10.19.2009

A Tale of the Miserly Enchantress and her hutch.

Edited 11/12/09 for Roeshel's DIY Show Off Party! 

Procrastinators all over blogland are uniting to show us their stuff.  Ok, that didn't sound so good.  Let's try this:  Procrastinators everywhere are bragging about what they finally accomplished, thanks to some help from Melissa at The Inspired Room.  
 
Here is my entry:

Once upon a time,
 there was a  $17 solid wood hutch that had been rescued from a life of languish in the corner of a thrift shop.



A kinda kooky lady decided she could use her magic powers to make this beast into a beauty,
so she gathered her magical instruments and potions,






...and her magic wand.



Soon, our enchantress/kooky lady got her all naked and stuff.




The beastly hutch felt so vunerable, but the entrantress spoke loving words to her
and eased her embarrassment.
Then she got dressed up for the occasion.



The hutch was wiped down on the top with Liquid Sander, and the enchantress' ferociously handsome hubby sanded it down.  You'll just have to use your imagination for this part of our story.
(You can thank Barney the dorky purple dino for that little reminder.)
Here is what it looked like after the first LIGHT coat of paint.



This is what the neighbors saw when they looked over to the Kooky Lady' house.
(Notice all the crap items of interest that will soon need bulldozed outta there when
Ferociously Handsome Hubby decides it's time to park in the gargage.)



The Kooky Lady obeys all the rules and traffic signs and waits for it to dry
so she can go at it with some 220 sandpaper:


Has it been 10 minutes yet???
Unfortunately, time cannot magically go faster unless you happen to be either eating a decadent chocolate sundae or you're taking a nap with children in the other room.



Time's up, but alas....



...upon checking her work, she discovers THIS (cue evil music):



This, my dear readers, is what happens when:
1) you don't clean and/or sand enough beforehand,
2) you overspray in your haste to get 'r' done
and
3) you are yelling at reminding the kids to be nice to each other for pete's sake while trying to spray paint

THIS is Kooky Lady getting ready to say a bad word.
Please remove minors from the room and plug your ears.



Sooooo.....we join up with our heroine a bit later after she's decompressed by eating chocolate and going over the litany of 'why does everything have to be so HAAAARD' in her best teenage whiney impersonation.

She decides to re-sand with course sandpaper all over the hutch again, and starts over with a good old fashioned brush and a quart o' paint.

She does two coats, sanding lightly inbetween coats and finds she's conjured up this:









And so ends our tale of the miserly (and slightly kooky) enchantress and her prized hutch.
And they lived Happily Ever After
in her taupe dining room....which will be revealed in its entirety by week's end....storing the enchanted children's crayons, pencils, paper, glue sticks, sissors, and dictionary. 

Epilogue:
Because she is so proud of herself, the Kooky Lady Enchantress decides to link up her story in the far reaches of the kingdom of blogs.  Here's where you'll find her:
TUESDAY:
WEDNESDAY:
THURSDAY:
FRIDAY:
SATURDAY:
SUNDAY:
MONDAY:



83 comments:

Lisa said...

Wow...that looks great! I can't wait to see it in your house. Thanks for posting all the Mcklinkey parties...I love seeing everyone's creative ideas.

Sarah said...

!!!!!!!!!! i LOOOOVE it!

and this post made me laugh :) i, too, am guilty of creating the runny/splotched look from too hasty/concentrated spray paintin. i seriously covet this cabinet.

The White Farmhouse said...

Oh Kooky Lady or should you be called Enchantress? You sure did work your magic with that one. It turned out gorgeous! Love the story too! Chocolate always does make you think straighter. I can't wait to see the dining room. You teaser/kooky/enchantress!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Nice work! That piece looks 10 times, 100 times better. You took a date piece and make it chic. You should link to my first Furniture Feature Friday this week. (Shameful plug, I know...sorry!)

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

A beautiful transformation!! Great work! Thanks for joining in the PARTAY!!! :-)

Dee said...

Your post made me laugh! I leave out all of the mistakes, do-overs, boy fights, so that people will think that it was soooo easy! I'm tricky like that!

Joanie @ The Bright Side said...

Wow! What a difference all your efforts made!! Love the new color. Very nice!!

Michelle@Sweet Something said...

{{Laughing!}} It turned out great!Can't wait to see the whole transformation!

Flat Creek Farm said...

Love, love, love it!! What a great story also... I was riveted to the end! -Tammy

Lara Harris said...

Just gorgeous!

Jayne said...

I'm laughing out loud at the kooky lady story, but I am seriously coveting the gorgeous finished product!
Have a happy week!
Jayne at mysongwithin

Shirley said...

