Vintage Hutch Makeover

7 Materials
8 Hours

We gave this vintage hutch a new look and a chance at a second life after fixing some cosmetic issues and adding trim.

This run down and heavily used hutch was in desperate need of a makeover. There were scratches, chips and missing trim but we were up for the challenge! We started by cleaning with a mix of Dawn soap and water and letting it dry. Next it was time to sand.

We used our favorite sander, the 3 x 4 electric ray Surfprep - I have a discount code and link in my Instagram profile! After giving it a good sand, we went over it with a fine grit pad to get it ready for primer. We also cut a piece of leftover trim we had from a home project and used it on the front to enhance the design. We then sprayed shellac as a base, let it dry, then gave it a light sand again.

Next, we used our spray gun, the Fuji Semi-Pro 2 to apply our Paint. We used Shale Stone by Paint Couture - link in my Instagram bio and discount code there too for this line. We applied three coats of paint, sanding lightly between each and removing all dust with a tack cloth. Then, we sprayed our top coat - three coats in Satin for a subtle sheen, sanding between each one.

Then, after cleaning the pulls with Bar Keepers friend they were too bright! So I pulled out some dark wax and applied it to tone down the color and sheen so it better matches the paint color.

Here it is freshly madeover and ready for a new home!

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3 questions
  • Lynn
    on Feb 8, 2021

    What's the reason for the shellac base?

    • Joan Stanley
      Joan Stanley
      on Apr 7, 2021

      As soon as i saw this, I went out and bought a similar paint for a similar cabinet that was supposed to be white but the finish had turned blotchy yellow.

      I plan on bright white for the insides of the cabinet. Easier to see the lower storage but also brighten the room.

      Will be starting soon! Excited!

  • Susan QC
    Susan QC
    on Feb 9, 2021

    I can't believe nobody else asked this, but what did you do with the door?

  • Jev
    on Feb 9, 2021

    What type of shop vac and hose were you using? I can't find where I was reading about it. Thank you.

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