In 3 weekends, this creation came to be from this:
Logically, the only way to describe this transformation is via pictures, but before that, I want to tell you how this cost LESS than $100!
We got a hutch from a man who just wanted to “get it gone” in Massachusetts. My awesome father-in-law drove over one Saturday and picked it up for us- it was heavy and ugly, but it great shape and just the right design. Best part? The future kitchen counter was a great height for Addie!
We used all of the original hinges, replacing only the pulls and the glass door with wood (which also needed hinges), adding a metal hook, and we replaced the back with new boarding. In total, those things cost us $33.
The faucet is real, and the most inexpensive one that Lowes sells, at $18. The sink is a small metal mixing bowl we picked up from Job Lot for $2, giving us a total of $20 for the sink.
I sanded the hutch for what felt like an eternity using sandpaper we had, and then we painted with a great white paint and roller from Benny’s (the low price paint needed about 5 coats, but it’s holding up great!), for a total of $15. We also put a chalk paint on the side of the kitchen, which was $5 from AC Moore.
For the burners we used real oven replacement drip pans ($3 each), PVC endcaps ($1.50 each) and 120mm PC fan grills ($2 each)- all of these coming to $13… you won’t need all of these if you’re not adding lights inside, so your cost could just be paint or even cooler, something like THESE trivets painted and glued on!
My total, with tax, came to just under $96…
The rest of the kitchen was a mix of things we had, like the numbers on the microwave and mod podge to seal them:
… and the fabric, which I sewed to make a curtain.
The LEDs that Dave added, including the power source, were things that he, as a computer/electrical mastermind had in his workshop and the actual kitchen accessories were gifts from Gramma and Grandpa and Mima and Pa for the holiday! (What pushed the bill over by a few dollars? I got a child’s apron and iron-on apple patch for it, as well as a purple fake gerbera daisy in memory of my Dad to sit in a lidless mason jar we had sitting around… finishing touches.)
So… CHECK IT OUT!!!!!
We are so happy to have made a gift that will help create so many memories over the years, as well as a beautifully handcrafted piece of furniture- it fits the style of of 1929 craftsman home, as well as our parenting vibe: messy, fun, creative and always together.