DIY Antique Hutch Makeover

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We gave this antique hutch a makeover with Valspar’s Furniture Paint!

We just purchased an antique hutch and I can’t wait to share it with you!

I love the style of these antique hutches and had been wanting one for a while. The trouble was I wasn’t sure where I would put it.

But one day while scrolling Facebook Marketplace I found a great deal that was too good to pass up so we decided to snag it.

antique hutch before

Storage Wars

Have you ever seen the show Storage Wars? The guy we bought the hutch from made his living by purchasing abandoned or repossessed storage units and then selling the contents. It was cool to see his garage full of treasures!

He talked about how he rarely knew what was in the unit before buying it. Crazy!

Choosing a Paint Color

Once we got the antique hutch home it sat in our dining room while I decided what to do with it. I had planned on painting it white, gray, or black but was having a difficult time deciding. I even took a poll in my Instagram stories to see what other people thought and white was the popular choice.

But I was leaning towards black when my hubby threw me a curveball. He asked me to consider painting it yellow. YELLOW? I would never have even thought about yellow and at first, my answer was an emphatic NO.

But he said he thought the space could use a pop of color and asked me to think about it. The more I thought about it the more I warmed to the idea.

We decided to make a trip to Lowe’s to look at paint colors. I checked out all the shades of yellow and settled on a buttery shade that I had mixed into Valspar’s Furniture Paint. I could always repaint if I didn’t like it, right?

I gave the antique hutch three coats of the yellow. I left the stained scroll detail on the door alone. I was surprised at how much I really liked it!

yellow painted hutch

Adding Some Detail

I started thinking about the inside of the hutch. At first, I thought to paint it white, but then I started thinking about doing a pattern with wallpaper.

The wallpaper was going to be more than I wanted to spend and I couldn’t find anything I really loved. I decided to try fabric instead. I could use a spray adhesive to attach it to the back.

We took a trip to Hobby Lobby and found a gray, white, and yellow floral print. We purchased a yard and a half. We also purchased a new knob for the door.

antique hutch door with fabric

We cut the fabric to size to install it but once I saw it against the hutch I didn’t love it. Then it hit me! I had a beautiful set of curtains a friend of ours had given me when they moved houses because they didn’t work in their new home. I had looked for somewhere to hang them in mine but it had never worked out.

I pulled them out of the closet and the colors were PERFECT. Exactly what I had pictured. I cut it to size and sprayed the inside back of the hutch with spray adhesive. Then I carefully lined the fabric up with the top and moved downward to smooth out the wrinkles.

open hutch drawer with fabric

LOVE! The bluish-green background of the fabric ties in with the color of our walls. The yellow flowers match the hutch and the browns tie in with the scroll detail we left stained. It really could not have been more perfect in my opinion!

A Home and a Purpose

We decided to put it in our living room on the wall behind our couch. We will use the drawer space to store our blankets that were previously on the floor behind the couch. (And you can see we still have some trim to paint!)

yellow painted hutch with fabric back

The colors of the hutch also tie in with the rest of the spring decor we have in our dining room and it all looks really pretty together. Hats off to my hubby for making me go outside of my comfort zone. I love how it turned out and I’m glad he pushed me to do something different!

Thanks so much for stopping by and check out out our antique hutch makeover! If you’re new, I hope you’ll subscribe and follow along this crazy ride! (Hint: You get a really cool freebie!) And for more on our home, come visit me on Instagram!


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  1. Oh wow ! When you said yellow I was trying to imagine it. The minute I saw it I was amazed at the turn out , and that floral material is so beautiful !!!
    Both the cabinet colour and material where totally made for each other …
    This turned out so beautiful,. Job well done Dori!

    1. Thanks so much Teresa! It was hard for me to visualize too! I just thought I’d repaint if I didn’t like it, but once I remembered that floral fabric I loved it all together!

  2. Wow, what a gorgeous hutch! I love the color you went with and the cloth backing. What a great transformation.

  3. First off this cabinet turned out gorgeous. I love the fabric you used for the inside of this piece.

    Second, I am on the lookout for a similar piece. I need it a bit smaller.

    Love it!

  4. I am thinking of using this paint (Valdosta furniture paint) for my dining chairs. Do you think that will be a good choice for it holding up well?

    1. Hi Candace! Yes, I think it’s a great choice! You can always seal the paint with a topcoat for added protection, too!

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