I’m VERY excited to share this post because it has been an extremely long progress in the making! Our home renovation is going s l o w l yyyyy, but who can blame us? We have an infant in the house. Not to mention there’s literally no time in the day for any type of extracurricular activities whatsoever. Kids and work take up 99.9% of our time.
Outside, we have contractors working to basically give our exterior a brand new facelift. I smell roof decks in the near future (yay!!!). Inside, we are renovating room by room to transform each one into dream spaces. So the fact that our dining room makeover is complete is a huge accomplishment. Here’s the rhyme and reason behind one of the diy projects in our dining room.
Because I’m tea obsessed, I have LOTS and LOTS of teas / tea accessories that have never had a decent home. They’ve been scattered and unfairly stored away in all kinds of spaces. I’ve always told my husband that my dream dining area would have a Tea Space so it was just a matter of time until that happened.
Vision for the Tea Space:
We decided that the wall space above the radiator was the perfect place. Because our ceilings are decently high it was a no-brainer- we needed to maximize the vertical space. What we were missing was something to display the teas. Multiple hanging shelves maybe? Or a kitchen cabinet perhaps? Those ideas went out the window when we saw a hutch at the thrift store.
It was my husband’s vision. In a million years, I would’ve never imagined it. He spotted the hutch and immediately thought we can utilize the top portion. He convinced me that it was Restoration Hardware-ish. It was tough for me to envision. I mean, the hutch was not the prettiest thing I’ve seen. And I like pretty. Clean pretty. This thing was a mess- totally beat up.
Good thing I trusted the hubs! After all, this was MY Tea Space and it had to be perfect. He sanded and painted the hutch and it was unrecognizable. Afterwards, I added my personal touch- displaying all the ‘junk’ as he heartlessly labeled them.
Nothing went to waste…we used the bottom piece for another project (to be revealed in another home makeover post). Total cost? 40 bucks + paint cost.
Here’s the space completed! With a little imagination, you can definitely repurpose almost anything into a functional dream piece. Not to mention, it doesn’t have to be expensive AT ALL. Isn’t that the beauty of it?
I use this hutch for 95% of my tea related items including teas that I’ve snatched up in Paris from our last trip. Here’s the nitty-gritty:
So hope you’ve enjoyed this diy project. There’s more diy posts to come and then I’ll share the completed dining room makeover. Stay tuned…
In case you’ve missed it. Here’s another inexpensive diy makeover: Desk Makevoer
Enjoy your Sunday!