DIY Hutch Makeover – Craigslist $25 find

Our ‘formal dining room’ needed some furniture to fill it, so I found this gem on Craigslist for $25!!!!!!!!

DIY Hutch Makeover Commence!

A personal goal I set for myself, well, for our home is to furnish the rest of it with Craigslist items or Goodwill purchases.

We moved from a smaller home to a home over double its size, so we have had a few rooms to fill.

You read right, TWENTY FIVE BIG ONES!!!

It even has a light in it … THAT WORKS!!!!!

I love how it turned out.  Just waiting to find just the right hardware to finish the look …

What do you think?

Thrifted Hutch Makeover - This is an awesome cabinet makeoverThese 2 photos below is before it saw some Taradara action!

Thrifted Hutch Makeover

Thrifted Hutch Makeover - This Before picture has NOTHING on the after picture.  This is an awesome cabinet makeover


I removed the hardware and sanded the areas down a bit.

Then I spray painted the base coat … flat black.

Let it dry over night.

Got back to it and slapped some oops blue paint on there and rubbed random areas off with a damp paper towel to create an aged look

Then when that was all dry, I went back over it with a glaze/water/paint mixture to give it extra character {the glaze loves cracks and crevasses and I wanted to showcase those on this piece}.

Thrifted Hutch Makeover - This is an awesome cabinet makeover

Thrifted Hutch Makeover - This is an awesome cabinet makeover

Thrifted Hutch Makeover - This is an awesome cabinet makeoverLet’s look at the before again!

Thrifted Hutch Makeover - This Before picture has NOTHING on the after picture.  This is an awesome cabinet makeoverNot even a resemblance!

Thrifted Hutch Makeover - This is an awesome cabinet makeoverI’m still looking for the ‘right’ door handles/pulls for it.

How about a couple of close ups…

Thrifted Hutch Makeover - This is an awesome cabinet makeover

Thrifted Hutch Makeover - This is an awesome cabinet makeoverThanks for stopping by!  … and I love reading your comments!

If you have any questions about any details or anything about the hutch, please feel free to ask and I can help you as much as I can.

This awesome hutch {I really love it, too!} was featured over at My Craftie Life!  Go check her out!

Another feature!!!  Check out the Happy Happy Housewife … this is so exciting!!!!

Sugar Bee featured the blue nugget!!!

Oh my gosh, this is so awesome!!!!  She’s been featured in It’s So Very Cheri’s favorites of the year!!!  This is great!

Ack, another feature!  I don’t know if I can handle all this attention!  I love it!!  Leslie over at Bargain Shopping Paradise featured my hutch!

Isabella over at Bella Before and After featured the blue bombshell too!!  She has some great before and afters, go check her out!

Go on over to I {heart} Nap Time, Jamielyn just featured my hutch too!!!  This is tooooooooo awesome!

Miss Marni from Sassy Sites also took notice of our big blue!!!  Thank you so much for the feature!

I’m thrilled to have my hutch featured by Jen at Tatertots and Jello!!!!!

Jimminy!!!!  Head over to Under the Table Dreaming by Stephanie Lynn …. you’ll see the pretty {and other pretties} ….

xo Tara


  1. I was like…ummmm, I don’t know what to say…Until I saw the finished piece! It looks amazing! I NEVER would have even considered buying that before and now I want want want it!

  2. Hehe … the diamond in the rough … stay tuned … there’s more…

  3. This is so beautiful!!!

  4. that looks fabulous! the color is right up my alley and you did a great job on the finish. thanks so much for joining my party!

  5. Thank you so much, ladies, for your positive feedback! I do love this piece … especially the price of it!!! Amazing what a can of paint can do!

  6. Wow! The color really brought this piece to life.


  7. What color is that gorgeous blue? Love it!!!!

    • Thank you! It was an oops paint from HD. I looked on the label and it said it was a custom color … no name to it. I’m sorry I couldn’t give you a name 🙁

  8. That’s okay! It seems like the really gorgeous paint jobs use oops paint. It’s a little happy accident, I guess!! Thank you and keep up the good work!

  9. Jana Kitts says:

    This is great! I love it! Please link up over at my place:

  10. Marcie Fowler says:

    Wow! This looks like Country Living {which is my fav.}!!! Great work!

  11. It is awesome! The color is fantastic!

  12. ShantyGirl says:

    I love your makeover, the completed hutch does look magazine worthy like something out of Country Living! Just stopped by to say hi from metamorphis monday!
    Love your work!

  13. Oh my gosh. What a difference!!!! It turned out great.

    If you have time, I would love for you to link this post to my blog party at

  14. Kim @ Second Time Furniture says:

    What a lucky find! It looks amazing with the color you chose!

