Farmhouse Style Hutch Makeover

It’s Themed Furniture Makeover Day!  How did a month go by so quickly?  It seems like just yesterday we were sharing our “Inspired by Chocolate” makeovers and now it’s time to share this month’s theme, “Farmhouse.”

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When I think of farmhouse, my mind immediately goes to my grandmother’s farmhouse in the country where I spent countless happy hours.  If you ask me, a farmhouse wouldn’t be a farmhouse without a hutch to display dishes.  Back in the fall I purchased this hutch from a friend at school who was selling it for her mom.  When I found out that this month’s theme would be farmhouse, I knew that this piece would be the perfect one to makeover.

Hutch Before


Look at it now!  It got a much needed update with paint, stain, and a coat of wax for protection.

A farmhouse style hutch gets a makeover with paint. Get the details at


I was in a quandary when it came time to photograph this piece.  I usually take pictures outdoors because quite frankly, my house has no extra room to stage furniture.  Since the top of this piece has no back, taking pictures outside wasn’t an option.  I improvised by moving all of the furniture in my kitchen area out and moving this piece in.

A farmhouse style hutch gets a makeover with paint. Get the details at


A cherry pie safe made using wood harvested from the farm where my grandfather grew up usually resides where I staged the hutch.  I liked the look of the hutch so much in this location that moved my table and chairs back into the room and am going to enjoy this piece until I decide to move it to my shop.  (If I can part with it.)

Farmhouse Style Hutch Makeover in My Kitchen



Are you wondering about those plates?  They are Blue Ridge Pottery which was manufactured by Southern Potteries Incorporated from the 1930s until 1957.  My mom collected this pottery for many years and has a huge collection.  I borrowed these plates from her for my pictures.  🙂  This is just the tip of the iceburg of her collection.

Blue Ridge Pottery in Farmhouse Style Hutch



I painted the hutch with  Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in Lace.  It took four coats  to get the coverage that I wanted.  The tabletop was repaired, sanded, and then stained with General Finishes water based wood stain in Mahogany.  After staining, the wood was protected with two coats of satin topcoat, also from General Finishes.  The paint was waxed, and then buffed to add a subtle sheen.  To bring out the detail on the drawer fronts and also the top of the hutch, I applied dark wax to the detail, rubbing to get the dark wax into the grooves.  I then wiped away the excess dark wax.



Farmhouse Style Hutch - Drawer Detail


I thought about buying new hardware for this piece but in the end used its original knobs which I quite like.


What a difference!  I’m so happy with the end result of this makeover.

A farmhouse style hutch gets a makeover with paint. Get the details at


I hope my friend will share this makeover with her mom so that she can see this piece’s new look.  Wouldn’t it be funny if she decided to buy it back?

A farmhouse style hutch gets a makeover with paint. Get the details at


You can check out all of the projects that I’ve shared for Themed Furniture Makeover Day here.  When I look back at all of my projects, it’s hard to pick a favorite but I’ll have to say that this month’s hutch is in the running for first place.

Now for the fun part!  Enjoy the farmhouse makeovers that my friends are sharing this month.


  1. Such a refreshing new look, Paula! I love the crisp lines and the paint/stain combo. Good job!

  2. Oh yes, that’s a much better look for the hutch. But honestly, Paula, it’s the PLATES! Marvelous collection – so cheerful and colorful.

  3. What a great piece to start with and the white paint makes it perfectly “farmhouse”! Great makeover!

  4. I just love how the two tone changes the whole look of the piece.
    So fresh and clean!
    Beautiful work!

  5. This is stunning, Paula and perfect for this month’s farmhouse theme! I love that you set it up in your space. I do that all the time. I think it made for such beautiful photos! 🙂

  6. I love this piece and it looks perfect in your kitchen. I don’t blame you for wanting to keep it!

  7. Love the new bright and fresh look! The piece looks awesome in your space, and very springy with those pretty plates! Love it!

  8. Paula, the transformation of this piece is stunning! I just love it in your dining room, especially against the pretty yellow walls. Your Mom’s plate collection is beautiful too. Very nice Farmhouse makeover!

