before and after

before & after: hutch makeover

by Kate Pruitt

Jesyka D’Itri Marés managed to pack two incredibly creative makeovers into her dining room, and although this hutch was featured on Centsational Girl earlier this year, we felt the pair of projects was too charming to resist. The untreated hutch was lovely to begin with, albeit a bit damaged, but Jesyka had a vision for what this piece could become, and I love that she customized the look down to the last detail. The abstract wallpaper is an awesome way to set off the interior, and the gold trim complements the icy blue hue beautifully. Great job, Jesyka! — Kate

Stay tuned for another awesome Before & After project from Jesyka coming in the next hour!

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Read more about Jesyka’s extensive makeover of this china hutch after the jump!


Time: 5 days

Cost: $138 (including hutch and all supplies)

Basic Steps: I removed all doors and hardware. I used a safe stripper to strip off the old peeling varnish, and then I sanded it all down. I took the broken door to a glass house to have the glass replaced. I was inspired by some painted furniture I had seen on Pinterest, and although my first instinct was to stain it espresso, there was a voice nagging me in the back of my head that I had done that enough, and this piece needed to be something new. I decided I really wanted to pop out some of the molding on the piece, and I really wanted a patterned backing, so I mixed three interior paint colors I had in the house (aqua, ivory and gray), and I went with the gold touches (model paint!) and the contact-paper backing. I installed lighting and turned a fixed center window into a door. Also, Anthropologie knobs can make almost any piece of furniture!

Don’t be afraid to try something new! The worst thing that can happen is you change it to what you originally wanted to do, but you have gained a valuable learning experience! Really, it’s just a piece of furniture; have fun with it! I’m so happy I trusted my instinct here. I also won’t be surprised if I re-imagine this hutch one day. :D — Jesyka

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