Monday, August 27, 2012

Refurbished hutch - before and after

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I have one special lady that's visiting Sunny Vanilla today to share a beautiful piece of furniture with all of you.  I'm pretty sure I have her to thank for my creative's my mom.  Yep, my mom is here today to share with you a project she's been working tirelessly over for the past few days.  And I have to say, it turned out ah-mazing!

My mom happens to live very close to a university in Virginia and rents out a couple of bedrooms in her townhouse to students working on their graduate degrees.  When she discovered this little gem at a garage sale for $15, she knew it would make the perfect desk/storage unit for one of her students.  Now I know I might be partial and a smidge bias, but didn't it turn out super duper with a cherry on top? Mmmm hmmm, that's what I thought!  

First she started with the hardware.  Luckily, the original pieces were in excellent condition and quite pretty.  So my mom decided to hold onto it and just give it a few coats of fresh, black spray paint.

Once she had all of the hardware removed and spray painted, she moved on to the hutch.  Because it is made from pressed particle board, she had to first prime the desk.  To prepare the hutch she used 3M 150 fine grit sand paper to rough it up a bit {this helps to adhere the primer and paint}.   Once sanded, wipe down with a damp towel.  

For the finish, mom decided on a semi-gloss paint and primer in one.  She chose Key Lime Pie for the color.  Love it!!!  

Now, be sure you let each coat dry evenly before applying another.  This may take a couple of days depending on the number of coats and the humidity in your house.  I know with all the humidity down here in the South, sometimes it may take a little longer to dry.

Isn't she stunning?

The chair is a Goodwill find of mine from my early twenties.  She painted it the same color for a complete desk set.

Her cost breakdown:
hutch: $15
sandpaper: $3
spray paint: $8
semi-gloss paint and primer in one: $15

With a little elbow grease and a few coats of paint, you can turn a dingy, old hutch into something beautiful.

Thanks for sharing mom.
Love you!


  1. Looks fantastic! I would be thrilled for you to share this at my Gettin' Krafty party!

  2. Your mum rocks! :) Hmmm Makes me think perhaps I should tackle the desk in the boys room!

  3. Really cute! I'd love to have one of those too, as they're so space-efficient. Plus, you never need to tidy up your desk, you just close the little door =) Great job!

  4. Wow, that turned out really beautiful! I'm a new follower from the Mom's Mingle and I'd love a follow back at when you get the chance! :)

  5. I love it! And with the chair, such a pretty set!!! Love the color too! Thanks for your break down of the process she used. Happy feeling after it's all done!!!!

  6. Wow, love this tutorial :D You made a really nice piece of furniture here :D
    Amy x

  7. I'm so glad that I'm following you! I have a hideous hutch in my garage that was here when we moved in. I had planned to junk it but now I think I'll rehab it. Thanks for the inspiration, your hutch is gorgeous!


  8. Thanks for posting. I have a few things I need to refurbish, I just can't seem to find time to get them done. Reading this though it has given me inspiration to get them done so I am no longer looking at something hideous. :)


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