I needed something both pretty and practical to put all of my office supplies into. I found a dining hutch on craigslist for $50 and planned to remove the doors, paint it and use it as an office bookcase. Along the way I thought of other ways to modify it and make it even cuter.
Since its unlikely you’ll find a hutch just like this I’m not doing a full build out tutorial. But I’ll show you what we did in case you’re looking for ideas. Blurry before photo courtesy of the craigslist post.
Even though I knew I wanted to make a lot of changes to the hutch it was still worth buying. It’s solid wood and would be very expensive to buy new.
Prepping the Hutch
First we removed the hardware and doors. Which left holes to patch.
Building the Book Shelves
The hutch originally had glass shelves held in by these wood pieces but I wanted a bookshelf.
So Mike built wood shelves and put a face piece on them.
Adding Trim to the Bottom of the Bookcase
I kept coming up with more ideas to make it even better 😉 So I asked Mike to trim the bottom of the hutch with molding so it looked less like dining room furniture and more like a bookcase.
Mike really loves when I have more ideas 😉 The trim at the bottom made it so much better!
Painting the Office Bookcase
Once he finished all of the customization it was time to paint. It was FREEZING in the garage so we brought it in the house. I’m the sloppiest painter so this is always a precarious idea. Don’t worry though all the splatter scraped right off the wood floor when I was done.
I decided to use a plain flat white paint. There is a time and place for chalk paint but painting furniture white just isn’t one of those times. It takes SO many coats and I’m not buying $100 of white chalk paint or priming first. Sorry Annie Sloan chalk paint lovers, but this is hashtag facts. Save yourself money and buy regular white paint. I’ve been using regular paint on furniture more and more. It just seems easier, lasts longer and doesn’t cost $40 a court.
I used this paint by rustoleum. You can order it online here or get it at a hardware store.
Now I know all the chalk paint lovers are wondering how I could distress the paint if it isn’t chalk paint. I just used sandpaper..and voila!.Then I used dark wax. It works well on regular flat paint.
The Finished Office Bookcase
Once I got all of the painting done, I replaced the hardware with newer modern drawer pulls and we replaced the ugly hinges.
The office bookcase was just what I was hoping and far cuter than anything we could get within our budget. It was a pretty easy project and it looks adorable in the office!