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  The only thing that bothered me was it seemed a little outdated for what I was looking for.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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  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.

  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?

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

  3. I bought a buffet and hutch at Restore intending to paint it. A friend talked me out of it. This has inspired me to follow through with my original idea. It's just gorgeous!

    1. So awesome to hear that! Hope it turns out wonderful! I’m sure you will make it look fabulous! Thank you so much for the kind words :)