Navy Blue Hutch Cabinet Makeover

I’ve procrastinated writing this post all week. To be perfectly honest, I just… haven’t felt like it.

I started a new job this week, so I’ve been feeling a little extra-busy and stressed (in the best, most welcome way), which has in turn made me want to do nothing each evening but curl up in a ball with blankets and watch Poldark. Of course, I haven’t actually done that once this week, so I decided it was time to stop procrastinating and just do the damn thang.

And rightfully so, because what I’m about to show you just might be my favorite furniture makeover yet. I’m so serious, you guys. It’s quite different from what I’ve done in the past, which just makes me love it even more. Okay. Ready?

I picked up this old hutch cabinet at a garage sale last summer for $30. After hauling it into the house, I let it sit in this corner for months. I knew right from the beginning that it needed a paint job, but I couldn’t figure out what I wanted. So I let it sit. Untouched, unloved, and just plain boring. It had a musty old smell. Its doors stuck to each other. The knobs came off every time you tried to open the drawer, so we just left the drawer permanently open. I filled its cabinet with kitchen appliances and that drawer became a catch-all place for all the junk that usually gets left out on the kitchen table. In fact, the whole set of shelves kind of became a dumping ground for random stuff. It was pretty pathetic.

How to update a hutch cabinet with chalk paint (BEFORE)

Yet with so much potential!

But I just couldn’t figure out what to do with it. So it sat here in its little corner gathering dust and collecting miscellaneous items, with its perma-open drawer sticking out and its musty old doors stuck shut half the time.

After a while I hated it so much I considered selling it. Just looking at it with its stupid frilly curves and dumb decorative thing up at the top made me angry. I moved it into the other room, where it sat for another few months. Holding random stuff.

But alas, functionality calls. You see, our tiny kitchen has no pantry and we are in desperate need of storage space. So I brought it back out to see the light of day once more, and figured I’d at least use it for the time being to store our pantry items.

Well, if you take a look at my Furniture Inspiration board on Pinterest, you might notice I’m having kind of a love affair right now with dark, moody furniture. Something has struck me recently that’s inspired me to start painting things black… Look out.

So I was inspired to paint this hutch cabinet in a really dark navy blue. After a bit of trial and error, I finally succeeded. And voilà!

Navy blue hutch cabinet makeover with chalk paint

Doesn’t it look so much better? So much more sophisticated? So much less frumpy and old and smelly?!

I couldn’t wait to share this beauty with the world. I love how dark and angsty and emo it is, just like my soul. 

Navy blue hutch cabinet makeover with chalk paint

Yet at the same time, thanks to this amazing new hardware I picked up from Hobby Lobby, it also has a bit of a fancy, sophisticated flair. Also like me (or so I’d like to think).

Full disclosure, I will tell you that the drawer still sticks when you try to pull it out, and the doors of the cabinet still stick to each other slightly because I’m too impatient/lazy to spend more than 30 minutes trying to file down a door and eventually just gave up.

At this moment in time there is also a laptop and a stack of papers sitting on the bottom shelf, because hey, this is a house where people live, and that’s what surfaces are for, right?

But it looks so wonderful, and I can’t stop staring at it. What do you think? 

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Navy blue hutch cabinet makeover with chalk paint

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