Tuesday, August 20, 2013

China Hutch Redo

As part of our wedding gift, my parents bought us our complete set of wedding china (totally unexpected/best parents ever!) and I immediately knew I would need somewhere to keep this pretty new dinnerware, which would only be used for holiday dinners and other special occasions, but would need to be seen always because of its sheer beauty and symbolism.  Kitchen cupboards would not do the beauties justice and I had just what I wanted in mind.  I needed me a china hutch.  

New hutches can cost anywhere from $800- maybe thousands?  I really had no idea actually, but knew somewhere out there was a hutch calling my name.  I spent months on and off browsing thrift stores and Craigslist without much luck.  Most hutches either exceeded the budget or were beyond makeover worthy.  I waited months and months and my pretties sat in their pretty pink boxes, anxiously awaiting their debut.
Growing antsy, I began checking Craigslist everyday, positive the hutch of my dreams would list.  And on one lucky Monday morning, I spotted this gem.  Within 15 minutes of the listing being posted, I was on the phone with the owner arranging a pickup time.  Obsessed much?  But isn't she grand??  Here she is after finally getting her home all in one piece--a big achievement in itself, as this thing weighs a ton and the glass on the front panels is extremely fragile.  This was soooooo worth the drive to West LA.  After work on a Monday evening.  In typical LA traffic. So so worth it.  
Sure, she didn't come without her bumps and bruises, but for a whopping 50 bucks, I couldn't complain one bit.  Yucky stains, scuffs, and missing knobs expose her age: 
After removing all the hardware, I gave the whole piece a good rub down with a mix of warm water and vinegar to remove the dirt, stains, and funky odor generally associated with old furniture.  I then sanded the hutch to even out any scuffs and rough it up a bit for better paint adhesion.  

I wanted the interior of the hutch to offset the exterior, which I would be painting glossy white.  I chose a cool blue to match other parts of the room and our wedding china.  I randomly chose Water Mark by Behr and was ecstatic that it ended up being a perrrrrrrfect match (something that almost never happens for me -_-).  The color is super light and almost appears white in the can.  It gives the perfect amount of pop, though, when set against stark white.  Since I didn't have a lot of space to cover, I purchased a small color sample for about $2 or $3, which worked out great.

Here's a shot after painting inside the kimono.  And with just two coats of fresh paint, she's already taken on a new personality.
I decided this time to skip the primer and took off running with the oil-based paint.  This time it was Gloss White by Rust-oleum.
Two careful coats and many waiting hours/days, she was complete!
I purchased some new knobs from the hardware store, but used all of the other original hardware, deciding to leave it in its natural state.  I may paint the hardware sometime in the future or may not...

The part I had been waiting so long for had finally come: filling the hutch with all the beautiful china.

I had lots of fun trying out different configurations and will probably change up the set up often.  There are grooves inside the hutch to stand the plates, which I did for picture purposes and subsequently took down, still not completely trusting. :)
As massive as this baby is, this hutch was surprisingly my easiest, most rewarding, and perhaps cheapest project to date.  Here is a breakdown of the cost: 
  • Hutch: $50
  • Paint: $13
  • 3 Crystal Knobs: $12
A $75 project for the win.  If you can imagine, I'm completely enamored with the thing.  It so perfectly fills a void we'd had in our dining area and remedied an awkward corner I'd been struggling with.  The white and blue are so cooling and makes our room feel so darn fresh.  I catch myself finding reasons to go into that room just to look at the pretty new cabinet.  In love?  Yes, I think so. :)  Here are more pictures of the before and after.  Thanks for looking!


  1. Pretty Zorrie :) Love white on china cabinets! xo Kristin

  2. So so beautiful. You did a fantastic job! Pinning it. I am your newest follower. Would you follow me back. Thank you so much!


  3. Stunning! I just wanted to let you know that I featured your wonderful project on homework. Thanks so much for sharing it on The Inspiration Board. It makes me so happy to see beautiful creativity linked up!

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  4. great rework!! looks like a brand new vintage!

  5. Wow, you did a great job! It looks fantastic!:)


  6. I have observed that every good photographer constantly hopes to hone his skills. I am still experimenting my way regarding how to approach things.

  7. haute color choices! you brought that cabinet back to life...
    and congratulations on the new life in your belly!
    ~ krissy


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