One of the pieces we were most excited to use in the bedroom makeover was the $12 library hutch. We actually found the hutch top which was missing from its buffet bottom at an estate sale late last year. It’s probably the reason for the $12 price tag, plus it was half off day too.
At first, we thought we would give the hutch a makeover and sell it at The Pickers Market. But after the store closed down it sat in our garage for a few months. Then we decided to start on the office makeover and I was sure we would pair it with buffet bottom, paint both pieces and use the combination for office storage. I just couldn’t bring myself to paint it though so it sat in the garage a little longer.
We were in the middle of the One Room Challenge bedroom makeover when we decided to change out the old tv and transition the TV cabinet/armoire into a functioning wardrobe. It seemed like a simple change but the new tv was a bit bigger than the one we were previously using which meant we needed a bigger tv stand and cabinet too.
I knew as soon as I saw the hutch it would not only solve the problem with the tv but it would also make a great place for books. So, I asked my bestie S to put “feet” on the cabinet so it would look like a more intentional piece. We had some scrap pine in the garage and once they were attached I knew the style was a great match.
There was only one problem. The feet were made from pine (a very light colored wood) and the wood on the hutch was a cross between cherry and walnut. The first step was to add a bit of base color to the feet so we used several coats of cherry stain.
We allowed the cherry stain to dry completely then we added a bit of dark furniture paste wax
in layers until we were able to match the color of the feet to the color of the library hutch. It’s not a perfect match but it’s pretty close.
Once we brought the hutch inside we filled it with thrifted books and tarnished silver trophies I’ve collected over the years.
My mom spotted this old book set immediately while we were out shopping for accessories a few weeks ago. Don’t you just love the patina?
Given I already had the silver trophies and the dark wax – the hutch was $12 and the books were $38, we were able to create this library for around $50.
I know, right? Crazy! These are the kind of things that keep me on the treasure trail. You just never know what you’re going to find.
We haven’t tried it with the TV yet but I think the cabinet is slim enough for it to work out. I’ll keep you guys posted in case you see something like this while you’re out shopping and you want to give it a try.
See you guys back here tomorrow. I haven’t shared how S created the ottoman yet so I’ll share the details of the Ballard Designs hack with you. Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.