Today, we’re sharing the $12 library hutch that easily doubles as a tv stand and bookcase.
One of the pieces from the master bedroom refresh that has been the most versatile is the $12 library hutch we picked up at an estate sale several years ago.
It’s actually a hutch top that was missing from its buffet bottom which probably explains the $12 price tag.
We eventually plan to build a fireplace for the spot this hutch is in. But now that hurricane season is officially upon us, we’ll have to table that idea until the Fall.
The $12 Library Hutch
At first, we thought we would give the hutch a makeover and sell it at one of our booth spaces. But I kept putting it off for some reason. The store eventually closed down and the hutch sat in our garage for a few months.
Then we decided to give the master bedroom a makeover for the One Room Challenge. At that time, we upgraded the old tv and transitioned the TV cabinet/armoire into a functioning wardrobe which we still use to this day.
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.
Adding Feet to the Library Hutch
I knew the $12 hutch sitting in our garage 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 to make it look like a more intentional piece.
We had some scrap wood in the garage and once they were attached I knew the style was a great match.
There was only one problem though.
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 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 multiple 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.
Styling the Hutch Shelves
Once we brought the hutch inside I originally filled it with thrifted books and tarnished silver trophies and other antique pieces I’ve collected over the years.
That cozy library style served us well in the past. But once we decided to lighten the bedroom up, I knew that dark and tarnished style would no longer for for the space.
Thankfully, I have plenty of ironstone and old books to help give the $12 library hutch a fresh feel.
My mom is really good about collecting books that have a lot of patina or books that have a similar color for me.
Grouping book sets together like this (even if they’re new) is a really easy and inexpensive way to style bookcases, display cases or a $12 library hutch.
Another simple way to style shelves like this is to use a collection of similar items like ironstone, brushes, tarnished silver, pottery, blue and white ginger jars or brown and white transferware.
Given I had these farmhouse inspired pieces already on hand and the scrap wood in the garage, this library hutch has been one of the most budget friendly pieces of furniture we’ve ever had.
Not only that, once we get the mantel installed for in the bedroom, we can easily pair the $12 library hutch with a buffet and use it in the breakfast nook.
It’s truly one of those versatile finds that keeps us on the treasure trail. You just never know what you’re going to come across at any given time!
If you’re curious this is how the library hutch looks with the tv on top.
I know having a tv in the bedroom is not for everyone but it’s a great solution for us. Especially, for those days when you feel like just vegging out 😊
Let us know which peice in your home is your favorite budget friendly find. The $12 library hutch is definitely one of ours!
*This post was updated on June 1, 2020; original post date May 15, 2017Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
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