Green & Stenciled Hutch Makeover

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I found this hutch at one of my favorite thrift stores. The drawers were ornate (I’m a sucker for ornate furniture) and I saw the potential it had to be a real stunner with a makeover so I brought it home with me and got to work.

I loved the hardware so I decided it just needed a good polishing and I decided on a green chalk paint for the entire piece and to stencil the back!

I used Brasso and steel wool to polish up the brass hardware. It’s a huge difference and I knew with the painted green hutch it would add just the right touch.

The back of this hutch was just stapled on. I find it easiest to work with by removing it. This way I can paint the inside of the hutch easier and it will be easier to stencil with it off too.

I painted the entire back in a white chalk paint. I found this stencil at Hobby Lobby.

So here is the back entirely stenciled. Doesn’t it look like wallpaper? It isn’t! Ha.

What a difference! Love it so much now.

Close up of that stenciling detail

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  • CukaFig
    on Jul 19, 2020

    Hi , I have my grandmas , and i think I’ll liven up the interior a bit like yours . I love what you did with yours!

  • Kris
    on Jul 19, 2020

    I have a piece similar to yours, mine has the plastic moulded doors on the base. Will the plastic take the chalk paint as nicely as the rest of the piece?

  • Joy
    on Jul 20, 2020

    Would you know of a way to remove the "scroll" designs on the drawers? I have a bookcase with similar wood scrolling at the top - and would so love to have it gone...any suggestion?

    Fabulous job - looks great!


    • Melody Boling Medlock
      on Jul 26, 2020

      Joy and Clare I would love to have the pieces you are removing. I'm sure several people would. There are a lot of things you can do with them. I would be happy to give you my email address. I would even pay for the postage.

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  • Melody Boling Medlock
    on Jul 26, 2020

    Your piece turned out beautifully. I have one in my garage that a neighbor just gave me. The only thing wrong with it are scratches from where they had previously placed and removed the top piece. I want to refinish it but I can't get past trying to decide on the color. I know I want to make it two-toned with wood and paint. Like Debbie Alexander Peak commented, I am really over seeing everything painted white or gray. Anyway, your work is beautiful. Great job and thanks for sharing.

  • Liz
    on Jul 26, 2020

    I've been looking for a specific green for a door. What brand and color did you use with this?

    • Patsy47
      on Jul 27, 2020

      ck the resource list...its ALL there....brand and color...

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