Friday, February 16, 2018

DIY Hutch Makeover

From Blah to Farm style!

The search for the perfect size hutch is finally over.   My daughter has a very limited amount of space for a hutch in her dining room.  With a limited budget, we have been searching thrift stores for months to find the perfect piece.  

Not many people would walk past this lovely hutch!  But the "before" was a different story.   The piece was very dated and the glass shelves were missing.  However, it was a solid wood piece and the price was perfect.  

Only $50.00  SCORE

Here is the after!  

1.  We removed all the doors and used wood filler to fill all the holes.  
2.  Next, we cut two board's to replace the glass shelves.  
3.  Since the piece had a dark stain, we stained the new shelves with a dark stain first.  
4.  We removed the hardware from the drawer's and used a black spray paint to paint them.  
5.  While they were drying, we painted the entire piece with Old White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
6.  After applying two coats of paint, we used a sanding block for a little distressing.  
7.  We then used Clear wax over the entire piece.  
8.  We added the hardware back to the drawer's and attached the new shelves.


What I look for when shopping thrift stores

When searching for furniture at thrift stores, I look for a good solid build.  Solid wood pieces always get a second look.  If the style is dated, I try to look beyond the details.  They can always be changed.  Doors and trim work can always be removed or replaced.  
If the color isn't something I like, it can also be changed. (paint, paint, paint)
Most importantly the price.  Some item's are good deals and some are just OK.  Usually a piece with some damage will be a better deal.  This hutch was in perfect condition except for missing shelves.  Fortunately, the missing shelves brought the price down.  
I once received a $75.00 discount on an antique mirror because one of the mirror panes was cracked.  It cost $5.00 to get a new piece of mirror cut.  SCORE!!!
Lesson learned.......
So don't walk away from a damaged piece, it could turn into the perfect piece!  

Happy Thrift Store Shopping.  



Wood filler
Gel Stain
Sanding Block
Black Spray Paint
Chalk Paint
Clear Wax
Screw Driver
Drop Cloth


  1. Ok, I've been scanning Craigslist for a buffet and you scored a gorgeous one. I love how you left off the doors and kept the lines simple! I did that on one of my pieces and it came out so much nicer. Great post and thanks so much for joining our Friday Friends Parade Linky Party!

    1. Thanks Janine, we had been looking for several months. The wait was worth it. I appreciate your comments 😘😘


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