nester. But, I'm a copycat too, so I won't judge you. :)

Great job!

Shane said...

It looks fantastic!!! Like a brand new piece. Way to go!

Brown said...

My gosh, that is gorgeous! It's amazing how much a little paint and scrapbook paper changes the entire look of that piece. I love it!!

I've also been crafty with scrapbooking paper this weekend. Pictures are up on Adventures...
http://adventuresofbrown.blogspot.com

Colleen said...

Oh, I ♥ the after! GREAT JOB!

Valarie said...

Good job!!! I have my scrapbook paper up trying to decide which one to use. Then I went and looked at the Nester's site today and she changed her paper out and I think it is exactly the kind I need. So off to Hobby Lobby I go. :)

Bina said...

That is amazing! And how did you find the time to do that?? It's beautiful!

Screaming Meme said...

I love it! And i love the name of your blog! Too cute! Were the ones too! Screaming Meme

Jenni Hunt said...

Love it... and love the Nester too... Our neighbors are getting rid of a similar hutch - I might just snag it and paint it up... looks great!

Kimba said...

It's beautiful! It's amazing what a coat of paint can do. Great job!

Mrs. Querido said...

Gorgeous and stylish too! Love the damask paper...such pizazz!

fromthenarrows said...

IT is gorgeous. I would LOVE a hutch like that, even if I had to paint it too.
Susan

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

I am laughing at my blond moment. The Nester just posted her linky thing and yours is #1. I got here and saw 62 comments and thought OH MY....she has that many already in just 40 minutes. Love the hutch!!

Jane said...

Great job! I wouldn't seal that paper. It might be fun to change up the paper for the holidays?

Lady Dorothy said...

Beautiful! I'm just about to scrap paper the back of an old Italian hutch I inherited. Can't wait to see if it looks as good as yours!

abeachcottage said...

I love it too, I'm sure you've guessed that after all these comments lol!

I'm gonna dig in here and look for some more inspiration, I sure need it, glad I've found you

Sarah @ abeachcottage

Mom2my9 said...

Hey Kristen, I met up with you on Window Mistreatments! Since I see that you love carnivals as much as I do, I just wanted to let you know that I'm starting my own carnival tomorrow, Monday, in case you're interested. Thanks for your cute blog! Keep up the good work!

Bonita said...

Wow! What an amazing transformation! You did good, girlfriend!

Tara said...

Love it!

Tara said...

Love it!

The Nester said...

how, HOW are you always first on these things? You are like some speed dialing teenager that I always wish I could be.

your hutch looks better than mine!

Mrs. Jones said...

That looks incredible! Sooo much better with the black paint, too (I don't prime things either).

~Heather

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

That looks like an entirely new piece of furniture! I love how it turned out! Great job.

Blessings, Stacey

amariaf2000 said...

G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S. :-)
~angela
www.mccalled.com/peonypatch

Kendra said...

Wow, that looks beautiful. I mean BEE-U-TIFUL. All of my white platters are in cabinets. Hmmm... maybe I should scrapbook paper a hutch!

melissa*smith said...

The hutch looks fabulous and so classy~such a difference!

The Busy Blaine's said...

Great job!!! Love your blog and your ideas. Funny, I thought my family was THAT family :)

Mic In Tx said...

WOW! It looks great painted! I keep saying that I am going to tryin painting furniture and I alsway back out at the store and don't do it!

Darlene said...

OMG!!! It is gorgeous...you did a GREAT job!!!

mystele said...

lovely transformation!

Jo - To a Pretty Life said...

Wow, that turned out gorgeous! I'm a great copy-er too. If I had a china cabinet, I'd probably paint it black.

His Doorkeeper said...

Wow! I think you were very brave to paint and how wonderful it turned out! Congratulations! Great job!!

My Three Girls (The A girls) said...

Great job. I love it all. I think you should throw a dash of color n there. A`red something or black something or lemon yellow to give it a wow.

Amanda said...

Hahahaha Im laughing b/c you got in first at the Nestter-- :-)

Kelly said...

So chic! I love hutches, and I'm enamored with black paint, so I love your redone hutch! Looks beautiful!

~SaltySister~ said...

It is amazing! You have inspired me!

Meghan said...

So pretty!!!!

Deb said...

Wow that is amazing. Looks so much better. Enjoy it.

Kara said...

Love the transformation! Looks very "Martha Stewart"! Great Blog!
Kara-Texas John 3:30

Kira said...

What a great new look, FABULOUS update!

Katy Lin :) said...

ooooh! i love it! i need one! :)

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

Wow, what a transformation! And why on earth didn't someone tell me there is something called "chip proof paint"?? Ugh!! I'm in the middle of sanding and stripping a garage sale dresser so that I can paint it black...and NOW you tell me about this miracle paint!

~ Sarah

Christine said...

Wow! Awesome job. I have a dining set that I want to do something with and now I've go some inspiration. :D

deepfriedapplepies said...

WOW! That hutch looks awesome! I'm posting today on the very same type of project~ I LOVE IT!

Christy said...

I am so glad I just found your blog! Your title is great!

the hutch is beautiful, you did a very nice job. Isn't it amazing what a fresh coat of black paint can do? A total transformation!

southerninspiration said...

oh I DO love the look of it now....amazing transformation!!! Great job!

Suzanne

ellen said...

Love it!

Nicole said...

Wow, what a transformation. It looks incredible. I just love black paint, it makes everything look better. The picture at the bottom of your blog is priceless, I love it.

Josh & Katie said...

what a special thing your sweet husband did for you! high five to him!
I love the b/w and a goo did idea is meant to be shared! that's why the Nest rocks! way to go!

