All in all, this was probably the most time consuming project we've tackled, so here's the documentation in pictures, with the gorgeous "afters" at the end!
As a reminder... here's where we started - several coats of paint, one broken pane of glass, destroyed hardware, old molding -
When we first got the house, I'd work on the hutch with the heat gun when Dan worked on other projects that I couldn't be much help with (like hanging the cabinets with our dads)
Then, over Christmas break LAST year (2008), Manda, Dan and I literally spent 14 hours one day working on it together -
Unfortunately, that was the last time for, um, a year, that we found an entire day to devote to the project. So, until Christmas break rolled around again a couple of months ago, the hutch sat just waiting for the finishing touches - more sanding, staining, hardware, new glass, snazzy molding.
Admittedly, even over break when I had more free time than I knew what to do with, Dan had to talk me into finishing the thing up. In my own defense, the sound of sandpaper is like nails on a chalkboard to me, so I wasn't particularly looking forward to that step. To make matters worse, I was continuously paranoid that all of our hard work wouldn't pay off in the end - what if I saw it all pretty and stained and wished it was just painted white again? In fact, after the first coat of stain dried I nearly had a breakdown when I thought it was WAY too dark, and for a minute we actually considered RE-stripping it and starting over with a lighter stain color.
Oh dear Lord I can be complicated sometimes.
Thankfully, I looked at the hutch in a new light (literally - seeing it in the daylight made a huge difference), and decided it looked PERFECT. I brushed on the second coat, Dan nailed on the molding, and we were able to step back and finally admire all of the time and work we put into it!
And then we got to wait a month for those darned backplates.
But, they're here now, and they're all in place and looking even better than I could have hoped. And with that... here are the "afters"!
The vase I got with a Christmas giftcard from the Lawlers. Love the crackled texture, and love even more how perfect it fits in the corner!
Isn't it great?!?