Kitchen Hutch Transformation Tutorial

From Baby Changing Table To Kitchen Hutch Transformation Tutorial

Here’s one of my before and after’s.  This kitchen hutch started out as nursery furniture that served us well for two babies.  It was a changing table with the hutch on top.

Kitchen Hutch

Kitchen Hutch Transformation Tutorial

It was very good furniture, so I was reluctant to just donate it or even consign it and get next to nothing.  So I decided to refinish it.  If it came out the way I envisioned it would, I would use it as a kitchen hutch in our eating area.  Our home has so little storage, that I thought a storage piece could help.

Here’s the after:

Kitchen Hutch Transformation Tutorial

I was going for a “just found this in a barn somewhere in a Provence farmhouse sort of look”.

Here’s how I did this:

Kitchen Hutch Transformation Tutorial

Annie Sloan chalk paint!

For those of you who haven’t heard of this miracle paint, it is created by Annie Sloan a decorative painter who has perfected the french patina and other looks.  You can only get this from a stockist.

Kitchen Hutch Transformation Tutorial

The first thing I did was added beadboard wallpaper to the back of the hutch – yes wallpaper!  I ordered a roll of Grahm and Brown wallpaper off the internet.  I applied it per the instructions and it adhered great.  I used calking on all of the edges, as well as on any areas of the hutch where it meets the dresser so it will all look like one piece when I’m done.

Kitchen Hutch Transformation Tutorial

Then I took one drawer out and practiced, practiced, practiced until I got the finish I was going for.  The colors of paint I used were French Linen for the beadboard and inside of the hutch, and pure white for everything else.  I did 3 coats of pure white, but in retrospect probably only needed two.  Then I waxed everything with clear wax.  Something you should know about Annie Sloan paint, is that you can put it over almost anything without priming or sanding, however, it will leave a texture or brush strokes.  But that was the look I was going for on this piece.  The rest of my kitchen will be a clean white (one day when I finally get my kitchen reno), so I wanted this piece to look a bit rustic and antique for some character.  After I buffed the clear wax, I added just a little bit of dark wax with a very dry brush and just worked it into any lines in the furniture.  Next is what I think made all of the difference:  I tinted some clear wax with a very small amount of French Linen and then worked it into all of the grooves, texture and brush strokes all over the piece.  I followed it up with another coat of clear wax and buffed.  This process took the better part of a week, and lots of elbow grease, but I do think the end result came out even better than I had imaginged.

Kitchen Hutch Transformation Tutorial

Another think I should mention is the hardware.  I changed that by getting these copper bin pulls and library pulls at Anthropologie.  They have an artist that designs these pulls and I just love everything she does.  They carry a book on all of her creations, but her name escapes me at the moment.  Will update her name next time I run across it.

It required me to fill the center holes on each pull and drill two new holes for each new pull, but that was no problem my hubby has taught me how to use the power drill and screwdriver and now I am dangerous! hehehe!

Here’s another before:

Kitchen Hutch Transformation Tutorial

 And the after:

Kitchen Hutch Transformation Tutorial

Kitchen Hutch Transformation Tutorial

Thanks for visiting!


  1. 1

    OMG, i love this makeover. I LOVE the beadboarding on the back. This gives me inspiration of what I can do with my littlest one’s dresser/changing table when we’re done with it. Thanks for linking up and for grabbing a button!

  2. 2

    WOW this was some transformation! Visiting from the linky party and taking a break from sweating ( already! ) in the kitchen this hot July 4th morning!

    • 3
      theburlapcottage says:

      Hi Debra,

      Thank you for stopping by. Your trumpet vine is amazing, and so is duct tape! hehe Hope you have a wonderful 4th and can relax and enjoy the well deserved “fruit” of your labor in the kitchen!

  3. 4

    Great job! I really love how you totally changed the function of the piece. It looks so good!

    • 5
      theburlapcottage says:

      Thank you Julie! I went to your site and love the piece you found…what a treasure. The painting on the piece is stunning. Fabulous find!

  4. 6

    This is absolutely amazing – an incredible transformation – I love love love it!
    Your newest follower – would love to have you come by and follow back:)))

    • 7
      theburlapcottage says:

      Hi Susan, Thank you for stopping by, and for the sweet comment. I enjoyed looking at your site too! I would love to follow you as well.

      Leanne @ The Burlap Cottage

  5. 8

    I love this- what a charming piece now~ awesome transformation!!

  6. 9

    LOVE it! I would have never known how it started out. I also love the hardware you chose. I just bought my first (3) cans of ASCP and haven’t even opened them yet. After getting over the price shock (LOL) I am working up the courage for my first project. Yours is great, and I love how it turned out. Great job!

    • 10
      theburlapcottage says:

      Thank you Barb, I was a little nervous on this piece too, but if it didn’t work out at least it wasn’t a family heirloom, hah! ACSP is expensive, but it does go a long way. I think I used just about a quart of white, and half a quart of the french linen on this piece. What colors did you get and do you have a specific piece in mind?

