Painting any piece of furniture white can be tricky. Painting a gigantic orange knotty pine china hutch is definitely not for the faint of heart. Even so, updating this 1980’s orange pine hutch from country cute to farmhouse fresh was well worth the effort. Here is how it looked when I spotted it at the Goodwill.
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This piece was in great shape structurally, made of solid pine, but had some pretty bad scratches on the top. The knotty orange pine, the wood knobs, and the curved apron on the bottom really dated this piece. It wasn’t terrible, but these elements gave it a country cute look that just isn’t my cup of tea. I immediately had a vision for updating this piece to better suit my style.
- Elmer’s Wood Filler
- B-I-N Shellac Base Primer & Sealer Stain Killer
- Oak Toe Kick (see below)
General Finishes Milk Paint in Snow White
- General Finishes Milk Paint in Antique White
General Finishes High Performance Topcoat in Flat
I filled the major scratches and gouges with wood filler. This being a rustic pine piece, the wood has many natural imperfections including knots and worm holes, etc. I left those alone to retain the natural character. I planned to change the hardware on the doors and drawers, so I removed the old knobs and filled the holes with wood filler. To prep for paint, I gave it a good vacuum, cleaning, sanding, and another wipe down. I also removed the upper glass doors to give this piece an open shelving look.
To simplify the scalloped apron on the base, I used kitchen cabinet toe kick material I found at Home Depot. I had the guy at Home Depot cut the toe kick piece into 4 1/2 inch strips, which is the height I needed to cover the apron on the cabinet.
I cut the strips to fit around the base of my hutch, and then glued and nailed them into place. I added caulk to create a seamless finish.
I primed the entire piece with two coats of BIN shellac based primer to seal the knots. The knots were bleeding through after the first primer coat, so I gave it a second coat of primer and that did the trick. I always lightly sand between coats of primer for a smooth base coat.
I painted the entire piece with 3 coats of General Finishes milk paint using a 50/50 mix of Antique White and Snow White. This custom mix creates a soft creamy white that isn’t too yellow. I sanded lightly between coats with 220 grit sandpaper. I sealed it with two coats of General Finishes High Performance Topcoat in flat, sanding with 400 grit sandpaper between coats for a super smooth finish.
I drilled new holes on the top drawers and added new hardware. I used oil rubbed bronze vintage style latches for the bottom doors, crystal knobs for the small middle drawers, and some pulls from my hardware stash for the top drawers. They were originally polished nickel, so I painted them with oil rubbed bronze spray paint to match.
I left the doors off the top hutch because I like the idea of open shelves. I didn’t fill the holes on the top where the door hinges were, just in case I decide to add the doors back on at some point.
The little black disks on the underside of the top of the hutch are lights. I haven’t plugged them in yet, but it might add a nice effect at night. The shelves have glass inserts so the light would shine through to the bottom shelf.
The pretty planked back adds a nice detail to the hutch interior.
The open shelves allow me to see all of my pretty vintage collectibles, and it creates easy access for serving.
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