That just turned out perfectly!!! Love it and the story!!!

Lindsey said...

Came from the inspired room. Well done! I love the distressing and the black hardware. :)

Gail said...

Congratulations and that looks AWESOME!

Gail

Elaine said...

That is what I envisioned for my garage sale hutch, that look wonderful. Love it!

Michelle said...

Wow, I love it, what a difference a little white paint makes! Stop by for a visit soon.
Michelle

ButterYum said...

"Alas"... what a funny post! Nice transformation too!!

:)
ButterYum

Sarah said...

Wow, now that's a transformation!! Its gorgeous, such a difference between the before and after. Can't wait to see it in its glory:)

Kelly H said...

Turned out fabulous!!! Great job!!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

This turned out so pretty, Cindy! Good for you getting it done! I loved your tale and photos ~ I'm sure a few choice words flew out of my mouth, too. Thankfully, I was alone the days I worked on my chairs!

Amanda said...

I seriously had a laugh! b/c this is sooo me! one day my hubby will get to park in the garage again. LOVE LOVE the new look-it looks amazing!!!

TheOldPostRoad said...

That looks awesome! Cute post, by the way.

cherry said...

What a fun post ! love it ~ all that hard work sure paid off. hugs, Cherry

Katie@Yoga Gal said...

Hilarious- and you have a beautiful piece for the Happily Ever After. Love it!

Mandy said...

Beautiful! My projects are often "so HAAARD", too. Luckily, they're usually totally worth it in the end. Yours sure is! I love it :)

Amber said...

Absolutely beautiful in the end! And Super fun presentation ;)

Traci @ Beneath My Heart said...

Okay, your post CRACKED ME UP! I love the pictures and the story.
The result is fabulous! Way to hang in there and get r done!
Blessings,
Traci

rita said...

I have a similar piece and have never thought about painting it -- thank you for the inspiration -- that project is now on my list.

Great job and why does everything have to be SO HAAAARD?

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Loved your post. Very entertaining. And the hutch turned out fabulous!!! Loved the swear word part. I can totally relate.

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Wow. It looks so pretty! I've had the same problem with spray paint before - not fun.

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Loved the story, and the cabinet looks fantastic! I'm always amazed by the power of paint,a total transformation!

canearl said...

It looks so good! I can totally relate to the drippy paint- that's happened to me a time or twelve :).

Alissa said...

i loved the story...cracked me up!! you did a wonderful job on the hutch. i'll be back to see it in your dining room

Barbie said...

That was great! Wow, it turned out amazing!!

Kim -today's creative blog said...

turned out beautiful! LOVE painted furniture!

nannykim said...

Brilliant, my enchantress, just brilliant. Man I can't believe all those links!! YIKES!!

Sarah said...

I love it! So cute and it will be perfectly practical too. :)

Best,
Sarah

Dianna said...

Great story! I love the cabinet, looks very vintage.

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Love the chest, and I really appreciate the links to all the blog parties!

Thanks for linking to 2nd Time Around!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

That looks fantastic. A lot of work, but well worth it in the end.

{ L } said...

Excellent job, it's gorgeous! And I loved reading this post...you made it fun. :)

tarnishedandtattered.blogsot.com said...

Wow, what a makeover! Wish you were here to help me with the 20+ pieces I'm trying to get finished before Saturday. Glad I found you, excellent blog! I am a new follower. Lisa

jenjen said...

Wonderful! I love the new color. I really really really want one of those spray gun attachment things. Maybe for Christmas!

Great job!

XOOX
Jen

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Cindy! LOL! Loved your story. And this is why I steer my little boat clear of spray paint. I leave that up to the manly portio of this duo. I need to paint a bed that doesn't have much of a finish on it, but I'm terrified! Your ending, however, gave me hope. I'm of the mind that I can just paint the thing, and if the paint is crackled or falls off, then it's "distressed." ;-)

Your hutch did turn out well, and the Kingdom of Blog is thrilled that you shared your adventures in painting with us. It gives the rest of us hope! Super job!

Happy Thrifty Thursday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Blondie's Journal said...

Cindy~

This was a lol tutorial! But the cabinet turned out just gorgeous. And only $17.00!! What a steal. Can't wait to see where you use it!

xoxo
Jane

Sylvia said...

Oh my gosh...you did a great job! Thanks for the inspiration...

Ally0005 said...

Love it, very pretty.

Astrid said...

I loved reading your post! LOL! Beautiful transformation! I had that happen when I spray painted some things. Frustrating as all heck! I still don't know what I did wrong. Oh well.

