For a couple years now, I’ve had half my kitchen painted and decorated farmhouse style. It’s taking a little longer on the other half since I want to add new countertops, so I decided to go ahead and share what I’ve done so far, including this farmhouse hutch makeover.
If you read about our initial remodel 15 years ago, we bumped the master half bath out into the eat-in kitchen to give us a shower. That left an awkward indented spot that we decided to fill in with cabinets, since we need all the storage we can get in this little house.
After having Lowe’s price it in cabinets to match the kitchen cabinets ($2500), I decided to build it myself – for less than $300. I purchased individual unfinished wood cabinets and put them together like a built-in hutch, stained it to match the cabinets and trim in the kitchen – oak of course, and added brass hardware. Ouch! That was clearly back in the day. When oak was the thing.
Because I was sick of the oak, I decided to paint all the wainscoting and trim a fresh white and the kitchen walls a pretty light blue. It was quite a project to paint that monstrosity, with all those shiny coats of varnish I had put on. There was lots of sanding and priming before painting. But boy, did it look so much better painted.
I decided to stain the top with Java Gel Stain to match the farmhouse kitchen table I stained. That was topped with the Satin Wipe-on Clearcoat. I stained the kickboard at the bottom to make the little feet stand out.
I just cut and painted 4 little finials and stuck down there for faux feet. It made it look like a piece of furniture.
Oh, and of course, I added rubbed bronze hardware. And here she is now:
You can see how I removed those glass doors for open shelves, and added a little wavy trim. At first the trim was to cover the ugly shelf edge, but I thought it was cute, so I added a piece at the top and bottom too. I love that I can really show off my grandma’s willow dishes and some of her milkware on top. I forgot to mention, I added wallpaper beadboard behind the openings in the hutch for a more farmhouse feel. I decided to paint it blue like the walls for a pop of color against the white.
A Before and After…
I love my half a farmhouse kitchen – and am inspired to bite the bullet and paint my kitchen cabinets white now – to complete the whole makeover. Coming soon…
Farmhouse Hutch Makeover Supplies:
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- Kilz Primer
- Martha Stewart Paintable Beadboard Wallpaper
- Purdy 2″ angle brush (Or any good quality brush – this is just my favorite.)
- Foam 4 inch paint roller
- General Finishes Java Gel Stain (You only use a little – so try to find other projects you can use it for.)
- General Finishes Gel Topcoat (This is pricey. I already had a quart for other gel stain projects. You can just use the Polycrylic instead if you want to save.)