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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

A Simple Farmhouse Inspired Hutch Makeover

A dated wood hutch gets a farmhouse inspired makeover!

Paint is such a powerful thing!  I'm constantly amazed at how much it can completely transform dated furniture for minimal cost and effort.  I recently came across a 90's style hutch that was a great price and the perfect candidate for a farmhouse makeover.   I'm usually drawn to midcentury modern pieces, but I liked the idea of updating a completely different style piece and having a little versatility in the shop.  

        Black painted farmhouse inspired hutch

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- 100 and 120 grit sanding pads
- Screwdriver
- Spackle knife
- Rubber mallet
- Lint-free rag or wax brush
- Simple Green
- Paper towels
- Hardware (2 knobs and 2 cup pulls)

Here's how the two piece hutch looked just after I brought it home.   It was in great condition and offered lots of storage, but the stain, hardware and decorative details left it a bit dated for my taste.

Dated 90's style hutch before
The first thing I did was remove the hardware and give both pieces a good sanding using my orbital sander and 100 and 120 grit sanding pads. Then I used a rubber mallet to knock the decorative railing loose until I was able to break off the wooden pegs that were holding it in place.  

Sanding hutch to get ready for paint

This left some pretty big holes in the wood, but I was able to fill them all in with my favorite wood putty I applied the wood putty with a spackle knife, smoothed it out, let it dry then sanded it smooth with my orbital sander.  
Repairing holes with wood putty
After the repairs were made and the wood was sanded, I cleaned the hutch with Simple Green then applied three coats of General Finishes Lamp Black.   I lightly sanded around the edges for a naturally distressed look then sealed the paint with finishing wax.   I finished off the hutch with new knobs from Hobby Lobby and pulls from Hickory Hardware.  
Painted and distressed black hutch makeover

Inside cabinet of painted and distressed hutch

Painted and distressed wood hutch

Painted and distressed Lamp Black painted wood hutch

Transforming a dated wood hutch with paint
I'm really happy with how the hutch turned out, especially since it cost less than $30 and I had all the supplies (including the hardware) on hand.  Now that's an affordable farmhouse transformation!

Before and After of a Dated Wood Hutch

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  1. So inspired by this! I have a super similar hutch in my sons room! Going to tackle it! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Great job!!! Beautiful colour :)