Farmhouse Hutch Chalk Paint Makeover

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Hey there, friends! I finally finished my Master’s degree (yay!) and now I can get on some of the projects that have been sitting on the back burner for way too long.
I knew exactly which project piece I wanted to start with! It was time for a farmhouse hutch makeover!
This is how the hutch looked before. It was built in the 1930’s and it is a solid, well put together piece. It has a lot of detail on the doors which I really like, but what really attracted me to it is the open shelves, which I think work better for displaying mixed decor.
The hutch had some water damage on the top, so I sanded it out with a hand sander. It is veneer, so I was careful not to sand too much so as not to sand it all the way through it.

After I was done sanding, I took all the hardware off and removed the drawers and doors. I always put all my hardware in a lidded jar so none of it disappears, which tends to happen a lot because we have cats.
The paint goes on smoothly and covers well. I left the first coat dry overnight and then applied a second coat, which again I allowed it to dry overnight.

The next morning I was ready to apply the glaze.Glaze tends to try quickly, so I worked in small sections by applying the glaze and wiping off the excess with a damp cloth. I allowed the glaze to dry overnight.
The next day I lightly distressed the hutch using 150 grit sandpaper. I then applied the Natural Wax with a wax brush and buffed it out with a dry lint-free cloth, then allowed the wax to dry overnight.
Painting this hutch was a lot of work, but it was well worth the time and effort!
I had a lot of fun decorating it will all my flea market finds. :)

For more step-by-step pictures of the projcect as well as the finished result, please click on the link below to my blog!

I hope you enjoyed this makeover tutorial! :)

Michelle @ The Painted Hinge
Suggested materials:
  • 2 pints of Country Chic All-in-One Decor paint in Simplicity   (
  • 1 pint of Country Chic Furniture Glaze in Graphite   (
  • 8 oz of Country Chic Natural Wax   (
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  • Joyce Duckenfield Joyce Duckenfield on Nov 10, 2016
    What is the name of the chalk paint that you used?

  • Linda Jowers Linda Jowers on Jan 02, 2018
    I have a similar hutch that a friend gave me in a nice maple finish. It is in my laundry room & flanked on 1 wall with white 'bead board' floor to ceiling cabinets & on the other wall with a white washer dryer & the same white cabinets over them. Last year my daughter painted the walls a spring green. Before changing the wall color I wanted to paint the hutch, but now I am afraid to go with another painted finish instead of the contrast of the 3 finishes now. Anyone have similar reservations on painted over wood finish?

  • Becky Mccrory Becky Mccrory on Dec 29, 2018

    Did you have to strip any before the first coat of paint?

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  • Margaret Knowles Margaret Knowles on Aug 08, 2020

    I have a similar hutch I've been considering painting. After seeing yours, I just might. Only problem is I don't know if I want a white or a color to brighten things up.

    You did a great job, beautiful!