Asked on Aug 3, 2020

Please help with ideas to restore this oak hutch

Kathy Gunter LawDeeFrugalFamilyTimes.com
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Hello ! I’m looking for inexpensive ideas to Restore this oak hutch to match it to my rattan dining table. It does have some cracking and scratches. I’ve added pictures of its original colour and the rattan table. I do want to keep it as it was my friend”s parents hutch. Reaching out to the expert advisors on Hometalk.Thank you to those who respond.

Nola

The Hutch sitting in my garage

The original colour in the inside of it

Detail in front of it

My rattan table colour

Surface scratches

Cracks in the wood

8 answers
  • Cynthia Carroll Hall
    on Aug 3, 2020

    what a pretty oak hutch. Love the design in it. That said, has it been stripped already and is that a paint finish? Oak can be stained in close colors to match your rattan table, but you would have to sand it down so that it looks like the inside. Or you can sand just the top and stain it to match the rattan. Personally I would try and find a paint that is similar to the light rattan, put a dark wax on it to bring out the design and stain the top to match the rattan as much as possible. If that is what you want. Your picture shows it with a mushroom color looking paint color on it, or it is my monitor. As far as the cracks, it almost looks like the laminate is pulling up, if there is laminate on it and you did not say where the cracks are. The scratches and small divots that are seen can be sanded down. You may have to fill the divots or just sand it down and see what it looks like. If there is laminate on the buffet, it may have to come off. You can make your own chalk paint, you tube and I think home talk DIY tell you how to do it. Just use you imagination and go for it. I am a tight wad, but I do spend money on the paint and waxes that I use, I go for the fixer ups, or pieces like you have or freebies. So spend what you can and figure ways to make it work. Best wishes and good luck.

    • Nola
      on Aug 3, 2020

      Thank you Cynthia, you have provide me so many options, I will see which one works best.

  • PAMELA
    on Aug 3, 2020

    It is fabulous as it is and if your rattan is yellowish and you try to stain to match it will ruin it's beauty..

  • Patty
    on Aug 3, 2020

    I truly believe in not everything being matchy-matchy. I would just bring out its natural beauty.

  • Personally I think this is great as-is and will match your furniture just fine. You can certainly paint it but it looks fantastic right now.

    • Nola
      on Aug 3, 2020

      Thank you Becky! I am glad there are many who like me think this is beautiful as is. Maybe a stain or a paint to cover the surface or laminate scratches.

  • Paula Iwalani Teixeira
    on Aug 3, 2020

    Hi, I restore furniture as a side hobby. If you like, I can take a look at it in person and let you know what I think or give you some ideas as what to do with it. Message me if interested. Thanks,

    Paula

    • Nola
      on Aug 4, 2020

      Hello Paula, I live in Canada, are you here too?

      Thanks Very much for your offer.

  • FrugalFamilyTimes.com
    on Aug 3, 2020

    I would try Howard’s Restor a Finish in a darker version. It’s so easy to use and works wonders! Then top with Feed N restore.

    • Nola
      on Aug 3, 2020

      Thank you very much for your response. I am in Canada and will check if this is available in our hardware stores.

  • Dee
    on Aug 3, 2020

    Nola what a gorgeous hutch. I would sand down the top where it is buckling, to get rid of the scratches. Then I would either use Formbys or Howards restoration kits. I would not do too much work on it as that hutch is a beautiful piece.

    • Nola
      on Aug 3, 2020

      Thank you Dee, I grabbed it when it was being given away as I loved it. I too would like to keep things the way they are but decided to throw it out there and go with the group advice.

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    on Aug 4, 2020

    It seems not too far off from a match at this point, but the color could be deceiving. Try adding a dark glaze to it. If you don't think that will work for matching, you may want to pick one color and match to that. Another option may be the dark Old English Scratch Cover.

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