Transform a Rabbit Hutch to Beautiful Coastal Cabinet

by Ruth
6 Materials
2 Days

I needed to figure out something to build for my microwave that would fit a small area. Sure I could go buy one but if anybody knows me I got to make things. I came across this wonderful rabbit hutch on the side of the road. I loaded it up in my jeep took it home and went to work. I really wanted to try adding sea salts to my paint to see how it would turn out. This was my first try and kind of a learning experience.

Rabbit hutch

The rabbit hutch had good bones but was too large for the area I need it. So I decided to cut it down. I removed all the chicken wire measured my area took apart the front face and cut it back.

Removed front panels and kept intacted

I only removed the front wood boards so that I could cut it back and it would still be stable.

Putting back together

Here it is put back together in the dimensions I needed.


I puttied all the holes with drywall mud and painted it with primer. It was a rabbit hutch so I didn’t want any smells to bleed through. And really wanted to cover schools bus yellow paint.

Adding color

I started adding blue color to the base of the legs and worked my way up. I use the blue cup I would add a little paint add a little powdered drywall mix and kosher salt. Because of the texture of the salt in it I needed to dab it on more than stroke it.

Adding color

Here you can see I Started dabbing the color of the leg, I know it doesn’t look like much but it does all come together.

Working up the legs

As I worked my way up to the top I would simply add a little white to lighten it a little more. By the time I got to the top it was a pale blue.

Adding veneer to shelf

Not sure if you could see from the original picture but the original Venere that was in there was bubbled crack peeling so once I got done with the paining I added a sheet of veneer to the base of the shelf

Attaching chicken wire

Once I got the veneer attached with the staple gun I attached the chicken wire back but this time I attached it on the inside rather then outside as it was before.

Adding clear polyurethane

Once I got it all put back together I drug it outside and put a clear coat of polyurethane over the top.

Clear coat

I would recommend you use the spray polyurethane otherwise you’ll be knocking off the salt granules when you try to paint it

Micro stand

I left the top open hatch, you could always covered up but I wanted everybody to know that it was once a rabbit hutch.


Here is the completed project works perfect with my wood bar and my metal wall. It took a little time and patience taking it apart and putting it back together but I really like how it turned out and I think I’ll try the salt painting a lot more. Thank you and let me know your thoughts!

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  • Joe Joe on Dec 05, 2020

    Good job and saved money as well

    • Ruth Ruth on Dec 05, 2020

      Thank you Jo, that’s what I thought

  • Maura Maura on Jan 05, 2021

    Love that you kept the wire. Cool piece and i keep noticing rabbit hutches when I see them I linger...great idea and inspiration.

    • Ruth Ruth on Jan 05, 2021

      Thank you Maura, it was sturdy and needed a new life! Give it a try.