Antique Hutch Makeover

The last time we saw this little beauty, I was stripping the old paint off of it – about nine layers of paint!  That took some time and patience – the latter being a virtue I have been working on for almost 56 years!

The hutch was sanded down but that didn’t remove all of the green staining that had occurred from the original green paint.  Two of the layers of paint had been green so I decided to not battle the existing green stain on the wood and paint it green again.

Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint has been my go-to paint lately and her line carries a couple of lovely greens.  The first layer is MMS Milk Paint in Boxwood.  It is a deep, rich and vintage feeling green that I just love.

antique hutch makeover-18

Call me crazy, but I wanted the layered-paint-over-the-years look to the piece so I chose another, lighter shade of green in MMS Milk Paint called Lucketts Green.  I knew the two colors would work so nice together.

To achieve the layered look, I used a chunk of beeswax on the piece to create areas that the second color would not adhere to.  The first layer of Boxwood practically soaked into the the sanded finish of the piece and I knew that I would not get much chipping with that color.  The beeswax will prevent the second color of Lucketts Green from sticking.  I applied it to areas that would show wear and then also to random areas on the piece to simulate natural, random chipping.

antique hutch makeover-20

After I used the beeswax, I applied the second color, Lucketts Green.  My Zibra angled paint brush applies a nice thin coat.  I love the Zibra paint brushes – I will have to post about them soon and let you know all about them!

Since I was covering a darker color, the Lucketts Green needed two coats.  Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint dries fairly quickly so by the time I was finished both sections with the first coat, the second coat was ready to be put on!

antique hutch makeover-24

A light sanding using a worn down piece of sand paper was all it took to knock off the areas of paint that I had used the beeswax on!  The light sanding also gives a smooth finish to the surfaces.

The entire piece was sealed in Miss Mustard Seed Hemp Oil.  The hemp oil deepens and enriches the color beautifully.  Hemp oil is becoming one of my favorite ways to seal milk paint!

antique hutch makeover-27

And here she is in all of her loveliness!  I say this about every piece we do, but really this one needs to live at my house!  Don’t worry though, she will be available at Wilderlove soon.  Or if you are local to Delaware and need it now, just let me know!

antique hutch makeover-29

The piece is a 1930’s era kitchen hutch but I love to think outside of the box when using furniture in a home.  Can’t you see this piece in a bathroom as linen storage?  One of my daughter’s even thought how cute it would be in a bedroom for cute shoe storage!  Put a large basket underneath for additional storage goodness!

antique hutch makeover-33

The original top of the bottom section was in really bad shape so my hubby replaced it with a new piece.  He stained it in a dark walnut and it got a High Performance Top Coat in Flat to protect it.

antique hutch makeover-39-1

You might have noticed in the first reveal image that the door was open just a tad.  Hubby also added this little wooden knob that turns and holds the door closed.

Did I mention the adorable, original glass knobs??  Just a bit of furniture jewelry!

antique hutch makeover-44-1

And if you need a delicious Lemon Cookie recipe, well, we have you covered!  Just pull open the drawer and there it is!

antique hutch makeover-48

Didn’t the beeswax do a great job as a paint resist?  The darker Boxwood Green just peaks through enough!

antique hutch makeover-42-1

I forgot to mention, the interior of the upper section of the kitchen hutch was painted in Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Ironstone.  It is one of my favorite whites!  The glass in the door was also missing so we replaced it with hardware cloth.  You can read how to do this step in this post.

antique hutch makeover-50

antique hutch makeover-51

The two shades of green, the lighter shade interior, the hardware cloth and the original glass are telling a new story and I just love that!

antique hutch makeover-40-1

Do you see why I said I need to keep this piece??  What’s a girl to do!  Guess I will be generous and offer it to you 🙂

antique hutch makeover-32

I am so glad you stopped by today!  Let me know what you think of this lovely lady and tell me what room you would use it in!  Let’s share our ideas 🙂

Be sure and follow our reinventing journey here on the blog by subscribing for our new blog posts!  Join the fun on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest for more projects and inspiration!

antique hutch makeover-31

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  1. Sharon D'Amico says:

    Be still my heart. You do have a way with color and blending. This is going to sprout wings and fly out of your store. Way to go Cindy!!!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Thanks Sharon! It is an adorable piece!

  2. Julie Briones says:

    Like I said, I wanna hutch like that in my bathroom… with little feet instead of the table. Can you mail me one, please. I can’t find anything like this in CA!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Too funny! I will stick it in the box when I mail you the ring box ??

  3. This came out absolutely beautifully! I luv the green!! I’d luv to invite you to share it with us at Wall to Wall DIY Wednesday, which runs Wednesdays-Mondays. Hope you’ll stop by!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Thanks for the invite!! I will check it out??

  4. I just found your website while reading Cottage Style Market. Absolutely love it! I also live in Delaware (Newark) and was thrilled to find a blog originating from our tiny state. I have signed up to receive future blogs and look forward to reading them.

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Omgoodness, thank you so much for signing up for future posts! And yay for Delaware!! We have a vendor spot in a shop located in Greenwood, DE called Wilderlove Handmade and Vintage. We would love to hear if you get a chance to visit our spot ? I am wondering about Cottage Style Market – is this a magazine or a blog? I would love to know how they found me! Thanks again Joan for your kinds words! They encourage me so much?

  5. I also found your post on Cottage Style Market blog. Just wanted to tell you I think your piece is gorgeous! Now I have to find a piece to paint with one of those green milk paints. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Thanks so much! That hutch is such a gorgeous piece – the 1930’s -1040’s era pieces are my fave. Have fun searching and feel free to ask any questions you might have when you find it!

  6. This look so similar to our pantry at the farmhouse! I’d not seen one before so I really love this. Great makeover!

    1. Thanks Cindy! Believe it or not, we came across two of these within one week! 1930-1940 furniture is my fave!

  7. I can’t imagine a better color than this green for the hutch! Beautiful restoration Cindy. I’m excited to feature your post this week at our Tuesday Turn About Link Party!

    1. Woohoo, I’m doing a happy dance Michelle! Thanks so much! 😊

      1. Hi Cindy

        I love this piece. I have a piece of furniture I’m going to paint. I’m going to use the candle wax method too.

        It works great!

        1. Cindy Rust says:

          It’s a good day when we get to paint furniture! Have fun! 🤩

  8. This is spectacular. Might be one of my favorite furniture makeovers ever!

    Niky @ The House on Silverado

    1. Isn’t she lovely?? I’m a huge fan of 30s and 40s furniture! Thanks for stopping by Niky!