Monday, January 14, 2013

The Craigslist Hutch Makeover

It had been several months since we moved into our new home and I still couldn't find a fit for an empty wall in our dining room.  My dining room has a type of cut-in little cubby hole made to fit a hutch or buffet.  Nothing I liked fit the dimensions of the space.  That is, nothing until we saw this on Craigslist...

The hutch was just $30 on Craigslist.
The seller said that she had purchased it a year or
 more ago with the intentions of refinishing it herself.

As you can see, the hutch had been greatly "loved."  If I were wanting a rustic antique look then it might have been good as it was, but I had already purchased a new dining room table with a modern look and feel.   The size was perfect, and since it was only $30, I decided to take it home.  After two hours of fighting wonderful Dallas traffic and a few back strains, we brought the hutch home to get it ready for its makeover.

Inexpensive fresh Roses
from Aldi are one of my
favorite decorative touches.

The first task was to get rid of the cupboards  This step was as simple as removing the doors and cutting off two partitions.  The original hutch also had some heart cut-outs just below the cupboard that were very easy to take off by removing that board.

Next, came the finish.  Stripping the stain to the original wood sounded like too much work for this project, so I settled on painting.

Paint color is Chaparral from Behr.
I settled on a color called Chaparral from Behr because it best matched the dark wood of the dining room table.  I love to skip sanding and priming whenever possible, but this hutch was so beat-up that sanding was imperative.  So, a palm sander and a coat of primer with Kiltz left the hutch ready to paint.

Finally all that was left was the hardware. New hardware is the fastest, cheapest and all-together easiest way to makeover a hutch.  I was looking for hardware that would bridge the gap between the traditional bevels of the hutch and the clean lines of my table.  After looking at what seemed like hundreds, I settled on these eye-catching glass knobs from Lowes.

I just love the way the new handles reflect light and add shimmer to the buffet.

So, that's the story!  For a while I considered leaving the hutch's top shelves off in place of this bracket-less shelving.  The problem was my white dishes seemed to get lost in the grey wall behind them.  I really wanted something that would contrast with the white dishes and cause them to really stand out.

So what do you think?  What have you done to makeover your Craigslist finds?

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  1. Love it! I am waiting to paint an old hutch I have in the basement for my dining room that I am making into my craft room :) I have 3 diffrent pieces of furnicher that I am going to paint the same color & stencil on to make them match. I can't wait to get moving on it!

  2. What a makeover, and for $30 you hit the jackpot. Love the color you chose.

  3. Beautiful job, kudos for seeing the potential!

  4. The redo looks beautiful and you accessorized it well. Great job!

  5. Great job....

  6. Oh wow! That hutch looks amazing! It's inspiring me to paint our bedside tables a chocolate brown!

  7. I'm just about to start a painting project and have a question. Did you paint this with a brush? Did you use oil or water based paint? Thanks

    1. I used oil paint and a brush. I much prefer non-oil based paint because it is easier to work with, but I wanted the finish on the hutch to be durable. I found that the secret was to dilute the paint (with mineral spirits) to be the perfect consistency. Too thick lead to brush strokes drying into the finish and too thin leads to runs and drips. The best quality brush you can buy is imperative! Good luck with your project!

  8. Getting the nerve to paint my hutch. Thank you for the inspiration!

  9. Beautiful job on the hutch! I found your project next to mine at the Creative Juice Party. :)

  10. So very pretty! Just love it! Pinning this one!

  11. I have found a couple of treasures on Craig's List which I love - the hutch is beautiful.
    I just started a new Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party on my blog this week - would love to have you stop by and share!

  12. WOW!!! It looks like a completely new piece! Great job!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality! I'm looking forward to seeing what you link up this evening! :)

  13. This is so gorgeous, I love it! We found our hutch for free through Craigslist and we're loving it! I haven't found the time or motivation to spruce it up yet, but it isn't bad looking as is... :-)

    Also, I featured this on my blog today! You can check it out and grab a button here:

    I paid a friend to do the makeover ~ it was a lot of work but the result is exquisite!!
    The finish had to be stripped, the pine sanded and primed, then painted ~ rubbed for the shabby chic finish, and then a clear finish applied overtop. The hutch provides a lot of extra storage for my mother - it houses special glasses/mugs behind the glass doors, table mats in the drawers, and pantry items down below. I would much rather put the effort into making sure a piece made of solid wood doesn't go to landfill, rather than buying a new piece made out of pressboard. I cannot comment on this being eco-friendly, but at least it's good quality.

  15. I'm pinning this to remind myself to look beyond
    "just painting" a piece. Your re-model updated this hutch beautifully, but still kept the charm. Great work!

  16. OMG!! I can not believe the makeover!! It looks so fancy and expensive furniture, seriously LOVE IT ♥♥ and everything matches perfectly!! I'm so doing this! thank you so much for posting it,
    I'm pinning it!

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