As many of you probably already know, I LOVE saving old hutch and buffet tops! They are my favorite pieces to repurpose because they always get overlooked and thrown away. Most of the time, you can find these for dirt cheap and even free because others do not see the potential these pieces have. Which is a plus if you’re a furniture flipper! This is what inspired the old hutch top flipped upside down project.
Entertainment Top Flipped Upside Down
A few months ago, I recently completed one, and by my surprise, the pin went viral on Pinterest! (See it here). I was so excited! I did, however, receive some criticism about flipping it upside down. The comments were criticizing the fact that I left the arch on the doors on the bottom, instead of turning the doors up so the arch would be on top. My husband noticed this before I started painting, but my feelings were strong about leaving them on the bottom. So, he complied. Here is the hutch top before I flipped it upside down.
I wanted this piece to have a unique feel. I wanted it, to well, be different, stand out in a crowd so to speak. And after staring at it for a couple of days, I felt it “flowed” better with the arches left on the bottom.
Here is a picture with the arches left on the bottom:
I decided with this top to flip it upside down as well because it’s what I do! I did not have to worry about the door trim, because both doors were the same. Let me explain why I like to flip them upside down. It places the molding on the bottom and allows for an open shelf on top. Here is the top before I flipped it upside down:
Here is it flipped upside down:
Now onto the flip! I have included affiliate links at no extra cost to you for your convenience.
Hardware – Hobby Lobby
6′ Spruce Pine Board – Lowe’s or Home Depot
Lint Free Cloths
The backing of Your Choice
The back consisted of a mirror piece and a wood piece. I decided to remove the back and replace the entire piece. I could repurpose the mirrors which were a plus. There were two mirrors total and the length would make a perfect full-length mirror. I always save and repurpose what I can 😊. UPDATE: During our move the mirrors were damaged ughhh.
I decided to use Dixie Belle Barn Red (the color I used on my dining room chairs you can see here) with Cotton as the base color. I saw this gorgeous piece on Pinterest which gave me my inspiration for the red and white colors.
For the back, we visited our local Lowe’s. The nice salesman asked me if I needed help, so I explained my project and what I was looking for. He took me and showed me the perfect wood panel piece! It cost around $18 bucks. It’s like he read my mind!
With the back purchased, it was time to head home and get started.
New Top and Feet
The first step was to remove all the doors and hardware. The middle door was not actually a door. It was part of the top so I left that in place and just removed its glass. I removed the glass from the other two-door fronts because I wanted to use chicken wire. I felt the piece needed some height, so I found four bunt feet that I salvaged off another project in my stash.
We then added the top. We purchased a 6’ spruce pine board. These come already cut and with a smooth, sanded finish. They also stain very well too. We cut the board down to a 4’ piece which is what we needed for the top.
I sanded the entire hutch top very lightly, just enough to “rough up” so the paint would adhere. The piece was cleaned with vinegar and water.
I applied Dixie Belle Cotton in two coats to the entire piece inside and out as well as the doors and the new top.
I painted my furniture feet using the same technique as well. See how I used mason jars to hold the feet while I painted them? They fit nicely on top of the jars. This allowed me to spin the jar to paint the entire foot without ever touching them. Pretty neat huh?
After distressing, I used my tacky paper and removed all the sanding dust. I decided to add some antique wax to the piece. (Note: Normally I add Polycrylic before applying glaze to keep it from soaking into the paint color, but in this case, I wanted it to. I wanted the worn, old feel). The glaze was applied by working in small areas and removing any wiping away any access glaze. I did not use a topcoat on top of the glaze because it is not necessary.
I had three white hardware pulls. All I did to these was paint them with the Barn Red because they were already white. I got these pulls at Hobby Lobby for 50% off.
We added the back and attached the feet. We also added the chicken wire to the doors. Here is the finished hutch top! It’s absolutely perfect and the great thing is it can be used just about in any room of your home 😊
See the very first hutch top I ever repurposed HERE!
“It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.”