Remember this cabinet I picked up a couple of weeks ago?
I cleaned it all up and removed the doors, that were rotten from water damage, to get it ready for the next step.
My dad and I worked together to rebuild the bottom of the cabinet and I nailed on the trim pieces that had come off.
And then it was time to try out an idea I had for it. In my stash, I had a random hutch top that I purchased a couple of months ago and I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it. Sell it as is? Build a base for it?
I bought this base cabinet not even thinking of the hutch top, but it finally hit me a few days ago. I have a base cabinet. I have a hutch top. Let’s try putting them together and see how they jive.
At first, I thought, nope. But I let it sit there for a little while and the proportions grew on me. It looks especially good when the upper cabinet doors are open. The use of bead board ties them together, but the mis-matched paint made them feel too disjointed.
Now, at this point, I could’ve opted to turn the base cabinet into a kitchen island and keep thinking through what to do with the upper cabinet. I decided, though, that I really liked these two pieces together, but they needed to be painted to match in order for it to work.
I considered Linen and Grain Sack from the MMS Milk Paint line and thought Grain Sack was the best match to the existing paint color.
Emily is spending a few days helping with Lucketts prep, so I tasked her with painting the base cabinet, inside and out, and one side of the upper cabinet (which was just raw wood.)
It was amazing how well Grain Sack matched the original paint.
And the paint really unified the two pieces.
Emily finished the second coat today, I distressed the freshly painted areas, and then she applied the Tough Coat finish.
We’re going to try the pieces together again tomorrow and, if it’s successful, my dad and I will rig up a way to secure the pieces together, so there is no danger of the hutch top tipping off the base. It will still be removable, though, for easier transport.
I hope to style and photograph it tomorrow!
PS – My boys were taking a bath tonight and my youngest, Calvin, called me in. I peeked into the shower curtain and he asked, completely straight-faced, “Mom, can you bring our goggles, so we can have a wave war?”
I know. I’m such a wet blanket.