Corner Hutch Furniture Makeover

I have been looking for a corner hutch for my dining room for a long time. The room needs something substantial in that corner to balance the space. You can see some pics (and read about my kitchen dreams) HERE.

When I found this ugly corner cabinet second hand, I knew I could redo it and make it exactly what I wanted.

It was solid wood, just the right size, and only $75!

For the makeover, I gave it a good sanding, painted it with regular old latex paint, took off the old wavy top piece and replaced it with crown molding, and replace the hardware with crystal knobs. I got all six knobs for $9 at Ross of all places. I’ve never seen knobs there before, but I grabbed them up quick… that’s a fantastic price for such large crystal knobs.

I’ve learned two important lessons from the many times I’ve painted furniture.

1. Always, always, always sand. End of story. For realsies though… any time I’ve skipped this step I’ve regretted it!

2. Read the label on your paint can and follow the instructions about dry time. If it says wait 2 hours between coats, wait the full two hours. Painting a second coat over a coat of paint that’s not completely dry will leave your piece feeling sticky… forever! Patience is not my virtue, but I’ve learned that it’s worth waiting between coats!

Okay, enough blah blah blah. You came here to see the pretty! Without further ado…

I’m excited to have a pretty place to display my dishes and to decorate seasonally!

Here it is all decorated for Christmas:

You know how it goes though. Putting that gorgeous new piece of furniture in the dining room made me realize just how awful the trim around the back door is (thanks to the previous owners we nicknamed The Redneck DIY’ers). And it’s gotten me itching to finish off the crown molding,,, and baseboards… and take down the ceiling fan… and rip out the cabinets hanging over the peninsula… and… and.. if you give a mouse a cookie, right?

A side by side comparison:

Ah! So fresh and sophisticated! I just love a good furniture redo! It’s amazing what paint can do, isn’t it?


  1. So beautiful. My grandpa gave me a corner hutch he had in his garage. It fits perfectly in our kitchen. This is quite an inspiration. I want to paint the inside white with light gray on outside I think. Thanks for the sanding plea. I will do it now.

    • I used regular latex paint for this project and it’s held up okay, but I recommend using Sherwin-Williams Urethane Trim Enamel. I painted my kitchen cabinets with it and it is AMAZING.


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