A Painted Hutch -Beast Turned Beauty

Sarah Trop
by Sarah Trop
I got this hutch from my great Aunt Alice when she moved out of her house! l know some people are totally anti-furniture painting, but I am sure you can see that this piece had suffered wear and tear over the years and was in desperate need of a re-do, with several nicks, scratches, and worn edges. I love painted furniture, it breathes new life into something that might otherwise end up in a dark shed or worse. You know??
The Beast
I looked at this hutch for WAY too long in my garage trying to think of how it could be beautiful. I’ve noticed some beautiful grey hutches in everything from designer magazines, to Martha Stewart lines, to Pinterest makeovers. A grey seemed just right for this hutch.
The first thing that had to go was the hideous hardware and those awful brass things in the glass door. When was that ever a good idea and why?? I love the combo of grey and copper and went hunting on Home Depot’s website. I found the new knobs and pulls in a jiffy.
On to the bottom right door. It was off, but definitely repairable, however instead of putting it back on, we decided to put in a custom wine rack. On the left side of the bottom half of the hutch, there is a drop down section that reveals a dry bar. That just seems to be a perfect fit for a wine rack.
A close up of the distressing
We lightly sanded the entire piece prior to painting, I went with a cream on the back of the hutch to lighten it up a bit - Benjamin Moore's Navajo White. The grey we used is Benjamin Moore’s Anchor Grey. After everything was painted, we distressed and sealed it.
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  • Larry Pettijohn Larry Pettijohn on Oct 24, 2016
    What are the 2 slender pulls(?) on each side of the double handled drawer? I have seen similar pullout shelf supports on a writing desk but these seem too far from the top "drawer" to be for that purpose?

  • Connie stelly Connie stelly on Feb 02, 2017
    Is this for sale

  • Sja34101306 Sja34101306 on Sep 15, 2018

    What sheen of paint did you use and what did you seal it with?

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  • Ardis Olson Ardis Olson on Nov 02, 2016
    Your Aunt Alice would be so proud of how you gave her old hutch a new life. Nicely done!

  • UpState UpState on Nov 07, 2016
    Usually not a tremendous fan of paint on a natural wood item...but, honestly - this one's really well done & looks great ! So many good to great pieces of natural wood furniture shown here are pretty much ruined with paint; but yours is truly an exception and an excellent job !