$65 and a few hours of elbow grease later, we had a beautiful hutch to compliment our black and white farmhouse style kitchen.
Have you ever perused FB marketplace and happened upon the perfect piece of furniture—the piece that you have been waiting for? That is what I thought had happened when I found this piece—except the picture on FB Marketplace looked nothing like what my husband brought home.
When Joshua returned to our house with this “beautiful” hutch, I was a little shocked. I am not good at DIY projects—especially wood working projects—and this was certainly going to be a project.
Joshua kindly encouraged me—with his help we could spruce this piece up and make it work in our space.
So we began the work.
Rediscovering the Beauty in an Old Piece of Furniture
First, we had to prep the surface. Like any project, preparation always makes things go smoother. We got all of our needed tools.
Tools to Rediscover a Beautiful Hutch
Sandpaper (and electric sander, if you have one)
Materials to Rediscover a Beautiful Hutch
TSP Cleaning Solution
We began by cleaning the dirty surface of this piece of furniture. The cleaning took off years of grime and “roughed up” the paint so that it would be easier to sand and prime.
We did gently clean this backdrop of the hutch, but with barely any water. It is not wood, so it will disintegrate. We also did not do the below steps to the plywood backing of the hutch because it was too fragile and would have disintegrated. Instead of painting it, we covered it up, which you will see below.
After cleaning the surfaces, we got to work on filling the wood. The filler allowed the doors to be solid, covering up the wood grain. This was our preference and added more work. We decided to do this because none of our other cabinets show the wood grain
To make the filling, add the tiniest of water to the paste. You want the paste to be the consistency of paint. If it is too rainy it will not easily cover the wood you are filling.
After letting the wood filler dry, we sanded the entire piece. In order for the primer to stick on all of the surfaces, the wood needs to be rough. Thus, we scuffed up the wood so the primer would stick. We used an electric sander for almost the entire piece with the exception of the grooves in the doors. For the grooves, we simply sanded by hand.
Once the entire piece was rough, we wiped away the dust and primed every surface, including the “counter.” The “wooden” counter is actually a sticker that looks like wood. The sticker was placed over particle board and there was no way to remove the sticker without ruining the particle board. Therefore, we also sanded the sticker, hoping the primer would stick to it.
While all of this was happening, my husband Joshua was measuring, cutting, and attaching a “baseboard” to the bottom of the hutch to cover the existing broken pieces. This is where we used the extra wood, hammer, and finishing nails.
After priming, we sanded once more and wiped away all of the dust. We then painted the piece white, including the sticker counter top.
Surprisingly, the plastic counter top looks like a wooden white counter top! But you will see in the finished product that we added a butcher’s block on top of it. Our friends gave us this butcher’s block—they had had just gotten new counter tops and this was the cut-out where their sink went. To add some character and bring in the rustic farmhouse theme of our living room into our kitchen, we gratefully accepted the offer to repurpose their “scrap” counter top.
Not pictured: I painted the existing hardware black to match our black kitchen hardware. I did all of the same steps to the hardware as the wood: clean, sand, wipe off dust, prime, paint.
Once we brought the hutch to its new home, we added a sticker wallpaper to the backdrop of the hutch. This was extra wallpaper which we had used in the entryway of our home, carrying this pattern from the entryway into the kitchen.
With a lot of help from my husband, we now have a beautiful hutch where we can store our wine, glasses, liquor, and anything else that needs to be “locked” away from curious baby hands and mouths.
We have a few extra scraps of sticky wallpaper, so my next project is to cover some candle jars. I plan to place them in the living room. This means the entryway, kitchen, and living room all have a splash of this pattern for cohesion in our open concept space. Stay tuned for this next project!
To be honest, I was quite nervous about how this ordinary, used hutch would turn out. But I am pleasantly surprised with the finished product. It is amazing how a few hours of teamwork and elbow grease created a simple and beautiful refurbished piece of furniture that fits our space perfectly.