I found this hutch in a thrift store, just before Christmas… good for me that it was before Christmas! That made it easier to convince, Trav, my husband, to bring it home for me! I loved the shape of it and all of the glass! I don’t see hutches as often with glass on the sides too! I didn’t love the piece across the bottom that was more decorative, but I knew that we could remove that.
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Initially I thought I was going to paint it. I even painted the entire bottom half and part of the top half black, before I started sanding the finish. When I had the bottom half painted black, I realized i didn’t love it painted.
These photos of me refinishing it may not be the best of quality, I actually forgot to take photos of the process so I did screenshots of my videos that I had shared on Instagram. I wanted to try to make it lighter in wood color so I started sanding…and sanding…and sanding…and sanding…..
I added some photos below of me refinishing the backer board. This was the same process that I did on the entire hutch.
Step One: sand to bare wood
I used 60 grit sandpaper to sand the finish off, followed by 150 grit to smooth it out. It’s important to be careful during the 60 grit process because it can scratch the wood and make permanent sanding marks. It’s tough not to get sanding marks, but going back in with 100 grit to sand the marks out usually works great! Since this hutch is solid wood, it didn’t matter how much I sanded it.
I made sure to wipe off all of the sanding dust with a lint free damp cloth and let it dry. It’s very important during this step to make sure that the white wash is applied as smoothly as possible. If there are streaks, the streaks will show up more when the glaze is applied after. Being outside in the dry air of Tucson made my white wash dry super fast. I realized that taking it indoors helped me a little in this process to decrease the streaks.
Step 3: my favorite part… Glaze
The glaze goes on so smoothly once the white wash is applied! I made sure to wipe the glaze off immediately after wiping it on…wax on, wax off. If the glaze dries in an area where it’s too thick, or where it dripped on accident, it stays that way, unless it’s sanded off. It’s “key” to “work fast”.
I did the same thing with the bottom of the hutch, and the top. It was a super long process!
After I had the whole hutch was done, I started working on the shelves. Originally, the hutch had glass shelves. I wanted the hutch to have more of a rustic feel so we cut wood to fit inside for shelving. I refinished the shelving the same way…white wash, then glaze. The nice thing about the shelves is they didn’t have stain on them to start. I just sanded them down with 150 grit sand paper and wiped them clean before, applying the white wash and glaze.
Trav was such a big help during this process! He helped me take out all of the glass in the doors. It was attached with rubber stripping that was stapled in. He took all of the rubber stripping off, removed the staples, took out the glass, and then put the glass back in for me after, with the same rubber stripping, when I was done refinishing the hutch! What a guy!
He said it was very easy to put the glass back in. He just used our staple gun. The only thing is, he had it on too high of a pressure at first and accidentally broke one of the pieces of glass on the sides. We will eventually buy another piece in the future. It’s a small crack and it’s not noticeable since that’s the side that sits in the corner of the room. We also unscrewed and took out the lights that were in the top. Since it originally had glass shelves, the lighting showed through the whole hutch. When I changed the shelves to wood, the lighting would have only showed on the top shelf. I didn’t really want them in there anyways, since they were kind of junky looking.
I’m sure I have to be forgetting to explain something. It felt like this took six months to finish this hutch! I can’t even believe that after! I’m so in love with this technique!! I will eventually put hardware on it. I think I’m going to wait until we build our new house so that I can see what kind of hardware fits that space.
I love that we took off the bottom decorative piece in between the feet! Trav used a hammer and a chisel to remove it. It did make a few jagged spots, but I was OK with that because it just added to the rustic feel!
Do you think this is something that you would ever try? It’s one of my favorite techniques! I’ve actually even refinished pieces and then decided to sand them back down and do this technique because I love it so much better! Don’t be surprised if I do this technique on my entire house, haha! Maybe that’s why I have tendinitis in my right arm now, ugh!