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Girl, I LOVE your creativity both in this post (you made me LOL) and in that piece. A new life, like cinderellas before and after! What beauty!
Great find!Thanks for linking up to thrifty Thursday, sweet friend! And thanks for dropping by Bloggeritaville!
Leigh
Tales from Bloggeritaville
www.lbratina.blogspot.com

Kammy said...

Super fun post ! Lovely re-do !
Kammy

"m" said...

Good job. Turned out great!

ClassyChassy said...

Thanks for joining in GET R DONE FRIDAY - great project, and the makeover turned out super! Love your photo shoot!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

You are hilarious. That was fun to read! You also should get a gold star just for hooking up to the most parties in one post EVER. Nicely done :).

Miss Mustard Seed said...

$17.00?!? That's crazy for such a solid piece of furniture. And you really worked wonders with it. I know I've commented on this already, but I'm checking out the links from my party and wanted to comment again. Such a good job!

Hootin' Anni said...

Love, love, LOVE the 'once upon a time'...what a clever way of telling us about your project. And for $17...you, my friend got a bargain and did such a beautiful job of work. Talent...pure talent!!

Mine today is just a sketch I drew. [along with a little worksheet share for a simple craft project....AND links to my photos of the trip to the zoo!!! LOL ---a busy post.]

Click HERE

Have a glorious Friday, and super weekend.!!

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

I hate it when spray paint does that! I paint almost all furniture with a brush! Your's looks great and what a difference white paint makes!!!

Susan said...

Beautiful job and work!!!
Susan

Andy Porter said...

I bow down to Kooky Lady. BEAUTIFUL!!!

Mrs. Petrie said...

All your hard work really paid off! Looks beautiful.

Mary said...

You did a great job. It's beautiful!!!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

That is stunningly gorgeous. there are no other words to express my envy!!! SO lovely!

Mimi said...

Cindy, Cindy, Cindy...that came out beautiful! I ♥ the transformation from ho hum to a super star.

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Great, fun tutorial! The boo-fay came out fabulous despite the setbacks!

Happy Halloween!

Tina

Leann said...

Mmm...Cindy congrats on a job well done:) It turned out terrific. Can't wait to see the room!
Leann

Angela said...

Usually I'm one to say leave real wood alone, but that looks really good! I think it looks so much better after you painted it!

Gee, I didn't know there were that many meme's that you could participate in! lol

Get R Done Friday!
Angela

Chatty Crone said...

Love the story and I don't think I could do something like that if my life depended on it!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Ohhhhh suuure... forget my lil ol party. I just laffed and cried all in the same 5 minutes... but laffed at the end again at the birdcage lady of course.

That turned from waterbed furniture woa to angelically distressed WOW. Well done!

Funky Junk Donna

Sandy said...

Love that dresser! I think I will give it a try! Wish me luck!!

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

Been there and done that to many times, you think I would learn! It looks Amazing!! I love love love it!! What a Fabulous redo!

Jane said...

Your dresser looks absolutely fabulous! Thanks for linkin' up! Can't wait to see more of your fabulousness! I hope your having fun with Frugalcious Friday, I know I am!

Jane @ Finding Fabulous

Sandy said...

Your hutch looks wonderful. you made me laugh through the whole post. Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to see your dining room.
Sandy

Jen R. said...

I LOVE the buffet and the drama pics!!

mishebe said...

Well it turned out Fabulous! Been there though with trying to get it that way! lol.mishelle

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

wow, I don't think the lady is kookie after all, I think she may just wise as a fox and sure knows how to make beautiful things and save her hansome husband alot of money....

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my word, it looks just gorgeous. Love it. Hugs Marty

Tamera said...

wow...all i can say is wow!
don't you hate it when that happens??
can't wait to see her inside!

Tamera@doubledelight

Nancy @ La Chambre Rose said...

I had fun! And, even though it wasn't so much for you...it looks marvelous and you have saved us from making the same mistake. Oh, you are thinking we will be more careful about cleaning and sanding before painting? Nope. We will pick up the paint brush FIRST! :-)

Its So Very Cheri said...

I love the hutch. Man you hit the mother load of parties --did n't you?? You gave me some new ones I've never heard before.

cheri

The DIY Show Off said...

haha! I'm glad you linked to the DIY Show & Tell...I missed this story with a happily ever after ending the first time. It turned out beautiful!

Roeshel

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

Definitely worth it! Thanks for the fun tutorial.

pk said...

Oh my! The story does have a happy ending, doesn't it? Beautiful transformation!

pk @ Room Remix

Lisa said...

How pretty! I love how it turned out. I also love your post...too funny!

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