Sometimes, it is love at first site. Sometimes, it takes some warming up to. Sometimes, you can give a piece a facelift with just a little bit of paint. Sometimes, you make alterations first. This one was Love. At. First. Site. These gorgeous arched doors were staring at me and I knew I had to have it. I didn't necessarily like it "as is", but I saw the potential and the potential called for some alterations. The vision? I would separate the two piece china hutch and create two distinct pieces and functions out of them.
I received paint products to complete this furniture makeover, however the opinions expressed here are 100% my own.
When I'm selecting a hutch to dissect, I like to look for ones with straight lines at the top as opposed to an arched top. When you're creating two separate pieces out of a hutch, a hutch with a straight line at the top gives the new piece a more natural look rather then looking like a hutch top that you've tried to turn into a cabinet. Two reasons most straight lined hutches are open on top. First, if its a lighted cabinet it needs space for the cords. If there aren't any built in lights, it simply just saves the furniture company money and time when let's face it, nobody can see up there anyway. ;)
Since the top of our hutch was being turned into a stand alone cabinet and the new height would allow someone to see the top of it, we needed to create a false top. We selected a pine board from our local big box hardware store and had them cut it to size. We didn't want to worry about whether or not the existing hutch top was square so we opted to give our measurements an extra 1/4" inch overage from our hutch dimensions. By doing so, we created the illusion of another layer of molding. We used some wood glue and a nail gun to secure the board to the top. Then, we gave it a quick stain so that pine closely matched the existing stain. This cabinet was going to be distressed so giving the cabinet a universal base color before painting it would help those distressed areas look more natural.
What we did to the top we also executed to the bottom. We added another stained pine board to the bottom of the hutch so that we had a thicker surface area to work with when we added our feet. We selected inexpensive bun style legs and gave them the same stain treatment before securing them to the bottom of the hutch the hutch. The outside of the hutch was painted with Pure & Original Classico Chalk Paint in Burned Sand. We took off the back board of the hutch and painted it with Pure & Original Classico Chalk Paint in Warm White.
When we finished, our new cabinet looked like this...
Two pieces for the price of one! This blog post covers our furniture makeover for the top portion of the hutch. If you missed what we did to the bottom section, you can catch that here.
Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street
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