$60 Yard Sale Hutch

Hello lovely people! I hope you had a fun, sun-filled weekend! My youngest was sick so ours was very low key. It did allow me to put the finishing touches on this fantastic hutch I’m sharing with you today though! A few weeks back we had our annual neighborhood yard sale. I left my Mom in charge at ours so I could take a quick ride through the neighborhood to scout out any goodies when I came across this beauty:

For $60!! Yes, please! I also picked up a great console table for $10 at the same sale.

I quickly paid the gal and promised to return at the end of the day to pick up my bargains, so I could get back to my own sale.

Ready to see what she looks like now??

$60 Chalk Painted Yard Sale Hutch

Paint is magical, isn’t it?  To me a simple white just looks so fresh and clean, and I really think a simple white makeover is just what this hutch needed.

It can be easily dressed to match any season or décor. Of course, I love the soft aqua blue. 🙂

$60 Chalk Painted Yard Sale Hutch

I swapped out the original backing for bead board:

Adding bead board to the back of a hutch adds instant cottage charm

You might recognize that bead board from my PB inspired shell wreath I shared recently!

How to make a Pottery Barn inspired shell wreath.

Pottery Barn Inspired Shell Wreath

It came in handy as the perfect backdrop for my wreath. 🙂

To paint this piece I used Annie Sloan’s Pure White (found 3/4 full at a yard sale for $4!) until it ran out. Then I used my DIY chalk paint to finish it off.  (No priming needed for chalk paint.) Then I gave it a good sanding and a coat of Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax to seal (two coats on the top).

Although this was in perfect condition, the inside of the bottom smelled a bit musty. I sprayed it with two coats of Zinsser shellac in the yellow can and left the doors open for a few days. That did the trick.

I used most of the original hardware like these pretty detailed pulls:

Updating hardware is easy with a couple of coats of spray paint.

I also used the back plates that were originally on the doors, but switched out the knobs for these pretty glass ones from Hobby Lobby…

Updating hardware is easy with a couple of coats of spray paint. Glass knobs from Hobby Lobby.

Hardware is easy to update with a couple of coats of spray paint. I used Rustoleum’s satin white for these. Then I took the sand paper lightly to the edges.

$60 Chalk Painted Yard Sale Hutch

I lined the drawers with this pretty damask paper that I also used to line the back of my own dining room hutch:

Line drawers with pretty paper!

You can see how I did that here.

$60 Chalk Painted Yard Sale Hutch

I used to have white berber carpet here. I’m pretty sure it would not have looked as pretty!

$60 Chalk Painted Yard Sale Hutch

I chose not to add the fret work back to the windows. It seemed a little busy to me with the curve of the windows.

$60 Chalk Painted Yard Sale Hutch


$60 Chalk Painted Yard Sale Hutch

My parents came over and sat with my youngest since he was sick so my hubby and I could take this to my shop. It’s such a relief to get pieces like this delivered safely!

Hopefully it will find a loving new home very soon. The girls that sold this to me were so excited to be getting rid of it that they were almost giddy. If they only knew what it could have been!

$60 Chalk Painted Yard Sale Hutch

Have a great day!





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  1. ColleenB. ~ Texas says:

    What a steal and such a beautiful, ( lighted ? ) hutch. Such a wonderful make-over. That won’t last long in your shop. Only wish I lived closer as my Tiara dinnerware would look awesome in that but only one drawback with the hutch. It has glass shelves and me and glass shelving just don’t go well together.

  2. Sue Farmer says:

    Looks great Christy!! Do you brush the whole piece? I am thinking about painting our bedroom furniture and not sure how to do it. We just painted our bedroom and am ready to tackle the furniture. How is your little one? Hope he is feeling better.

    • Thanks, Sue! I did brush the whole piece. I’m not sure if you’re interested in trying chalk paint, but I’d be happy to answer any questions you have. And my little one is feeling so much better, thanks for asking! 🙂

  3. Hi Christy, it IS amazing what paint can do, and of course a good eye and skill! Beautifully done.
    I barbeque’d this weekend at a friends in VA beach, thought of you. Glad you enjoyed your weekend.

