How to Modernize a Dated Hutch


This hutch came with the house we bought last July. Although it was great for storage, it certainly wasn’t doing my kitchen any favors. As you can see, it became a collect-all for everyone’s crap. Not cool.

Also, my sweet daughter decided to help me decorate by putting stickers all over it. She did tell me she was helping decorate for Halloween, so, all is well. However, those pesky stickers took a fair amount of elbow grease to remove!

In this post, you will learn how to modernize a boring and dated hutch like this one!

I like to put together a little “vision board” or inspiration before beginning. For example, I knew I wanted to use these knobs (unfortunately you can no longer get these exact ones but you can find similar ones here) and this sage green color called “Pigeon 25” (p.s. if you like this color then screenshot this image, take it into Home Depot, and they will make the color for you). These legs are meant for a couch but you’d never know it. I found them here.

The only prep work I did (besides removing the stickers) was remove the doors and clean the hutch.

I love this cleanser because it’s all natural, smells great, and gets the job done!

I always add BB Frösch Paint Transformer to my paint. This allows the paint to bond to the surface I am painting without any of the prep work. Notice how I didn’t have to prime or sand before getting started? Awesome!

For this sample size of paint I mixed two tablespoons of powder with 1 1/2 tablespoons of water. I mixed in these squeeze bottles until I got a donut glazed consistency (krispy kreme anyone?), then I added the whole sample jar of paint.

Mix until all combined and you can no longer see any white.

*Note: BB Frösch Paint Transformer does NOT alter the color of your paint!

Once you begin painting make sure your first coat is THIN! Thin and applied in CROSS-HATCH strokes. This will help with bonding. Your first coat should look like this. With each subsequent coat continue to paint in the cross-hatch strokes. This will promote self-leveling of your paint.

Make sure to paint in the most ridiculous outfit you can find and with greasy hair so that if someone shows up unannounced you are totally embarrassed. This is why we are project people and not fashion bloggers!

After I got the coverage I wanted which was about 2 1/2 coats I let the paint fully dry and cure. I chose to poly this piece because it will get A LOT OF USE. Case in point: I didn’t even notice when I took this progress photo that there is a pair of miniature socks taking up residence on the corner…

We flipped this baby upside down to attach the new legs. I swapped out the boring old knobs for these knobs on the center drawers.

I used this matte polyurethane to seal this piece. If you’re doing cabinets you can see how to apply it using a couple of different methods here.

I am super happy with the way this turned out! It is definitely more pleasant to look at than before. If you need more inspiration or want to learn more techniques check out our Ultimate Guide to Chalk Painting.

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