hutch restained

So I bought a two-piece hutch on Craigslist for $50 including the seller delivering it to our house. I knew it needed some work on the drawers (the seller had tried to repair lots of the inside parts). I also soon realized that it came from a smoker’s den (ha!) when cigarette butts literally fell out of it.

I took all the drawers out and aired everything outside for a few days. I also wiped it down many times with vinegar. When I brought it inside I placed big bowls of baking soda in the drawers and cabinets to try to suck up some of the smoke smell.

hutch door

hutch before

My dad fixed all of the drawers (thanks, Dad!!!) and we had a functional, albeit dated-looking dining room hutch. Think 1980s antique brass handles and knobs and a light finish with dark speckles. And an occasional smokey scent when it got humid or warm…

Fast forward to a couple years later; I bought some wooden dining room chairs and 20 yes TWENTY soup bowls yikes from a closed restaurant auction (here’s my post on spiffing up the soup bowls). The chairs are a darker wood, and it was like those “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” books – now that I had dark chairs I wanted a darker hutch. And a darker hutch needed updated knobs and drawer pulls. And a nice hutch and chairs called for a matching plant stand/table and then I wanted a new tablecloth, etc, etc, etc.

Anyway, here’s what I did to update the hutch. I took out the drawers and removed the doors and hardware. I wanted to get the top layer off and not go all the way to the wood, so I sanded all the surfaces with 220-grit sandpaper (I used a 1/4-sheet electric sander for the large surfaces, and sanded the smaller details by hand). I wiped everything with a damp rag to get all of the dust.

hutch sanding

I applied one coat of Minwax PolyShades Bombay Mahogany (Satin) and let it dry overnight. Then I lightly buffed over the stain with Extra Fine #000 Steel Wool and wiped it down before adding a second coat of PolyShades.

After the second coat dried my favorite step was next: adding new knobs and drawer pulls. I decided on satin nickel, and used Liberty 2-1/2″ drawer pulls and Liberty 1-1/4″ round knobs. I put satin nickel backplates behind the knobs on the two doors.

I scoured the internet and local home improvement stores for replacement hinges, but they are some weird style that’s impossible to find. I didn’t want to fill in holes and drill new ones, so I ended up spray painting the original hinges and screws with Rust-Oleum Satin Nickel Metallic Spray Paint.

hutch hinge

The smoke smell is definitely gone for now (hurray for varnish fumes, ha!) and I am very happy with how all the different pieces our little Frankenstein hutch came together. Who’s ready to eat some soup?!?

hutch restained