Hallway Refresh and Pine Hutch Makeover

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This hutch has seen my children grow from tiny babies to young adults.  It’s held everything from baby food jars, to cookbooks and small linens.  It has sat overlooked and mostly unloved in an alcove in our kitchen for way too long.  A better location for it is our upstairs hallway. It’s a great size to hold a small lamp, some family photos and books or small games.  Plus, it will take place of a too small bench that was doing us no service in that space.

hallway before paint and hutch makeover

Speaking of that hallway, I went with a very dark palette when our house was new because there were no trees outside and this house was so very white.  Since then, the trees have grown and lighter and brighteris now what speaks to me.  So, out with the dark and in with a bright new hallway.  Time to get paint, new knobs and pulls!  This hutch and hallway are going to rock their new looks!

Wood hutch on sawhorse before Kilz

The first thing that needed to happen was that the hutch had to get prepped for painting.  Cleaning with a soft rag and then gently sanding the hutch were the first few steps.  There were dings, scratches and dirt that had accumulated over the years, so some wood putty was used to fill in a few places.  Sanding helped even things out and provide a smoother surface.

Hutch doors with Kilz

After years of dirt and accumulated yuck, I felt like just sanding wasn’t enough.  Adding Kilz® 2 Latex Primer prior to painting made me feel much more confident about stains not coming through.  So, a layer of Kilz was added to the entire hutch prior to painting.  I’m so glad we made that choice, my husband and I did this together, because one of the stains came through the first coat of Kilz.  We added another coat and that stain was gone forever! YAY!

hutch on table

You know how you start a project with certain ideas in mind?  Be ready to adapt.  It hadn’t rained in our area in two months, which was bad for the environment, but good for our project plans, until it wasn’t.  We set everything up outside and then, out of the blue, it rained.  That’s how we ended up painting in our kitchen!  That drop cloth came in really handy.

hutch doors painted on table

I chose Behr PREMIUM PLUS ULTRA® Paint in Mined Coal for the hutch. I’m so glad I picked that color because it goes great with the Behr PREMIUM PLUS ULTRA® Paint in Pumpkin Cream that I chose for the upstairs hall, which is where this hutch will permanently live.  Home Depot did a great job mixing these colors for us.

hutch being painted on table

We bought a gallon of the Behr paint in Mined Coal, but really only needed a quart to finish the hutch.  We thought we might use the rest on some other projects we have in the house.  Here’s a tip!  To get a clean smooth look on furniture, use a high capacity roller.

Now to the Hallway

hallway cutting in paint

I usually have a problem with change.  I think I want a new look, and then I freak out.  Not this time!  As soon as a single brushstroke of this pretty paint had touched the wall, I was a fan.  This was exactly what I was looking for when I said lighter and brighter.

hallway putty knife

When cutting in, use a large 4 – 6” putty knife to help create a straight edge.  Be sure to keep paper towels or a rag handy to keep the knife clean.

painted initials in hallway

When you’re painting a wall, you should roll a “W” onto the wall and fill it in from the top edge of the wall to the bottom.  You should not paint hearts and initials onto your walls or it might show through after it dries.  Ask me how I know?  My husband has painted a heart with our initials in every room in our house.  He wasn’t about to miss the opportunity with this hallway refresh.  I love that!  We know it’s always there, but it is definitely the wrong way to paint.

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Want to see how it turned out?  Check out my post on Behr.com!  I can’t wait to hear what you think about the change!

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  1. Diane Hill says:

    I plan on painting inside and out this year, as soon as I heal from my back surgery.

    1. Diane, I hope you’re healed and back to painting really soon!

  2. Love love love how it turned out Joy!!!

  3. Wow! Such an amazing transformation! I love how you changed the entire area by painting the wall and adding the new decorative elements, loving the neutral color palette too! I hope to do something like this in my house with an old shelf! Thanks so much for the awesome tutorial!

  4. Look great! Behr is great paint, we just used it in my son’s room and plan on doing the new baby’s room with it soon too.

    1. Thank you, Lindsey! 😀 Congratulations on your baby!

  5. This looks great. Isnt behr the best? Not just saying that. We just bought a house and used behr in some rooms. Great stuff.

    1. Tony, I agree! We’re really loving it!

  6. Emily Smith says:

    My kitchen countertops need to be replaced. They’re falling apart! 🙁

    1. Oh no, Emily! I hope new countertops find you in the New Year! I’ve got some kitchen cabinets that stopped closing properly. Ugh.

  7. Lindsay Bade says:

    Painting the kitchen a pale yellow and white. I have the supplies to get started but need the motivation!

    1. I hear ya, Lindsay! With some of the paint we have left over, we want to repaint our foyer. So far, we haven’t moved an inch to do it. Come on New Year, kick me into gear, again!

  8. I love it! I am in the process of redoing my craft room with new furniture and paint! 🙂

  9. I love what you did with the hutch, it looks brand new….total transformation. We just purchased a basic rabbit hutch but I’m going to raise it up and make it bigger so bunny gets lots of room. My daughter is very artistic so we are going to incorporate her art into it by painting it and making it “awesome”.

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