Asked on Sep 14, 2015

Any ideas on how to make this hutch look vintage?

by Camillee
Tried to sell it, but no takers. Obviously I need to replace the handles but what do I do about the horrible arched top? Hate it. Much tks - Camille
q any ideas on how to make this hutch look vintage, painted furniture, painting wood furniture
  16 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 14, 2015
    Try to update the piece by restaining it in another color than perhaps the top will not be so obvious.

  • Sally Nichols Sally Nichols on Sep 14, 2015
    Don't despair. I think this piece has promise--agreed, different handles would be an improvement, but I think I would change the color of the wood to shabby it up a bit. Also, I think you could improve that arch by somehow removing those horizontal lines, even if you have to cover them up with another piece of wood fitted as an insert; then, perhaps, on top of that some kind of scroll work such as a fleur d'lis or a rustic group of medallions found at any home improvement center (this done, of course, before you paint or stain). Good luck.

    • Camillee Camillee on Sep 14, 2015
      @Sally Nichols Thank you so much, that is an excellent idea!

  • Needamakeover Needamakeover on Sep 14, 2015
    I agree with Sally's idea of an insert and some type of scroll work. I'm thinking maybe even adding some antique-looking trim along the side edges before painting and distressing.

    • Camillee Camillee on Sep 14, 2015
      @Cynthia H Thanks Cynthia, I really don't want to cut the top off, too much work as the sides of the cabinet extend up to the arch.

  • Becky Becky on Sep 14, 2015
    To make it shabby, you could paint it with some chalk paint and then distress it a bit. Paint will make you look at it in a whole new light. Maybe add some of the laser cut wood pieces they make. You can get them at the big box hardware stores or craft stores. They go on with wood glue. Its a pretty piece of furniture with a lot of potential.

  • Delanie Delanie on Sep 14, 2015
    I agree with the above. If you or someone you know are handy with power tools, I think cutting off that top and either replacing it with another pediment or just some moulding, and then painting the piece out in off-white or black, distressing it, and changing the hardware will make a huge difference!! You may even decide to keep it!

  • Z Z on Sep 14, 2015
    @camillee, can you share photos taken from the side? That can tell me a whole lot of what can be changed on the top. The wood is beautiful, maybe even walnut, it would be a shame to paint it.

  • Charlotte Wood Eckel Charlotte Wood Eckel on Sep 14, 2015
    I have the same problem with a gorgeous Broyhill hutch I'm trying to sell. We downsized and it's too big for our smaller home. But, it seems like no one wants it! For your hutch, I wouldn't attempt to cut it apart since you may end up ruining it. It suggest searching the internet for hutch re-do and see what you find. Personally, I would paint it a color to harmonize with your furnishings and change the hardware. You could also consider removing the 2 outer glass doors or painting or papering the inside of the top.

  • Z Z on Sep 15, 2015
    I just thought of a reason it may not have sold and it has nothing to do with its current appearance, but what you have displayed in it and more than likely the title of your ad. Though it's gorgeous, those that are buying these types of pieces are thinking of them for other purposes than dishes.Our daughter recently bought one of these that was horrible looking painted thing, but she has her Mom's eye and knew it would be great for storing books and such. She repainted it and it looks great in their living room.If you have the time, remove the dishes and try out different things in it. Books, folded fabric and craft items (possibly inside pretty baskets), turn it into a wine bar, store children's clothing or fold your sweaters. Make sure to color code any clothing you put in there. It would be great in a bathroom for towels and other necessities. The possibilities are endless.

  • Mickey Baron Mickey Baron on Sep 15, 2015
    I have a very old hutch. I just can't bring myself to paint it, so I change the things around it. like the chalk paint idea. But definitely change that hardware! Those pulls are dull & boring. There are MANY hardware sites, lots to choose from. Post when you're done pls. I'd love to see how it turns out.

  • Camillee Camillee on Sep 15, 2015
    Thank you Mickey & Boo Boo too!

  • Camillee Camillee on Sep 15, 2015
    Thank you so much for your time Becky, given me tons to think about!

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    • Z Z on Sep 16, 2015
      @Mickey B. & Boo Boo it would be best to start another post, with pictures, so you'll get more answers from other members too, but I'd be happy to help.

  • Lynn @ Riggstown Road Lynn @ Riggstown Road on Sep 15, 2015
    I actually love the arched top. I would paint the whole thing in a distressed finish, change the pulls, and stencil the arch with a word, like ANTIQUES or a family name/date (also with a distressed look.) Perfect place to display family heirlooms!

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Sep 15, 2015
    I was reading all the helpful comments you've received, and thought of this clip I recently saved. It wouldn't have to be painted of course, unless you wanted to, but, what a clever way to get two usable pieces out of one large hutch: I have a rather large hutch I know will be too big when we downsize, so have been thinking about doing this - keeping the upper part for display of my "treasures" and the lower part, with a new top as a buffet or TV stand. It was a gift from my daughter's mother-in-l;aw before she passed away, and although I would give it to my daughter in a heartbeat if she wanted it, it just isn't her style (she likes very modern styles and this is presently too traditional for her).

    • Camillee Camillee on Sep 15, 2015
      @Cynthia H Oh for heavens sake! I can't believe I never thought of this! So simple. Thank you

  • Mickey Baron Mickey Baron on Sep 16, 2015
    I know something that will make this POP like crazy but it will be work. If you like sanding & staining. I've done this before & it makes a stand out piece. It would work BEAUTIFULLY with this piece because of the framing. 2 stain tones. If anything, this piece has a wonderful grain to it & separate sections, that's why it will work. Do the top 2 drawers in one & the bottom 3 in the other. Keep the 2 outside doors the same, darken the middle one. Or visa versa. Follow suit with the top area. Framing in that solid piece up top. Then the new hardware. I guarantee it'll be a show stopper. Looking at it, you can get away with saving the one existing stain, now find a darker one for the accent. Keeping the 2 top drawers the same, I love the wood grain in the top drawers. (Hard to explain) but I hope you're following. It really is a pretty piece, it has potential. If this makes sense to you, I'd bet you'd love your finished product.

    • Camillee Camillee on Sep 16, 2015
      @Mickey B. & Boo Boo Yes, I do understand what you are saying and I love two tone wood. I have sooooo much to think about! Thank you!

  • Delanie Delanie on Sep 16, 2015
    I also had the same idea as Cynthia H...separate the two pieces. Also, I have done this to bookshelves or cabinets of my own: get foam core board (you can get it at the Dollar Tree) cover it with fabric or even paint it, and put it against the back of the hutch for contrast. That way, you're not committed to a particular color or print, but it really jazzes it up! You have a lot of great ideas here!! I know you'll do something great with your piece. Post after pics so we can all see!!

    • Camillee Camillee on Sep 16, 2015
      @Delanie Thank you so much Delanie, and I agree, everyone has been so kind!