Old Maple Hutch Makeover

2 Materials
10 Hours
I picked up this old maple color hutch on craigslist for just $70. It was kinda beat up and in need of some TLC and updating.
I planned on painting the piece black to go with my dining room chairs. In the end, I went with a satin black paint. I usually work with lighter colors and chalk paint on furniture makeovers so I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I got a quart of “Black” and thought I was ready to go. I removed all of the hardware and got to prepping.
Always sort the pieces by size and label them when you take them off so you know where they go when you put them back on. Unfortunately, I remembered this too late. I’m usually really good about keeping hardware all together when doing a project but didn’t think about sorting by size or location as I was going. This made it harder to put the pieces back on.  Oops.
The nice part about using chalk paint is that you are supposed to be able to paint without sanding or priming. I usually sand a little but not much (call me old school). This piece was particularly scratched up and shiny so I sanded more than usual after wiping the whole piece down with a damp cloth to get all of the dust off.
I should have sanded more and then primed and it would have helped the paint stick better.
I decided as I was painting the top that I wanted to leave the inside brown. It will just make the pieces displayed inside pop better.
Here it is all painted. At this point, I couldn't decide what to paint the hardware so I put everything together to see what it would look like.
Not crazy about the gold, so I tried a hammered silver and another color.
I finally settled on Oil Rubbed Bronze.  Here it is all done.
It fits perfectly in the space.
To see more of this makeover and find out the 7 lessons I learned while doing it, visit my blog at http://mylifeonkayderosscreek.com/7-lessons-i-learned-from-a-hutch-makeover/ you can also find me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lifeonkayderosscreek/
Suggested materials:
  • Satin interior paint   (Home improvement store)
  • Oil Rubbed Bronze
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  • Nerissa Trenear-Harvey Nerissa Trenear-Harvey on Nov 05, 2017

    Stunning. But why is it called a Hutch? We call it a dresser or display cabinet?

  • Barbara Best Thomas Barbara Best Thomas on Nov 06, 2017

    What brand and color of satin interior paint did you use? It's hard to tell if it's steel grey, dark blue or black. Love it!

  • Diane Diane on Nov 06, 2017

    Is the Oil Rubbed Bronze a spray paint?

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    Yes I also loved the gold hardware. It made the hutch stand out. That of course is my opinion. You did a great job and the colour is fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

    • Catherine  Hays Catherine Hays Yesterday

      I agree, I actually think that copper hardware would be stunning on that piece, and copper would really play off of the colors on her chairs. But it came out beautifully either way.

  • Katen Katen on Dec 31, 2023

    I have this same size in my dinning room. Love it. Holds service for 12 and a variety of beverage glasses plus some special pretties. Low profile that fits into any dinning room and any setting. You scored a forever piece, and your finish looks lovely in its setting. Can’t suggest this size/style enough for everyone to easy to enjoy