Friday, December 6, 2013

The Reta

The Reta
The Reta came to us from a little house in the middle of Lacombe and we bought her for a song. She doesn't have the lines and the romantic curves that most hutches have - she was truly a diamond in the rough!

The Reta once belonged to a sweet old woman who housed her fine china perched upon the shelves.  We aren't sure what happened to the sweet old woman, just that she was 92 and her home was steeped in memories and heavy old furniture.  Her daughter's family was in the midst of revitalizing the small house, making it into something new and modern and they felt they should part ways with most of the beautiful furniture within its aged walls. 

The Reta is of midcentury modern design - meaning straight lines and simple craft.  Instead of having heavy doors, she has glass sliding panels (not shown in picture, but will be included!) and instead of being tall and intricate, she is small, simple and compact.  

As part of our "Design Dilemma" series, we got a lot of really fantastic ideas about this hutch - ranging from painting only the handles to framing it all in black to painting the whole thing. We decided to give her a good paint after cleaning her up and realizing she didn't have the same spice as some of the other hutches we found on the internet.

After giving this girl a light sand, we primed her with 2 coats and then painted her in "Maine Lobster", a pretty red that wasn't too bright but didn't have a brick tone to it. To finish her off, we covered her in a tinted wax that gives her a slight antique look and gives her a little bit of a rustic vibe. We decided not to distress her since she had a modern element to her and distressing didn't seem to fit. The one thing everyone seemed to agree on with this hutch was the need for new handles, but after the red was painted, these handles screamed to be put back on after a coat of paint. The new oil rubbed bronze pulls now pop against her new paint - the perfect accessories to the perfect outfit!

Tons of storage!
This poppy hutch is the perfect addition to any home - used here at the Sweet Peep Home as a bar for an American Thanksgiving feast, she would also be great for a mail center in the front foyer, or as her previous owner used her as, a place to put all your fine china in your rustic, modern dining room!
If you are interested in the Reta, please email us at:

Delivery is available to Edmonton, Calgary and areas for a $50.00 surcharge.

1 comment:

  1. She looks great! New life for the piece and you even resuscitated those tired handles!