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China Hutch Redo

China Hutch Before
Scott and I found this hutch at our first estate auction.  We paid a whole $27.50 for it.  Too bad we were not prepared for such a bulky purchase and had to rely on some friendly help from strangers to get it loaded.  (Yes, I'm rather useless In the lugging department.). I did some research on the company and found that when it was new back in the '60s or '70s it was it sold for about $1200. It was handmade in North Carolina.

While on the smaller side, I thought it would be the perfect size for his grandmother's china that was being passed down to us.

The oak finish did not necessarily need a redo.  But I'm me, so I thought it did.  I opted to try to sand and re-stain the piece, since I apparently didn't learn my lesson about sanding the last time.  I chose to go ebony black, since the china we were getting was white and silver.

China Hutch Details
Silver details adds some much needed contrast
The hardest part about this whole project was the sanding.  Mainly because the $40 detail sander that we had gotten months earlier had broken, and I upgraded to a Dewalt orbital sander that is fantastic.
A lot of coats and a lot of sanding later, the hutch was complete.  It took me approximately 4 months, working mostly on weekends.  It was after the wedding before I got the doors on.  I spray painted the hardware and the liner that keeps the glass in place, a silver that was supposed to have a more chrome sheen.

Another little trick I found: Rustoleum's oil rubbed bronze spray paint matches the stain quite well.   So since the bottom was going to be used for storage and didn't have glass doors.... I pretty much spray painted the whole bottom inside. Make sure to wear safety goggles and a mask though, because working inside an area like that, you're wearing and smelling a lot of it.  I also taped off and spray painted the back paneling of the top, since it was a composite wood.  I sealed it all with a few coats of finishing wax.
China Hutch After
You wouldn't believe how long it took me to
learn Gimp enough to edit these pictures.
Since my dining room get so much natural light, and because the china is patterned, I'm not worried at all about all the black of the hutch.*  However, if and when we find a bigger piece, I'm probably going to have to paint this one a different, light color.  And really cannot stand the thought of going through the process of staining another huge piece of furniture. 

Rounding up totals on this project...

$27.50 hutch
$7.77 quart ebony stain
$3.99 staining pads @ .99 each
$1.99 tack cloth
$15 orbital sander (75.00 depreciated as of 12/24)
$9.98 hand sander
$13.52 oil rubbed bronze spray paint @ 6.76 each
$4.15 silver spray paint

*I did however learn that it is a PAIN photographing that black... and the china... with SO MUCH natural light.

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China Hutch Before and After


  1. Beautiful! Your photographs are better than mine! Furniture is difficult to capture in pictures, esp taken w indoor lighting I am finding!

    1. OH I'm glad I'm not the only one! I figured that having a house with such great natural light would make things easier! Unfortunately instead of shadows now, I have to worry about glare!


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