Hutch Makeover

5 Materials
5 Hours

We’ve had this dining room set for a LONG time. We bought it when chocolate brown furniture was all the rage. I still love the clean lines of the hutch and all the storage it offers, and the fact that I get to display all my ‘pretties’. After re-doing this Thrift Store Find a few weeks ago, it really made my old dark brown hutch stick out like a sore thumb in my dining room (see below). Soooooo, I painted it blue to match my more coastal taste and decor (and now I need to re-do the dining table too.) Here are some BEFORE pictures below.

Step 1, Purchase Paint and Supplies

Last month I scored this thrift store piece (below) for only $19.99 at my local Goodwill and painted it English Channel. I really loved the way it came out so I planned to paint the hutch the same color. There was still a half a can of paint left so started with that. I did need to purchase another quart size and now have 1/2 can of that left over, so basically it took 1 quart size can of paint to complete this project.

Painting furniture is all about using the correct products. Chalk Paint is a great option. For this piece I used Behr Stain Blocking Paint and Primer in One. This stuff is pretty awesome too and did not disappoint. I used a Satin sheen which is best for kitchens, bathrooms, cabinets & trim. Other supplies I used were, tack cloths, various sized paint brushes, and my small paint roller.

Step 2, Clean and Prep…

I decided to just paint this piece right in the dining room! My husband helped me move it a little bit away from the wall, and then I put a tarp down under it, promising myself that I would be super careful (and I was!!!). This thing is heavy so I didn’t feel like moving it to the garage or outside.  Before I began, I took everything out of it and took the knobs and handles off too. Then I gave it a good cleaning using the tack cloths and tried to make sure I got all the dust.  I did not sand first.

Step 3, Paint…

As stated above, I did not sand this piece at all. I just painted right over the dark brown. It took about 3 coats. I used my roller on the big areas, and a paint brush when needed on the smaller areas, and a very small brush for the smallest lips on the doors. This whole process took about 4 hours total. After I was done painting and it was all dry, I applied two coats of this Minwax Satin Polycrylic Protective Finish.

Step 4, Styling…

I made sure to wait until the top coat was completely dried (I waited a couple of hours) before I started putting everything back inside. It was fun to restyle it with all my ‘pretties’. I changed out the baskets for sea grass ones and added I new fun knobs and handles. I found the brushed gold knobs and brushed gold handles on Amazon and thought I would give them a try. Verdict: I love them.

Here it is. It looks much better and brightens up my room so much. Now I am working on stripping the dining room table next.

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 4 questions
  • Karen
    on Oct 28, 2019

    I see light houses and a Cape Cod map, are you in Massachusetts? I am...Also LOVE the hutch and servers. they look awesome

    • Karen
      on Oct 29, 2019

      yes. Grew up near the cape, raised my kids in Arlington MA, now live in Milford,MA

  • Carol Cole
    on Nov 11, 2019

    I love it , it turned out beautifully. Is there a mirror back inside of it, it so I want to know if you did it or was it there?

    I have put small mirrors inside of mine but want it all mirror like.

    Thank you.

    • The House house
      on Nov 11, 2019

      Thank you! Glad you like it. Yes, there are mirrors that came with the piece lined all along the back.

  • Judy
    on Aug 29, 2020

    You mentioned chalk paint. Is the Behr paint chalk paint? I am a bit confused. I love how this turned out!

    • The House house
      on Aug 29, 2020

      I said above that I used Behr Stain Blocking Paint and Primer in One, but that chalk paint is also a good option.

      Hope that helps!

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  • Megan
    on Oct 22, 2019

    Super pretty finish! :)

  • Susan
    on Jan 4, 2020

    This piece turned out incredible!! What a difference you made. Before picture I thought it looked like a cheap piece of furniture, now all I can see is high end all the way. My kitchen is done in farmhouse & I love it, but I could see me changing it for a piece of furniture like this. Great job!

    • Bek
      on Aug 29, 2020

      You know, that shade of blue could look lovely in a farmhouse kitchen with different hardware. Jes' sayin'...

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