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{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 Responses to {Before & After} – custom hutch re-finish

  1. Kristen at Hillside Hideaway June 10, 2011 at 4:54 am #

    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 June 10, 2011 at 4:56 am #

    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. Jenny June 10, 2011 at 6:28 am #

    Oh great make over. I love all of the trim you have added. ;-)

  4. Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy June 10, 2011 at 7:23 am #

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

  5. Pudel-design June 10, 2011 at 8:23 am #

    LOve how it turned out!
    Such a pretty gray tone;)
    Lovely greetings…


  6. Rhonda June 10, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    That is incredible – what a transformation!!

  7. Kim @ Cheap Chic Home June 10, 2011 at 10:50 am #

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

  8. Fiona June 10, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    hi Sausha – it looks fantastic. i'm sure your client is going to love it. congrats.
    cheers Fiona

  9. Stephanie June 10, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    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!

  10. southerninspiration June 10, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

    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!!


  11. **nicke... June 10, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

    wow! beautiful!

  12. Alicia June 10, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    what an incredible transformation! GREAT work.

  13. the nayz June 10, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

    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!!

  14. Mrs. Stranded June 10, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

    Wow! That looks incredible!!!!

  15. Korrie@RedHenHome June 10, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    What a beautiful piece! Love the molding you added, and the pretty turned supports for the hutch.

  16. Genevieve Gail June 10, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

    This is fabulous!!!

  17. Late Bloomers June 10, 2011 at 6:49 pm #

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


  18. Decor & Harmony @ 4290 June 10, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

    It looks amazing! I love all the detail :)

  19. Inspire Me Heather June 10, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

    Wow, nice job!

  20. Allison Posey June 10, 2011 at 11:49 pm #

    Wow!!! What a transformation!!!

  21. Margo June 11, 2011 at 6:10 am #

    Seriously Gorgeous! The distressing is wonderful!

  22. M.L. @ The House of Whimsy June 11, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    Completely incredible!!! Wow!!!
    : )
    Mary Lou

  23. Erin R. June 13, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    WOW! That is an awesome finish. And I love the trim you added. What a transformation!

  24. Becolorful June 13, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

    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

  25. Angie June 14, 2011 at 2:34 am #

    AMAZING!!! It looks gorgeous!!

  26. Crafts and Deals June 17, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

    AAAMAZING!!! You have such great talent!!

  27. Jenni June 17, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

    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!

  28. leah mari June 20, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    great piece! i love how the edged kinda have that line scrap thing going on haha

  29. Kellie Collis June 23, 2011 at 9:01 am #

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

  30. Pam Smith June 24, 2011 at 9:29 pm #

    great job! I like how you added the trim! i did that to a walmart book case and I loved it.

  31. Jill@Barnes Yard June 29, 2011 at 9:49 pm #

    Everything you paint looks fantastic!!

  32. Mary h May 6, 2016 at 4:08 pm #

    Looks great. Gonna try on book case

  33. Jereferol McGrew September 3, 2016 at 1:18 pm #

    Lovely to see this at every stage!

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