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Vintage Hutch Restoration


This piece had solid bones, but the surfaces needed to be freshened up.  I had to strip, sand and stain the whole piece.  Once the stain dried, I applied semi-gloss spray polyurethane.

We picked up this hutch a few weeks ago and I had purchased it with the intention of using it to display Mel’s Franciscan Starburst China.  I wanted to accent the piece with application of aqua colored paint on the inside of the upper cabinet.


I typically don’t support the idea of painting wood furniture, but the wood grain on the inside was shot.  In this case, I think it turned out great using an accent color of the dishes we plan to display.  I can just imagine how great the Franciscan Starburst will look against the aqua backdrop.  We even brought one of the plates with us when we got the paint to color match the aqua spot of the starburst pattern.

While I was restoring it, I took the privilege of re-upholstering the silverware drawer with a more appropriate fabric…


I used some of the Robert Kaufman remnants that I used to re-upholster the Modern Craft Furniture Mfg. Co. chairs. This really adds to the piece.


Here it is done, now got to go get the china!


Here is the Franciscan Starburst in the hutch, it looks great!


It has taken us a long time to get this collection. We really love its styling.


We are happy with this hutch and will enjoy it for years to come.

3 responses »

  1. Thank you for such a loving restoration! Hope you’ll post a pic soon with the China in it!


  2. Great job—love it!



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