I’m asking you this question because I know you are brilliant.
Did you have any idea that there are formulas for the perfect headline? There are headline formulas out there that tell you exciting questions to ask and the perfect words to use to create copy and ideas for headlines that will make readers click and click and click.
At the risk of stating the obvious….
….I was completely unaware of this fact.
Think about it. How many times have you seen a magazine cover or blog or online news site and you see a headline that you HAD to click on? Your finger hovers over the enter button and you know don’t have time. You have 17 loads of laundry and a sink full of dishes and America’s Got Talent just came on television and you really need to find out if Simon is going to press the golden buzzer…
…..but you click anyway.
I wish I could write a headline like that.
I’m working on it.
But today I don’t have time for headlines. Today I went all plain jane headline with “Before and After Farmhouse Hutch” because I’m too excited to show you the project and my headline brain is too tired.
Are you ready?
Are you set?
Here’s my before and after farmhouse hutch.
This isn’t the after.
This was my goal. This hutch was and probably forever will be one of my favorite yard sale finds on this planet.
It was tucked away in the back of a garage with tools and aprons and a giant stack of Reader’s Digests sitting on it. I brought it home, dusted it off and painted it white. Then I painted it blue. Then I painted it with stripes.
It’s gray. I’ve moved it from room to room and realized how amazing it was and tried for years to find another.
Do you know how hard it is to find a hutch like this?
It’s like the unicorn of hutches.
And then one day I was walking through a thrift store and had a brilliant idea. What if I made my own? What if I took a thrift store hutch and used my originial hutch as inspiration and make my own version?
Could it be possible?
Would it be possible?
Yes my wonderful, awesome, amazing friends.
YES IT IS.
Because here’s the before.
And here’s the after.
I KNOW, RIGHT?
CAN YOU SEE WHY I COULDN’T THINK UP ANY HEADLINES?
WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT? What just happened?
Please look at that before again.
Because that before? That before that I bought at the thrift store on super SALE because it had been sitting and sitting with no one to buy it. It was the perfect size–80″ tall and 56″ wide and 17″ deep. It just needed a little vision.
And now? That before?
It turned into this.
It was such a simpler project than I thought it was going to be.
When I found the hutch and jumped up and down and waved my hands around and explained the project to my husband…
…his eyes glazed over.
He was NOT SURE about this at all.
But in the end?
The hutch turned out exactly how I imagined.
Here’s how we transformed this.
Step 1: Remove the glass and doors
We started by removing the glass from the back of the hutch.
It was just screwed in and it came off really easily.
Next, we removed all four doors from the front. Two were stationary and two opened and closed.
Here are the indentations in the wood after we removed the doors.
They needed to be filled in with wood putty and sanded down before we painted.
Step 2: Remove the hardware and the center pieces of wood
Basically this project was all about removing things.
The center pieces of wood were screwed in at the top.
We unscrewed them and removed all the hardware.
Step 3: Build side pieces
The hutch had glass sides which didn’t really work with the new farmhouse design.
We unscrewed the glass pieces.
Next, we cut a piece of oak paneling to fit in the space where the glass was and attached it with the same pieces that held the glass.
Step 4: Build wood shelves
The shelves before were glass.
We removed those and cut wood pieces to fit where the glass once was.
These are simple 1″ pine boards.
Step 5: Add dentil molding
To mimic our inspiration hutch, I found this dentil molding at Lowe’s.
We cut the piece to fit and glued it in place with wood glue.
We also removed the lights from the top of the hutch and added a piece of oak paneling to cover the holes.
Step 6: Paint and prime
We caulked all the holes and added wood filler where needed.
Then we primed the entire hutch.
And painted it with two coats of SW Mindful Gray.
One more time just because it makes me so happy.
I wish you could see it in real life.
The pictures don’t even show you how amazing it is.
We are actually making over the family room and updating things a little bit and this hutch is the showpiece of the room.
I can’t wait to show you the entire space after it’s done.
I won’t let you down on that post….
….I’ll be sure and think up an amazing headline between now and then. 🙂