Railing It In

FYI: This hutch was your typical hokey-oak country cabinetry type piece, not a glowing portal to an otherworldly dimension, as the poor-quality photograph may suggest.  Bummer. 

So Better After reader Camille stuck to its country roots with a smokey blue paint job and a distressed finish, along with the naturally stained top and uh … other top.  The higher top.  The crown moulding part on top.  You know what I mean.  Anyway.

I also love how she put plate rails in place of the teensy railings that served no practical purpose I can think of other than protecting teacups during a very slight earthquake.  Great job Camille!

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  1. What an amazing “after.” I would never had known that the “before” was actually the before. I have a place I could put it. ha~

  2. This is a great makeover because she didn’t try to turn it into something it’s not — instead she made it more stylish country. love the blue and the plate racks!

  3. In love with this hutch I wish I had a traditional home with space to put it in. I even think the before is awesome, however the after is outstanding. Looks like it’s straight from Pottery Barn magazin! Terrific job

  4. Love how the crown molding is stained as well! It adds balance to the piece–or something. Anyway, it’s very appealing.

  5. Nicely Done Camille!! Love how you changed out some of the elements… ie. ..plate rack bars… Great color…Great Transformation!!

  6. Love the way this turned out. Gives me a great idea for a cabinet I’ve been trying to figure out how to re-do. Thanks for sharing!!

  7. You took such a dated tired piece and re-purposed it to an attractive piece.

  8. This turned out just beautiful and gave me such a great idea for the one I have that is so mundane in its current state. Nice job.

  9. I have to say that your commentary on the “before” picture is the funniest thing ever! I love reading your blog for the makeovers but without your witty comments it just wouldn’t be as fun!
    Keep up the good work!!!

  10. I have much, MUCH love for this after. Amazingness abounding!

  11. I have much, MUCH love for this after. Amazingness abounding!

  12. I have much, MUCH love for this after. Amazingness abounding!

  13. Love love love!!

  14. AMAZING! That doesn’t even look like the same hutch…great job!!

  15. love it. and i love the color! wow. awesome.

  16. Love! And love your blog! It gives me all kinds of great ideas! Hope you don’t mind, but I linked you on my page. 🙂

  17. I would love to know what color blue gray that is! I have a coffee table I have been dying to do this type of color combination with.

  18. I’m not 100% sure, but I believe it’s Smoke Gray Rust-Oleum spray paint, purchased at Home Depot. I’m sure it was Rust-Oleum enamel spray, and I’m sure I got it at Home Depot. It’s been glazed whatever that black glaze is that they sell at Home Depot in the tube. Sorry I can’t be more helpful or specific, but I did the project back in January and didn’t write the specifics down.

  19. WOW wow wow! Amazing before/after!

  20. did you sand it before you painted it…??? I have this same hutch….love this idea….might even bring into my living room and do my coffee table too…!

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