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Guest blog: How to upcycle a vintage hutch with Jade Upgrades

Posted by Jade of Jade Upgrades on May 5, 2022 2:46:23 PM

Guest blog: Jade of Jade Upgrades

I flipped a single hutch from the Habitat ReStore into two separate pieces: a sideboard and a display cabinet. Here is how I did it!


Step 1: Clean

Older pieces like this have been through some things: spills, smoke, pets, who knows! A thorough clean is necessary before you get started. I recommend wiping your piece down with a water and vinegar solution, then a de-glosser and finish by wiping with a damp cloth.


Step 2: Sand

Once your piece is clean and dry, scuff sand the entire piece using 180-grit sandpaper. Scuff sanding ensures the primer will adhere well to the surface.



Step 3: Clean (again)

If you have a shopvac, give your piece a vacuum and then wipe it down with a damp cloth to remove lingering dust. (A regular household vacuum is not recommended as the fine dust can cause issues with the motor).


Step 4: Prime

Its time to prime! I used 2 coats of my favorite primer: Zinsser BIN. It's sticky and stinky, but totally worth it!


Step 5: Paint

Apply the first coat, let dry for the recommended amount of time on the directions and then reapply the next coat of paint. When correctly applied, 2-3 coats of paint should give you the coverage needed.

 I failed here because I primed and painted during that “lovely” April blizzard that we had. My paint didn't adhere and it bubbled in a few spots. I have no excuse, there are temperature and humidity rules on the paint buckets! Learn from me, wait or paint inside! I repeated steps 2-5 again to fix the bubbles.


Step 6: Topcoat

I used 2 coats of a water-based top coat by Varathane: Interior Diamond Wood Finish in Clear Satin. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label for time between applications. Adding a second coat too soon can cause unwanted texture and repeating steps again.


Step 7: Build legs

The base is inspired by @DIYWife on YouTube, she's amazing! I measured and cut each piece, then made pocket holes with a Kreg jig. The pieces were attached with wood glue and self-tapping screws.



Step 8: Admire!

It can take up to 4 weeks for the paint to cure completely. Even a light-weight vase can make indents on the surface! If I am staging a piece to take pictures and sell, I make sure I clear the surface as soon as I am done.


final after_jade


Check out my Instagram and TikTok to see more furniture flips, and be sure to follow @CalgaryReStore on social.


Topics: ReStore, DIY