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Old 09-17-2017, 08:47 PM   #1
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Help me with hutch/bar cabinet facelift!


I purchased this used custom cabinet for $100 used. They originally wanted $200, so I think I got a pretty good deal. I plan on using it as a hutch/bar in our kitchen dining area. It doesn't have anything terribly wrong with it, besides a crappy paint job and one side got damaged during the move. I'm thinking I can just repair it with wood glue, filler and clamps? (Any other suggestions?)

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I would like to paint the cabinet, but keeping the white trim on the bottom because it matches our baseboards exactly. Looks like possibly laminate counter tops? I've been all over Pinterest but I'm still not sure what colors/finishes would look best in my kitchen. Our main colors are soft grey walls and dark wood furniture. I was thinking a dark grey cabinet with a cherry finish on the counter tops. But PLEASE help me, because I am terrible at envisioning what it could look like!

We just bought the house so we are slowly making updates. As you can see, I have very light cabinets, white baseboards, an earthy tile, mostly dark furniture (like the table), and now this cabinet. We are working to achieve a modern farmhouse look. I will be taking down the decor above the cabinet and putting up 2 or 3 rustic floating shelves. That's the plan, anyway... but for now, I have to focus on this cabinet. Any suggestions and help is appreciated!

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Old 09-18-2017, 04:41 AM   #2
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It seems to fit in and should serve a good purpose. As far as the dents and scratches, they can be fixed with wood filler and paint. If you can't get the base to repair as you like it, you could always pull it off and replace it with new. Since you are looking for an old barn effect, I would not worry if I didn't get the repairs perfect. It may even enhance your final finish.
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Old 09-18-2017, 08:00 AM   #3
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I was thinking a dark grey cabinet with a cherry finish on the counter tops
So you intend to either replace the top or laminate over it with wood?
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I would paint it a grey slightly darker than the grey on your walls.
You need to fill in the dings and scratches and sand the piece before
painting it. The molding on the bottom needs to be replaced.
I rather see the molding painted grey rather than white.
As far as the counter top, matching it to your cherry furniture is a good
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"I have very light cabinets, white baseboards, an earthy tile, mostly dark furniture (like the table), and now this cabinet"
My stepfather made me a bar for my house, and now that he's passed away, I cherish it. But, now that I'm in a different home, it doesn't match my decor. It was also very difficult to get thru the doorway.
But what bothered me about your post is that you included the color of your furniture. That will change several times before you will be redoing this piece.
My suggestion is to make this piece match the cabinets in the kitchen.
They do have kits to redo countertops that you can get for about $100 in the hardware store. I've never used it, but a friend of mine did and hers came out absolutely gorgeous! So, while you're doing this piece, I suggest you do the kitchen counter as well so they match. According to my friend, the hardest part was getting the exact paint color she wanted. In the end, hers was a blend of about 15 colors, but the time was worth it. You don't have to strip anything, but paint right over the top.
I'm now in the process of tearing mine down and trying to create a table out of it and will be posting for suggestions here on my own project soon.
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What about the whole thing white? Or you can bring in an accent color.
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