Sometimes a piece of furniture needs a fresh look. That is where I come in. I love taking pieces of furniture that are outdated or a little run down, and giving them a facelift. This redesigned hutch is one of those pieces. A wonderful customer met us at Vintage Market Days of North Central Colorado in May where they purchased a round Duncan Phyfe dining table from us. We had picked the table up from a local photographer. The dining table was given a facelift with a paisley design stained on the top and the base painted in an antique white and then dark waxed.
When we delivered the dining table, they asked if I could refinish a very large, very beautiful antique china hutch that had been spray painted black by the previous owner. I said yes right away! This piece was beautiful but was definitely in need of a redesign with the black spray paint.
We picked up the hutch a couple months later after I had completed other customers’ orders, and I got to work. The entire piece took me two weeks to complete. Here is the process for this redesigned hutch!
The plan was to stain the fixed shelves, the small unattached shelves, and the top of the buffet portion. The rest of the hutch would be painted and then sealed with both clear and dark waxes. This was all to coordinate with the dining table. I started by stripping the buffet top and the fixed shelves.
Check out how cool it is when stripper does its magic! I used Citristrip, applying it liberally and then covering everything with plastic wrap. I leave mine on for about an hour and then go back to it.
Even with how well stripper works, there is always residue left over. To remove the residue, I used to scrub with soap and water which took forever! Then I learned a little trick – DENATURED ALCOHOL! It is now my best friend to get off the rest of the residue when stripping, leaving a very clean, bare wood top!
Now, the fixed shelves were not quite as easy. This was due to… well, the shelves being fixed. What a pain! In the end it was worth it though, don’t you think?
With the shelves, I stripped, stained, sealed, and then covered them with tape and butcher paper. I painted, took off the paper, and cleaned up any seepage of paint. Then I waxed. I really had to think through the process with this part.
The next step was getting the entire piece ready for paint. I ALWAYS clean my pieces first. TSP is my cleaner of choice. Normally I don’t prime as with milk paint and chalk-like paints you don’t need to because they will stick to just about anything. On this piece however, I was concerned about putting white over black and having to use a lot of coats of paint. So I primed. I love priming about as much as I love stripping, NOT AT ALL. But finishing a piece correctly is so much more important!
I used this simple trick to cut down my time.
Cody even helped me tape off the doors cardboard wasn’t going to work for.
After two coats of primer and a light sand, I was ready to paint.
In doing this redesigned hutch, painting was the best part! It was a huge transformation going from black to white. The details of the hutch were able to shine through now. Before painting and priming, I went to remove the hardware only to find that the hardware on the center drawer, which pulled out to provide desk space, was covered by the original green leather.
Doh! Now what? I was not about to rip that out, which meant I couldn’t remove the hardware and all of it had been spray painted black as well. Plan B – paint hardware white then go over it with rub and buff to give it a metal look again.
After completing the painting and detailing of the hardware (this was the most time consuming part of the entire piece!), I waxed the entire thing. Now, I wouldn’t normally wax a piece this big but, we were wanting it to coordinate with the dining table so it got a coat of clear wax and then dark wax to highlight the details.
I am in LOVE! It looks so beautiful with the table. They have the perfect large dining room for it. And notice the lazy Susan on the table! Yup, one of ours!
Thank you for stopping by today! Happy Painting!