I recently purchased a dark pine hutch (see it here), and I promised to show an update when we finished changing the hardware and lining the drawers.
Evidently, the hutch was built in or around 1976 because the drawers were lined with colonial soldiers, the Liberty Bell, candles, scrolls and old flags.
I found this great, colorful paisley fabric and decided it would be a cute drawer liner, but it would take a little work.
I wanted the draw liners to be durable which required fabric stiffener and spray starch.
The first step was to mix the stiffener with some water.
Then I submerged the fabric into the stiffener/water solution. If I were to do this again, I would have cut the fabric to fit the drawers first. Then it wouldn’t have been so cumbersome to work with. I also would have used less water in the solution.
I spread the fabric out on our drying rack to air dry. Then I ironed it using lots of spray starch so it would be nice and coated.
Doesn’t it look cute?
It has a nice 60’s vibe to it. I almost hate to put things in the drawers and cover the liners.
The next big transformation involved changing the pulls.
After we finished phase one, I just reattached the original hardware that I had spray painted with ORB. We thought it looked too early American, though and knew we would have to update them to make the hutch look truly transformed.
Because the width of some of the old hardware was 3 inches and some was 3 3/4 inches, it was more difficult to find hardware that would fit both sizes. They were either one size or the other.
But we found this style at Home Depot that actually had both size options in each handle. However, they were stainless, and we were using the original hinges which had already been sprayed with ORB.
So, I sprayed the new pulls with ORB, and the problem was solved.
This is a web photo of what the hutch looked like when we found it at the Salvation Army store and paid just $129. for it.
After removing spindles and scalloped edges, applying four coats of paint, waxing, finding the right hardware, spray painting it and attaching it (whew!), this is what it looks like today. All I need to do now is find the right accessories for it.
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