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#Bringonthecolor – DIY Hutch Makeover Using Olympic Paints!

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 Find out how we turned this bookshelf into a beautiful, distressed hutch for under $75!

#Bringonthecolor – DIY Hutch Makeover

Back in May I shared with you our ideas on creating a DIY Hutch using candelabras that we have been holding on to from our wedding 11 years ago, and using Olympic Paints from Lowes to complete the project. The project took a few hours to build out (since we started with an existing book shelf) and then we painted it out over a couple of days (allowing dry time). Since we started with a bookshelf that we have had for the past 15 years (sitting out in the potting shed), our total cost for this project was around $75 (a sheet of plywood to build the doors, hinges and two quarts of Olympic paint colors). We had supplies on hand (tools, sandpaper, etc) and we started with a bookshelf base and the metal candle stands we have had sitting around the house for over a decade. The take away here is to look around your house and see what you might be able to dress up or change, using something simple like paint, to save you lots of money (versus buying new furniture).

The two pieces that we used (metal candle holders and bookshelf) held special sentimental value to us and we designed the hutch around being able to use these items.

olympic paints b and a 2

The key to this project was using Olympic Paints to:

A) Pull the piece together so it all looked like one unit that was built together. This was important as we used multiple materials on this project, and it looked very choppy prior to painting it. Paint made it look like a piece of furniture that was originally built as a hutch.

B) Age the furniture, so it looked like a hutch that has been handed down in the family for years. We used a distressed paint technique to make the hutch look much older then it really is.

We started with the following inspiration (we made this original mood board to guide our project).

Dreamboard Final

I had the candelabras from our wedding 11 years ago, that I have been waiting to transform into something beautiful. Our initial idea was to build a box around the dimensions of the candelabra and do it all from scrap wood. But then….

Potting Shed

….we remembered that we had this old bookshelf that we had moved out to the potting shed. Years ago (and I am talking like 15 years now), I found this old shelf at a garage sale for $5. It had been a cheap TV stand from the 90’s in its first life. At that time I painted it all this green color and did a diamond pattern on it, but it has sat out in the potting shed for years now, holding garden items. We had already removed the false particle board back, and reinforced the piece with real wood, so half the work was done. When we held the candelabras up to the shelves they fit perfect. By starting with an already assembled bookshelf, it would cut our work time in half at least!

Plus, there was already some molding detail at the top to give it a little extra interest.

The next step was to build doors that we would use to mount the iron candelabras too. We used a sheet of plywood and some new hinges for this step.

Now that we had all of our materials, it was time to put it together.

iron candle abras

To do that, we needed to make the candelabras into something flat that could be mounted on a wood door. That meant heading to the metal grinder to remove the cups that held candles, and the feet of the candelabras, as well as drilling holes through the metal frame so that we could attach it to the doors.

DIY Hutch Doors

Once we had cut two doors to size, it was time to lay it all out and make sure it was going to work. Since this piece had two doors on the bottom already, I took pictures of the hinges from those doors and headed to the hardware store to get matching hinges for the top doors.

Diy hutch doors 2

The big question in this step was whether to make it an arch to mimic the arch of the candlesticks, or to cut the candle sticks straight across. To keep it structurally strong we compromised, and left the arch on the candleabras, but cut the opening lower so we had more wood surround.

Hutch before paint

The metal work was attached to the wood doors by drilling holes through the wood to coincide with the holes we previously drilled in the metal frame. We attached with screws.

Once it was built out, it was obvious that the key to this project was paint. We had used so many different materials, that we needed something to pull it all together into one cohesive piece, so it would look like it was all built at once. That something was paint!

We started by painting it all a Coffee Bean Brown from Olympic Paints for the base to make it look like one unit. We chose this dark brown for this step as we planned to distress it and wanted the dark color to come through in the final finish.

Brown Hutch

After the base coat was finished we allowed for dry time (overnight). The next step was to paint it the top coat color. We chose Crystal Oasis from Olympic Paints to blend with some chairs we had painted out for our dining area.

distressing hutch

Once we had painted the top coat of Olympic Paints Crystal Oasis, we let that dry overnight. Since we were planning to distress it, we only did two coats. If I had planned to keep it all that color I probably would have added a third coat.

To distress it and give the hutch an aged look we simply used sand paper. There are many techniques you can use for aging or distressing furniture. You could have painted the top coat first and brushed on the brown paint with a dry brush, or added candle wax on the base coat before you paint the top coat and it easily distresses when you sand over that with sandpaper or a metal scour pad. We chose to simply sand the top coat along the edges of the hutch and doors, as well as in other areas we thought it would look good.

One tip about this step is to sand lightly. If you sand too much you will sand through the base coat of paint to the wood. That works in a few spots, but we really wanted that brown color to come through as well.

Hutch Distressed Close up

 Here are a couple of close ups of what the hutch looked like once we distressed it. This step is really up to your personal preference. We worked on the hutch, sanding and wiping it down, until we got the look we were going for. The best part is that its just paint, so you cannot really ruin it. If you don’t like it you can just paint over it again and start over.

Hutch Distressed

That is the magic of paint. We have redone this piece a few times now, since buying it for $5 around 15 years ago. I imagine the shape will stay the same now, but there is no telling if we may decide to change up the paint color again one day to give it a fresh make-over.

Hutch Final

Lastly, we added in a few battery lights, and our favorite Mexican Tavalera dishes to complete the look, and here is the hutch displayed in my living room.

If you want to see how a paint color would look before you head to Lowe’s, you can upload a photo of your room to the Olympic® Paint Visualizer tool. After a few clicks you can give your room a digital makeover with any Olympic Paint color too!

Another great way to try out different paint colors, is to start by purchasing an affordable paint sample. Lowe’s Paint Pledge Program also allows you to paint with confidence. Lowe’s will refund customers who are dissatisfied with their paint for any reason, as long as the customer returns the paint in its original container within 30 days. Reason for return may include being unhappy with the quality or color, among others. Valid on interior and exterior liquid paint purchases 4/3/16-8/9/16.

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Disclosure: This post is a sponsored conversation by The Motherhood and Olympic Paints. All thoughts are 100% my own. 

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