Painted Hutch

From drab and dark to cheerful and bright - Hutch transformation
One big disadvantage of living in a small house is the lack of storage, and that's precisely why I kept on looking in thrift stores and Craiglist for a nice hutch to help solve my problem of where to store many essentials that didn't fit in my kitchen. Well I found my hutch, and it was free! :D

Well, it wasn't a handsome guy.

It was a drab, dark, dated piece.  But, I could see its potential. And, yes, it definitely needed a coat, or two, of paint!
dark hutch transformed with paint

In my previous post I talked about the things I liked and disliked about this hutch. Well, besides paint, I also removed the doors and a few trim pieces that I was not fond of. 

This is how the top part looked before and after removing the unwanted parts:

I also gave it a new beadboard backing, which was stapled onto three 1 x 2 supports installed previously on the back.

I used scrap pieces of molding to create a new header. It looks like the trim I installed on the windows HERE.  Well, most of the trim pieces are left-overs from that project.

. The scalloped trim was also removed from the base cabinet and new molding was installed.
Then, the trickiest part came. I had no idea how to get rid of the scalloped edge at the top of the doors and the top drawer.
I went looking all around the house for pieces of wood to make doors out of them. I actually found two pieces, but they were too simple and heavy. Finally, after like a day of thinking, I found the perfect solution: The doors/panels from the top of the hutch were the same size (width), of the lower doors, but they were way longer.  In order use them, the glass was removed, the frame was cut to size (I know for a carpenter this must be a sin but hey I needed this cheat ;) ), and they were put back together with the Kreg jig mechanism. A piece of beadboard on each door replaced the glass.
I also tried to work around the top drawer but in the end I gave up.
The next step was to fill holes and gaps and sand the entire piece.
Then, it was time for paint.  I used home made chalk paint, following the recipe HERE. The back beadboard panel was painted a grey-bluish custom color, the rest of the hutch was done using Valspar White Dove. Three coats were necessary. Clear wax was then applied all around.

Finally, it was time to style this beauty.

Instead of the "scalloped drawer", a basket was used, is one of those baskets for under bed storage found at Michael's. It fits perfectly!

I came up with a solution for the drawer and door pulls. You can read all about it HERE.
Can you spot the little rabbit inside the crate? It is one of my daughter's creations, she is taking a ceramics class and she was super happy I was using it here. I love it ;)
The tea pot, bowls, cups, plates, etc. were brought in to their new storage spot.

I love that now I have a space to display and store those pieces that are not used so often, but they're still something I want to have at hand. Here is how it looks from the kitchen table.
from drab and dark to cheerful and bright





Of course I couldn't leave you without the before and after :)
From drab and dark to cheerful and bright

Thanks so much for stopping by!





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54 comments :

  1. It is very pretty. But I would have tried painting the scalloped drawer first, just to see how it would have looked. I am just not a big lover of the basket thing. But your styling it is very nicely done!

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  2. Wow, that's very creative. I would not have thought that you could take off the scallop trim, it looks so much better without it! Great Styling too. Well done!

    Jenn

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  3. Thanks ladies! Paula, I did try fitting in the drawer but since the "dresser" had the new molding, the scallops on the drawer didn't fit in. I still have the drawer, I know how baskets get damaged so easily, perhaps a new solution for the drawer can be found later on.
    Well, all those parts I took off are going to be re-used on upcoming projects, they are by no means waste!

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  4. I like it with out the scallops. and I like the texture of the basket with the white.

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  5. Amazing! I remember seeing the before in a previous post and I didn't recognize it here in it's white glory.

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  6. Wow! What a great way of getting rid of the waves. It looks so much better with it. I can't believe you whipped it out in a week! It would have taken me that long to figure out how to cover up those scallops! Beautiful!!

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  7. Just beautiful!!! Exceeds my expectations. I have a bedroom suite I am dying to do this too but just can't bring myself to take the plunge!!! (you can see the bed and high boy on my Home Tour...opinion?) This may tip the scales. Seriously, you did a superb job!!!
    BTW, I like the basket...but someday if you HAVE to put the drawer in, you can buy a router jig that matches the profile on the lower drawers and just build a new front out of poplar. Simple solution, but again, I like the basket!

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  8. It turned out beautiful! I love the basket in it too. :) It looks great.

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  9. Hey I love all of your creations! Such beautiful style. Where did you get your fabric to cover your pull-down cutain in your kitchen above your sink? I am in love with that fabric! Need

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  10. Hey I love all of your creations! Such beautiful style. Where did you get your fabric to cover your pull-down cutain in your kitchen above your sink? I am in love with that fabric! Need

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  11. Wow! Great transformation - When I first saw the 'before' piece, my thought was "what was she thinking" haha - not a fan of the scallops and detail - I like clean straight lines on most things. It looks ah-maz-ing!
    I especially love the doors down below and the basket drawer. The pulls, too. So creative.

