I have a great kitchen hutch makeover to share with you today. It’s not so pretty in it’s former state, but I hope you love it’s new look!
Back in January I found this old hutch at Vendors’ Village. Well, truth be told, Terry actually found it and talked me into buying it. It was way over my limit at $70, but it was 50% off, so I bought it for $35. I expected that I would just give it a quick paint job and flip it.
The first step to any updated furniture is to remove the old hardware. I removed the hardware from the top of the hutch and the drawers.
Kitchen Hutch ReMake
Instead of just painting it, I decided to remove the lower two drawers to make the old hutch look more like a piece for the kitchen instead of a bedroom dresser. I used some 1x10’s on the lower portion.
I secured the shelf boards with Gorilla Wood Glue.
It was time to paint with my Homeright Finish Max and some of my favorite DIY Chalky Paint Primer. I used Behr interior flat in Polished Pearl as a primer.
I raised the bottom up on my easy diy sawhorses so that I could easily paint on the inside of the lower section.
This is after 2 coats of primer on everything but the doors. I had forgotten the doors on the first round of priming.
For the top coat I used a pure white semi-gloss in my Finish Max.
Not shown in pictures—the ONE large drawer was modified on the table saw to make it look like four smaller drawers. More like what a kitchen hutch would have. It sort of mimics the drawer in the upper portion of the cabinet.
Special thanks to Rodney for modifying the drawer for me.
I used some aerosol Citristrip to remove the paint from the old hardware. It was during a cool spell, and I actually ended up spraying the hinges, wrapping them up in the plastic garbage bag overnight. The next day all of the paint rinsed right off.
The area behind the original drawers is “handy board” and didn’t paint up very well. I decided to wrap a piece of foam board with fabric to disguise the not so pretty board.
I used some awesome red knobs from my friends at D. Lawless Hardware . . .
. . . along with these great handles.
I’ve always loved white hutches with red hardware, especially since I saw Elizabeth and Co.’s makeover a couple of years ago.
It’s difficult to tell, but it’s sort of petite in size, perfect for an apartment, condo or galley kitchen.
Even though this white hutch is small, it offers a lot of storage options. Do you love the red hardware as much as I do? If you do love this project, I’d appreciate you sharing it on Facebook or Pinterest.
I haven’t taken it to the booth yet… but probably will this week.
Hi, there! I’m Gail, the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. I’m obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believe that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again—myself included! I hope you’ll enjoy the journey and pick up a few tools along the way… literally!
I am curious as to why you used the interior flat paint as a primer. My first thought was that perhaps you were just using something extra that you had on hand. Then I began to wonder if it works better in some way. I will understand if it is your specialty and you would rather not share. Thanks
I generally use whatever I have. But prefer using the flat paint for my own mixture of diy chalky paint primer. No secrets here. The mixture I use will stick to anything, and it allows me to use whatever color I want as a primer. Painting something red? Use that red paint to make your own primer. Makes painting so much faster and fun!
I just discovered your blog and I am just love struck! I love repurposing furniture and this blog is HEAVEN and a treasure trove of ideas for me! I wish I would have discovered your blog years ago because I would not have looked past many things thinking they are just "junk" and what would I do with them! Now with all the ideas you have shared, OMG...I am going to go wild! Thank you so much for sharing your talent, vision, and know how!
I am so happy you found My Repurposed Life! It sounds like you love doing what I do, but just didn't know HOW to do it. 🙂 Have fun looking back at the years and years of projects.
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Debbie @ Refresh Restyle
Love it! What an amazing idea! Pinned!
chris aka monkey
sooooo much better gail i love the white and red so classic, and just a side note i too am having trouble loading well not loading so much as it comes up so large i have to scroll from side to side to read every thing very weird xx
I have no idea what's up with my site on your device, but my web tech assures me everything is okay on my end. I apologize for the trouble.
ps: this is what she says. Your theme is responsive so she can zoom in and out and show the WHOLE page
Gail, I am such a sceptical. I always see the "before" project and think..... this cannot be anything nice. Lol, you do such great work and you always surprise me! I love checking out all of your work. I have no problem with my computer pulling up your site. Thank you so much! .
Thanks for your sweet comment, and letting me know that you don't have a problem with the site. I never do, but it's difficult to know what other people's experience is like.
The little hutch turned out so cute. I love it accented with the red hardware and checked cloth. It looks so fresh.
This is so beautiful! You did great with this piece! Yes I love the hardware! Thank you for sharing this! God bless you!!!
Thank you so much for your sweet comment Kathy!
Julie @ follow your heart woodworking
That is just lovely, I'm sure it will sell quickly. Be sure to price it well (not too cheap!!!!)
Very nice... I might have been tempted to put doors on the bottom but the red check material is perfect and the red hardware makes it pop. You do great work.
Thanks Ron! I thought this was going to be an easy "flip". I was so disappointed when that handy board didn't take paint to suit me.
Your cabinet looks good after the transformation. I would have liked the bottom door to have stayed on it. For storage, just my thinking. I wanted to say I have a hard time visiting your blog it takes forever to load I don't usually wait on it anymore just takes to long its like it freezes up.
I apologize for the inconvenience, I spoke to my tech about it. She assured me that my site is perfectly fast. She and I have no trouble with it not loading or freezing. I'm sorry it's an issue on your computer/device.
So cute and perfect for a small-ish kitchen or pantry area. I have a love for the blue & white color theme and can picture this with those colors looking just as awesome!
beautiful! love the hardware!
Anne at DesignDreams
Beautiful job Gail! I love that gingham paper with the white paint.
Thanks Anne! it's acutally fabric.... I hope it holds up okay--but it's only foam board, so the new owner could easily remove it if they want to.
Love this makeover. The red handles and red material really make the entire hutch look really good.