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Hutch Makeover

May 13, 2014

This was the particle board hutch I referred to in my previous “Junk Finds” post as a nightmare. Ordinarily I restyle furniture to sell, but I have never felt confident about painting particle board. I needed additional cupboard space in the house we just moved into, so I decided the $12 price tag was worth the effort for something I planned on keeping.

I cleaned the hutch well, but I resisted the urge to sand. I was afraid of sanding through the top layer and exposing the particle board underneath. I have seen the effects of particle board that has gotten wet and I didn’t want to take the chance it would happen on this hutch. Not sanding posed the biggest problem. Would the paint stick effectively? I think it did, but I would never sell it. Scratches or scuffs in the paint still appear too easily.

I removed the broken and torn cardboard backing and added my own backing using wood from my stash. I like the look, even though it’s not visible on my finished hutch. It was also needed to stabilize the hutch, so it was all good.

I gave the whole thing a coat of primer, then I mixed a few leftover paint colors and P of P to get the shade of chalk paint that I wanted. It took two coats to get the coverage that I wanted.

I love the weathered look of painted furniture, but I usually achieve that with sanding. Since that wasn’t possible this time, I finished up the painting with a dry-brushing of white paint.

I reattached the lower doors, but the top was completely open. That wasn’t going to work for me. This hutch was going to be used to store unsightly craft supplies.

I considered making a door, but I went the easy route. I have a lot of lace curtain panels. I simply cut the bottom to the needed length and hung the curtain inside the opening using a tension rod. Eventually I might add curtains inside the bottom doors, but for now I think it will work.


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  1. You are so good girl, who would have thought it could look so good? Boy do I wish I could find something like that to fix up. The weathered rustic boards on back give it an entirely different look right off, then paint job really did it. Good thing you had such a good vision what you wanted.
    Something like that cabinet (in it’s before stage) in Grand Junction would have gone for about $50 in thrift stores, they’re very greedy here. Fantastic for storing anything, the curtain is very subtle, looks great. Happy week

  2. I can’t believe this is the same hutch. It was hideous before!!!! You are a miracle worker!!! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

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