Hutch Makeover - a 1970's "Glow Up!'

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4 Hours

I took this hutch straight out of the 70's and gave it a "glow-up!"

This is what I started with! My client bought this off of FB Marketplace for $50 and wanted me to transform it into a farmhouse style cabinet for her. The drawers were here, I had just already taken them out. First thing I had to do was remove all the doors, drawers and glass inserts. Once that was done, I bagged up all the hardware and began to scuff sand the entire piece with 220 grit sandpaper. All in all, the scuff sanding should take 20-30 minutes at most.

After I got done sanding it and wiping it down outside, it was time to bring it inside! This piece was huge and heavy and took up my entire dining room! I used sawhorses to lay it on its back to make it easier to work on. The next thing I needed to do was to prime the entire piece - all the outside, the doors, drawers and the inside of the top half.

When I am in between coats of priming or painting, I store my brush in a ziploc baggie so it doesn't dry out and so I don't spend hours cleaning the brush out a zillion times!

Drawers are primed and ready to be painted!

Here is this beast of a piece laying on its back with one coat of primer on it!

I decided to work on the inside of the cabinet first, so I taped off some crucial areas to make it easier on myself. I did two coats of General Finishes Persian Blue Milk Paint on the inside of the hutch.

I applied two coats of General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint to the rest of the hutch, including the hardware, and then lightly distressed the details of the piece with 150 grit sandpaper to make those parts really stand out.

Here it is, a fabulously farmhouse hutch! It took a little time and sweat equity but this glow up was a success! My client uses this to display all her Rae Dunn!

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