Tuesday, October 25, 2011

You Say Tomato, I Say TO-DIE-FOR!

I am ashamed.  It has been 70 LONG days since my last post.  70 LONG days of fourth graders sucking every ounce energy out of my body.  70 LONG days of longing to pursue this passion that I have missed so much.  In other words, adjusting to my full time job and my full time hobby has been a bit of a struggle.  The children of our future have taken precedence over Dumped and Discovered (isn't that the way it should be?!?). Sure there has been the occasional yard sale and a couple afternoons of painting, but I have not been able to commit like I did this summer.  After a very frustrating day at school, I decided that I needed a little more balance in my life.  I put the stack of papers aside and grabbed the computer.  Balance.  I bet it is something that we all strive for.  Why is it so difficult to find balance in life?  Instead of beating myself up about not being able to commit to Dumped and Discovered, I decided that my goals moving forward needed a bit more balance.  Instead of a "project a day" like I was able to maintain this summer, my new goal is a "project a week" for my fabulous followers.

Soooo... Get ready for a big one!!!  Remember this hutch?  We bought it at an auction (click here to see the original post) for $25.00!  It was one of the hottest days in Charlotte and almost everyone was gone when it was time to bid on the furniture.  (Lucky us!)  We debated for a long time about what color to paint this beauty. 

We decided that red would be a fun color for a kitchen, so we went to Lowe's to pick out the perfect red.   On the way to the paint chips we glanced over at the mis-tints (of course!) and there it was.  The Perfect Red!  In fact, The Perfect Tomato Red.  And the best part??  It was only $5.00!!!

While Mr. Dump painted, I sanded (and sanded, and sanded) the top of the buffet.  I wanted to stain it a dark color to break up the red. 

I added a walnut stain from Minwax and applied Polycrylic when it was dry.  Here is the fabulous after:

I forgot to take an "official" after picture before we took it into The Sleepy Poet!  Please ignore the price tags that are hanging down on the top. 

Also, check out the "Sold" tag on the blue enamel top table!  Yippee!!  To give you a little preview of what is coming in my next post, (I promise I'm going to write it within the next 7 days... NOT 70!) take a close look at this picture.  You will see an incredible project next week!  Thanks so much for sticking by me during this busy time. 

Happy Junkin'!



  1. Hi Sarah! Oh, that elusive "balance"....it's so hard to find! LOVE this red hutch!!! It's fabulous! I hope you're able to find more time for doing what you enjoy- you're amazing at it!

  2. YAY!! YOU'RE BACK!!! I love it! The hutch is amazing - great job! I know the kids love you and that you're an incredible teacher, but I love your posts and your projects!! Keep it up!

  3. Love the red, what fun color! I'm already missing my summer days too :)

  4. WOW! that is awesome!!! love love love the red!

  5. Great color. I just painted a shelf blue, now I want a pop of red on my home too.

  6. Oh My! How beautiful she is!

    Visiting from the Newbie Party.

  7. Hi, the minute I spied this red beauty on Coastal Charms link party I was a headin your way. I am a lover of red. This hutch turned out absolutely fabulous! Love, love it! Can't believe the price of it or the paint. You must be living right girl! Now following you.

  8. Wow, now THAT is red! It looks amazing :) You and your husband did such a great job! Was it easy to protect the glass panes from the paint?

  9. Very pretty! I love the red.....I'm your newest follower. If you have the time swing by & visit me...
    Oh - I can relate about finding balance, I'm still looking for mine!


  10. This came out great. I love the red, and especially for only $5!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

  11. I have been searching high and low for one of those nifty little hutches...I love the way it turned out. So glad I found you...I'm a new follower, so stop by any time and follow too if you like. Lori

  12. Beautiful. Loving that color.

  13. Perfect! That is the perfect color to use on that hutch. So well done!

  14. I like it!! It's a beautiful color for it!!
    Good job!!

  15. Great color and the stained top was perfect to, as you said, "break up the red." The change was exactly what this piece needed.

  16. Love the funky red buffet! Hope you got a great price for that beauty!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  17. Love that transformation. The color is great!
    Meredith From A Mother Seeking Come find me on my blog, A Mother Seeking...

  18. Holy moly!!! That's incredible! And I love that color red--only the bravest of the brave dare to use such a bold color in such a large amount of space! I painted my bathroom almost that same color to go with a sort of old film noir, London theme I have going in our apartment bathroom!

    Check it out if you're interested!


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  20. Are you able to tell what color paint the red was and what brand. I would love to do this to my old out-dated dining room set.