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Shabby Chic Farmhouse Hutch Makeover

Shabby Chic Farmhouse Hutch Makeover

Do you love thrifty style home decor? Taking things that otherwise have seen better days or were dirt cheap and using them to create something beautiful for your home.  

If you do, then I am so glad you’re here for this month’s Thrifty Style Team. After you check out the details of my farmhouse hutch makeover, scroll to the bottom of this post for all of the other thrifty decor inspiration.

I loved my china cabinet from the time I first saw it.

I had been hunting for a dining room set since I bought my house and couldn’t find what I wanted. 

Then, on a trip to a local furniture store, I saw it and it was as though the heavens opened and a ray of sunshine lit it up in a sea of dining room sets. It was the one I had been searching for.

The glass doors, the way it lit up, I was over the moon happy. I didn’t even have china to put it in it, but it called my name. 

I knew it was what I wanted and had to have it. 

Within a few days, I bought not only the dining room set but the matching bedroom set and eventually, the living room set. 

(this is the dining room before with the full china cabinet)

I still have the dining room and bedroom set and even though they are terribly dated, I still love them. They now have an orange-ish color but the original finish was just beautiful. 

(this is another before- oh my word!)

Farmhouse Open Concept Kitchen and Dining Room – Thrifty Style

When we decided to redo our kitchen and dining room in April of 2018 (you can see the before and after of the under $1000 kitchen makeover here and the new farmhouse plank floor here) my one purpose was to open the space up and forever hide the brown floor.

I like the windows, one in the kitchen and one in the dining room, and with the tall pantry between them, the light couldn’t fill the space and that was one of the things I wanted to change. 

Unfortunately, with my goals for this space, the china cabinet hutch had to go. I seriously, not kidding, almost cried over that choice. I decided to use the base as a buffet and I really do love the way it looks now, but I still miss the hutch.

(in the midst of the remodel the kitchen, dining room, and living room were a total mess)

I did NOT want to get rid of the top of the china cabinet but just couldn’t see how it would work with my idea for the newly made-over space.

The kitchen makeover was sidetracked and delayed when my husband became ill halfway through putting down the new floors and had to be hospitalized for an extensive period of time. 

Thankfully (I know I sound selfish here) but my husband had finished tearing out the original kitchen cabinets and painting and we had together laid almost half of the new flooring.

I was able to finish everything else up but the china cabinet hutch sat in the living room against the wall looking like a mess for almost 7 months.

Three days before Christmas, I decided I knew what I wanted to do with it. 

Is anyone else like that? Seriously, I get all crafty and creative at the oddest times! 

China Cabinet Hutch Makeover

Can of Magnolia Home Chalk Style Paint in Shiplap color

Since time was running short, Christmas was in three days and my husband’s family was coming to visit in four days (yes, I really wait this long to get things done), I decided to use my favorite Chalk Paint, Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines, to paint the hutch. I bought the Shiplap colored paint at Target about a year ago and have used it on so many things and it’s by far my favorite. It covers everything and that’s why I used it for this shabby chic project. I was hoping it would cover the orange and it did and I knew it would dry quickly. It took me less than 4 hours from start to finish. 


I taped off the glass and other areas I didn’t want the paint to get on and started. I also removed the glass doors but saved those. They were just too pretty to get rid of or donate.

I did leave some of the interior unpainted because of time constraints but two coats later I was thrilled! 

The above is what it looked like for Christmas. The feather tree in the urn on the top of the hutch is another thrifty style team craft (you can see it here). 

and this is what it looks like now.

I change out some of the decor with the seasons but the black and white Buffalo check plates have been a mainstay, so far. 

I can’t wait to fill my made over hutch with pumpkins for the fall!

I may add some feet to the bottom to bring it up off the floor. Still not sure about that but if you have any ideas, I would love to hear them!

Let’s see what the other fabulous Thrifty Style Team designers have created!

DIY Rose Wedding Bouquet  by Redhead Can Decorate

7 Thrifty Fall Decor Ideas    by 2 Bees in a Pod

DIY Trophy Bookends  by Salvage Sister and Mister

Snap Bag Simple Tutorial for Makeup Brushes and More  by Hearth and Vine

Plain Wood Crates, Stained & Lettered  by Bliss Ranch

Repurposed Drawers for Storage and Display  by DIY Beautify

Shabby Chic Farmhouse Hutch Makeover  by The How to Home

French Lavender Linen Spray  by I Should be Mopping the Floor

Cheap No Sew Curtain for the RV   by Chatfield Court

DIY Boxwood Wreath  by Creekline House

Updated Painted Metal Lanterns  by Cottage at the Crossroads

When an Idea Is Worth The Risk from Duke Manor Farm

Thrifty String Art Made With Embroidery Hoops  by Meegan Makes



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