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5 Fantastic Ways To Transform Your Old China Hutch

Do you have an old china cabinet or hutch that's in need of a major revamp? If your stuck in a rut and can't get over the "I'm not sure exactly how to refinish it" hurdle, you're in luck! In this article, we're sharing FIVE fantastic and creative ways to transform your old china hutch!

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One of the reasons people put off refinishing their china cabinets is because they lack a plan or vision for their furniture makeover. Planning a china hutch makeover is no small feat. There are so many amazing paint colors and style directions that you could go in- it's no wonder that we struggle to make some of those decisions!

Whether you're in the ..

"I have absolutely no idea."

or the

"I'm deciding between"


If you're looking to re-do your dining room hutch, we hope that this post will be helpful for you! We've put together five different refinishing furniture ideas to help jump-start your creative juices and hopefully get YOU motivated to pull the trigger on your own china cabinet and hutch makeover!

After all, that china hutch is probably just sitting there like a big, dark, heavy elephant in the room. Am I right? Okay, well let's quit staring at that elephant and instead let's get you excited about some new possibilities for that piece!

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Five Fantastic Ways To Transform Your Old China Cabinet or Hutch

As promised, here are FIVE creative ways to transform your china cabinet. In no particular order, here are some of my favorite ways...

#1: Pair Natural Wood Tones With Color

If the wood finish on your china hutch is in good condition, consider pairing those beautiful wood grains with a little bit of paint or a patterned print and save yourself some time. Not all furniture needs to be painted or even 100% painted for that matter.

Choosing to leave the original wood tones showing on the inside of your hutch like Keegan from Lemon Drops Reclaimed did on this beautiful Black and Wood Two Toned Hutch, or adding removable wallpaper to the back your cabinet like Simple Practical Beautiful did to this vintage hutch or intentionally adding wood elements to your hutch like Nancy from Slightly Coastal did for this darling white china cabinet are all great design choices!

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China Hutch Makeover With Removable Wallpaper by Simple Practical Beautiful

#2: Decoupage Your Hutch To Create Interesting Details

Here are a few decoupage furniture ideas that will get your brain thinking! Designers Sweet Spot not only decoupaged a fun bright print to the back of her refinished china cabinet, she also decoupaged a design on the outside as well.

Both Pillar Box Blue and Just The Woods selected a fun and whimsical pattern for their china hutches that immediately just draws your eye right in!

Decoupaging furniture brings life to a space. It allows you to bring colors together, offers opportunities to mix patterns and overall livens up a room and just kind of automatically makes it interesting to look at!

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Mid-century Decoupage Hutch Makeover by Designers Sweet Spot
Decoupaged China Cabinet by Pillar Box Blue

#3: Separate Your China Hutch To Create Two Separate Pieces of Furniture

If you live in a tiny apartment or small home, owning a large china cabinet can eat into your living space very quickly. If your hutch comes apart in two pieces, try separating them and add some legs. The bottom of a china hutch can be repurposed into a media console, buffet, or sofa table.

The top of a china hutch can be repurposed into a stand-alone cabinet simply by adding legs. Getting rid of the bulky weight of entire china cabinet on a wall will give the illusion that you have more space.

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We separated this china hutch and added legs to both pieces and loved it so much that we did it again to this vintage china hutch AND to this china cabinet as well!

If you're looking for a budget-friendly way to acquire a few nice pieces of furniture, dividing up a two piece china hutch is a really great way to go!

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#4: Transform Your Hutch With White, Light & Neutral Paint Colors

There's nothing prettier then a freshened up china hutch painted in a light or neutral paint tone. The contrast between the before and after are ALWAYS so stunning! DIY Beautify transformed her china hutch with some white chalk paint® and it looks so good!

Neutral paint colors don't always mean painting with white or cream paint! We love these painted china hutches that have been refinished in lovely neutral hues of sage green, grey, and soapstone.

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China Cabinet Painted With Chalk Paint from Painted by Kayla Payne
White Chalk Painted Hutch by DIY Beautify
Custom Painted China Cabinet by That Sweet Tea Life

#5: Paint Your China Hutch In A Bold Color

Some of the most stunning china cabinets are the ones that have been painted in rich and bold paint colors. It takes a little bit of bravery to paint with a bright and powerful color, but the rewards are worth it!

Check out some of these gorgeous china cabinets that have been transformed in some of the richest colors.

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Blue Painted Sideboard by Just The Woods
Green Glossy Painted Hutch from Painted by Kayla Payne
Bold Red China Hutch from Lily Field Furniture Co.
China Cabinet Makeover by Lily Field Furniture Co.

Did any of these china cabinets speak to you? Which one was your favorite? I hope this post has got your wheels spinning with some ideas for your next china hutch makeover

Will you paint with bold colors, stay nice and neutral or get lively with some striking prints?

Whatever you decide, just be reassured that paint is just that... paint. If you're nervous that your china hutch makeover isn't going to turn out the way that you had hoped, it's just paint. And paint can be painted over. It's not a deal breaker.

Are you on Pinterest? Join us! We have a board dedicated specifically just for china hutch and buffet ideas.  You'll get some more fantastic ideas!

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Have a great week!

Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street


  1. With the exception of painting furniture for a girls room I seldom use white. I am a "color" girl. I have painted china cabinets with Annie Sloan Chalk paint violet ( sold as soon as I put it on the floor), aubusson ,navy and green, No grey for me unless requested by a customer.

    1. Oooh, Annie Sloan Old Violet is a pretty color! Good for you! Refinished furniture painted in bold colors is definitely eye catching!

  2. I love the decoupage idea! How fun!

    1. It's such an easy way to add color or a fun pattern into the design!