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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  1. I never thought about just using the TOP of the hutch, great idea, and it looks wonderful. I'll probably find one on craigslist, let it sit for the four months till Christmas, and then three days before when I should be wrapping gifts I'll get all crafty and start painting it. Because YES that's how I roll too!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      I'm glad it's not just me! Yours would probably be all cool with grain stripes and bottle cap openers and some other awesome, I'm jealous.

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  4. Oh my goodness Mary Beth! This is such a great idea. I love the way it looks. So incredibly clever.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Patti!

      1. I love that you were able to use the hutch in a different way!

  5. Jane Windham says:

    This reminds me of display cases that you'd find in old general stores! Such a good idea, Mary Beth! I can see some little round bun feet under it!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      I love those types of display cases, Jane, and thank you for the bun feet encouragement! I just need to figure out how to safely get it on its side and get them on. That sucker is heavy!

  6. Kristi Dominguez says:

    What a brilliant idea! I've never thought to use a hutch in this way! This is a fabulous transformation! Absolutely gorgeous! xoxo

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Kristi! The fact that I haphazardly left it against the wall for so long is what made the idea click LOL I couldn't bear to put it in the garage and I knew letting it sit front and center in the living room wouldn't work so it was a happy little accident so to speak. xoxo

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  8. laura janning says:

    oh good for you for making that upper piece works...and it does. I love the idea of adding the feet and that way they can easily be removed if you ever put the pieces back together. And yes, i too find that I do projects when they were'nt even thought about. Yikes!!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Laura! I have decided that I am going to add the feet....NOW, to find just the right feet and to actually DO IT! Have a wonderful week. It's always great to party with you. xoxo

  9. Oh my goodness! You did an absolutely incredible job. I leave things till the last minute, too. I guess we work best under pressure? Feet would look amazing. And yet, it looks perfect as is. Thanks for inspiring me to paint a table I have had for 4 months now that needs LOTS of work.
    Have a great week.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      I think we do work better under pressure, Meegan! Sometimes I don't have any ideas, none...and then when there's a deadline I am filled with ideas LOL I can't wait to see how your table turns out - I'm sure it will be amazing! Have a wonderful week. xo

  10. Kristi @ Chatfield Court says:

    Such a great idea, Mary Beth! It's so awesome that you took a piece that you truly loved and reimagined it. Genius!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Kristi! Have a wonderful week.

  11. Bravo!!! So fantastic!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Deborah!

  12. Julie Briones says:

    Mary Beth, what a smart and lovely transformation! I have wanted to do something similar for my bathroom, and use it to store linens and such. Just haven't found the right piece! Congrats on your feature on Thistlekeeping today! #bloggergoals! We've missed you at Tuesday Turn About... if you have a moment, come link up this Tuesday!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Julie, and thank you for the Thistlekeeping congrats-being featured made my day! Also, regarding the party, I have it on my calendar but I need to get my organizing skills in gear and share. Have a wonderful week! mb xo

      1. Julie Briones says:

        Glad to see you there, Mary Beth! I totally get it. Since getting back from Haven, I've missed all the link parties... just getting back into the groove this week!

        1. Mary Beth says:

          I have never been to Haven. It's been on my wishlist since the first year it started. Maybe next year. Have a wonderful weekend, Julie!

  13. Mary Beth -- great look! If you want to add feet to the piece, just check pinterest because this is all the rage now -- splitting apart the pieces and using the base for one purpose and then the top piece as another display piece by adding feet. The look is great! I have probably 7-8 of these ideas saved on my pinterest page. Again, just search pinterest and you will find something that floats your boat! A couple of examples below. Good luck!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much for the tips, Penny! I love the examples you sent me. I think I'll try to get this done before the holidays. I really do like the way it looks with the feet so much better.

  14. My girlfriend did the exact same thing with her hutch. Her husband made a base out of a thick piece of board they found in someone's trash. trimmed out the edges and put 6 beautiful rollers on the bottom that you can's see unless you're down on the floor. She can roll it out if she wants a different location for the piece or she wants to vacuum. I love your blog!!!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Betsy! I love the idea about the rollers. So smart and such a great way to have the piece displayed and keep everything nice and tidy. Have a wonderful week!

  15. I have that old flooring in my kitchen, except it's got GOLD and tans instead of browns....I'm in love with your new floor~ and my bedroom furniture is getting painted~ as soon as I can run to Target and get the paint. I have the same style furniture that I bought over 30 years ago!~ I wish I still had the four poster bed, but somewhere along marriage, kids and moving three times the bed posts fell apart and were left behind. THANKS for your inspiration!~ KariAnne from Thistlewood posted a link in her blog and that is how I found you~~ so happy she did!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      I'm so glad you found me, too, Carrie! It's mutual. 🙂 I know exactly the floor colors you're talking about and I have the tan on tan sort of bland combo of that flooring in my entryway...still! I have the flooring to replace it but just haven't done it. I would love to hear about how your bedroom furniture turns out. Also, I know exactly the bed you're referring pretty! Have a wonderful weekend and I hope you come back soon.

  16. Did you have to sand before you painted? Also, did you put a solid piece of wood on top or is there a drop from the crown molding to the top of the piece? Love you idea, I need to get to work on a piece I got for FREE. I am very motivated!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Hi Tanya! I did not sand the piece before I painted it but I did clean it off with TSP cleaner first. Also, I did not add a piece of wood to the top because the built-in lights stuck up above where the wood would lie and I would have had to either cut out the wood to accommodate the lights or box the area off and I didn't want heat to build up (it may not of, I'm not sure) but that's why I have the vintage wooden box turned upside down on the left of the picture - to cover that light. The other light is just there. I'm super short and don't notice it but everyone else in my family can see it so I need to figure out something for that side. I would love to see yours when it's finished. If you feel like sharing it, that would be great. 🙂 Have a wonderful week. Regards, mb

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