      Thanks for stopping over,


  7. 11

    Ok….that is a seriously awesome makeover!! I don’t think I ever would have even thought of this yet alone have been able to execute it so well. It looks just beautiful and the bead board detail is perfect. Thank you so much for sharing this fabulous project with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

    • 12
      theburlapcottage says:

      Hi Vanessa,

      Thank you sooo much for your comment. I am new at this blogging thing and to have such a sweet comment from a blog I just love is such encouragement.


  8. 13

    what an amazing transformation!! Great job!

  9. 14

    Great transformation. I love doing layers of paint with Annie’s paints. Thanks for sharing this at Wow.

    • 15
      theburlapcottage says:

      Hi Kim,

      Thank you so much for the sweet comment and encouragement, as well as featuring my hutch on this week’s WOW! I am so honored and excited to be featured on your beautiful blog. Thank you for hosting each week! I’ll be back with more projects for WOW.


  10. 16

    This is an amazing transformation. I love the colors and that you reused a piece of furniture you no longer needed. Brilliant! The pulls look amazing too!

  11. 17

    Beautiful makeover!! I live on the outskirts of San Antonio and usually buy my ASCP at a shop in SA but thanks for the info on the other stockist! Love your blog..just became a follower. If you get a chance, come and visit me..athriftedmarket.blogspot

    • 18
      theburlapcottage says:

      Hi Tiffany,

      Go Spurs Go! Glad to see a fellow blogger in my town! Your blog is beautiful. Love the shelf makeover with the dollar store wall paper – very clever. You can never have too much Annie Sloan Paint in my book. Glad you have a good source and Annie is well represented in our town.

  12. 19

    It looks Fantastic! You must be so proud of the way it came out. Just Perfect!

  13. 20

    Great decision to keep it! :) Absolutely gorgeous makeover, and your styling is perfection!!

  14. 21

    Awesome transformation! Well done :)
    Greetings from Australia

  15. 22

    What an amazing transformation! I will never look at a changing table the same. I love ASCP and French Linen is my new favorite color. Gorgeous job!

  16. 23

    This transformation is truly amazing, Leanne! I don’t care much for contemporary design, so the piece in its original state wouldn’t have gotten a second glance from me. But I love, love, love it now!

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. Hope to see you again this week.

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  17. 24

    Wow! Absolutely stunning!! I just found you and am your newest follower! I’ve only been blogging since May, also…I’d love you to stop by and say hello :)
    must love junk

  18. 25

    WOW! This is awesome! I would have never know it was a changing table before. This is just lovely! It truly is! I love all the white dishes too it just pops! We’d love it if you’d share this at our Home is Where the Heart is! and any other posts you’d like to share! :)

  19. 26
    theburlapcottage says:

    Hi Erika,

    Thank you for your comment. What an interesting blog you have! Yes I would be happy to link up to your home is where the heart is link it up Wednesday’s. Thank you for stopping by!

  20. 27

    This is an amazing transformation!
    I love what the clear and French Linen did to the piece. Dark Wax is generally too dark for Old and Pure White (in my opinion) but I think your mixture you made worked perfectly!
    Awesome job!

    (found you on the Blog Hop!)

  21. 28

    Oh my what a fantastic reno! How inspiring! The beadboard wallpaper is a great use for that and it looks so totally different….great job!

  22. 29

    I’m impressed! I see these things listed on craigslist all the time, never imagining I could do something like that to them. You did a great job, mind if I share it on my blog? I do a “before and after friday” series.

  23. 30

    This is so lovely! I’m an ASCP fan as well…and I’m in Boerne, and get mine at Woodley Cottage too! I just finished a project with French Linen and Old White! I love the beadboard wallpaper…looks fabulous! small bloggy world, huh?

  24. 31

    This is an epic makeover. I see these on Craigslist all the time and I want to make one into a bar. Seriously, this is pretty awesome.

  25. 32

    This is just amazing. Best transformation I’ve seen in a long time. When I first saw it I wondered “what on earth is she going to do with that?!” I’m getting ready to do a piece in French Linen – glad to see this piece.

  26. 33
    Linsey @ Farmhouse Porch says:

    Pretty! Love that grey!

  27. 34

    oh my goodness…purely delightful.You are one smart girl! An amazing transformation!

  28. 35

    I don’t know what to say except, WOW!!!!!!!! This whole project is just gorgeous! You are a makeover genius! I plan to try chalk paint one day because I’m hoping it’s more forgiving for a terrible painter 😉 I would love to have you join my Thursday Throwback party and share this amazing makeover!

  29. 36

    Wow, that is quite a transformation! I love it… all your white items just pop off the grey background… and I love asparagus too.

    Ciao Bella
    Creative Carmelina

  30. 37

    Love that chalk paint stuff :)

    Britta @

  31. 38

    This is one simply fabulous transformation! I LOVE IT!!! Getting ready to pin it tight now!!

  32. 39

    Wow, this looks amazing! I can hardly believe the before… what a gorgeous transformation!

  33. 40

    This is absolutely stunning! Love the paint you chose and all the white accessories. Really great job.

  34. 41

    What an absolute gorgeous transformation!!!
    I would have never guessed it looked like it did before. You did a stunning job!!!
    Hope you have a beautiful day.


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