I’m SO excited to finally share this project that has literally been a year in the making. Look how little Greyson was when we first found this hutch!
We love entertaining, so we have accumulated many party supplies over the years that we just don’t have the storage for in our kitchen. I’ve always wanted to DIY an old piece of furniture, so when we saw this on the side of the road (ha!) next to our house, I knew this was the perfect piece!
Funny enough, we didn’t originally get this. Another neighbor picked it up first and I was bummed when I didn’t see it still sitting out there on our way home after a Costco trip. For some reason, I knew that wouldn’t be the last I saw of it and I was right! It didn’t fit for the other neighbors, so it made a home in our garage for the next year haha It’s actually an old tv stand as there is a hole in the back for a wire. I wanted to repurpose it for a hutch and I think it works well!
I scoured Pinterest for what would work best for the space in our dining room, as well as different hardware pieces, finishes, and paint colors. I did not want an open hutch and I wanted drawers to be able to store napkins, napkin rings, etc. I found a similar furniture piece on Pinterest and it was exactly what I was going for. Luckily, the tv stand pretty much resembled what I had in mind for the hutch. Jeff made my vision come to life and I could not be happier with it! Here’s my inspiration below:
I sanded the hutch down because it had some pretty rough edges, but once I was able to really start working on it, I found out I was pregnant with McKenna, so I didn’t feel comfortable breathing in all the old sawdust and paint we would be using to give it a facelift. Then it was winter time, so we couldn’t paint it because it was too cold in the garage for the paint to cure. After I had McKenna, I obviously had zero extra time to work on it, so it became Jeff’s DIY project 😬
It was actually in pretty rough shape once you really got a good look at it, so Jeff had to reinforce some of the shelving and add some extra supports here and there. It looks like it was actually handmade, as nothing was really symmetrical and the drawers just slide in as opposed to roll in on a drawer slide. I still thought it was pretty cool to have an old piece of furniture that we could make pretty again and I always envisioned having some sort of statement piece in our dining room.
I also was hell bent on having a drawer where I store cheese knives and other smaller items, so they wouldn’t get lost. The drawer was really challenging because as I mentioned before, nothing was symmetrical, so certain parts of the drawer had to be cut differently than others. Jeff added drawer slides to make my wish come true!
He stained the shelves and inner drawers and then painted the outside with a paint spray gun. I wanted a smooth finish and no paint lines which is why we used the paint sprayer as opposed to hand painting it. I also think spraying it was easier to get in all the little cracks and crevices.
The final thing that took forever to decide on was the hardware. The original hardware was not my style and as much as I tried to make it work, the hinges on the side of the cabinet doors were hanging off the sides and just weren’t holding the cabinet doors on properly. They had square nails which was pretty cool, though!
I wanted to do a champagne bronze finish on all of the hardware, but we needed a specific hinge that I couldn’t find in champagne bronze anywhere. Jeff had the great idea of finding a spray paint we liked, so we could mix and match the hardware to get the look that we wanted and I love how everything turned out! He did two coats on the hardware and I think you can’t even tell it was painted.
My next plan is to organize it with all of our party supplies and extras that don’t fit in the kitchen. I plan to do that in the next couple of weeks!
Paint stain for shelves and inner drawers: Pecan
- Prim–great for wormwood
- Color: Benjamin Moore Midnight, Semi-gloss finish
Spray paint: Rust-oleum Champagne Bronze