This mid century hutch was a great deal for only fifteen dollars! The reason it was so cheap? The glass in one of the doors was broken.
Thrift Store Mid Century Hutch
Other than that it was in pretty good shape, except on the side edges of the bottom. This is pressed wood under veneer, so it wasn't an option to refinish it.
Can you see the bottom edge here? And the broken pane of glass?
*this post contains affiliate links, read more here*
Preparing to Paint MCM hutch
A putty knife and needle nosed pliers were helpful to remove the glass in the mid century modern hutch.
This is how the glass was held in place in the hutch. I took a picture of the hinges so that I would know how to reattach them when the time was right. Tip: take pictures that will enable you to reassemble your project.
Step 1 Clean and Degrease
When you buy thrift store furniture, you never know what it’s been through or where it has been stored. TSP is a great cleaner/degreaser to remove grease, grime and nicotine. Look how dirty the water is in the bucket.
Awesome all purpose paint for thrift store projects
Leaving the inside of the bottom cabinet original wasn’t a difficult decision for me. When a cabinet is meant for storage, paint can get scratched up. For this reason, I prefer not to paint the inside of storage pieces. I used a scrap piece of thin plywood to prevent overspray inside the lower cabinet.
Thinking that I would leave the mcm hutch a dark blue, however, it wasn’t the color I was intending. I actually got the color mixed up with another oops blue.
Replacing glass shelves with wooden shelves
Did you notice that the hutch was missing shelves? They were glass and were broken when it arrived to my home. In all honesty I have no idea if they were already broken, or if they broke when there was a “load” shift in the truck. I had no idea the shelves were glass when I bought it, or I would have transported them separately. In the bottom image, you can see the difference in the colors of the blue paint.
After two light coats of the chalky paint primer and 2 light coats of the navy (dark denim) top coat, the hutch is beautiful!
Time to put the hardware back on. Top left photo shows I put the hinge on wrong—even AFTER looking at the photo. I was not paying attention to the knuckle. It needed to rest beside the edge of the door. I also added the magnet closures and the plates that line up with the magnets.
The plan was to add some decorative brass metal where the glass had been. The pieces I have were not large enough. I didn’t want to invest any more money in the hutch at this time. I’d love to hear your thoughts on what you would do with the naked hutch doors.
EDITED TO ADD: Melanie on FB said "I liked the doors hung the original way. But besides that it is awesome." Too funny! I didn't even realize I hung the doors upside down. So, now I have another question for you . . . should I FLIP them back?
For now, I added some pieces so I could take pictures, and being sans glass made it a LOT easier to photograph.
You can see that I didn’t paint the inside of the bottom cabinet.
Please leave your thoughts in a comment below, email, or on Facebook about what I should do about the missing glass. Would it be totally crazy to have a mid century hutch like this with naked doors?
See other hutches I've done below:
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.