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  12. Looks amazing! The basket drawer is perfect too. Wow!

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  13. Wow! What a beautiful transformation!
    Jemma

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  14. Love the drawer pulls and the basket drawer...you did a fantastic job on it! I pinned it to my "before and after" board.

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  15. Muy muy bonita!!! Wow you did an amazing job transforming this, I love how you got rid of the scallop, it looks way better, and great repurpose on the doors, so smart! It looks so pretty, and I don't envy the paint job that must have taken a lot of work, but you did great!

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  16. Maria, the roman shade's fabric was found at Jo-Ann, it's the Pom Pom Play Spa by Waverly.

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  17. Que hermoso te quedo ese mueble Cristina .. Un gran trabajo ..adore el contraste del blanco con ese canasto oscuro y esos tiradores de correa

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  18. Utterly amazing! That is truly a beautiful transformation!!

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  19. Cristina, I LOVE the wicker basket as the drawer! It adds so much texture! You always do such a great job and you are so creative!

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  20. Love the drawer pulls and the fact that you found a basket to fit so perfectly!

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  21. A real "wow" transformation, and I love the way you've decorated it.

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  22. the hutch looks great! what a difference paint and accessories make!

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  23. Wow. You really did a number on this buffet. The result is beautiful, I can't believe the difference between the before and after. That must have taken some serious time to add the new mouldings. Great job!

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  24. Fantastic!! You really dressed that unit up. I love the basket drawer too. Pure genius. and yes I did spot the rabbit. Looks like she takes after her mom!

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  25. OMG, another fabulous project Cristina!!!!! In love with the hutch now, love the leather handles and that basket you added and with your collection on display? looks perfect!

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  26. It looks amazing! I love the way you styled it too, especially the wire baskets on top.

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  27. WOW I love the transformation and how you styled it!!

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  28. Amazing makeover! You have transformed her into a perfect beauty. Your vision and skills are to be envied.
    Cindy

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  29. That is a seriously amazing before and after! Fantastic job!!!

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

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  30. Found you through the Inspire Me Tuesday linkup. You did a great job on this makeover. I especially like the use of the basket in place of the old drawer. Adds some unexpected interest. :)

    Tricia
    http://designandcanines.blogspot.com

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  31. I. LOVE. IT! What a huge transformation! I am pinning this!

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  32. This turned out great, Cristina! I love it. You definitely put a lot of work into this makeover. It was well worth it though seeing the finished results!

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  33. Cristina, That is amazing. I had no idea anyone could turn that ugly duckling into such a beauty! Your talent and creativity is inspiring. I like it so much better without the scallops.

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  34. That is beautiful Christina. I would love for you to share that on my Chic By You Wednesday Link Party! Hope to see you there!

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  35. Stunning transformation....I see tons of old china hutches with hideous scroll work and have always walked away because I always worried about ripping it apart. I admire your bravery and your DIY skills!

    It looks amazing....Great job!

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  36. Oh that little rabbit is adorable! I love the hutch! It's so bright. Perfect idea and fit on the basket drawer. I LOVE the handles on the drawers and doors! I am just in love with this!

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  37. Love this transformation! I'm totally in love with the pulls and the basket....it must've been meant to be! Hello from Furniture Friday!
    leelee @ paperbagstyling.blogspot.com

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  38. W-O-W! from really ugly to stunningly beautiful! Great job. And I want one just like that too. ;)

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  39. Oh my gosh LOL - I simply can't believe it - you're sooo amazing -
    This is one spectacular makeover - the buckles pulls? FABULOUS !!!
    xox

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  40. That is one gorgeous makeover. Your hutch is alive and well and ready to serve for many more years to come. Beautiful!

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  41. My comment keeps disappearing! Just love this so much! Pinning for sure! And thanks so much for linking up at the Super Saturday Link Party!

    :) Linda

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  42. Turned out beautifully, love the pulls! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  43. Thanks for sharing! I have a very ugly hutch and this has given me inspiration to revamp it!

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  44. Great makeover. Love the leather pulls and your styling is perfect.

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  45. Everything about this is fantastic...those leather pulls are genius!!!

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  46. oh Cristina, this hutch is just so amazing!! love the transformation sans scallop! that basket is genius!

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  47. What a great makeover! I like the trim you added to the top and very clever to reuse those glass doors. You were so lucky that it wasn't glued. How was the glass held into the doors? I'd actually like to make some glass doors but I'm wondering how to put in the glass.

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  48. Cristina, this is one amazing transformation! Love the basket and the leather handles. The whole thing is just beautiful!

    Jeanette

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  49. I am bowing down to you my Queen of Redo! This is Fan-Tab-U-Lous!

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  50. LOVE! How gorgeous is your hutch! I'm featuring it tomorrow at the Power of Paint Party... it was our #1 paint project at last week's party!

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  51. It still amazes me the power of paint! Your hutch is beautiful!

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