Refinished Chest, before and after
Joy Dickson portrait

Updated Hutch & Hallway

Pine Hutch Makeover and Hallway Refresh

Joy Dickson

Joy’s Life

Our home is painted in a palette of brown, but I'm ready to liven it up with a lighter and brighter look, starting with our upstairs hallway. I'm also painting a tired looking pine hutch. I bought it over 20 years ago and it's time for a makeover! I decided to paint the hutch and replace all of the drawer pulls and knobs.

Behr Colour Palette

This colour is Mined Coal

Mined Coal

PPU18-18

This colour is Pumpkin Cream

Pumpkin Cream

PPU3-09

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 unloved in our kitchen alcove for way too long. A better spot 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 replace a too small bench that was doing us no service in that space.

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 now, "lighter and brighter" is what speaks to me. So, out with the dark and in with a bright new hallway. Time for paint, new knobs and pulls! This hutch and hallway are going to rock their new looks!

The hutch base on sawhorses, ready to prime
Priming the hutch doors with Kilz primer and a brush

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.

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!

To get a clean smooth look on furniture, use a high capacity roller.

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.

I chose BEHR PREMIUM PLUS ULTRA® Paint in Mined Coal for the hutch. I'm so glad I picked that colour 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 colours for us.

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.

Add hardware back to the doors after the paint has had ample time to dry
Paint the large, flat areas of the hutch with a roller

Paint can give new life to the things you already own.

Just one coat of BEHR PREMIUM PLUS ULTRA paint and we were able to say goodbye to that dark colour and hello to light and bright!

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 brush stroke of this pretty paint had touched the wall, I was a fan. This was exactly what I was looking for when I said "e;lighter and brighter"e; for my upstairs hallway.

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.

When you're painting a wall, you should roll a "W"e; 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.

Use a putty knife to help when cutting it

Project Tip

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.

Don’t do like we did and paint a heart and initials on the wall

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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A fresh coat of paint brought new life to our hallway

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The Big Reveal

The finished hutch in our newly-painted hall
The hutch is a great place to display family photos and an antique lamp
A wicker basket and new hardware accent the refreshed hutch

I’m thrilled with the way this hallway refresh and pine hutch makeover turned out. It inspired me to make the area more "ours" by replacing some old store bought framed prints with photos that I'd taken. I continued the update by replacing the white knobs with new metal knobs and pulls that match the ironwork on the nearby stairs.

You can also find the perfect Behr paint choice for your next DIY paint project as well. Be sure to share your photos with us once you’ve transformed the rooms in your house using these five simple painting tips. We’d love to see what your baby nursery looks like!

Joy Dickson portrait

Joy Dickson

Joy is a mom, wife, crafter, DIYer, foodie who loves to travel and spend time with her husband and 3 kiddos. She's also mom to a tuxedo cat and an English Mastiff. She and her husband are currently working on updating their house after being inspired by home improvement shows! Visit her blog, Joy's Life.