Whitney’s Highboy Turned Hutch!

Yeah for more hand-me-downs!!! This weekend I hit the jackpot over at my father-in-law’s storage building. I went for one piece and came back with about 6! Woohoo! I will get to the rest later but I decided to start with my favorite piece first. He had this shanty highboy dresser he wasn’t using anymore. I love so much about it… the lines, the legs and the detail up top… so cute! We loaded it up and I was able to look more closely at it when I got it home. 1 of the 8 drawers was still on it’s rails and working properly…. That got me thinking. I decided to turn this chest of drawers into a hutch. This is how I did it….

I first started by taking out all of the drawers. I then removed the back board which is usually stapled so it’s super easy to take off. That left me with wooden bars across the front that had to go. Now, not all of us are lucky enough to own a power saw(yet!) so, I just used my $12 hand saw from Lowe’s. It did the trick just fine. As I was cutting these bars I was saving any extra screws I found to use for building my shelf.

After finishing the demo it was time to revamp. The edges were a bit rough from the saw so I decided to add some decorative trim to cover them up rather than sanding them. I did this by cutting it to size, adding a few dabs of gorilla glue and hammering them in place with a few finishing nails… again, super easy. Now on to the cabinet… I used some of the wood I pulled off the original piece to build the rails for my shelf. I measured 16” from the ground up on each side and used some of my old wood screws to attach each piece. I then used a piece of wood I purchased at Lowe’s… It was ¾”x16” x48”… Just make sure you get one large enough that you can cut down to size. I started by measuring the back opening width of the hutch. I cut my wood down to this and then placed it on top of the rails I made. I marked off the excess wood from the back and used my handsaw to take it off.

The bottom was pretty simple… I fixed the 2 broken drawers with some gorilla glue and then used wood putty fill my hardware holes. I knew I would be using single knobs on this baby. After caulking a few lines and holes and a bit of sanding I was ready to paint. I love my Olympic Blue Willow satin paint. As Ashley would say… The color makes me smile! I put two coats on the whole piece. After letting that dry a couple of hours I used my sanding block with 80 grit paper and roughed up my edges and corners. I sanded the corners really hard to expose the raw wood. I then used Minwax Dark Walnut stain to darken up my sanded areas. Just use a foam brush and apply a very thin amount to your edges and then wipe off the excess. It does tint the paint around it a bit too but I love that look! I debated glazing this one but did decide to add a bit to it. I wiped off most of the glaze I put on but I love how it just makes it look a few decades older! It was time to put the back on which is one of my favorite parts of this redo. I saw Layla from the Lettered Cottage line her hutch with old feed sacks here… http://www.theletteredcottage.net/2009/07/headboard-bench.html …I loved it and was inspired to go that direction with mine… although I found it much easier to run up to Hobby Lobby and buy 3 yards of burlap rather than searching for cute, old feed sacks… I am never lucky enough to find goodies like that anyway! I used my staple gun to gather and attach the top of the burlap first. There is no measuring it here… just eyeball it. I finished the top and then pulled it tightly and attached it to the bottom and I was done… Love it!

My final step was adding my hardware. I found these great knobs at Hobby Lobby for $1.99 a piece and they did the trick! All that is left for me to do now is decorate her… this will be done after I sit and stare at it for a bit. When I do get that done, you girls will be the first to know! I will be sharing this project at Kimba’s DIY day over at A Soft Place to Land and at Transformation Thursday with Gina at the Shabby Chic Cottage http://www.theshabbychiccottage.net/2009/09/aging-gracefully.html… Check these parties out… so much fun!!! I will also be posting this at Reinvented for Trash to Treasure Thursday! Go check it out! Great stuff there as well! http://www.reinventedkb.com/2009/09/trash-to-treasure-creative-candle.html
I will also be sharing this project at Met Mondays over at Between Naps on the Porch… Check this party out as well girls!

  • Amber Ayotte

    Love this piece! Its beautiful!

  • U are an atrist! lovely piece, u did a great job on this and u’ve inspired me to do a simular project with a cabinet that my dad made years ago. THANKS for the inspiration!!!!!!

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  • Funky Junk Interiors

    That is some makeover! What a wonderful piece! Guess I'll have to snoop around to find out what you finally did with it in your home.

    The burlap idea is so cool. And I'm with you. Cannot for the life of me 'find' even 1" x 1". Off to regular retail I go… pout.


  • Miss Mustard Seed

    You girl's are ridiculous. I actually remember seeing this weeks ago when I first started blogging on one of Kimba's DIY days. I really liked the giveaway that day and submitted something I was really proud of. Then I saw your link and I thought, "oh crap…these girls are going to win." I can't believe you didn't! Well done.

