DIY: An Overdue Restoration

You may remember from past posts that my husband and I are garage-estate sale frequenters – connoisseurs really. While I absolutely love a bargain anywhere I can get one, there is something extraordinary about a vintage bargain – a bargain on an item that has the perfect wear and tear of love and ownership that you just can’t buy commercially. So when we laid our eyes on an aging hutch in the very back of someone’s garage a few months ago, the $200 price tag paled in comparison to the possibilities we saw for it in our somewhat empty home…

Our only problem was time (isn’t it always?). Neither of our schedules allowed us the opportunity to organize a restoration plan, get our hands dirty, and find some extra odds and ends to help the already precious piece fit into our decor. And what were we supposed to do about the no-shelf situation inside?! Talk about a mess! – a mess that took about four months to clean up, thanks to a little spare summer time. Last week, the time had come. Strangely enough, an impromptu visit to Anthropologie prompted my husband and I to get serious about the project the very second we saw all the new hardware recently stocked. With a pair of punchy begonia knobs in hand, we were ready to begin our surprisingly inexpensive restoration.

Anthropologie knobs // Vintage pulls // Anthropologie vase

While I let Ry get his hands dirty with the shelving and the white-wash painting (less is more here with that bright-eye blue paint job!), I bargain shopped for our bargain, finding a pair of vintage pulls at my favorite Fort Worth salvage shop, the Old Home Supply House, and a vase on serious sale at Anthro. This, of course, kicked off the shelving revolution, using one side of the hutch for storage boxes/organizers (closed) and the other for knickknacks and doodads we wanted to show off. And while our shelf-dwellers come from a few years of garage-estate sale visits, there’s a plethora of options out there that will serve as sweet substitutes…

flower // tea tin // vintage clock // vintage seltzer bottle // galvanized planter // wooden cola crate

A mere $100 later, your hutch might feel right at home in a Country Living magazine! Etsy and eBay are swell options when seeking out real vintage jewels, but if you’ve got the early morning energy and a local newspaper, I recommend scouting out the garage sales. One person’s trash always has the potential to be a thrifty and beloved treasure…

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