$60 Thrift Store Hutch Makeover

Hello sweet friends, welcome to Furniture Fixer Upper Day!! I get together with some super talented gals on the fourth Thursday of each month to share fabulous furniture makeovers. So you get a few bonus makeovers at the bottom of this post, AND I’m also hosting a fun giveaway so look for those details at the very bottom! 🙂

Today I’m sharing this hutch I scored at the thrift store for only $60!

Here’s a picture of it at the store:

I actually left it behind when I saw it because I had just finished painting this Coastal Cottage Hutch for our last Furniture Fixer Upper day, and all that work was still really fresh in my mind. I took this picture in case I changed my mind. My Mom convinced me I should go back and get it, and I knew I would kick myself if I didn’t for that price! (They even helped me pick it up so I wouldn’t have to make two trips…thanks Mom and Dad!)

I knew I needed to get it out of the garage since I promised my Hubby I wasn’t going to clutter our new garage with furniture like I did the last one. (Oopsie! How does it fill up so fast??)  So I decided it would be perfect to make over for today!

Now the only thing I didn’t love about this one when I saw it was the glass panels seemed to be some kind of plastic, but I figured I could replace them with something else like I did with the last one, but guess what?

It was just a film someone had added to the back of the glass!

Yay!! I was so excited that I started peeling it off before getting a proper before photo, so I put it back just for you!

Here is the official before of this beauty:

It’s Thomasville with dovetail drawers so it is really nice quality, however the top was laminate.

So paint it is!

Painted Hutch from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

It is so beach-cottage right?

With all the light from the windows in the room, it’s hard to see the stencil I added to the lower doors, but you can see it better close up…

Add sweet details to door fronts with stencils.

I love this sweet detail. You can find this stencil HERE. This is the 6″X8″ size. (No affiliation.)

Painted Hutch from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

The paint color is Sunken Pool by Behr, a favorite blue of mine, that I made into DIY chalk paint. (Recipe HERE.)

I started this makeover with a coat of white first:

That way a little white would come through here and there when sanding and it provided a nice bright first coat for my blue. I only needed one coat of the Sunken Pool!

Painted Hutch from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

Remember my little chair from the antique desk I shared last week…

It makes for a cute prop!

I decided to keep the original paneling. I think it has a nice cottage-inspired feel when painted.

Painted Hutch from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

Some fresh roses from my garden (wink wink)…

(See how I made this little arrangement HERE if you missed it.)

Painted Hutch from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

I replaced the hardware on the doors with these pulls from Hobby Lobby:

Painted Hutch from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

I filled in the old holes in the drawers with wood filler and opted for these handles instead, also from Hobby Lobby:

Drawer pulls from Hobby Lobby.

To line the drawers, I found this fabric in my stash that actually used to be a shower curtain from Target. I picked it up for $3 at the thrift store a couple of years ago:

I attached it using matte Mod Podge. It matches perfectly! You can see what else I used this fabric on HERE.

Painted Hutch from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

I always paint my hutches white because they sell quickly and make a nice profit, but I couldn’t resist this pretty blue. I did paint one blue last year (See it HERE.), and it took quite a while for it to sell, so fingers crossed this one will go more quickly!

Painted Hutch from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

Don’t forget to check out what my friends are making over today too! 🙂

1.  Just the Woods

2.  Girl in the Garage

3.  Petticoat JUNKtion

(Larissa from Prodigal Pieces and Marie from The Interior Frugalista will be back next month!)

And before you go I have one more fun thing to share with you…another CRAFT JUNK GIVEAWAY!!Every Thursday in our Make it New Facebook Group (All about everything upcycled and repurposed!), we have a fun crafty giveaway! If you’re not a member of our group yet, you can join HERE. Then you can enter to win my CRAFT JUNK GIVEAWAY box that I’m giving away over there this week starting today (Thursday 3-22) at 8:00 am EST until this Sunday night at 9:00 pm EST.

Already a member? Head to our group’s page HERE and look for my post over there (after 8am EST today) to see how to enter! (It’s SUPER easy!) I went digging through my stash to find a whole box of goodies to inspire someone’s creativity!

UPDATE: This giveaway has ended. Congratulations to Jane D…she was our winner!

I’ll be back on Tuesday sharing our living room ready for Spring! (Even if the weather says it’s very much still Winter!)

UPDATE: See our living room all decked out for Spring HERE! 🙂

Have a great weekend!




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  1. This is an amazing transformation! You are so very skilled!

  2. Mary Kaiser says

    I LOVE how that turned out, simply beautiful. Looking forward to seeing your spring living room.

