Dining Room Hutch Gets a New Look and New Life!

Hutch? China Cabinet? Breakfront? Whatever you like to call them, these huge pieces of furniture were so popular but are now rarely seen.

This one belonged to Suzanne’s father who asked her never to part with it! But, Suzanne was just not loving it in her dining room! She reached out to me with an idea … what if we painted it and she moved it to her bedroom? So crazy, it just might work!

The prep work for a project typically takes about the same amount of time as the painting. I decided to keep track of my time spent working on this hutch because it was definitely one of the largest pieces I have ever redesigned. Any guesses on the number of hours spent on this piece? Answer will be below!

Some of the molding pieces were loose or even missing. I reattached the loose ones and Suzanne’s friend Jay of Westfield Woodshop was able to make new pieces! Thanks, Jay! You can’t even see where the new pieces are!

Suzanne chose a paint color that I have never used before, which made this project even more fun for me – General Finishes Blue Moon! I shined up the original drawer pulls with Rub’nBuff in Gold Leaf.

I paint in my garage. And unfortunately this piece was so large that I couldn’t take it into my house to photograph! Here it is in Suzanne’s bedroom! She is going to use the bottom for storage and the top for picture frames. The center drawer folds out to reveal a desk — another workspace during Covid! It was the perfect new life for this piece!

Thank you, Suzanne for trusting me with this family heirloom! I do hope that you enjoy it more now than before!

Until my next redesign…

Answer! I worked on this hutch for 15 hours!

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