Painted Hutch Makeover

Painted Hutch Makeover |

A huge thanks to Behr for sponsoring this post! My favorable opinion of beautiful, high-quality paint is 100% my own. 🙂 For more information, see my disclosures here

One of my very favorite things to decorate for our home tours (like Monday’s fall home tour!) has always been my grandmother’s hutch that sits in our dining room. There’s just something so fun about playing with dishes and flowers and mugs and bowls and arranging them beautifully on the shelves.

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Add to that the tremendous sentimental value that this piece holds, and it’s probably pretty easy to see why I love decorating it so much.

Painted Hutch Makeover |

As I’ve decorated and photographed this piece more and more, though, the orange-y color of the wood started to bug me…

Painted Hutch Makeover |

So when Behr challenged my fellow DIY Experts and me to use a color from their 2016 Color Trends palette to update something in our home, I knew exactly which piece I would be working on! {Psssttt…. there is also a fun giveaway at the end of the post, so stay tuned for that! 😉 }

Here’s the full shot of what I started with:

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I know some people are totally anti-furniture painting, but if you look closely, you can see that this piece was not only quite orange, but had suffered some wear and tear over the years, with several nicks, scratches, and worn edges.

The china cabinet is actually two pieces, so Donnie helped me take it apart and remove the doors and all of the hardware.

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I pretty much took over our entire dining room for this project. Good thing my boys really love me! 🙂 I started by wiping down the entire piece really well to get rid of any dust and residue. I gave the whole thing a light sanding just to remove some of the shiny finish and wiped away the dust. I also took the time to tape up the windows to save myself from having to clean them up after I was done painting.

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When alllll of the prep work was finished, I was finally ready to paint! I chose Behr Premium Plus Ultra Ivory Keys T16-17 from the Color Trends palette, which is a beautiful creamy white.

Painted Hutch Makeover |

Now I’ve painted a lot of furniture before, but this piece was definitely the biggest, most detailed piece I had ever tackled. The hutch’s wood also soaked up the paint like no piece I had ever worked on in the past, so it took a few coats to really get the smooth white finish I was going for. After I had finished painting, I sealed everything off with a few light coats of polyacrylic to help protect it a little bit more. I attached some new hardware that I had left over from our kitchen renovation, and I was done!

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Bye bye orange, hello beautiful white!

Painted Hutch Makeover |

Painted Hutch Makeover |

One kind of neat thing happened while I was working on this project. I was up to my elbows in paint and my phone buzzed. It was a text from my dad saying that it would have been my grandmother’s birthday that day. It seemed kind of appropriate that here I was, working on a piece that used to be hers on what was such a significant date in her life. She passed away when I was in 8th grade, but I am so thankful to have a little piece of her in my home to help me remember her. 🙂

Oh and now my favorite part… the before and after:

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Quite a difference, right?! Oh, the power of really fabulous paint! And speaking of really fabulous paint, how would you like to win some?! Behr is giving *FOUR* lucky winners three gallons of paint in their choice of any on the 2016 Color Trends colors! To enter, simply follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter below.

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And don’t forget to hop around and visit my fellow DIY Experts to see what they did with the color trends colors! {Hint: There are some absolutely stunning projects out there!}

Blue Vortex Table Makeover- A Pop of Pretty

Painted Table and Chairs- All Things Heart and Home

Bedroom Door with a Pop of Color- Be Crafty

Rustic Canvas Fall Sign- Clean and Scentsible

Hallway Makeover- Decor Adventures

Paint Drip Coffee Mugs- Frugal Mom Eh!

Navy Mudroom Makeover- Life at Cloverhill

How to Paint a Front Door- Made To Be A Momma

Kid Craft Table Makeover- Maison de Pax

Yard Side Table Makeover- Marty’s Musings

Bright Office Update- My Little Secrets

Bathroom Update in Modern Mint- Newly Woodwards

Master Bedroom Reveal- Poofy Cheeks

Kids’ Closet Weekly Organization- Someday I’ll Learn

Coralette Dresser Redo- Sugar Bee Crafts

Arrow Wall Decor- The DIY Dreamer

Laundry Room Makeover- The Frugal Homemaker

Rustic-Modern Dining Room- Upcycled Treasures

Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my painted hutch! Happy painting!

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A huge thanks to Behr for sponsoring this post! My favorable opinion of beautiful, high-quality paint is 100% my own. 🙂 For more information, see my disclosures here.



  1. Robin All Things Heart and Home says:

    Abby what an amazing transformation! I love the white you picked..I may have to try that color 🙂 xo

  2. Looks great Abby! I love white furniture and I am slowly painting my black furniture that I loved so much years ago… white 🙂

  3. Dorene @ Seasonal Chapters says:

    I love how you transformed a piece of furniture that holds such special memories for you. The neutral white color will be a beautiful backdrop for all of your seasonal displays.

