I am so excited to share with you one of my absolute favorite pieces of furniture to repurpose. Old hutch tops! People tend to get rid of these, and either set them on the roadside or sell them for cheap. I found this one on Facebook Marketplace for $20.00. Read on to see how I repurposed this hutch top.
Y’all know I am not going to let a hutch top getaway! Nope, can’t do it. It’s kind of like my obsession with thrift store trays (haha). Hutch tops are so versatile. They can be used for beautiful shelving, bookcases, displaying old quilts, just about anything! Like this one, I repurposed into a beautiful farmhouse cabinet.
My first hutch top was this piece. A friend found it dumped on her property and called me. This is the one that got me hooked. See the after HERE.
How Do I Decide How To Repurpose
I get this a lot. This is what I do.
Yep. Sit and just stare and brainstorm. I take notes on colors, ideas, what haven’t I done before, etc.
Although sometimes I do not follow my repurposed hutch top plan accurately as I map it out, it’s pretty close. I know some artists can just look at a piece of furniture or an old item and automatically know what they want to create. I, on the other hand, am not. Sometimes I have ideas that go off in my head late at night.
This particular hutch top was missing a glass shelf and the glass on one of the slender faux doors on the side. That had to be taken into consideration when planning.
Prepping the Repurposed Hutch Top
Before I started, I called my local glass company. The glass shelves were not expensive at all, so I ordered two for the shelves. $20.00 bucks for two pieces.
Part of my plan was to change the back. It was damaged and needed to be replaced. The Hubs to the rescue! He had a few pieces of scrap rough pine board in his workshop. He measured the back and cut them to size and sanded for me.
While he was cutting the boards, I removed the back. Unfortunately, it was stapled and not screwed, which sometimes is a pain! Every single staple had to be removed. I used a flat-headed screwdriver to raise the staple and then used a small pair of needle-nose pliers to remove the staple.
I also removed the middle door and prepped it for paint. I used regular xerox paper to protect the paint from getting on the glass. It slides right under the glass edge, keeping any paint from getting on the glass. (This was before we decided to remove the glass and use poultry wire. We decided after the door was painted to add the poultry wire).
Pin For Later
The two slender side doors were actually not doors. I was not feeling the wood panels and one was damaged, so I removed them. We were going to be adding poultry wire.
The last thing that had to be removed was the particle board piece on the top. It was damaged in a few areas. It was stapled as well, but not as many staples, thank goodness. The Hubs did not have any birch wood pieces in his stash, so we improvised! I had purchased a wood dresser a few weeks back, and it had a wood back that was in great shape! He removed the back from the dresser. Then, he cut me a piece to fit on top of the cabinet in place of the old particleboard. (Note: The dresser was missing all the drawers except for two. I know I would be adding a new back to the dresser once I started the repurpose job).
Adding Height to the Repurposed Hutch Top
The last problem we had to solve was lifting the cabinet off the floor. I always like to add feet to my hutch top repurpose jobs. I feel they look like, well, hutch tops, when they are left as is and not lifted off the floor. Luckily, the Hubs and I found an old leather ottoman on the side of the road and picked it up. The leather had been damaged, but the bun feet were GORGEOUS! Sometimes the feet on a piece of old furniture can be salvaged when nothing else cannot.
The feet had large screws that had to be removed. I wanted the larger part of the bun foot to be at the top once attached to the hutch. The screw was removed with a pair of pliers.
The Hubs attached the feet using drywall screws. We had to use drywall screws because the piece of wood on the bottom of the hutch top was THICK. He also added wood glue for extra adhesion.
The Painting Process
My paint color choice was Dixie Belle’s Farmhouse Green. I just love the color! It would be perfect for my repurposed hutch top.
Before I started painting I applied one coat of Special Walnut Stain by Minwax to the wood strips for the back. I set them aside to dry.
I painted the inside, outside, the bun feet and the new top piece. It all took two coats of paint.
Once the cabinet dried for 24 hours, I distressed around the edges of the hutch top and the door with a piece of 120-grit sandpaper. I wanted it to look old and worn.
Once I was finished distressing, I applied one coat of Dixie Belle’s Best Dang Wax to the entire cabinet. We also added the glass shelves while the back was off. This made it easier to work with the glass.
Adding Poultry Wire
Before adding the back, the poultry wire was attached to the two faux doors. The poultry wire was stapled to the backside of the doors. (NOTE: Be sure to wear gloves!).
The Hubs also added the poultry wire to the middle door before we fastened it to the cabinet after he removed the glass.
We added the wood strips to the back using an air staple gun (well the Hubs did).
Lastly, we attached the door. I purchased new hardware from Hobby Lobby.
A Few of My Farmhouse Picks
In conclusion, I was thrilled to be able to save this hutch top! Number 5, to be exact! Yep, I am keeping a tally. I want to save as many of these as I can and keep them out of our landfills.
Look at those amazing bun feet!
The Dixie Belle Farmhouse Green was a perfect choice for this piece of furniture. It’s not too light or too dark. The new cabinet can be used in any room of the home. An entryway, a living room, or even a master bedroom. It could be used as a china cabinet or an entryway cabinet!
Remember, “It’s not about what is it, it’s about what it will be.”