  15. Wow looks amazing. What a great find. I can’t believe it.

  16. I really love it whether its gray or blue–but is it more gray like the first pic? I lhave been hesitating painting mine (which looks a LOT like your “before”) Maybe I will finally do it before Christmas. It looks FAB! Great job. (I love oops paint too!)

  17. Oh man, I am so in love with this hutch. Even if you had spent $100 on it, surely worth it. You did SUCH a great job refinishing it. I love that color, and are we going to have a tutorial on how you did this, or some tips. Was the hutch real wood, and what is the color you painted it with.

    Totally had to come see the $25.00 hutch, and I’m glad I did.

    I host a weekly party **Amaze me August**, it’s open ALL week, and I ouwld be so happy if you came to share this incredible project with my readers.

    Also just letting you know that I am hostig my first ever giveaway, and it’s going to be HUGE!!! SEVEN prizes up for grabs, you won’t want to miss it girl.

    I have subscribed to you, and will check back to see more of your furniture redo!!!

    Bella 🙂

  18. WOW. What a fun pop of color. Well done.

  19. Ammie @ says:

    Dude, that was like, the most hideous cabinet and now it is GORGEOUS!!!! It looks like MY hideous 70’s marble and gold and wood furniture that got passed over to us when we didn’t have money to buy furniture. I can’t wait to get new furniture in my bedroom!!!! Your hutch came out simply stunning. Great job.

    • You sound like me!! Dude! I think that’s pretty much every second (well, not really) word that comes out of my mouth … having two little boys, ‘dude’, is a common word….

  20. DeniseMarie says:

    you truly made it yours…love how it turned out and it is nice and thin and looks perfect there. JOY!

  21. Holy WOW! That is beautiful!

  22. Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17 says:

    What an absolutely amazing transformation! Stopping by from the linky party at “A Little Lovely”. So glad I stopped by to soak up some inspiration. Happy Holidays! Warmest wishes, Jenn

  23. I like the improvement to the hutch very, very much!Beautiful~

  24. You did a fabulous job re doing your hutch! You have amazing vision!

  25. christine jargick says:

    wow, the before looks a lot like my hutch. I might have some ideas rolling 😉 Thanks for posting!

  26. Martha's Favorites! says:

    Hi: Love the make over. It looks perfect. Have a wonderful Christmas Season. Blessings, Martha

  27. That turned out amazing! Thanks for sharing over at Tuesday Tell All.

  28. Oh my gosh!!! — 25 dollars!?!?!? It’s amazing! What is the color? In some photos it looks bright blue, in others grayish-blue. Either way it is fabulous!

  29. Brittany Reichmuth says:

    I can’t believe you found that for 25 bucks! Thats amazing!!!!!! Great job! What a nice makeover! Isn’t it easy! I love re-doing furniture! That’s turned out to be my favorite thing to do on …vacation 🙂 LOL! 🙂 Thanks again for sharing!!!

  30. Wow- what a transformation! It is beautiful. Love the blue. You really did a great job and I would love for you to link this up to my Gettin Krafty With It party!

  31. Oh I see you have two handles on it now! Do you have the rest of the hardware on yet? I can’t wait to see it all filled with your goodies.

    • I still don’t have the other handles on it. Just one of those things that when I’m at the hardware store, I never think to go look … then I get home and see the missing hardware … you know how it goes!

  32. Oh. My. Gosh. I love it! I am going to feature this on Thursday. Thanks for linking it up today!

  33. Jennifer Dixon says:

    I found you through the Not Just a Housewife link party. This is adorable, and I’m completely jealous! The color you chose is perfection, and I can’t wait to see what pulls you end up putting on this.

  34. I love it…it gave me some great ideas for refinishing some of our stuff!! Thanks!!

  35. Farmer's Wyfe says:

    Oh, soooo pretty!! I’ve been searching and searching for ideas for my kitchen cupboards, and I think you just helped me immensely!!! Thank you!!

    • Oh, thank you so much! I’m glad I could help you! If you have questions or need any more help {other than physical, hehe}, please let me know!

  36. Hi Tara…

    Ohhh…love, love, LOVE how your china hutch turned out! You did a great job, my friend! I have one that is very similar to yours and would like to refinish it! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Warmest wishes and Happy New Year!
    Chari @Happy To Design

  37. I love it. What a great make over. It looks lovely. Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday’s!

  38. Thanks for linking up to Tell Me Tuesday, and for adding my button to your sidebar! You look like a new face at my link party–thanks for supporting it and I hope to see you back again.

