{stories of a house} altering the furniture

DIY bathroom vanity from a dining room hutch
{transforming my dining room hutch into a bathroom vanity after it was a media cabinet}

Here's the story of a piece of furniture that got transformed from a dining room hutch to media cabinet to bathroom vanity. Yes, and all the transformations happened within the year too. See, I found a used dining room hutch for $25 - I liked the lines it had and at the time, the size was perfect for a tv media cabinet!

DIY dining room hutch to media cabinet
{the day we got it and in front of the existing media cabinet}

So now because it was particle board and that really didn't suit my style, I went and painted it several times. I started with a good primer that will stick to anything. Then I painted in layers with whatever extra paint I had on hand. In one of the layers of paint I threw in a big handful of sand-box sand to give it some texture and then I painted over another layer (or two) and then a black top coat. Then it got a rough sanding with my power sander and finally, a polyurethane top coat. It became my media cabinet for awhile but then we found that it didn't fit the electronics that went with the tv (or that went with having kids...whichever) so we moved it into the bathroom!

DIY dining room hutch to media cabinet
{when it was a tv hutch and when I thought laundry baskets could hide stereo speakers}

When we moved it into the bathroom we tore the top hutch piece off and we "fixed" the center drawer and cupboard to allow for the sink plumbing behind it. We had to cut out the hole for the sink of course, measuring very carefully! I used one of the wood pieces from the top hutch part to make a backsplash, I thought it made the piece look a little more finished. I also gave it a good waterproofing top coat to prevent water stains. So there we go - that's the story of the dining room hutch that became a media cabinet and then a bathroom vanity. I apologize for my grainy media cabinet photos, I've had to work around limited natural light in my living room - but that's another story. So, have you transformed any furniture?

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15 comments:

  1. I like to recycle what I have too - and love the current use for your cabinet. We're doing an ensuite reno and I am wondering about using a basin like yours. How do you like it?

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  2. It looks like it came straight off the (expensive) pages of a Pottery Barn catalog. I love that you made this piece work for your family all different ways. Lovely!

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  3. Talk about a brillian upcycle ... your vanity is absolutely gorgeous!!

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  4. You definitely got your moneys worth. I love the painting technique you used I would've never thought to use sand!!

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  5. Great makeover Heather - love the color!

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  6. It's a great makeover! Love it in the bathroom :)

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  7. I love how this piece keeps transforming over time!! That is what we do at our place too!! You did a great job refinishing it! I prefer where it is now too, what a beautiful centre piece to your bathroom!

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  8. I love it as the vanity! Found you through Roadkill Rescue!


    DeDe@DesignedDecor


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  9. Fabulous! I had to pin this onto my Before & After board. Love that this is on it's 4th life... if you count being a tree as life #1. :)

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  10. Who would have thought that it started life as a not-so-pretty dining room hutch? I love it now! The black in the bathroom is great, and so much more interesting than a standard vanity.

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  11. Heather...
    This looks so awesome. Way to re-use!

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  12. That's fantastic! I love the look of it after all the painting, and yes, much better as a vanity! Great job, Heather!
    Debbie :)

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  13. It's always gratifying when you get a great deal ($25? wow) and you make it work. It looks great as a vanity and the sink is awesome!

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