Hutch Makeover

5 Materials
5 Hours

We’ve had this dining room set for a LONG time. We bought it when chocolate brown furniture was all the rage. I still love the clean lines of the hutch and all the storage it offers, and the fact that I get to display all my ‘pretties’. After re-doing this Thrift Store Find a few weeks ago, it really made my old dark brown hutch stick out like a sore thumb in my dining room (see below). Soooooo, I painted it blue to match my more coastal taste and decor (and now I need to re-do the dining table too.) Here are some BEFORE pictures below.

Step 1, Purchase Paint and Supplies

Last month I scored this thrift store piece (below) for only $19.99 at my local Goodwill and painted it English Channel. I really loved the way it came out so I planned to paint the hutch the same color. There was still a half a can of paint left so started with that. I did need to purchase another quart size and now have 1/2 can of that left over, so basically it took 1 quart size can of paint to complete this project.

Painting furniture is all about using the correct products. Chalk Paint is a great option. For this piece I used Behr Stain Blocking Paint and Primer in One. This stuff is pretty awesome too and did not disappoint. I used a Satin sheen which is best for kitchens, bathrooms, cabinets & trim. Other supplies I used were, tack cloths, various sized paint brushes, and my small paint roller.

Step 2, Clean and Prep…

I decided to just paint this piece right in the dining room! My husband helped me move it a little bit away from the wall, and then I put a tarp down under it, promising myself that I would be super careful (and I was!!!). This thing is heavy so I didn’t feel like moving it to the garage or outside.  Before I began, I took everything out of it and took the knobs and handles off too. Then I gave it a good cleaning using the tack cloths and tried to make sure I got all the dust.  I did not sand first.

Step 3, Paint…

As stated above, I did not sand this piece at all. I just painted right over the dark brown. It took about 3 coats. I used my roller on the big areas, and a paint brush when needed on the smaller areas, and a very small brush for the smallest lips on the doors. This whole process took about 4 hours total. After I was done painting and it was all dry, I applied two coats of this Minwax Satin Polycrylic Protective Finish.

Step 4, Styling…

I made sure to wait until the top coat was completely dried (I waited a couple of hours) before I started putting everything back inside. It was fun to restyle it with all my ‘pretties’. I changed out the baskets for sea grass ones and added I new fun knobs and handles. I found the brushed gold knobs and brushed gold handles on Amazon and thought I would give them a try. Verdict: I love them.

Here it is. It looks much better and brightens up my room so much. Now I am working on stripping the dining room table next.

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  • Carol Cole Carol Cole on Nov 11, 2019

    I love it , it turned out beautifully. Is there a mirror back inside of it, it so I want to know if you did it or was it there?

    I have put small mirrors inside of mine but want it all mirror like.

    Thank you.

  • Judy Judy on Aug 29, 2020

    You mentioned chalk paint. Is the Behr paint chalk paint? I am a bit confused. I love how this turned out!

  • Carol Carol on Oct 06, 2021

    I too am from the Cape, now living in Florida!! ( no more snow!! )

    The color of this hutch is beautiful. Your "trash to treasure" is equally as beautiful.

    I read and re-read, however cant find the name of the color. Could you share the name?

    Muchly (Cape Cod speak! ) appreciated.

    Carol ( Formerly of Mashpee )


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  • Jannel Jannel on Oct 06, 2021

    My mind went right to the idea of cutting thin wood, to mimic the bottom doors, then gluing them to the upper glass doors. It would equal out the look and make it less ..glassy. For lack of a better word.

    Sometimes before I do a piece, which is rare now due to unsteady and arthritic hands, I do a "mock up" in Paint. Here is a poor example, but you can get the idea, of adding the wood frames to add dimension.