Something Painted White

Dining Room Hutch Makeover with Chalk Paint

I love White Dishes…displayed proudly on a dining room hutch!


No, I mean, I really LOVE white dishes!

  • Ironstone,
  • not ironstone,
  • pitchers,
  • soup tureens,
  • old plates, etc. 

They all make me so happy and I love perusing the thrift stores for them.

When we moved into this house last year…

there was no good place to display them.  I don’t want to tuck them away, I want to look at them all the time.

It was obvious, I needed a dining room hutch! The tricky part was figuring out where to put it since we only have two walls in our dining room and both of them are covered in windows.  Hmmmmm.

We live in Phoenix where there is an abundance of sunshine and for several months of the year we try to keep the bright light from coming in the windows and heating up the room.  So I thought,

“can it really hurt to just put a hutch in front of the windows?”  The answer….‘Nah!  It can’t!”
This is how our dining room looked the day we got the keys to the house. There are so many windows and covering up a couple of them was fine with me.

This is how the dining room looked the day we got the keys.

It was time to start searching for a hutch…

but not just any hutch…this hutch needed to speak to me.  I checked yard sales….online yard sales…Goodwill….Offer Up and various local thrift stores.

When I found one that I loved…I didn’t love the price.  When I found a price I loved, I didn’t love the hutch.

One day, after visiting my mom, I stopped by a local thrift store near her house, just to check.  They had a bunch of hutches but nothing really caught my eye…

until I saw this one. (cue Angels singing!)
This thrift store find really spoke to me. The open shelves, the curves on the upper section, the bead board look behind the shelves. Dining Room Hutch win!!!

This is how she looked when we first met. I was smitten!

Something about it spoke to me…the curves on the upper half….the beadboard look behind the shelves…the open top shelf…the convenient little slot for holding plates (what’s that called anyway? a plate slot?) anyhow…I also loved the storage it had on the lower half.

Then I touched it...this beauty was legitSolid, heavy, hard wood.  The price tag at $250.00 was a bit more than I really wanted to pay, but OHHHHHH, I loved it!!!

So you know what I did?…

I left.  Yep...I walked away!  I wanted a better price!

But I couldn’t stop thinking about that hutch.  It was perfect and was (almost) the perfect width and height to cover my windows.  It haunted me!  Since I had taken a photo of it at the store I kept looking at it.  I’m pretty sure it became more perfect with every glance.  But alas, it was more than I wanted to pay.  So I moved on.

Until one month later when…

after visiting my mom, I stopped by the same store to see if they had any more hutches.  They did!  Nothing spectacular though. But….this haunting sweetheart was still there…AND STILL THE SAME PRICE!


I knew what I had to do!!!

I had to buy it…FOR LESS!!!   So I found a sweet little lady and asked her very politely if they would come down on the price since it’s been sitting there for 4 weeks.  They drive a hard bargain and wouldn’t budge. Could I walk away again??? 

I thought about it…but then she said she would throw in FREE delivery!


One very long week later it was delivered and placed perfectly in my dining room…right in front of those two windows that, in my opinion, served no purpose on that particular wall.

This dining room hutch is not quite tall enough to cover the windows but it's exactly what I wanted. I can figure out the windows later.

Delivery man: “Lady, are you sure you want it in front of the windows???”
Me: “Absolutely!”

Even the delivery men complimented me on my beautiful find.

When I told them I couldn’t wait to start painting it they were shocked and perhaps appalled.  I realize now that I should stop back in there with my after photo and show them that it’s even more beautiful now than it was before.  🙂

I knew I wanted to paint it a nice creamy white so, on the advice of my friend Bridget at Grungy Galz   I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and mixed Old White with Pure White. Bridget had a few gorgeous pieces in the store with this same color and I loved it!

Since this Dining Room Hutch was so dark I was concerned that it would be difficult to cover.  Bridget gave me some great adviceShellac it!  HUH???  Yep!!!  By putting a couple coats of Zinsser Bulls-eye Shellac on it I didn’t have to use as much chalk paint to cover it.  The shellac prevents the dark color from bleeding through. It seems a little odd at first…but it works…and trust me…shellac is cheaper than chalk paint and I like my projects to be as economical as possible.

I ended up putting 2 coats of shellac on just to be safe.  Honestly, I hated the extra time it took, but I wanted it to be right and I’m really glad I followed Bridget’s advice.

Finally I was ready to paint!

