How I Turned an Old Maple Hutch Into a Garden Beauty

Susan M Farwell Rowe
by Susan M Farwell Rowe
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I purchased this old damaged maple hutch a few years ago and put her in storage. I knew how I would bring her back to life, but she had to have a new purpose.
My first step was to remove the bottom doors that would no longer stay shut and were cracked. I used regular black spray paint on the inside of the cabinet.
I started with the hutch top and used a custom mix of Annie Sloan chalk paint as my base. I love the vintage green look. I then went over some of the areas with Primer Red. These areas would show through when I started to distress it.
Last coat, Old White
I then got a bowl of water and my can of Old White and dipping my brush ever so lightly into the water, then the paint, I started to white wash and smash the paint over the top of the whole piece. Next came the sanding.
Using a sanding block, I sanded the edges and the rail of the hutch. I then added old platters and some bird houses. I also added my dad's old meat grinders. In the drawers I store yard tools and such. I didn't seal it although you could cover it with a clear coat of shellac. I'll let it weather on it's own. I just love it!
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  • Deborah Hawes Deborah Hawes on Aug 25, 2015
    I'd like to know also if you sealed it. It appears as if it's where it could be rained on.
    • Susan M Farwell Rowe Susan M Farwell Rowe on Aug 26, 2015
      @Deborah Hawes I always wanted a hutch on a porch but I don't have a porch so I put this right outside my garage. And yes, it will get rained on and snowed on as well. I did seal the top of the hutch with sealer and then painted over it again. It's rock maple and I'm not sure what it will look like come spring. But I took a chance and my neighbors love her too!
  • Deborah Poole Payne Deborah Poole Payne on Aug 26, 2015
    Awesome job! What a great idea!