Dated Hutch Makeover

Hello to all of you Trash-to-Treasure lovin Friends out there! It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday…my favorite! I have a thrifty makeover for you today and so do four of my favorite treasure maker friends, so look for theirs at the bottom of this post!

Today I’m sharing the makeover of one very dated hutch:

I love these older hutches because they have so much charm, but one thing I didn’t find very charming on this one were these plastic amber door panels:


I suspected these were the reason why this piece was marked significantly lower than similar pieces at the thrift store. Not a problem for me!

Hutch Makeover inspired from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I replaced them with bead board panels:

Replace outdated glass panels with beadboard.

They really give this pretty piece a cottage feel now.

Hutch Makeover inspired from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Another dated feature of this hutch was this area for hanging silverware…


I tried my best to whack this shelf out so I could just replace it, but it wasn’t budging. I had to come up with another solution, so instead I decided to add a piece of molding across the top lip to camouflage it:
Hutch Makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Now the slits look a bit like deep dental molding instead, and that works for me.

Hutch Makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

This piece in it’s white makeover has so much charm now. The original paneling on the back even looks great in white. I used Behr’s Pure White, straight off the shelf, in flat with my DIY chalk paint recipe. After sanding, everything was waxed with Annie Sloan’s Clear Soft Wax.

See my How to Paint Furniture with Chalk Paint tutorial HERE for more details on painting with chalk paint.

These pretty glass knobs from Hobby Lobby are perfect for the little drawer up top:

Hutch Makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I filled in the holes on these bottom drawers so I could attach something prettier than what was there. I used Elmers Wood Filler (affiliate) for that part.

I filled in the holes on these bottom drawers using Elmers Wood Filler, so that I could attach prettier handles.

These are also from Hobby Lobby and are perfect:

Handles from Hobby Lobby are perfect for these drawers.

The insides got a little fabric treatment using Mod Podge in matte as well…

Adding fabric with Mod Podge gives the inside a fresh new feel.

I also put this on the backs of the bead board panels in the cupboard doors but forgot to take a picture.

Hutch Makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer


Hutch Makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Remember this wire caddy I scored at the thrift store? It was a great addition to my Farmhouse Kitchen, and it looks pretty here too!

This wire caddy was a thrft store find and perfect for displaying a few favorite dishes.

This little enamelware kettle and wire cloche were also thrift store finds, as were all of the ironstone pieces.

Hutch Makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I hope you enjoyed this makeover. Sometimes those details that made a furniture piece a must-have 50 years ago, don’t do much for it today, but they can often easily be updated!

Dated Thrift Store Hutch Makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Oh and did I mention it was only $75?

Don’t forget you get five awesome trash-to-treasure makeovers today for the price of one!


Click the links below the image to see the afters…I can’t wait to see them too!


1. Artsy Chicks Rule  2. Bless’er House

3. Girl in the Garage  4. Prodigal Pieces

I’ll be back on Thursday sharing a super easy update for these sad planters:


See you then!

UPDATE: Check out how I updated these planters HERE now! 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by today, Friends!




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  1. Everything looks better in white, and you certainly made this piece shine, Christy! Dated is was, but now chic it is. Love it. 🙂

  2. Mary Kaiser says:

    LOVE IT! I have a spot for it in my house in Michigan!! You are AMAZING!! Looking forward to Thursday as my pots look just like yours, Yuck! LOL!

  3. Hey Christy! Love the hutch! The camoflauge wood panel does the trick to hide the slots and boy your wire basket from your farmhouse design goes well with a lot of designs. Love your work and thanks for sharing!

  4. You have another good redo here. It looks great.

  5. Amazing job, looks great, white to the rescue again it always saves the day with an old piece and brings back life. Love it Christy !! :))

  6. Aleksandra says:

    Hi Christy, another great makeover! I was wondering if you had a suggestion for what to do with a few of the littlest drawers, like you have in this hutch (the square ones). I salvaged them awhile back from a secretary hutch that I also adored, but have not come up with an idea of what to do with them yet.. Thanks in advance for any idea you may have!

    • Thanks, Aleksandra! The drawer up top is actually just one drawer, but I have had pieces with the little drawers and they are great for holding all sorts of things if you just give them a couple of coats of paint. I used one for my napkins for a long time…it was the perfect size. 🙂

  7. Super gorgeous Christy! I love this hutch!!

  8. Gina Keysor says:

    I love hutches! They must require a lot of work. I have never worked with a wax finish, do you have a tutorial or any tips? Beautiful piece! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Awesome transformation, Christy! Love the new doors and hey, beautiful pictures!

  10. So gorgeous now!!! I love the crisp white with your white dishes and greenery! Great fix on the spoon holders! Love it. 🙂

  11. I am in LOVE with this piece! That’s all I can say…

  12. Such a wonderful change! Love the new drawer pulls. You gave it grace and beauty!

  13. Jennie Eilerts says:

    This looks gorgeous! I don’t know why you got rid of those door panels, though… they were so incredibly stylish. 😉 Seriously, the whole piece just came to life under your touch.

  14. Wow Christy, this piece is so beautiful and charming now! The beadboard and white paint make all the difference! <3

  15. Fabulous!
    Now see… I thought of chicken wire for the doors and you come along with bead board and knocked it out of the park!
    Thanks for sharing!

  16. That turned out great! I love the bead board door panels!


  17. The hutch turned out beautiful.
    I was driving in a residential area and all of a sudden I saw something that I’m sure if I had stopped and looked it had your name on it. It was a small desk that the top was off, the side that had a drawer in it was separated from the rest and I could tell it really wasn’t wood but something made to look like wood. It was a medium brown with a red cast to it.. I immediately thought of you and your poor little husband, I thought now I know someone that would stop and save that little fella from the dump. You would have thought that little fella of a desk was a prince that just needed a little help. Wouldn’t you have? LOL LOL And sure enough when you got through with him we would all have thought he was the cutest little desk ever. You have us trained. You really are that good!!! Thanks for letting me have fun with you.

  18. I love EVERYTHING you did to make this tired china cabinet shine. The little drawers (realize they are one big one) add such charm to the piece. The Beadboard for the doors is just perfect. Love it all. You should be a very proud girl.

  19. What a difference, Christy! Such a pretty cottage/farmhouse piece now. Love how you staged and photographed it too!

  20. This is gorgeous!!! You bring out all the good points on this piece, and turn its bad ones into good ones too. I love it!

  21. You made this piece look wonderful! Using beadboard in place of the plexiglass was a great idea.


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