  3. Kate Lehman says

    Hi Christy, Need to say….another gorgeous hutch makeover! I have a secondhand/ thrift shop route that I take regularly, searching searching searching for a hutch that I can justify buying…. I want to come with you! Your US$60 hutch converts to about AUS$77.50 – which equates to what I have seen in my end of Tasmania for two hundred dollars. I will continue my search, and I wanted to say once more, well done plus I am loving that delicate shade of paint [ Sunken Pool]. It is my new fave colour. Thank you for all your inspiration. best regards Kate

    • Thank you so much, Kate! This was originally $80, but on Tuesdays they offer an extra 25% off…that sealed the deal for me! And this is one of my favorite colors for sure. Hoping it sells now! XOXO

  4. Christina in SW FL says

    Lovely makeover Christy. I was expecting white and not sure how I feel about the very light blue. I’m glad it was funky window film which came right off. May this sell very quickly in your shop!

  5. What a beautiful transformation! Love the paint color and the new hardware!

  6. Great find and turned out so pretty! Love the blue and the fabric! I keep passing these beauties up because they are so big… and I’m old, lol, but maybe I shouldn’t! 😉 xoxo

    • Thanks, Nancy! I was definitely not ready to tackle another hutch so soon, but I just couldn’t pass up such a great deal! I found this at the CHKD where I found my shelf I did for our video. And girl, you are NOT old! And besides…that’s what you have Wally for! 🙂 XOXO

  7. Sometime a little paint and love can make the difference! That looks really great.

  8. This is going on my list of the projects I love the most!! Absolutely Stunning!! Yep, I’m in love!

  9. I’m very new to this makeover stuff. Why do you use chalk paint and/or make it instead of regular paint?

  10. It turned out amazing! Glad you went back for it…it’s the perfect size. Most are so large but this one would fit perfectly in most homes. I’d buy it if I needed one!

    • Thank you, Cecilia! I’m so glad I went back for it as well, and you’re right…it is a nice petite size! XOXO

  11. Kim from MI ???? says

    I just love love love your hutch! I am keeping my eyes out for one to make pretty again! ????
    You give me so much inspiration!!! Wished the give away was on your blog and not FB, not a FB gal.
    Enjoy spring Christy! ????????????

    • I’m so glad you like it, Kim!! Thank you so much! And I’m so sorry about the giveaway, but I’ll be hosting one here in April! 🙂 XO

  12. Hi Christy,

    Do you know if you can make home made magnetic paint?

  13. Wow, only $60. Your mom was right, you can’t pass that up! I love what you did to it! Thanks for the response regarding the lampshade. I’m going to give it a try. xoxo

  14. this is gorgeous! that fabric for inside the drawers is perfect!

  15. Beautiful as always and I hope it sells quickly for you too!
    Love your box of goodies, you always have the best things!!

    • Thank you so much, Cheryl! Now to get it to the booth before the weekend! Good luck on the giveaway…I’ll have another box of craft junk to give away here on the blog next month! 🙂 XO

  16. Linda Petersen says

    It’s beautiful! Love the color, fabric & hardware. Couldn’t have been more perfect if you planned it that way! The giveaway box looks yummy????! XOXO

  17. As usual, a beautiful job Christy! You didn’t have to use primer? No bleed through?

    • Thank you, Nanette! No bleed through on this one, thank goodness, so no primer necessary! XOXO

  18. Korinne Suter says

    Love this! You are so talented and creative. And love the fabric a.k.a. shower curtain you used in the drawers and to make the bulletin board. You inspire me!

  19. Robyn Wright says


  20. Marcie Lovett says

    Beautiful makeover! I bet it sells quickly. You have the best craft junk, Christy.

    • Thanks, Marcie! I do have good craft junk ha ha…these giveaways help me to keep it under control…another giveaway coming to the blog in April! XOXO

  21. I’m a new reader and am so glad I found you! Your transformations are amazing and make me want to try some. Unfortunately, I have several projects I’ve started and not yet finished, so those must come first. This china cabinet makeover/hutch looks a lot like one my MIL has and I just love the light blue you used on yours. I took a quick look at your chalk paint tutorial but didn’t see an answer to this question: if you are painting bare wood, do you need to prime or prep first? One of my projects is a step stool for my granddaughter and I have sanded almost all the paint off (the rest must come off by hand since I can’t get my sander in some areas). The paint was extremely difficult to sand, even with coarse sandpaper, so I wanted to get it all off before re-painting it. I purchased some chalk paint when I first started the project and I want to make sure I do this right! Thanks for your help – and all the inspiration!

    • Hi Ginny and welcome! Great question! You do not have to prime bare wood first, but bare wood will soak up the paint, so a primer coat will save on paint. You can just do a quick coat of spray primer. Good luck and thank you! XO

  22. Oh it’s soooo pretty! I have a monster hutch in the garage now that my husband got for $12.50. Was going to paint it white also but I do love that color! Maybe I’ll be inspired now to do it! It’s just so big! ???? All of your pieces inspire me!

