Sunday, June 29, 2014

Dining Room Hutch Makeover Reveal




When I got the call from my mother asking me if I wanted her old dining room set I immediately jumped on it.  I've been looking for a dining room hutch for a long time and couldn't find anything that I liked. They were either too big, too small, or just not the right look for me.  I loved the design of this hutch, the detail, and because it was a lighted one as well, made it all the more appealing to me.  The only thing that bothered me was it seemed a little outdated for what I was looking for.  Dark wood (and laminate), gold handles, and a table to match.  It immediately darkened up my dining room and lately I've been on a kick to brighten EVERYTHING in my house and add in color. So I knew this project would have to come sooner than later so I was determined to get it done.

This isn't going to be a full detail tutorial like my usual furniture reveals are.  And actually, there really wasn't much to this hutch.  I didn't even sand it! I've been working on a few projects for weeks now and the thought of starting up my sander again made a little nauseous. ( okay, slight over-reaction) but you get what I'm saying!

So, as any furniture reveal starts, here's the before:




It's not bad.  The condition is perfect.  There wasn't any damage, scratches, or holes.  It was just too dark for me. So I took off all the hardware, detached the top part of the hutch from the bottom, and I took it out to the garage.  ( And when I say "I", I totally mean my husband).

I was a little nervous redoing this hutch because while the bottom cabinets are real wood (which I've obviously worked with before) the top sides and back of the hutch is laminate.  I didn't know how it was going to work out with me not sanding it.  But I figured I'd give it a whirl and see how it turned out.



After removing all of the glass and cabinet doors, it was ready to be primed.  Because I wasn't going to be doing any sanding, I used Zinnser Cover Stain Primer.  If you're going to skip sanding, it's recommended that you use an oil based primer.  And that's the one I had on hand, so it was perfect.



I did two coats of primer on the bottom and top half of the hutch, letting each coat dry for 2 hours.

Now, if you follow my blog or have read previous furniture re-do posts, you know my absolute favorite  go to white paint is Popped Corn by Behr.  I LOVE it.  The first coat of paint I applied with a sprayer because the hutch was just so huge looking to me! I was completely overwhelmed when I actually saw all of the detail it had on it.


I picked up this little sprayer from Harbor Freight for a measly $16.99.  God bless the people who decided to put it on sale!  And on top of the great price, it's purple? Um, yes please!

The next two coats were applied with a 6" foam roller brush.

I wanted the back of the hutch to have a really pretty pop of color against my all white decor.  So I chose the color Cool Jazz by Behr.  It's a Tiffany blue type of color, with sort of a beachy vibe to it.  It's a gorgeous color and looks so clean and fresh with the bright white paint.  So I gave the inside of the hutch two coats of paint, letting the first coat dry overnight.

I sprayed all of the hardware with a thin coat of spray primer I had on hand and when they were dry I gave them all two thin coats of Rust-Oleum silver metallic spray paint.



After putting the hutch all back together, it was done.  It took me a total of 12 hours to complete it.  Not too shabby, right?  Keep in mind, that includes all drying time.  I was just glad it was over and ready to be put back in it's original spot, looking more beautiful and fresh with it's makeover!


Here's the complete before and after:



I couldn't wait to see how my white decor would look against the bluish/green background, and was so excited to see the way it turned out.






( In a future post I'll show you how I transformed that little owl into the handsome little guy he is today.  He was certainly an ugly ducking! )

And there ya have it!  My dining room hutch reveal.

Now it's onto redoing my dining room table and chairs! That will be coming soon, so keep a lookout for that!



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3 comments:

  1. I would love to know the BRAND of hutch this is. I have one with similar design that I'm trying desperately to identify and the doors on your is the ONLY one I've come across that have even a fraction of similarity.

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  2. Hi!! I have a hutch that needs a make over but am intimidated by sanding it. It has the same real wood/laminate that you said yours had. What I'd like to know: is the paint is holding up decently without being sanded?

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    1. Absolutely holding up amazingly. I've had no chips, scratches, or peeling at all. Good luck with your hutch! Thanks for stopping by :)

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