Before The Before DIY Furniture Project & Before The Big Reveal

I’ve been working on  DIY furniture project that I’ve over the past couple of weeks.
It’s a makeshift hutch.

Have you ever looked for a special little something for a certain spot and after a number of years –maybe ten- been
frustrated with not finding exactly what you’re looking for?
This is the story of my life up here in Alaska.
In these parts, we aren’t exactly known for our amazing antiques or French inspired furniture.
Hashtag- The Struggle is Real!

I’ve been sharing glimpses of this little DIY project in Snaps and on Instastories.
If you want the down and dirty details of behind the scenes footage
come on over and connect with me on Snapchat and Instagram.


Here’s a peek at one of the quick videos from Snapchat.


I knew I wanted something with open shelving on top to display my small collection of Ironstone
and it must have a French Country look or at least be workable.
Something kind of like this.
Pretty white hutch decorated with white dishes and branches. From Vibeke.Photo Credit: Vibeke Blogspot

 One day I wandered into Restore not looking for anything in particular.
I was daydreaming about what I could do if only I could find X, Y, or Z.

That’s when I discovered the lower shelving cubbies thinking
it would be efficient, yet unattractive, storage for my faux finish products and supplies.

I brought it home and it sat in the garage for a couple of years.
It might have even provided a cozy place for some mice that found their way in during single digit temps.
The Struggle Is Real!

Two different pieces of furniture combined to make a china hutch.


A few years later, a lady in my neighborhood was holding an annual garage sale that raises funds for dog and cat rescue.
Of course, I had to walk over with my big baby Sebastian and see what treasures were to be found.

That’s when I discovered the upper piece of shelving and drug it home for $15.
It too sat in the garage for over a year.
Last Christmas I suddenly had an epiphany!
I came up with the idea to stack the two pieces together and turn it into a makeshift China hutch.
If you’re feeling all Deck the Halls you can check out my
Christmas Home Tour for more inspiration.
I won’t judge.
I’m right there with you on the fa, la, la,la business. 
A look at a DIY French China Hutch before the BIG DIY paint project to jazz it up permanantely

For the past year, I’ve had some fun arranging  a small collection of Ironstone on the shelves
and it has been great for storing dish sets that I’ve inherited from my grandmother and mom.

However, I grew weary of the dingy paint finish.
The worn wood and looking at how cluttery the cupboard area looked.
You can see a little of what I’m talking about in this photo from the
Spring Home Tour Post.
A before the before of a DIY Furniture Project that involves a Mix Matched Diy Storage

After much deliberation,
I came up with a game plan on how to fix this fixer-upper DIY makeshift hutch.

Stay tuned.
I’m nearing the end of this project and will be sharing its new look very soon!
I’m so excited to share this with you.


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Can’t wait to see it finished.

Naomi S.

I can’t wait for the next chapter, Olivia!