  4. Christy,
    I love it! The bead board is wonderful.. Removing the fretwork made such a huge difference. Our home had diagonal, diamond shaped, “french”, dark brown, (mullions?) fretwork in every window. I got a lot of flack for removing them. I then painted every frame & trim ( also dark brown) a soft white. The windows look awesome. Funny, no one remembers the dark “beautiful” wood & diamonds! haha
    Keep up the good work!

  5. Lovely!!!! You do such a great job rescuing pieces of furniture! I recently purchased a sweet little waterfall dresser that I have taken apart to make two night stands. I make my own chalk paint too! I store it in glass mason jars so I can “see” what color it is. It looks so pretty sitting on the shelf. I am a teacher and today is my second day of summer vacation. Yesterday I spray painted a Costco cart turquoise for a friend. We have a booth at the best antique store in Chattanooga, the Knitting Mill. If you are ever in this area, take a look!

    • Thanks, Kathy! I love the idea of storing your paint in mason jars so you can see what color you need! Enjoy your well-deserved Summer break…looks like it’s off to a very productive start! XO

  6. Gorgeous!!! Your pieces always turn out so pretty!! 🙂

  7. This looks great!! What a fun makeover. Love the paper inside the drawers, too!

  8. Candyce Blodgett says:

    Breathtakingly gorgeous after! It’s simply amazing what you can do with paint & sandpaper! I read somewhere that if you put a little Vaseline on metal pieces before you spray, all you have to do is rub it off after the paint dries, no sanding needed. In case you don’t have any handy on a day you ‘think’ you need it. 🙂

  9. What a gorgeous makeover! It turned out beautifully and I love the beadboard!

  10. Love it in a pure simple white – so pretty with those aqua dishes. The beadboard back is perfect along with those glass knobs. I’m sure it’ll sell quickly if it hasn’t already Christy!

  11. Linda Petersen says:

    Beautiful! Was adding the bead board difficult?

  12. Love it, love it, love it! And I collect those same Johnson Bros. Snow White dishes too!

  13. Absolutely stunning.

  14. Nanette says:

    Absolutely stunning job Christy! How did you paint around the curved glass on top of doors? Taped around the curves (so hard to do!) And remove the cross bars (for lack of a better description!) on the glass door panels?? Thanks so much!

  15. I LOVE how it looks now! And the bead board idea is so great. I am going to use that idea!

  16. Looks fantastic!! If only people would see past what things are and see what they “could be”! (But then again, if everyone did that…we wouldn’t find such great bargains, either!) You do a great job, and I really enjoy your blog!

  17. Stunning! I am so glad you don’t have that white Berber carpeting anymore! 😉 Looks so pretty against the wood.
    And yes, good choice on the windows! So much better without!

  18. Vicki Pandoli says:

    Christy, I love EVERYTHING you do. While I don’t have a blog, I am an aspiring furniture re-doer! You’re my inspiration!!

  19. Chris(tine) says:

    Hi Christy, I have a Hutch almost Identical to yours. I bought a new (used) Hutch that is bigger that the one I have like yours and was going to post it For Sale on Craigslist. I paid $300.00 for it about 18 years ago and I saw a few similar on Craigslist selling for about $60.00 also. I am thinking of painting it also and hoping I might get more. My only problem is that I have not repainted anything ever but I really want to learn. When I saw yours I know that is what I really want to do. I am not ready to learn how to chalk paint but would like to know if you could recommend a paint brand and color and what type of finish (flat, satin or gloss) I should use. Any help you could provide would be so much appreciated. Did you sell the Hutch yet ??? Thanks again.

    • Hi Christine! I used Behr’s Ultra Pure White from The Home Depot, straight off the shelf. If you aren’t ready to try chalk paint yet, purchase a primer as well. I like the Zinsser brand. Sand your hutch all over lightly to dull the surface (220 grit should do fine). Then prime, then paint. It will probably take two to three coats if the wood is dark. I would choose a satin finish. No need to top coat. My hutch sold at the end of June…hope this helps! 🙂

  20. I’m getting to paint a hutch and table that my grandmother gave me. I’m planning on painting in chalk paint. The problem is that the wood has a gloss finish….do I need to sand the furniture before I paint it? Thanks 😄

    • Wow lucky that you get to have your grandmother’s pieces! You would not normally need to sand first with chalk paint, and on the hutch, I would say go for it. Because the table is a higher traffic piece, I would at least lightly sand the table top first. Good luck!


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