Coastal Cottage Hutch Makeover

Happy Thursday amazing Friends, and welcome to Furniture Fixer Upper Day! I share furniture makeovers all the time around here, but today my furniture flippin friends are joining in on the fun so be sure to look for links to their makeovers at the bottom!

I shared a preview of today’s makeover on Tuesday…this hutch I picked up at the thrift store a couple of weeks ago:

I passed on it once since it was priced out of my budget at $149, but when I stopped back in a week later, it had been marked down to $99. That’s the most I’m willing to pay, and these hutches are great sellers for me, so I was sold!

A few minor adjustments and now this hutch has an updated coastal-cottage vibe to it:

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White paint to the rescue!

Oh and a little bead board as well!

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I actually love the glass panels that were original to this hutch, and I considered keeping them, but in my opinion, they dated this pretty piece:

I’m considering adding hanging hardware to the tops and selling them separately…I may even see if I have a place to hang them around here.

For the hutch though, the solid bead board adds closed storage and makes this hutch a fantastic storage piece now. Hopefully the bead board will also appeal to more buyers.

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The first thing I did was remove the ugly back piece. I had plans to replace it anyway, but it just makes it so much easier to paint the inside of the top unit:

I used Behr’s Bit of Sugar made into DIY Chalk Paint. (Recipe with video HERE.) It took three coats for complete coverage.

Then I sanded lightly and sealed with Annie Sloan’s Clear soft wax.

For the top of the bottom unit, I had another plan in mind. I decided to whitewash it!

Whitewashing adds a pretty coastal vibe to furniture!

I love this look! I used the very same technique as I used on my kitchen table, starting with sanding the top down and adding Varathane’s weather accelerator.  It works pretty quickly, giving the wood surface a grey aged appearance.

The rest involves watered down white paint and sealing the top with General Finishes High Performance Topcoat. See the process in detail (with photos of the process) in my kitchen table makeover post found HERE.

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To add the bead board panels to the door, I traced around the glass inserts, and cut the bead board out using my Ryobi Jigsaw. Since the backs were an ugly brown,  I knew I either needed to paint them or…how about adding pretty fabric?

I thought this would be fun for a pop of pattern when you open the door.

I found this fabric at Hobby Lobby. I attached it using Matte Mod Podge. Then I trimmed the edges using a sharp exacto knife.

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The last thing I did was add the bead board to the back. I had the super nice guy at Home Depot cut it to the dimensions I needed and it fit perfectly! I attached it to the back using my nailgun and a few small screws. Bead board always adds so much charm…

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It came just like you see here. I didn’t even need to paint it.

As for the drawers, I used the same fabric as the backs of the doors:

Add fabric to drawers for an instant pop of color, using matte mod podge.

The bottoms of the drawers were originally brown felt so I needed something dark to go over them. I used my rotary cutting set to make my cuts…

Rotary cutting mat set makes cutting fabric for drawers a breeze!

Then I attached the fabric using Matte Mod Podge.

You could even leave the doors open on the top to display some of your favorite things.

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Or not…

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It looks so pretty here in my office against my pretty faux stone wall!

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I chose glass knobs for this piece…

Glass knobs from Hoby Lobby

I always love the look of glass knobs. They add just the right amount of bling! I found these at Hobby Lobby also. (They’re a one-stop craft shop!)

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I don’t usually come across these hutches for a great price very often, but guess what I picked up yesterday?

Another one!

I’m not quite sure if I’m ready to tackle another just yet, but this is an Ethan Allen for only $60! I had to bring it home!

UPDATE: See how this hutch turned out HERE now! 

Don’t forget there are four more awesome makeovers for you to check out from my friends!


1.  Prodigal Pieces

2.  Petticoat JUNKtion

3.  Just the Woods

4. Girl in the Garage


Here’s an oldie that you may not have seen yet…it is the only hutch that I did not paint white!

See how it turned out HERE!

I’ll be back on Tuesday sharing how I turned $7 worth of this greenery into a super simple wreath for Spring!

UPDATE: See what $7 can get ya for your Spring Décor HERE now! 🙂

Have a great weekend! :




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  1. Mary Kaiser says

    Wow, totally amazing!! I LOVE how that turned out. You never cease to amaze me! I would so buy that piece if I lived in Virginia. I was wondering if you had any ideas on how to get rid of musty smell in an old piece of furniture? I bought an old book case that has glass doors on it and it smells terrible. Your help will be appreciated. Love your transformations, so very inspirational!!

