Hey guys! This post has been a while in the making. I bought this hutch at the beginning of 2019 and didn’t get around to making it over until just before Christmas in 2019. I wanted to finish it in time to decorate it for Christmas, but in my rush I forgot to take pictures of the makeover process. The good news is that I made it over exactly like my entryway bench I made over last year so I was able use the pictures from that makeover for this post.
Here’s the before picture of the hutch. Yes, I did take proper before pictures, but where they wandered off to is a mystery. I know I had the pictures on my phone… but they disappeared. I know I messaged the pictures to friends right after I bought it… but I can’t find them in the message feed. I know I didn’t delete them (at least not on purpose) because I hardly ever delete anything, and I wouldn’t delete pictures I knew I’d need later. I’m chalking it up to my perimenopausal brain.
Luckily, I had this photo of one of our cats cat “hiding” in the hutch. This is Red, and this picture was taken the day he had a vet appointment for his annual exam after I tore the house apart looking for him. I was already late, but I just had to take this to send to my hubs at work. (It always amazes me that our cats know when they’re going to the vet, even though my hubs and I are careful not to say the v-word around them the night before or the day of their appointment. How do they know?) Anyway, you know you got a orange-y colored hutch when your ginger cat can camouflage himself in it!
I preprared the hutch for painting by removing the upper and lower cabinet doors and all the hardware, then cleaning the entire hutch using Krud Kutter pre-paint cleaner. I also removed the glass from the upper cabinet doors. I didn’t put them back in after I finished the hutch… it makes picture taking a lot easier without the reflective glare of the glass. I can always put the in glass in the future.
I painted on two coats of Rust-Oleum Chalked Paint in Linen White using a paint brush. After the paint was completely dry, I distressed all the outer edges with 100 grit sandpaper. Then I painted all the inner corners and details with Rust-Oleum Chalked Aged Glaze with a craft brush and wiped it off with a soft cloth until I got the effect I wanted. I use this technique instead of applying the glaze all over the entire piece and then wiping it off. It’s much easier for me to do it this way instead of fighting to get the glaze off of the areas where I don’t want it. Once the glaze was completely dry, I applied a coat of Rust-Oleum Chalked Protective Topcoat in Matte Clear. I linked all the materials I used below.
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Once everything was completely dry, I put everything back together and attached the new drawer knobs and pulls. I love how the knobs and pulls contrast against the hutch and really make it pop!
I hope you enjoyed my vintage hutch makeover using chalk paint tutorial! If you have any questions or comments, please drop them in the comments section below!