Hello, amazing friends, and welcome to the final Fixer Upper Day of 2021!
Today, we’re sharing our favorite makeover from our Furniture Fixer Upper series from the past year as well as our favorites from one another! You’ll find links to my personal favorites from my friends at the bottom!
As much as I love white-painted furniture, this black painted hutch is my favorite of all our Fixer Upper flips! If you’ve followed along with my 30 Thrifty Makeovers in 30 Days series, you may have seen this one recently!
It belonged to the grandparents of my sister’s husband:
It’s Ethan Allen and it was in pristine condition. What I loved so much about this makeover is that a simple coat of paint added so much charm and sophistication to this very dated piece!
I wrestled with the idea of ditching the hutch since it was so incredibly tall, but I already did that with its brother, the secretary desk, so I ended up keeping it.
If you remember that secretary desk, it is one I painted for my sister’s MIL, and in return, she gave me this hutch.
Before I could start on this hutch, I knew that I wanted to get rid of the dated spindles across the top piece. To do that, I used a maul hammer to whack them out.
They actually came out pretty easily, on about the third whack. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
Then, I needed to fill the large holes that were left behind.
The best way to fill large holes like this is to purchase a dowel the size of the holes and cut pieces of it to fill in the holes.
I stuck the dowel in each hole and marked it prior to cutting:
Then, I used my miter saw to cut each piece:
Be sure to always wear eye protection…these little pieces flew everywhere!
This worked perfectly to fill those large holes left by the spindles!
Because I planned to use Dixie Belle’s Silk paint on this hutch, I needed to sand the entire surface first.
Silk paint requires something to grip onto, so sanding is key! However, you can substitute the sanding by prepping with Slick Stick instead.
See more about how to use Slick Stick HERE.
It was at this point that I realized I should have filled the hardware holes.
I wanted to change out the pulls for prettier knobs, so to do that, I filled the previous holes with brown Dixie Mud:
I let it completely dry overnight. Then, I sanded the holes smooth.
Once all the sanding was complete, I used my shop vac to vacuum up all the dust and gave it a good wipe down with White Lightning. I then swapped out my water, and gave it another wipe down with clean water. Once it was dry, I was ready for paint!
Time to Paint
For this hutch, I chose the color Anchor, which is a true black.
Here it is after one coat:
By the way, I do not recommend painting in the sun, especially black! The temps had dropped here this past weekend, and I was enjoying being able to paint outside without melting, but I had to keep moving out of the sun.
I gave this piece two coats. No sanding is needed in between or after…it dries smooth as, well, Silk.
No Sealer Required
Although Silk Paint requires sanding to prep, the beauty of Silk is that it does not require a topcoat! Can I get an amen? It has the equivalent of one coat of Clear Coat in it. The finish is somewhere between flat and satin. You can add additional topcoats if you prefer a different sheen, or if you want more protection for a piece that will get heavily used.
The hutch I’m sharing today will probably be used more as a display piece, so this should be plenty of protection.
Be sure to use your newly painted Silk pieces with care for the first 30 days, until it cures and hardens completely.
THe End Result
This piece went from dated and awkward to a true farmhouse Beauty!
It was still very tall, but I think it worked out great!
What do you think?
This beautiful black made for the perfect backdrop for my white ironstone!
I left the bottom cabinet unpainted inside since it was in such nice condition:
And the drawers got this beautiful gold and black fabric:
I ordered this fabric online for a steal many years ago to use on my dining room chairs, but when I got it, I thought the pattern was way too bold. It’s hard to buy fabric online! It was perfect to go with this hutch though.
And it was fabulous with this dresser that I redid many years ago.
The new glass knobs I chose were so pretty against the black.
I found these at Home Goods. I had bought them for another piece but ended up not using them.
That worked out great because they were perfect here!
And here are my favorite furniture fixer upper makeovers from each of my friends this past year…
I’m always attracted to the ones that are a long way from where they started, which these all are!
And if you want to see what friends chose as their favorites from each of us, you can see them at the links below:
With the holiday so near and so much to do to prepare, I will not be working on any more new projects until after Christmas, but I will still be showing up in your inbox with thrifty makeover insp, starting with the BEST way to paint furniture WHITE using this beauty:
Have a fantastic weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Tuesday!
UPDATE: It’s here! See what this gorgeous piece looks like now AND the BEST way to tackle painting furniture white HERE!
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