    • Thank you, Mary!! I just had someone ask the same question this weekend. If you were planning to paint it, that would probably take care of the odor. However if you were not, I found a couple of possible solutions online that you can try. One is to place charcoal briquettes in the piece for a few days and allow it to absorb the odors. The other is something I have never heard of but it is supposed to work really well: wipe down all the surfaces with cheap vodka. I found both of these solutions in the comment section at the bottom of this post: You can click through and read them for yourself if you like. They are supposed to get really great results. Hope this helps! XOXO

  2. Christy, the top to the bottom of the hutch is beautiful. I mean, I absolutely love the look!
    I wanted to also ask if when you make your own chalk paint, is it always necessary to use flat paint? Is it because chalk paint is what I would call flat anyways? Your piece is just lovely and thank you for your time. Have a great day!

    • Thank you so much, Joanne! I actually just tried using satin finish paint that I had left over from my boys’ bathroom and it worked great! XOXO

  3. Sheila DelCharco says

    Ohhhh Christy!!! What an amazing transformation! That back piece was indeed ugly! I love the beadboard, the white paint, the fabric on the back piece and drawers and the glass knobs! I love how you give new life to old pieces!

    • Thank you so much, Sheila!! It’s always a relief when big pieces like this are done and they turn out how you imagine! XOXO

  4. Christina in SW FL says

    Yet another beauty! I agree about the glass inserts… pretty but… I adore bead board. The glass knobs are just the right jewelry.

    • Thanks, Christina! The glass panels look so much better on their own…actually considering hanging them somewhere…we shall see! I adore bead board as well!! XOXO

  5. That looks great. Love the bead board addition.

    If you don’t mind my asking, what will you price that for?

  6. Gorgeous! Great storage piece. Inspired.

  7. Wow, that is so beautiful!!! You are the queen of getting the details just right. I don’t think of things like fabric on door backs and drawer bottoms. Beautiful!

    • Thank you, Becky! You are so sweet! Now you know if I were keeping it, the backs of the doors would still be brown lol! XOXO

  8. I don’t think there is one thing I don’t like about this piece! the beadboard is such an improvement to the backsplash and the doors. I love the fabric, it looks like chicken wire to me and the glass knobs looks great! and the brushed top looks great and adds just the right amount of dimension to the piece.
    now, what are you going to do with those dated leaded glass pieces?

    • Thanks, Gwen! I’m so happy to hear you like it! I’m very pleased with how it all came together as well, because you just never know! The glass pieces are quite pretty on their own and might be really nice hanging in front of a window? We’ll see! XOXO

  9. Susan Williams says

    I love it! I have a similar oak hutch from the 80’s that I separated and painted the bottom portion white (top- dark stain)to use in my craft room. The top has been sitting in my basement. The glass doors feel dated to me but now I know what to do with them if I can find a place in my small home to hang it. Thank you! I love your weathered top finish. Simply beautiful!

  10. Your piece is hands down the best of the redos! You have such a great way of making the furniture look like it should have been that way from the beginning. I did like the other white cabinet with the stained top. Thanks for the great upcycle.

  11. Marcie Lovett says

    Hard to believe it’s the same piece! Beautiful update, Christy. I saw a free hutch on craigslist yesterday and immediately thought of you. If only I had a way to bring it home…. ????

  12. This came out so pretty! I love the beadboard over that dated glass!

  13. Karen L Moore says

    Perfect! So cute.I notice you almost always use a brush rather than your sprayer. Just wondered why? Look of the finish, clean up?

    • Thanks, Karen! I do like the quiet relaxation of painting with a brush. I love how easy the sprayer is though, and to use it I need to set up my spray tent…the area around our new house is super windy almost all the time, so that can be kind of a pain. XO

  14. It look wonderful, Christy! I love the headboard, whit paint, and pretty hardware.

  15. Robyn Wright says

    From drab to FAB! I love the farmhouse look!

