Hutch Makeover

When Matt and I got married his grandmother gave us a hutch.  We used it as a hutch for a while but it didn’t take long before it became your basic storage cabinet.  During one of our many moves across the country Matt and I wondered whether or not the hutch was being utilized enough to warrant another move.  We called Grandma to ask if she wanted it back.  “It’s not an heirloom.  Toss it!” she said.  But we ended up using it as a bookcase and so when the time came, we brought it with us to New Jersey where it is used to store my spices and frequently used school books.

But just because we decided to keep it doesn’t mean it wasn’t in serious need of a makeover.  I know some people get mad when I redo old things, but something is only worth as much as someone is willing to pay for it, and I would be willing to bet that no one would be willing to pay anything for my hutch.  Since I am going to keep it, I am going to make it beautiful again.  Here is a before shot (I forgot to take the pic before I took the top off).



I started by filling in the cracks and holes and sanding it down (well, the VERY first thing I did was replace the wooden knobs with oiled bronze, but I did that weeks ago).


Then (since I’m still loving the two-toned look) I sprayed the back blue.


Henry helped :)





“Can I spit up on your nice paint job?”


The next day I carefully taped off the back so that I could spray the rest white.  Then it started to rain so I had to bring it in the house.  I don’t know about you, but when I redo a piece of furniture my life comes to a screeching halt.  No school, no errands, nothing.  TV and junk food.  That is a big reason why I try to keep it to one project a month.  It never takes more than a day or two, but because it disrupts our lives SO much I have to plan it carefully around our weekends and finish it quickly.  I cannot be derailed by something like RAIN!  That meant I had to paint by hand.  Boo!  I hate painting by hand.


Good thing I have a lot of helpers!


After a few coats the sun came out and I was able to move it back outside for a good sanding (to get rid of the brush strokes) and three or four final coats.


Then I was ready for the clear coat.  I carefully peeled away the tape and…


I was SO annoyed!  Fortunately it didn’t take long to fix by hand.


I liked it so much that I decided not to do the doors.  I loved seeing the blue.  At Matt’s suggestion I started filling it up with our dishes so we could use it as an actual hutch.  Then I realized that we have children.  And when they run around they shake the house like elephants.  Maybe our glass dishes should stay safely where they were.


So I put back my lifetime supply of spices and the school books we use on a regular basis.  Matt then pointed out that the glass jars full of spices would hardly be any more safe than our dishes would be without doors… so I broke down and painted the doors.


And I’m glad I did.  I didn’t glaze or distress at all.  I just wanted a nice, clean look.  She’s SO pretty now!  Matt says it’s his favorite project of mine so far and it really brightens up the dining room :)



8 Comments Add yours

  1. Tara says:

    I absolutely love that! I have a piece similar to this that is just collecting dust in my laundry room. I bet I could liven it up and bring it out in the open now that you’ve inspired me!


  2. It is beautiful! Good work.


  3. Cari says:

    Love it! It looks so pretty with all the jars- I need one!


  4. jocelyn says:

    It looks fabulous!!!


  5. Gnielsen says:

    Aw adorable, I heart the color scheme! Can’t wait to see it-you are clever!


  6. Heather B. says:



  7. Mom says:

    Wow. I’m so jealous. It’s beautiful.


  8. Donna says:

    Looks fabulous! I have no working space here– I’m so envious. :)


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