  4. Gena @ orgenazation says:

    This looks amazing! I’ve never tried painting furniture – too intimidating … maybe one day. 🙂

  5. kim@NewlyWoodwards says:

    It’s beautiful, Abby – I love the fresh white color and it really is a great backdrop to your beautiful styling. Love this transformation.

  6. I love the way the white makes it look so beautiful! Where did you get your blue jars at?

  7. Looks so pretty! I’ve been looking for a dresser or a hutch to paint and make my own for a while now for our living room. All our lovely wedding gifts need a place to go 🙂 Lovely job!

  8. Marianne @ Ja-Nee / Trash or Treasure says:

    To be honest the old and new looks fab for me. I would not have the guts to paint that hutch. I have a similar one (a wedding gift from my gran), but I won’t be able to paint it. I would feel as if I am losing all those memories.
    Enjoy your new look hutch!

  9. Ashley Fitzgerald says:

    Beautiful redo! I think this has made your piece look so fresh.

    I am in love with the blue vortex color!

  10. Ashley Fitzgerald says:

    I love your redo–the white really has brought this to life!

    I am personally in love with blue vortex–so pretty.

  11. Christene Holder says:

    Wow! That looks so polished now I love it! The dishes and décor inside now really stand out. I have a small piece of furniture that I picked up at a flea market that I want to refinish and I’ve been trying to think of what color to use, and after seeing this I’m leaning towards the white! Also – I’m gonna have to get some updated hardware as well.

  12. LOVE the hutch makeover, it turned out beautifully!

    I’m loving the color Galapagos.

  13. Love the transformation Abby!! Looks amazing!

  14. Lauren Baxter says:

    What a sentimental great piece. The white really suits your place and brightens everything up and the hardware is the cherry on top.

    Lauren Baxter | Lovely Decor

  15. Question did you paint with a roller or a brush? how did you get it to look so smooth??? thanks for your time. love it.

  16. This is amazing! I love the finished look – like brand new! And how special is this piece to you! Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. What a great transformation! (Love that ivory – I have a gallon of it waiting for a project too.) And, of course, the way you’ve styled your hutch is just dreamy. xo ~Kerri, A Pop of Pretty

  18. On Hayden Lane says:

    Wow, what an amazing transformation with just some paint, new hardware and some hardwork. It looks great!

  19. elaine - visual meringue says:

    It looks beautiful! I am actually just redoing a china hutch as well! Almost the same, and old wood piece (mine is just a Craigslist find) that I am painting white too. I am doing the inside back a light grey though. This gives me the motivation to finish! I am half done and it is currently taking over our garage. Wonderful job. And lovely way to honour your Grandma’s piece 🙂

  20. Christina @ The Frugal Homemaker says:

    Love this painted hutch, Abby! I have a passed down piece in my dining room that I really want to paint too. Yours turned out so great and your styling is perfect!

  21. The Blue Vortex color is so beautiful! I’m also drawn to the Coralette. They’d probably look great together too!

  22. Looks fabulous. Love the soft white.

  23. Katie @ Upcycled Treasures says:

    Abby, this is such a beautiful piece and how cool that it belonged to your grandmother. I love that you painted it white and it now looks modernized and pretty, while still being sentimental 🙂


  24. I recently had my pine colored dining table painted white. It looks terrible. The tannins are coming through and they are all over the table. I need to find someone else to re-do it. I also have a hutch that I wanted this woman to do but the table is such a mess I haven’t dared asked her to do the hutch. Did you put something on it before you painted it? I am thinking about trying it myself.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Oh that is disappointing! I didn’t put anything on this piece before I did it, but I painted an old dresser once to turn into a TV stand and was worried about how it would take the paint, so I did a few coats of polyacrylic first to kind of seal everything in and then did the paint, then more poly on top. I hope this helps! Best of luck with your table!

      ~Abby =)

  25. Paige @ Reasons to Come Home says:

    It looks gorgeous! I just recently painted my grandmothers china cabinet as well. Unfortunately, it’s still sitting empty. I love the way you styled yours!

  26. Kimm at Reinvented says:

    Beautiful! So fun to find a great new color in my favorite paint! Love that you painted it on your grandma’s birthday, I got a few goosebumps when I read that. 🙂

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Aw, thank you, sweet friend! It was a pretty cool coincidence! 🙂 Hope you had a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

  27. I just love this! I need to try and be more adventurous.. I want to repaint our kitchen table eventually..

  28. Absolutely stunning. Love the history and story with your blog. Treasure those pieces. Did you wax or seal the piece afterwards?

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you, Kimberly! I used polyacrylic to seal it after it was painted, and it has held up well! Hope you’re having a great week!

      ~Abby =)

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