Kitchen Hutch Makeover {Craig’s List Find}

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Grey painted hutch with chicken wire for kitchen storage

I am jumping right to the “After’ for this, but after months of searching, I finally found the perfect piece for my kitchen on Craig’s List. It was perfect in size, look and best of all–price, it was only $30!!! It had been donated to a church, and it was even relatively close by, I couldn’t get there fast enough to pick it up.

I have been looking for something like this since before Christmas, so #1 Craig’s List lesson learned– have patience and the perfect piece will eventually appear-and maybe even for a bargain price of $30!

Once I got it home, I unfortunately discovered that it had an unappealing odor (perhaps even from smoke) as well as the lovely, typical, thrift store/mildew smell. After some google research, I tried every tactic I found that would supposedly eliminate the smell–leaving it in the sun for a few days, cleaning it well, wiping it out with vinegar, using odor blocking primer and sanding it very, very well.

It smells perfectly fine now, so something worked.

Chalk painted hutch for kitchen storage

I chose the paint color Benjamin Moore’s Silver Bells, a nice pale gray. I wanted to coordinate the hutch with my white cabinets but have it still feel like a furniture piece. Ideally, I would have used chalk paint, but there aren’t any retailers here at the Beach, and  unfortunately I completed the project just before my visit to Janet’s store. Chalk paint would have certainly saved quite a bit of work.

I also wanted to use chicken wire to add interest, which was one of the reasons I was happy to find a cabinet that already had glass doors (and easy-to-remove glass at that). I wasn’t sure where exactly the chicken wire would go, until my son accidently broke one of the glass inserts for the side.  I may even eventually replace all the glass with the wire because I love how it looks.

Chicken wire in kitchen hutch

The hardware on it was already perfect, and its even has a light in the top section if I ever want to use the fixture. It adds some nice (and needed) storage to our kitchen, and for $30 plus some paint, I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.

 I am finishing up the workroom today–stay tuned, it’s coming along great (Update: see the finished workroom here)!

Thanks for stopping by.

P.S. You can see more pictures of my kitchen here, here, and here, and my butler’s pantry here.




  1. it looks so good and i love the chicken wire 🙂

  2. Looks Fabulous!!! Quite the transformation.

  3. Ok…I’ll forgive you this time, but honestly…it looks fabulous!!!

    janet xox
    The Empty Nest

  4. I’m always amazed how much paint transforms most anything- it’s beautiful, Amy! I love the curvy top.

  5. Great job! I’ve been wanting a hutch too, but my apartment is just too small right now!

  6. Beautiful job!!! Definitely following you now – would love to have you visit and follow back ( I just did a buffet for a customer also )

  7. LOVE this! Hope you can link them up at my trendy tuesday party going on right now!!

  8. This is absolutely wonderful! You got the hutch for such a great price and the light paint modernizes it and freshens it up beautifully. Very inspiring!


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