  16. Nancy Walden says

    I updated my French Country hutch by replacing the glass door and sides with 1/4 plywood before I painted the entire piece Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White. I sealed it with a mix of clear and black wax (7 parts to 3 parts). The piece now looks like an antique armoire! I’m loving the closed storage. I covered the back of the door inserts with contact paper. I love your Mod Podge/fabric treatment so now I’ll be on the look-out for the perfect fabric!

    • I bet your new “armoire” is stunning!! Great idea to replace all the glass with plywood! XOXO

  17. Beautiful as always! Love the bead board… You say that you didn’t paint it. Is this the paneling they have in the lumber area that is laying down flat? Looks like an ivory color to me when I’ve looked at it. Or is this a painted piece I haven’t seen at my HD? I want to get a piece to use as a background drop for photos.

    • Thanks, Julie! This came just like this at my Home Depot. It is the kind that you find laying flat. It was around $20. XO

  18. Wow Christy! That is absolute stunning! Your vision for this hutch was just gorgeous! It would be hard to let it go because it completely fits in your home. It’ll sell quickly for sure. Thank you for sharing and constantly inspiring me!!

    • Aww thank you so much, Carrie! I do love this piece in my office…this will be a tough one to say goodbye to! XOXO

  19. Lovely transformation!!

  20. It’s so gorgeous, Christy! Now where I live, big old hutches are for sale everywhere for cheap! Most people just don’t want to move them around, or don’t have the vision for a makeover. Now I want to snatch one up when the weather gets nicer! xo

    • Thanks, Jen! I don’t find these too often around here. They always sell well in my booth, so I grab them when I see them. They are a lot of work, but it’s nice when they sell! XOXO

  21. Another great makeover! I love the beadboard…it says cottage to me with all the feel goods out there!

  22. Terri Hughes says

    WOW… much better. Beautiful job!

  23. Wow, I like the transformation of that out-dated hutch. I mean, really, WOW! SO much more appealing. Good work!

  24. This is the reason I follow you every week my Lady. You take something that is bla and turn it in to WOW. Another winner for sure.

  25. Another masterpiece! I’m a lover of bead board and anything you use it on gives it that country-cottage look. Love the way it turned out!!

  26. Beautiful update!

  27. Christy, I love the top of the server section. It’s just what it needed with all that white. I heard about the vodka approach. I’ve never used it, but I heard it’s supposed to work well.
    How’s the weather by you? Up north, here, we’ve been getting some unseasonably warm weather lately. I think we’ve seen the last of the big snowstorms for Buffalo. See, we don’t always get a lot of snow!

    • Thanks, MaryJean! I’m interested to see if the vodka works…sounds like it really does! Our weather has been lovely here too as well. Plan on getting out and enjoying it today! have a great weekend! XOXO

  28. Norma Rolader says

    Absolutely beautiful transformation and thank you for sharing

  29. Barbara Ann Sandoval says

    Thanks for including the cost you paid. I ran into one yesterday at my favorite thrift store. It was $150 and will be 50% off if still there Thursday. I many just have to go back to get it. I usually like the glass inserts especially when you take the time to paint the inside. But I agree with you choice with this one.

    • Ooh that will be a great price if you can get it for that! If the glass on mine were clear, I would have kept it for sure. Fingers crossed for you that it’s still there! You’ll have to come back and let me know! 🙂

  30. I love the cottage look this big piece now has! It’s amazing how you know just how to change the pieces you find! Question, though: Are my eyes, possibly lighting, or merely my monitor, deceiving me?! The top and bottom pieces look to be (ever so slightly) two different shades of white. Is that right/intentional?
    Thanks for answering, because I’ve run out of one chalk paint color I’ve used on a piece, and would love to be able to just get “really close” with the second area to be painted. Since I’m OC, this is just yet another “critical” issue I encounter in my everyday life … !!!

    • Thank you, Kathleen! They are the same color, but I do see that the bottom looks a little brighter. I think the window to the right of it is just shedding more light on that bottom piece. 🙂

  31. I had a hutch just like this one (until I turned it into a small pantry) and I’m loving the idea of replacing the glass with beadboard for closed storage. You just convinced me that I need to find another similar because it would be perfect for my office! Love the weathered top too.

    • Thanks, Marie! Welcome back, my friend! This would be a great addition to your office…I loved how it looked in mine! XOXO


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