How to Paint the Perfect Vintage Farmhouse Kitchen Hutch

Vintage Farmhouse kitchen hutch - I have long been on the hunt for the perfect kitchen hutch for our farmhouse kitchen! I should have listened to Jason when he tried to tell me how much work refinishing this piece would be. My "perfect" kitchen hutch needed more than just a paint job, it needed to be completely MAKEOVER! #farmhousekitchen #paintedfurniture https://lehmanlane.net

I have long been on the hunt for the perfect kitchen hutch for our farmhouse kitchen! However, I should have listened to Jason when he tried to tell me how much work refinishing this piece would be 🙂 My “perfect” kitchen hutch needed more than just a paint job, it needed to be completely MAKEOVER!

How to Paint a Farmhouse Kitchen Hutch

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Vintage Farmhouse kitchen hutch -  I have long been on the hunt for the perfect kitchen hutch for our farmhouse kitchen! I should have listened to Jason when he tried to tell me how much work refinishing this piece would be. My "perfect" kitchen hutch needed more than just a paint job, it needed to be completely MAKEOVER! #farmhousekitchen #paintedfurniture https://lehmanlane.net

I found our vintage kitchen hutch on ESTY after pricing out brand new cabinets at our local home improvement center. 

Refinishing our Farmhouse Kitchen Hutch or Stepback Cupboard - before wrapped in plastic

New cabinets can be so expensive!

After talking Jason into getting this piece and trying to convince him it would work I realized quickly how wrong I was after it was delivered. 

My lovely perfectionist husband was right… this piece was a hot mess!!!

Refinishing a farmhouse kitchen hutch/ Stepback Cupboard - before peeling paint

It looked much better with the plastic wrap on 🙂 

I was told our kitchen hutch was taken out of a home on the Eastern shore of Maryland. 

It reminded me SO much of the built in cupboard we had in our first house.

I had used it to display all my favorite vintage Fiestaware pieces that I had starting collecting since I was in college. 

I imagined displaying my collection on this piece once again!

To be completely honest, Jason is responsible for at least 90% of refinishing this baby. 

It took way more time to finish than any other furniture remodels to date….MONTHS!

Refinishing a Farmhouse Kitche Hutch or Stepback Cupboard - scraping

We started with sanding and got almost nowhere.  It had at least 7 layers of paint on it.

Please be careful when sanding or stripping an old piece of furniture as it may contain lead paint!

Refinishing a Farmhouse Kitchen Hutch or Stepback Cupboard - paint remover

Jason decided to try paint remover on it.  You can find this paint remover at Lowes.

I can’t even remember how many cans of paint remover we bought… I think maybe 6…

Refinishing a Stepback Cupboard - paint remover
Refinishing a Stepback Cupboard - scraping the paint off

He added the paint remover to the cupboard and I worked on the doors.

Refinishing a Stepback Cupboard or Farmhouse Kitchen Hutch - original wood showing through

The paint definitely came off a lot easier with the paint remover and more and more of the original character started to come back like this pretty detail around the doors which unbelievably matched our kitchen cabinets.

Refinishing a Stepback Cupboard or Kitchen hutch- sanding

Lastly, Jason sanded it down and filled in the cracks with wood putty.

Refinishing a Stepback Cupboard or Kitchen Hutch- wood putty
Refinishing a Stepback Cupboard or Kitchen Hutch - wood putty

I had hoped to preserve some of the wood rather than painting it but it was too far gone.

Refinishing a Stepback Cupboard or Farmhouse Kitchen Hutch- reinforcing the bottom of the cupboard

Jason strengthened it up with extra molding, wood, nails and screws.

Refinishing a Stepback Cupboard or Farmhouse Kitchen Hutch- painting

We painted it white and it is FINALLY in our kitchen :).

Refinishing a Stepback Cupboard or Farmhouse Kitchen Hutch- painted

We found the hardware for our kitchen hutch at Home Depot.

Refinishing a Stepback Cupboard or Famhouse Kitchen Hutch- polished nickel hardware

We liked the cabinet hardware pulls so much that we added it to ALL the cabinets in our kitchen. Unfortunately, they are no longer available from Home Depot but you can find similar ones on Amazon….

Vintage Farmhouse kitchen hutch -  I have long been on the hunt for the perfect kitchen hutch for our farmhouse kitchen! I should have listened to Jason when he tried to tell me how much work refinishing this piece would be. My "perfect" kitchen hutch needed more than just a paint job, it needed to be completely MAKEOVER! #farmhousekitchen #paintedfurniture https://lehmanlane.net

Our Farmhouse Kitchen Hutch gives us a ton more storage.