Meaghan said...

AAAUUUGGHH!!! that's awesome!!! and you're family campers!!!! my hubby worked at pinecove for 4 years!!! we left 2 years ago :-( how'd you get that PC button?

Jen r. said...

That looks so great! I do a lot of furntiure make voers and I think you really made the most of the piece! It's fabulous! Jen R

Katherine said...

That is such a BIG difference. Very elegant! Gorgeous!

Lalena said...

Beautiful!

Jenn said...

Great job!! I love the way it looks....

Hautemama said...

Wow - It looks great! I keep looking for a hutch to redo exactly the same!!! Great work!

Susan said...

I have just about that same buffet...the hutch part is...and I am so tired of it...figure I have another 20 yrs before I can paint it. MIL gave it to us, family piece that also has a table...solid oak...heavy...it's not my style and I can't do a thing with it...but maybe I can use the scrapbook paper...I've thought of that idea for a long time. And it's lovely.

Sandy Toes said...

That is one big project...that looks outstanding! I always admire this on the "nesting place"...I love the white dishes with the black cabinet. How inspiring you are!
Sandy Toes at www.shellinyourpocket.blogspot.com

Fran said...

You did a wonderful job....it's beautiful!

Frannycakes

Katrina Chambers said...

That looks great! Good job. I am in the process of painting my whole bedroom suit black - if I ever finish it! Love the paper background too :)

Lift Up Your Hearts said...

That REALLY fancied that furniture right up, didn't it?? Beautiful job!

The Uytioco's said...

This is gorgeous! I wish I had this much talent.

The Uytioco's said...

This is gorgeous! I wish I had this much talent.

Jill said...

I LOVE what you did with it!! Very creative!

Kristen, a.k.a. Frugal Girl said...

I've done that with a bunch of furniture from freecycle...isn't it AWESOME what a little black paint will do???

Timi said...

I know you know this already but..........it really does look great! I love your idea of using scrapbooking paper. I did the same thing but I used cardboard cut outs, attached fabric around the cardboard and shoved them in the back of my hutch shelves. Your way looks much easier. Not to mention paper patterns are sometimes easier to find what you like and TOTALLY less expensive.
Love the idea!
Timi

Amy Jo said...

wow. That is a giganticaly improvement over the wood color and the Christmas decorations. Totally classy now!

Amy Jo said...

wow. That is a giganticaly improvement over the wood color and the Christmas decorations. Totally classy now!

tommie said...

Visiting from the nester's....

This piece is absolutely gorgeous. I just ordered dining room furniture. I love the idea of the paper lining the back. So soon, I will be copying you.....well as soon as it gets here!

ThriftyDecorChick said...

Wow! Can't remember how I found this, but what a great transformation!! Great job!

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

gorgeous finds! LOVE the finished hutch!

Emily Arrison said...

I just saw your dining room post on the Kelly's Korner blog. I love your hutch transformation! The black and white paper is such a smart trick. I recently purchased a used hutch and painted the interior. Thanks for the inspiration.

-Emily

His Doorkeeper said...

Love what you did with a little black paint and some scrapbook paper! Clever!

Lyndsay said...

The hutch looks great!!!

Tara G. said...

LOVE the bandana idea and I'm going to use it! The cabinet looks very classy!

Sar(Mrs.Teddy) said...

Your room is great! I love the festive table set up! I love seasonal decorating as well! You did an amazing job on the hutch! I am inspired to make or redo a piece that I can't find a perfect one of for our nursery! Thanks for sharing!

Pamela said...

Love your hutch!

The Portman Family said...

What a cool idea with the paper! I love the black and white...I wish I had the patience you do anything like that!

The Carter Family said...

WOW! What a great room! I love "recycled" stuff. Ours is filled with pieces from various family members on my side and the hubs side. I don't think we bought anything in the room! Love your hutch, too!! Looks awesome!

Thanks for sharing!!

Elizabeth said...

Wow - I love that hutch. It's great!

Kari said...

I love the Americana decor in your dining room! And, THAT HUTCH! I adore the finished product!!

sportzmom said...

Wow. Looks gorgeous!

Brandi said...

What a great make over on the hutch! It's beautiful.

Lynn said...

I love the table setting -- how fun!! What a great buy -- $50.00 for the table?? Fantastic! We recently purchased a trestle leg table but not at that great deal! Beautiful!

annalee said...

what festive table settings and beautiful updates to the hutch!

Southern Fried Gal said...

Love it! I wish I had a better knack for giving new life to old things.

Jessica said...

Love what you have done with the hutch! And I love the table setting!!!

ST. MICHAEL'S WIFE said...

I'm so glad you kept this piece! And the black is absolutely gorgous! Love, love, love it!

TB said...

I LOVE it all!! You are all ready for Memorial Day with your tablescape!! Also, I really adore your showcase of white dishes on the hutch that looks SO GREAT!!!

Just me~ Bobbie Jo said...

Love that hutch-I am so wanting to do something like that when I find one. I want a corner one.

Kelly said...

love what you did with the hutch.

Carol said...

I love it also! The white dishes are beautiful and very dramatic! You are so creative! Thanks for sharing.
Carol in Michigan

April said...

I love your hutch! My hutch is my favorite piece in my eating area :)

Bonnie said...

the hutch is gorgeous!!!! great job!

Debbie said...

The hutch is wonderful, what a great piece. Debbie

Lauren said...

I cannot believe no one has mentioned how beautiful your hutch is :)

I just love how it came together with paint and paper. I am going to store that away in my idea file for sure!