About a million years ago, Dean made his very first piece of furniture for our house.
Okay so it was only about 7 or 8 years ago.
It was two houses and two cities ago, so it seems like a million years.
Anyway, several years ago I desperately wanted a step back cupboard, but we didn’t have the money to buy one. So I showed Dean some photos and he built it for me. (Because he’s awesome like that.)
Can you tell we really liked the primitive cutesy country look back then? And how little were our kids?!
Anyways, at one point after moving to the bungalow we actually took the top shelves off and used the two pieces separately: the bottom cupboards for school supplies (below) and the shelves in the front entry with baskets (not shown).
A little while later, we put it back together, added upper doors, gave it a coat of paint, swapped out the handles and used it to store linens in our bedroom.
Then this well-used cabinet got itself “pinkified” when we overhauled the girls’ room in the fall of 2012. We swapped out the hardware again for some pink hinges and spray painted pink faucet handles.
Well with the move to this house in December, the much-madeover cupboard was banished to the laundry room as a make shift overflow pantry. There just wasn’t anywhere to put it.
Until we started working on our dining room this month, where it found a new home!
You see we sold our last dining set – table, chairs, banquette and beautiful hutch – with the bungalow late last fall. So this dining room has been a little bit of a work in progress/craft room/empty shell since we moved in just before Christmas.
When we started working on it, we wanted to spend as little as possible while still making it gorgeous.
Something we’re pretty experienced with.
Anyway, I had much of the rest of the room all planned out (we can’t show you just yet, but we promise the reveal is coming!). BUT I was stumped on a buffet/hutch solution. I thought I’d found a great one on kijiji for free, but it went before I could get it. Remember the part about not spending too much money? Turns out it wouldn’t have worked with the shape of the room anyway.
Then I remembered our old step back cupboard!
With a very little bit of TLC (Dean removed the upper doors once again, replaced the hinges with the old ones and I picked up a couple of crystal knobs to add some dining room-worthy bling), our step back cupboard was once again beautiful!
And now I have a place to display seasonal goodies and store things like chargers and place mats that don’t seem to fit anywhere else.
Do you have any pieces that have been given a makeover more than once? What do you think of our “new” hutch that once was a pine step back cupboard?