This beautiful Pottery Barn secretary's desk was on my Christmas Wish List, but I know better than to think I would get the real thing, so I've been searching Craigslist for something that could be just as useful and beautiful. I have this great wall space in my dining/kitchen area that needed something we could set our computer on, yet I also wanted it to be decorative because of where it's at.
So this is what I found, and I knew it was "the one":
Bottom of hutch
Top of hutch
The hutch was $65 on Craigslist and was in great condition, except the counter top had some bubbling and needed to be replaced. The original price sticker was still on it, $699.99, I love that part! My wonderful husband helped me with this project, which was so nice. We unscrewed the existing top and replaced it with a new slab of wood. Then I primed the whole thing, twice, two coats of oil based primer, sanding between coats. I painted one coat of oil based enamel paint, and then touched it up after it was dry. It actually took longer to paint than I thought it would. I'm thinking when I'm ready to paint my kitchen cabinets, it may be a bigger project than I thought, but it will still be worth it. Here is the finished project:
I love it! I now have somewhere to keep the laptop, instead of roaming around the house with it wondering where to set it down. I'm excited to decorate the rest of the hutch now!