At first I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with this piece, however since I already have one that is painted I figured I would try to strip it down and see what was underneath that dark stain.
I started using the method that I used when I striped down my dining room table (I'll document that another time), which was using citristrip.
The citristrip is great for removing paint and stain from pieces, I used it entirely on my dining table. However, when I started to use it on the hutch, it just didn't seem to take the stain off as I wanted it to. So, I decided to break out my mouse sander and take to it.
I started by sanding down the side so I could get a sense of how it handled the sander. I actually had a helper! :)
I started out with 120 grit sand paper, and then once I realized it could handle sanding I went with a lower grit paper at 80.
I used the 80 grit to sand down the majority of this piece, and then I eventually went back and used a higher grit paper to smooth over top.