Large Red and White Hutch Furniture Flip

What do you do when you are given a huge ugly piece of furniture that has some great features? Refinished it!

That's how this project started. My aunt gave me this huge wood hutch that would have looked way better a 1990s kitchen. And I needed to change that ASAP!

before photoL
As you can see, it was dark wood, and that's just not cool these days.  I sat and stared at this behemoth of a kitchen hutch for a bout two months before I decided on what color scheme I wanted out of it.  I finally decided on Red and White.

So if this is your first furniture flip and you'd like to try it on your own, there are some needed supplies. If you're handy like me, you might already own some things, or you might have to go spend a little bit of money on this project. The highest cost will be investing in an orbital sander. If you plan on doing a lot of flips, an orbital sander will be a much wiser investment than a mouse sander, but either will get the job.

Supplies you'll need:

Sand Paper (I recommend using around 240 grit)

When it comes to paint choices, I went with "Scarlett Tanager 224Q" as the red from Valspar, and "Buttermilk Biscuit 5036" as the white from Clark + Kensington.

It's not neccessary for you to use a primer, but since I was going from a dark wood to a white color, I chose to, so I wouldn't have to have as many coats of paint.

First step to creating your own masterpiece is to get the furniture in a well ventilated area, throw the drop cloth on the floor, and maneuver the furniture on it. I actually did mine in the hallway of the storage rooms at my mother's shop. 

Then sand down the existing finish and any imperfections until your work surface is smooth.

Paint it all in Primer. Wait for that to dry.


It took me about 2 hours to paint the primer on. I was also using a 1" paintbrush and was waiting on customers at the front of the store. I let the primer dry overnight and came back the next day and began painting again.

Overall I had to paint 3 coats of Red and two white to get the colors that I wanted. IF you notice, I also removed the shelves, painted them to match the interior. I also removed the door and the hardware to the drawers. I painted the hardware the same red, and accented the doors in red as well.

I also took a teeny tiny paint brush and painted the white checks along the top molding on the upper cabinet.

details painted in accent colorsL

All in all it took me about 7 hours total time to paint and finish this piece.

I later went back and painted between the two middle doors red to match the others. 

This hutch is available for sale locally at Frog Hollar Primitives in West Hamlin, WV.

UPDATE: 03/01/2017. Hutch has been sold.   Yay me. I hope the new owners really love it like I did.

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a portion of the sale price if you make a purchase using any of the links. I use these to offset costs of web-hosting and to share the exact items I used in creating my projects. 

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