    • Thank you so much, Susan! Wow, $12.50? Deal of the century there! Yes hutches are a pain to paint for sure…it does help if you can remove the back though! Good luck! XOXO

  23. So gorgeous, Christy! It looks stunning in blue – I’m in love with the fabric in the drawers too! Oh- if you have any tips for photographing glass doors, send them my way. 🙂

    • Thanks, Jen! I’m considering whipping up a couple of pillows for my living room with the rest of that fabric, I just love it so much! Yeah glass doors…they’re tough. You can set your timer on your camera (on a tripod) and jump out of the way so the reflection is minimal. Then edit the reflection later so you can’t see the camera. Or you can take the photos on an angle. That’s all I got lol. XOXO

  24. Absolutely love the color & can’t imagine it sitting very long.

    • Thank you, Margie! everything I put in my booth that is this color sells quickly, so here’s hoping! XOXO

  25. Nice price for this one, don’t blame you for going back. Good call keeping the original back because it looks so good painted. Swooning over the color! That shower curtain remanent is just too dang perfect. I have no doubt this one is going to sell quickly.

    • Thank you, Marie! I’m so glad I went back for it! Hoping it doesn’t last long! XOXO

  26. Francine Parrett says

    I have used wood filler to fill unwanted holes but don’t like the fact that they show thru when i paint. Cant seem to fill enough to not get a small ridge. using a putty knife the product seems to always follow the knife out of the hole if that makes sense. do you seal over the filler before painting?

    • Hi Francine! I almost always have to go back and add a little more a second time. I get the best results when I let it dry for a couple of days so it is good and hard! XO

  27. Christy, that is just gorgeous! The blue gives it a unique coastal feel and I LOVE the hardware you chose for the doors and drawers. I’m just amazed at how great it turned out. When I saw it before you painted it I tho’t it was nice, but kind of boring. Not anymore!

    Aren’t you glad you bought it and did all that work on it? If I had a coastal cottage or a farmhouse kitchen I would buy it in a minute!

    • Thank you, Naomi! Sometimes I’m even still surprised what paint can do for a boring piece of furniture lol! XOXO

  28. I’m in love! And that color — SO GOOD!!!

  29. I LOVE this, Christy… so, if I can get my LL to let me paint my awful reddish/gold kitchen cupboards in a white, I would SO paint my Hoosier in Sunken Pool! So pretty! I think a little stencil or graphic will be in order, too! Thanks, again, for the inspiration!

    • OOH that would look SO pretty!! I’m considering this for my kitchen island when I finally tackle my own cabinets. Thanks, Julie! XOXO

  30. Gorgeous! I think that if you were in an east coast state, that would sell like gangbusters since Coastal Style is big here!

    • Thanks, Dixie! I’m in luck because I am in Virginia Beach, right on the Atlantic! And you are right…anything I paint in this color sells well, so hoping this will too! XOXO

  31. 100% pure GORGEOUSNESS!!! It makes me ????, hope it sells fast.

  32. I know the magic you work on these pieces, but still- wow. I studied up all the sad, boring, dated, ugly details in the before picture…, scrolled to the after… and did my usual gasp of amazement, haha! “Lovely” is THE word here. “Gorgeous” is quite reasonable also. What a pretty end result! If it doesn’t get snapped up someone is going to have to do some serious re-educating people as to the joys of the color blue!!!

    • Aww thanks, Becky! I am so glad I can still surprise you sometimes ha ha! I am really enjoying it here in my office, but I know it has to go soon boo hoo! XOXO

  33. Amazing how the color has transformed this into a beauty!

  34. Wow! What an amazing job you did on that hutch. I love the color. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. Wishing you and your family a Happy Easter and excited to follow your blog. ~Cheryl

    • Thank you, Cheryl! I would paint everything that color if I could ha ha. Happy Easter to you and yours and thank you for following along with me! XOXO

  35. I love how all the scroll-y details come out with the paint! And yes, the backing looks so good painted!

    • Thank you, Sheila! I almost made the mistake of removing the dated paneling on another hutch, but decided to try painting it…and yep…looked pretty darn good! ???? XO

  36. This is stunning! My in-laws have a hutch they are wanting to get rid of and I thought I might try something like this out. I was just wondering if you sanded it at all? Thank you!

    • Thank you so much, Karina! I did not sand as there is no need to when using chalk paint. You can visit my chalk painting furniture tutorial HERE. 🙂

  37. That dresser is gorgeous! I’m new to your site, so glad I stumbled on it. One question – the white distressed door knobs you used, I can’t find on the Hobby Lobby site. I have found the drawer pulls but they don’t seem to have the knobs – would they be discontinued? I have an old leadlight kitchen cupboard I’m going to makeover, and these knobs and drawer pulls are exactly what I’m after! Any suggestions where else I might find those knobs? I’m from Tasmania, Australia. Thanks, Judi.


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