  39. Nice find! I’m Sooooooooooo jealous 😉

  40. Shayna @ Texas Monkey says:

    Beautiful!!! I just love it, thank you for linking up with All About You Monday


    great job. love the color

  42. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Craft Edition – I featured you today! – Mandy,

  43. WOW — my hubby woudl have never let me bought that piece of furniture! But you truly did an amazing job on it!! I love the color too! I’m never bold enough to use colors other than nuetrals on furniture but I think it looks GREAT!!

    • That’s funny!!! My husband went and picked this one up for me … hilarious! I know, it sure didn’t look like anything when we got it … but with a little TLC, it turned out fantastic … if I don’t say so myself

  44. Hey Tara, What can I say girl, I LOVED this so VERY much, I TOO just HAD to FEATURE you today, I hope you come see, and of course grab a featured button and display it proudly. 🙂

    Just a quick note to you, I am having a giveaway at my blog for 3 FREE months ad space, just thought your ETSY shop might be interested, (hint hint), hope you come enter, cuz I would LOVE to have you.

    Thanks again, and oh man, YOU ROCK girl!!!

    Bella 🙂

  45. Thanks for linking this awesome hutch to Thrifty Thursdays. Have a wonderful day. Blessings!

  46. LOVE it! It turned out beautiful! I’m featuring it later today, grab a button!

  47. It looks incredible!! Congrats on all the features!

  48. Wow!! That looks great! I love that color 🙂

  49. jennoreilly says:

    this is amazing, I can’t believe you got this for only $25!!!! I never find stuff like that, totally jealous!!!

  50. Rachael@Lovely Crafty Home says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! Thanks so much for linking up at my party! I cannot believe you got that for $25, what a steal!

  51. LOVE LOVE LOVE…I stalk Craigslist everyday for a piece like this…LOVE the blue!

  52. Jana Kitts says:

    Turned out great! I am getting ready to do this to a hutch myself. I got it and now I want to turn it black. Considering doing an underlying color of red or white.

  53. Hi Tara…

    Ohhh yes…I remember this pretty hutch redo! I still stand amazed…it turned out beautifully! I love the finish that you did on it! A totally awesome transformation! So glad to have you share it for the Sunday Favorites repost party this week!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

    PS…just thinking! I think I mentioned that I have a similar hutch that I would like to refinish. Was wondering what color of glaze that you used in the last step of the refinishing process?

    • Hi Chari,
      Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a look again 🙂
      I emailed you about the your question.
      xo Tara

  54. Hey there! I’m a new follower!! I definitely love this and I needed some inspiration for a similar piece of furniture. I think something like this would be great!!

    Anestazia <3

  55. Tara – What an incredible makeover. The color is stunning! Thanks so much for linking up to The Sunday showcase party – I have featured this today. Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Hope you have a wonderful week ~ Stephanie Lynn

  56. Oh my gosh…this sounds just like a recent post I did. Moved into a home double in size and am now Craigslisting and refinishing a lot of furniture! Love it!

    I love how this hutch turned out. What a pretty color!

    Thanks for linking up!


  57. This is an awesome post, I would really love it if you linked this up to Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage, the link will be up all Week! Take care, Mary :O)

  58. Very cool! Love it! Come visit me some time at SSB!


  59. Lindsey Lopez says:

    I love love this blue. Great job. Very inspiring!!

  60. Love the hutch! I see those on craigslist all the time, but had no idea how GREAT they could look. 🙂

  61. If you haven’t already, make sure you enter my linky party for the chance to become Best of the Best and win an award and prizes!

  62. Stumbled acrossed your site today and had to take a second to write and say O My Gosh, I adore this for it is absolutely gorgeous. You did good, on the find and refurbish. Wished I could find such wonderful finds for such a low price. Seriously looking for Scrapbooking storage possibilities, to get all my crafts in one container, if it is possible. Thanks so much for sharing this and for the inspiration.

  63. Looks AWESOME! I love that color!

  64. wow, amazing job! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday! Great to have you!

  65. this looks like it stepped right from anthro…love it. wish it were in my dining room…

    Thanks for linking this up to Creative Juice last week…{hope to see you back…link up should open tonight once my monsters are in bed!}


  66. Gorgeous makeover. Love the blue!

  67. Absolutely love this! and was super excited when I saw it because I purchased one very similar to it at an estate auction to redo. However I am using red instead of blue! Would you be able to email me the kind of glaze mix you used? Thanks 🙂

  68. Kristen Williams says:

    It looks beautiful. Can you tell me what kind of paint you used? Flat, Satin, Semi Gloss?
    Thank you


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