Vintage Farmhouse kitchen hutch -  I have long been on the hunt for the perfect kitchen hutch for our farmhouse kitchen! I should have listened to Jason when he tried to tell me how much work refinishing this piece would be. My "perfect" kitchen hutch needed more than just a paint job, it needed to be completely MAKEOVER! #farmhousekitchen #paintedfurniture https://lehmanlane.net

And… my vintage Fiestaware has a new place to go along with all the mugs, glassware and some dishes and bakeware.

Vintage Farmhouse kitchen hutch - I have long been on the hunt for the perfect kitchen hutch for our farmhouse kitchen! I should have listened to Jason when he tried to tell me how much work refinishing this piece would be. My "perfect" kitchen hutch needed more than just a paint job, it needed to be completely MAKEOVER! #farmhousekitchen #paintedfurniture https://lehmanlane.net
Vintage Farmhouse kitchen hutch - I have long been on the hunt for the perfect kitchen hutch for our farmhouse kitchen! I should have listened to Jason when he tried to tell me how much work refinishing this piece would be. My "perfect" kitchen hutch needed more than just a paint job, it needed to be completely MAKEOVER! #farmhousekitchen #paintedfurniture https://lehmanlane.net

We have been VERY busy remodeling this kitchen… adding a vent hood, putting up a bead board ceiling & taking down the faux beams, reworking & moving around all the kitchen cabinets & we have a new island!!!

Vintage Farmhouse kitchen hutch -  I have long been on the hunt for the perfect kitchen hutch for our farmhouse kitchen! I should have listened to Jason when he tried to tell me how much work refinishing this piece would be. My "perfect" kitchen hutch needed more than just a paint job, it needed to be completely MAKEOVER! #farmhousekitchen #paintedfurniture https://lehmanlane.net
Vintage Farmhouse kitchen hutch -  I have long been on the hunt for the perfect kitchen hutch for our farmhouse kitchen! I should have listened to Jason when he tried to tell me how much work refinishing this piece would be. My "perfect" kitchen hutch needed more than just a paint job, it needed to be completely MAKEOVER! #farmhousekitchen #paintedfurniture https://lehmanlane.net
Vintage Farmhouse kitchen hutch -  I have long been on the hunt for the perfect kitchen hutch for our farmhouse kitchen! I should have listened to Jason when he tried to tell me how much work refinishing this piece would be. My "perfect" kitchen hutch needed more than just a paint job, it needed to be completely MAKEOVER! #farmhousekitchen #paintedfurniture https://lehmanlane.net
Vintage Farmhouse kitchen hutch -  I have long been on the hunt for the perfect kitchen hutch for our farmhouse kitchen! I should have listened to Jason when he tried to tell me how much work refinishing this piece would be. My "perfect" kitchen hutch needed more than just a paint job, it needed to be completely MAKEOVER! #farmhousekitchen #paintedfurniture https://lehmanlane.net
Vintage Farmhouse kitchen hutch -  I have long been on the hunt for the perfect kitchen hutch for our farmhouse kitchen! I should have listened to Jason when he tried to tell me how much work refinishing this piece would be. My "perfect" kitchen hutch needed more than just a paint job, it needed to be completely MAKEOVER! #farmhousekitchen #paintedfurniture https://lehmanlane.net

Our newly refinished & painted Farmhouse Kitchen Hutch looks fantastic in our FINALLY remodeled kitchen! (you can see our full DIY kitchen remodel HERE)

Farmhouse Kitchen Makeover Reveal - The time has FINALLY come to share our farmhouse kitchen makeover! We wanted a brighter, bigger, more modern, family friendly kitchen that we could entertain in. Ten months later and for less than $15,000 we remodeled this kitchen from top to bottom and I CAN NOT believe the difference! #farmhousekitchen http://lehmanlane.net

by Tara Lehman

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Vintage Farmhouse kitchen hutch - I have long been on the hunt for the perfect kitchen hutch for our farmhouse kitchen! I should have listened to Jason when he tried to tell me how much work refinishing this piece would be. My "perfect" kitchen hutch needed more than just a paint job, it needed to be completely MAKEOVER! #farmhousekitchen #paintedfurniture https://lehmanlane.net

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Comments

  1. O Tara, it looks like the project from H E double toothpick. Your Jason is a gem and a keeper. It looks gorgeous now. Can’t wait to see the island. I almost thought your kitchen was too narrow for one. I’m looking forward to your magic!

  2. I love this! I have one like this (in the before stage) that I bought out of garage for $50 20 years ago. It was actually a double one cut in half! Now I just have to figure out how to fix one side (after refinishing it).

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