I’ve always wanted a pretty china hutch. But I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. In 2011 I started following several DIY blogs. I’m a very thrifty shopper, so all the old, worn out furniture that they transformed into beautiful pieces fascinated me. I read blog after blog and spent hours on Pinterest looking at updated hutches.
China Hutch Makeover Take 1
I finally decided to buy an inexpensive hutch and see what I could do. This china hutch was my first furniture makeover project. I bought the hutch on craigslist for $50 and completely forgot to take a before picture of it before we tore it apart. In the craigslist photo the hutch looked like solid wood. I asked the seller when I called, and he said it was wood. As soon as I saw it I knew it was laminate. I still liked the design and the price so I bought it anyway. The first thing I had to figure out was how to paint laminate. Remember, this was back in the days before chalk paint! After a lot of research, I decided to lightly sand the surface and use an oil-based primer before the latex paint to make sure it would stick.
China Hutch Repairs
This is not a photo of my actual china hutch, but it is very close to it. There were several areas on the hutch that needed additional work. I used glue, wood filler, and tape to get it back in shape before painting. Look at the fancy work here!
I knew I wanted a wine rack worked into the hutch design, so I decided to remove the middle door to put a wine rack in. That wasn’t as easy as I thought! My husband had to cut out the middle shelf and build supports for the sides that we kept. I found a wood wine rack for $3 at a garage sale and painted it. The rack wasn’t a perfect fit, of course, so we had to cut it down.
All in all, this first project took more time and more work than I thought it would! But I’m pleased with the result. I really wanted to distress it, but my husband doesn’t like that look. And since he cheerfully (for the most part) helped with all the modifications that were needed I honored his request.
China Hutch Makeover Take 2
Last year I decided to do another update on the china hutch. I replaced all the white dishes with family heirlooms that I received when my mom passed, so I painted the interior white so they would stand out more. I took the grids out of the glass and updated the knobs to these chippy white knobs. Hobby Lobby is a great place to find fun knobs and handles, especially when they are 50% off!
I’m having a hard time with the lighting in this room, sorry for the blurry photo!
Just recently we updated the colors in our house, so I’m thinking of giving this another makeover to try to make it look less “country”. I’ve heard great things about Fusion Mineral Paint and I think this just might be my first project with it.