{Before & After} – custom hutch re-finish



I recently finished up quite a transformation on a big hutch.

The hutch before had very modern lines and light maple wood – and that wasnt going to work with how my client wanted it transformed.

She sent me some pics of heavily distressed french inspired pieces – so we had to do something to “soften” up this piece of modern furniture.


I added some trim around the top and bottom part of the top hutch (its the lighter color of wood that i added)

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And then i added some braided rope trim around all the drawers

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I also added a piece of base molding around the bottom of the cabinet (sorry, forgot the before pic)

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After all my trim as added, i primed the entire piece with primer tinted to a dark brown so i could see dark when i distressed it.  Then i had planned on using Old Fashioned Milk Paint (similar to chalk paint)– but i couldnt get the paint to spray well out of my paint gun.  So i ended up using latex paint (i used silver sage by Restoration Hardware).  The color on the trim is Honeymilk by Valspar. 

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I heavily distressed the entire piece mostly with my cabinet scrapers and then i lightly glazed everything for an aged look. 

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To distress the piece so it didnt look so smooth and new – i used a hammer, some screws and screwdrivers to make some dents in the wood – just randomly here and there

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(Client will add hardware and glass in the doors)

I love how  it turned out!!  And i love that some paint and some molding can COMPLETELY change the look and style of a piece :)

If you dont like it – change it!!!


33 replies
  1. Kristen at Hillside Hideaway
    Kristen at Hillside Hideaway says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! Amazing transformation. The trim really changed it up. Love the use of dark primer underneath, too (now I want to do that!). I'm increasingly geeked out by all your work. Awesome. xoxo

  2. kathie
    kathie says:

    This is absolutely gorgeous!! I love the color combinations you chose, and the trim pieces add so much to it. Especially love the pieces you added to make the top stand on the bottom. Gorgeous!

  3. Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy
    Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy says:

    I am always amazed how you take something that doesn't look very cute and make it beautiful!

  4. Kim @ Cheap Chic Home
    Kim @ Cheap Chic Home says:

    What a distress success! I really like the trim around the drawers. I'd like to do that for kitchen cabinets.

  5. Stephanie
    Stephanie says:

    Wow – what a transformation! The braided trim on the drawers was brilliant – so great for picking up the under color and distressing! Great job – your client must be giddy!

  6. southerninspiration
    southerninspiration says:

    that is just totally amazing to me!! Good for you for being able to take the old and make it what your client wants…..I'm impressed!!
    It's gorgeous!!


  7. the nayz
    the nayz says:

    Love the transformation. Did you add the 4×4's and turned 'legs' yourself, or did they come with the piece? I only dream of having an area big enough in my house to put one of these in. Oh well, I can still stare and drool over it!!

  8. Late Bloomers
    Late Bloomers says:

    Did you cut that trim yourself? I gotta' come to your house for a weekend long 'How to Mitre cut' clinic! Wowsers!


  9. Becolorful
    Becolorful says:

    Stunning! and I love your phrase about if you don't like it change it. I really like this subtle treatment on this piece. I have been wondering what to do with an armoire in the guest bedroom and you may have just given me the answer I have been looking for. Would love it if you would also share this on Motivated Monday at BeColorful

  10. Jenni
    Jenni says:

    I just need you to know that I HATE YOUR BLOG! why? because my poor sweet children & laundry pile have been completly neglected for two days while I coo over all your BEAUTIFUL work & decor ideas! we just moved into a house 2 times as big as our previous home & I was feeling overwhelmed with ideas–styles were swirling in my head. I was dizzy…but now I know exactly what I am going to be looking for while making this house a home. you have some MAJOR talent!!! thanks for sharing it!

  11. Kellie Collis
    Kellie Collis says:

    It looks lovely! Love how you aged it – I think that's the fun part. Have a beautiful day, Kellie xx


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