Graphite Hutch

Hi all!  I wanted to share how I turned a once fussy and dated hutch into this:


Here is how the hutch looked when I first spotted it at a local thrift shop.  Despite the scratches and dings that were on it, it was overall in decent shape.  And I loved its smaller size and the open shelving. What I didn’t care for was the French Provincial look to the piece, it’s not a style of furniture I care for.  I wanted to simplify the look of the piece and envisioned something less formal in appearance.


While I usually try very hard to make original hardware work, I knew this over the top hardware had to go if I wanted a simpler, farmhouse or cottage feel  to the piece.  I removed it and filled the holes to prep for new glass knobs. I then smoothed out the many dings and scratches with fine grit sandpaper. Next, I contemplated color. I felt that a lighter shade of paint would highlight the French Provincial underpinnings of the piece, something I wanted to avoid.  So I instead opted for a darker shade, Annie Sloan’s Graphite.  It is a very dark, almost black hue.  I painted on two coats and then sanded the edges and details, exposing the original wood.  Since  a piece like this could potentially get heavy use, I decided to protect it with General Finishes High Performance Topcoat in Flat.  It’s a super durable topcoat with a very subtle sheen. I applied three coats to the top and shelves and two to the rest of the piece.  To ensure a super smooth finish, I sanded in between coats with fine grit sandpaper.



So what do you think?  MUCH better in my opinion!  And I love how a hutch like this can add that open shelving look we all love to a kitchen or dining room.  Plus, adding casual dishes like I did here helps transform this once dated and fussy piece into a something fresh and current.



Linking up to:

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  1. Trina says

    I love this! What a beautiful hutch this is now. You have given it new life and given me hope for my old hutch!! Thanks for the share!

  2. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says

    Oh pretty! I love the petite size and the black is very sophisticated! Featured at Be Inspired this morning. Thanks so much for sharing Ann!

  3. says

    Stunning piece! The black makes it look so elegant. I see you are linked up to a few parties, would you consider linking up to our Friday’s Furniture Fix Party? It’s live now through Sunday, I would love to have you join us!

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