  9. Well we have been connected through our painting projects this month. We both used the color Lace in our projects and DecoArt Americana Chalky paint. I bet this was a hard piece to photograph because ot size. I hope your mom let’s you borrow her plates a bit longer. Honestly you project looks amazing in your space.
    Happy Creating,
    Karen Marie

  10. Woah, that hutch is stunning now with the white paint and stain combo! I bet it was hard to move it back out after taking your beautiful pictures. I know it would be for me and it fits perfectly in your kitchen.

  11. That piece looks too great in the kitchen with that table to move! Fabulous job!

  12. Love this so much. It’s a great makeover…but those plates….I just LOVE beautiful plates. You have brought cheerful and class together in this piece.

  13. You did a fabulous job on the hutch! I had to laugh when you too moved your stuff out of a room for the big photo! On another note, love the plates, are any from Stangl Pottery?

    • Sweet Pea says:

      Thanks, Wendi! The plates are all Blue Ridge by Southern Pottery. My mom collected it through the 80’s. It wasn’t expensive when new and was easy to find at antique shops back then for not a lot of money.


  14. Paula! This is STUNNING! I absolutely love it. Plus, with those plates with those colors, it’s gorgeous! Are you bringing that to your space to sell?

    • Sweet Pea says:

      My original intention was to sell it but I think I’m keeping it. It looks so nice in my kitchen and I’ll have fun styling the shelves for different seasons. I can always sell it later if I get tire of it.


  15. what a fun piece, and it goes so well in that space…makes a great showcase statement!

  16. Really cute! And I love the plate collection you’ve displayed. 🙂

    • Sweet Pea says:

      Thanks, Christina! My mom has a huge collection of these dishes. I love the colors and patterns.


  17. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! One of the best pieces you have done. Love your blog. Happy Easter

    • Sweet Pea says:

      Thank you, Sally! I’m thrilled with how this turned out and will keep it instead of selling it like I originally intended to do.


  18. This piece is oozing French farmhouse charm! Pretty update and a perfect place to showcase your mom’s plate collection.

  19. Paul, Amazing what white paint can do and I am just in love with the white/stain combination! Beautiful!

  20. Paula, I love how this turned out! Your photos are beautiful and those plates are so pretty too. I’d love to feature it on DIY Furniture Makeovers if you don’t mind. 🙂 Happy Easter to you!

    • Sweet Pea says:

      Even though I purchased this from my friend to makeover and then sell, I think I’m going to have to keep it. 🙂 I’d be honored for you to feature it on DIY Furniture Makeovers.


  21. Beautiful hutch. You will have so much fun changing up the display. Just think of the opportunities!

    • Sweet Pea says:

      Thanks, Michelle! I agree and I’m looking forward to having a display area for some of my treasures that I don’t usually get to display.

      Thanks so much for dropping by and for taking the time to leave a comment.


  22. Great transformation! The hutch looks so pretty and fresh! And I love the Blue Ridge dishes! ~Rhonda

  23. This is Stunning! It’s a great makeover. The piece looks awesome in your space. Love This.

  24. I can see why it would be hard to part with Paula. It looks amazing in your home. Job well done honey!!

  25. Candy Walsh says:

    Beautiful!! I wish I had the space for something like that! And the plates totally complete the look. But what kept catching my attention are those adorable curtains! I’m sure that you made them, but do you have a tutorial for them? My dream is to live in an old farmhouse, big red barn and all! But …I don’t and don’t think that I ever will, but I love the farmhouse look and I’m desperately trying to bring some of that into my home and those curtains would be perfect! And if you know the name of the fabric, that would be great.
    Sorry that I got off topic from your hutch, but those curtains ~ oh my!
    Thanks so much!

    • Sweet Pea says:

      Hi, Candy! I’m glad you like my curtains. I did make them but I don’t have a tutorial. I used a Pate Meadows pattern and the fabric was from Hancock Fabric. ( I don’t know the name of the fabric but I do remember that it was Waverly.



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