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How to make a new piece of furniture look old with paint and distressing…Kitchen hutch reveal…before and after!

I wanted to share my hutch make-over with you and how you can also make a new piece of furniture  look old with paint and distressing.
How to make a new piece of furniture look old
Before
Even though I wanted something old and antique; Newer off of Craigslist was in the budget. 🙂
how to make a new peice of furinture look old with paint and distressing
 It’s not hard to do if you have patience for layering paint!
After
how to make a new peice of furinture look old with paint and distressing
how to make a new peice of furinture look old with paint and distressing
First, I sanded it so the wood had a bit of a “tooth” on it.
 Then I ran a candle on any edges I wanted to be able to sand down to bare wood.
Then I painted a grey primer on the base.
I stained, painted and distressed several times.
how to make a new peice of furinture look old with paint and distressing
I rubbed with a candle again any areas I wanted to sand down to primer.
then I painted my first coat of BM antique jade.I repeated with sanding and a candle,and then did another layer of antique jade mixed with 25% white paint for a lighter color. I also distressed a bit with masking tape.
Once I had the look I wanted, I went over the entire piece with minwax stain in American Oak.
Once it dried, I went over the entire piece in Polyacrylic in Satin finish. You can also use dark wax, I prefer paint. Either one will darken the paint for the right effect. If you are trying to decide using wax or poly with paint, you can read this post here.
painted hutch in white kitchen
 And then painted the inside the wall color so my white dishes pop, and my grandmother’s collection of hobnail cake plates stood out.
painted furniture kitchen hutch
I added rust colored handles and pulls for a more rustic look.
how to make a new peice of furinture look old with paint and distressing
It holds so much more than the cabinets we had there, but takes up less space so our little, cozy kitchen actually seems a bit larger. It was such a good decision to pull them out. You can read about our entire kitchen remodel here.
how to make a new peice of furinture look old with paint and distressing
I am so glad I did it. I love it more than if I had bought a piece!!!!
You can easily take an old piece and make it look old with some patience and paint!
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92 Comments

  1. What a gorgeous china cabinet. I absolutely love it. You did find the perfect color, I love the distressing too. Way to give your piece some awesome character!

  2. Okay, here’s the deal…
    I’m paying for your airfare, putting you up in our cute little 1910 Victorian, and you’re gonna re-do my fugly 1990-era Broyhill armoires.

    I’ll leave the light on, woot!

    XO,
    Anne

  3. It looks sooo good! Do you put a finishing product over the top at the end so it feels smooth? If so what? Or do you just leave it after the distressing? I would love to know.

  4. Jen- Another great thing about this is that it appears to be super sturdy and sometimes older ones are a little shaky….I think you did an awesome job!

  5. Beautiful piece of furniture done with lots of care.Good choice of color.You will have so much fun dressing your cabinet up.Just think how fun at the holidays it will be.Have a warm day..Chickie

  6. Hello Jennifer!! This is Triveni. I am a young development professional from India and I have been following your blog since the past two years. I am not quite sure how I stumbled upon your blog but I just wanted you to know how wonderful it is. In fact its one of the first things I read when I am at work.

    I am amazed at the variety of your accomplishments and you are always a source of great inspiration for me.

    All the very best with your new venture.

  7. Oh goodness, I love it, amazing job!! Truly, it looks vintage and perfectly old! My cousin loves to redo furniture for our shop and she does such a great job, but I don’t have patience for it, LOL! 😉
    ~michelle~

  8. Woman, you are SO GOOD!!! You blow my mind. I LOVE this! I want to do something similar to my hutch in the dining area but I have been stalled out because I’m not sure where to start. I know you have tons of tutorials here, but I don’t know which one is the most applicable to this type of project? Are you going to share your step-by-steps on this one?
    ~Angela 🙂

  9. Wow Jen! It is simply stunning. The color is perfect. I love it. I can’t wait to see the whole kitchen!!!

    I’m having a giveaway…I hope you’ll stop by!!

    Polly

  10. This piece turned out beautifully. I can’t believe what you started with, gotta love craigslist. Your whole kitchen redo is amazing, I especially love your countertops. Hugs-Carrie

  11. When I saw this hutch in your kitchen photos, I thought it was an antique! You did a fabulous job painting and distressing it. It looked so plain and boring before and you turned it into the star of the room!

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