There's nothing better then a good vintage hutch. Not only do they provide extra storage, but hutches also add visual interest to a space and their height makes them a great option for those empty walls that may need a larger piece of furniture to feel complete. Use them in an older kitchen that may have limited cabinet storage or a dining room to display your favorite dishes and serveware. Hutches also work well in less traditional settings, such as a living room, entryway or office space to hold books and other collectibles.
The best part? Since hutches aren't quite as popular today as they once were, you can usually find them at great prices. If you're on the hunt, we recommend checking out second hand marketplaces or local vintage and antique stores.
To help you begin planning your own hutch makeover, we've rounded up some of our favorite hutch projects completed by members of the Jolie Community. The projects below include a range of different colors, finishes, and styles that will leave you feeling inspired and ready to get painting!
1. The hutch provides a great opportunity to do a two-toned finish. Apply one color to the exterior and another to the interior of the cabinets or shelves. The contrast draws the eye to the display area and makes your favorite items stand out. This piece was updated by Jolie Retailer Havenwood Farm Co using Jolie Paint in Antique White and French Blue.
Photo via Greenhill Farmhouse
2. Refresh an old wooden farmhouse hutch or display cabinet using a soft, subtle color like Eucalyptus. This piece, refinished by Greenhill Farmhouse, brightens up the whole space. Check out our Farmhouse Style Guide for more color ideas.
Photo via Her Kitchen Garden
3. Nora of Her Kitchen Garden originally planned to use this as a garden hutch, but it instead found a home in her dining room. She painted it a neutral Farmhouse Beige and styled it with some of her favorite belongings. "I cannot begin to explain how useful it has been. It’s become home to my candle collection, magazines, some craft supplies, and large platters that were always out of place in the kitchen," Nora says of the piece.
Photo via The Whitewood Cottage
4. The Whitewood Cottage used Jolie Paint in Antique White to update this old wooden hutch. Painting a vintage piece is a great way to give new life to those hand-me-downs or vintage finds that have great bones but feel a little outdated.
Photo via Love it Again Furnishings
5. Using a stencil or image transfer is an easy way to add some personality to your piece. Jolie Retailer Love it Again Furnishings used a design from Redesign with Prima after painting the exterior of the piece French Grey and the interior Verdigris.
6. Nothing makes a statement quite like red! Just Picked and Painted painted this hutch with a custom color from the Jolie Color Mixing Guide before sealing with Varnish. Browse the full Jolie Paint color range for other color ideas.
Photo via Swimming in a Sea of Blankets
7. Ariela of Swimming in a Sea of Blankets gave this $7 thrift store find new life using Jolie Paint in Gesso White. The piece, which was formerly painted black, only took two hours to transform. "I really am so pleased with the results," Ariela said of the project.
Photo via Vintage Style and Designs
8. This piece by Krystle, a customer of Jolie Retailer Vintage Style and Designs was transformed using Jolie Paint in Antique White. Krystle applied a Distressed Finish to give the piece the perfect aged, farmhouse look. Check out our Tips for Applying a Distressed Finish for details on how to recreate this style.
Photo via All Things Upcycled
9. This hutch by All Things Upcycled is another great example of a two-toned finish. Painting the piece Noir on the outside and white on the inside keeps it from feeling too dark and makes it easier to see the items displayed inside.
Photo via A Life Refurbished
10. A Life Refurbished updated this traditional style hutch, creating a two-toned look using Jolie Paint in Zen. The drawers were stripped and sealed with a white wax to give them a perfectly aged look.
Photo via Rusted Arrow Mercantile
11. Jolie Retailer Rusted Arrow Mercantile brightened up this classic hutch by applying two coats of Jolie Paint in Cocoa before applying a wash of Uptown Ecru. Check out our Tips for Creating a Washed Finish for more information on how to create a similar look.
Photo via Zander and Grace
12. Painting your hutch a dark, dramatic color is a great way to add contrast to your space. This piece was refinished by Zander and Grace using Jolie Paint in Graphite.
13. Jolie Retailer Havenwood Farm Co updated this farmhouse hutch using Jolie Paint in Pure White. Light distressing and a subtle crackle effect on the doors and drawer complete the farmhouse look.
Photo via AJT Inspirations
14. AJT Inspirations gave this hutch a slightly distressed finish using Jolie Paint in Farmhouse Beige, the perfect choice for the farmhouse-style piece! For more farmhouse color ideas, check out our Tips for Creating a Farmhouse Look.
Photo via Lisa Wilkin Interiors
15. Use a custom color for a piece that's uniquely you. Jolie Retailer Lisa Wilkin Interiors mixed one part Sage to one part Bliss to transform this farmhouse hutch.
16. Just Picked and Painted transformed this unique hutch using Jolie Paint in French Grey before taking the whole look up a notch with Gold Metal Leaf on the front legs and base. Check out How to Use Metal Leaf and Gold Size for more information on how to create a similar look.
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