This hutch is very heavy so we just moved it away from the wall a bit and I painted it right there in the dining room.  Work smarter, not harder!  That’s what I always say!  🙂

I started painting the dining room hutch while in place but finally decided to take the top half off and lay it down to finish. Painting under the shelves was just too difficult with it upright.

Oh My Goodness, It’s going to be Wonderful!!!

This dining room hutch is a two-piece…

so I decided, when I was about half done with the upper section, to carry it into the living room and lay it on it’s back.  That made it much easier to paint under the shelves. I had to paint EVERY part of that upper section because I didn’t want anyone sitting at the table to see any unfinished spots.

Painting the lower section was much easier and went pretty fast.  I decided to paint right over the gorgeous hardware, mostly because I’m lazy and didn’t want to take it off, but it really is gorgeous and the final result is so pretty!

The original hardware on this dining room hutch was really gorgeous so I left it on and painted over it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

What’s not to love about this hardware? It’s too dark. But I can fix that.

This dining room hutch had really pretty original hardware so I left it on and painted right over it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

Painting over the original hardware made for a gorgeous result!

I ended up painting 3 coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on this hutch because I really wanted to make sure it was covered.

After 3 coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in a 50/50 mix of Old White and Pure White.

This is how it looked after the paint and before the distressing and waxing!

I really love a light distressing…

on just about all of the furniture pieces that I redo for our home.  One of the many things I love about using chalk paint is how easy it is to sand off the high points and edges.  I typically paint indoors so I use a wet sanding sponge for this step because it really helps to keep the dust down and the paint comes off so easily.

A light distressing with a wet sanding sponge gives a nice time worn look to a freshly painted dining room hutch.

Distressing in progress with a wet sanding sponge.

Every DIY’er has their own method/style/idea…

for waxing… mine is to distress first and wax second.  But the sanding isn’t always enough distressing for me.

I typically use some dark wax in the details as well and I always wax with clear wax after sanding but before applying the dark wax.  I like to know that I can take off some dark wax if I think it’s too much and having that initial coat of clear wax makes that possible.  If i make a mistake with the dark wax I can use clear wax as an eraser and remove it.  It’s a beautiful thing!  🙂

Before and after dark waxing. Dark wax gives a wonderful aged, time-worn look to a freshly painted piece of furniture.

Before and After Dark wax. I love the aged look the wax gives it.

I love to use a wax brush…

Brossum 2 in 1 Wax Brush

for the waxing process because it gets into the tiny detail areas much better than a cloth. It’s important to have two wax brushes….one for clear…one for dark.  As I’ve said before, I like to be as economical as possible, and wax brushes can be really pricey.  I found this one on Amazon and it had great reviews, I haven’t used it on a lot of projects but so far so good.

I love how my New-To-Me Dining Room Hutch turned out,

it’s exactly as I had pictured it when I first saw her sitting there in the thrift store.  I still can’t believe it sat there for over 4 weeks with no takers…but I’m so glad it did.  🙂

Original hardward was left in place and painted over, then lightly sanded to distress. Dark wax in the detail areas gives it a perfect time-worn look.

The original hardware, the dark wax in the details, the creamy color….it’s just what I hoped it would be.


Dining room hutch painted in Annie Sloan Old White mixed 50/50 with Pure White. Lightly distressed by sanding and then Annie sloan Dark wax in the details.

It’s all in the details! 🙂


Dining room hutch, lower half, after painting with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint it a 50/50 combo of Old White and Pure White. Light sanding on high points to distress, then AS dark wax in the detail. Love the shine.

Bye Bye Windows.! I love the shine you can get from wax. So pretty!


This dining room hutch is everything I hoped it would be. I love the color combination of Annie Sloan Old White and Pure White . It's a beautiful creamy white with just enough distressing to give it a bit of time-worn look.

That’s a wrap! Now it’s time to fill it with dishes! Woot!!!

This Dining Room Hutch was such a fun project!  If you have a favorite thrift store be sure to stop in regularly…you just never know what beauty awaits you there!


Dining Room Hutch Makeover with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint


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Hi! I'm Cindy....wife, mom, Mimi (aka grandma) and home décor enthusiast. I love thrift stores, flea markets, yard sales and good junk!
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6 months ago

I love the hutch! I would have to do something about the windows peeking over the top of it though. Would drive me nuts! To each his own…😁

Hi! I'm Cindy...

….wife, mom, Mimi (aka grandma) and home décor enthusiast.

I love thrift stores, flea markets, yard sales and good junk! But I really don’t like spending a lot of money, which you probably figured out by where I like to shop.

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