Before & After: Trashed Hutch Turned Vanity Dresser

updated May 6, 2019
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When Sausha first encountered this hutch she thought it was too far gone to be worth refinishing. It had been repainted more than ten times and was in need of a major sanding effort, among other things. But instead of trashing it, she took it as a challenge and made plans to repurpose and refinish the piece…

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

Sausha chose to work with just the lower portion of the hutch and began by sanding it down to remove the build-up of paint. She then painted the piece and used a distressing technique to create a chipped paint effect. Next, she glazed it and applied a clear coat for protection. Check out the step by step details of Sausha’s process on her blog Sweet Pickins.

Since her favorite hobby became her fulltime job, Sausha has transformed a variety of forgotten furniture into beautiful custom pieces. She embraces the little imperfections in each piece, uncovering something new and unique in every item she refinishes. If you’re interested in learning about her techniques, she blogs about her “furniture re-do’s” on Sweet Pickins, incorporating progress photos and tutorials for a range of projects.