  • Mary Ellen (megardengal)

    You just keep coming up with better and better projects!!! I love this idea! What a beautiful transformation!

  • Katie @ Vinyl Vineyard

    I'm new to your blog, and love it! Can you tell me the brand and name of the glaze you use? I tried looking for it, and haven't had any luck.


  • Jeannine

    Love, love, love the re-do/repurpose. And thank you for the detailed instructions. I'm just starting a dining table with 6 chairs. Good to have inspiration.

  • Kim @ Starshine Chic

    It's gorgeous & I'm in love!!!

  • Jenny @ Words on Wendhurst

    Can't wait to see it accessorized! Looks a little lonely right now, but I'm sure you'll work some magic with it!

  • Shelia

    Oh, it's gorgeous! How creative of you and I love the soft blue color.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  • marty (A Stroll Thru Life)

    What a gorgeous transformation. I was so afraid when I first read what you were going to do because I have coveted one of these chests for years. You did a fabulous job. I love it just as much as a hutch as a dresser. Hugs, Marty

  • Frippery

    This is a seriously wonderful make over. Wow! 😉 Pam

  • Fifi Flowers

    Très FAB!!! GREAT redo!!!

  • Sarah

    I love this piece! Your idea of the burlap backing is so clever! You did a great job transforming this piece. Love the color and the distressed detail. Can't wait to see what else you found in the storage and what changes you will make. ~ Sarah

  • Marsha’s Mpressions

    Can't tell you how much I LOVE this!!! you had such creative vision to think to do this and then executed it superbly!!!

  • black eyed susans kitchen

    That is an amazing transformation! I especially like the combination of the distressed white paint with the burlap.The fact that this was done on such a formal piece of furniture makes it down right whimsical. Great!

  • JobandBrittany

    this is an incredible make-over!!!

  • The DIY Show Off

    Whitney – great job (as usual). I LOVE the transformation. It's gorgeous!


  • Jane

    What an incredible transformation. I love the color and the burlap backing was an unexpected detail that really added to the piece. Love it!

  • Julie

    Wow how cute….Great job…I am having a new give a-way do hope you stop over…

  • Lynda

    Fantastic transformation! Beautiful!

  • Jenglamgirl

    "WOW" i lurrrrrve IT!

  • Jill

    Love, love, looooooooove!
    -Jill @ Barnes Yard

  • Becky

    Very clever! And it turned out so great. Love it!

  • The Salisburys

    OH MY WORD!! I LOVE THIS! You gals are really talented!:) Thanks for the comment on my blog. So glad you stopped by so I could see this fabulous blog you have! Blessings!

  • Kim @ NewlyWoodwards

    WOW! I love the color you chose and the textured background. Very pretty!

  • Annette

    This redo is amazing. The hutch looks wonderful! I always look forward to seeing your next project.

  • Jen

    Seriously this is the best transformation I have ever seen! I'm in love with the color, the distressing is just perfect! I'm picking my jaw up off the floor this is so inspiring.

    Thank You for sharing!

  • Kate @ The Gaines Gang

    Wow! This rocks! What a great idea to reuse/restyle this piece. Thanks for sharing!

  • MandyMoo

    AWESOME revamp! Very inspiring!

  • Cara

    Beautiful, where did you end up putting it??


  • Maman Tattoo

    It is gorgeous!!
    Love the color!

  • J and Company

    I never would have thought to transform it like that. Fabulous!

  • Sachiko

    Oh, my, gosh!!! I love this hutch!! I wanted something like this for a long time. Fabulous!

  • Sarah

    no WAY that is the same hutch. incredible transformation! (i popped over from Kimba's DIY day, and so glad i did!)

  • Crafty Niche

    That looks absolutely fabulous!

  • Blanca

    Amazing I love this piece and the color is gorgeous.

  • Tricia Anne

    Oh my goodness! That is fabulous!

  • Kara@ Creations by Kara

    That is just gorgeous!!! Love how you took out the drawers and replaced them with burlap. The whole thing is just perfect!

  • Whitney

    Gorgeous re-do!

  • Gina @ MoneywiseMoms

    I love the blue with the burlap. What a great transformation! I'm here from DIY Day–thanks for sharing.

  • Jennifer Juniper

    Can you imagine finding this in a shop? You'd squeal and have to buy it and look, you made it yourself!

  • Better After

    Wowzers. That is amazing! You girls need to stop hogging all the talent and creativity and pass some around to me!! 😉

  • Michelle, Queen of Everything

    Wow, amazing! I would never think of taking the drawers out or putting burlap on the back…very creative.

  • Stephanie

    it turned out beautiful!

  • Amanda @ Serenity Now

    Gasping! It's beautiful!!! 🙂 I am so in love with burlap right now. Your post makes me want to go dismantle something and bedazzle it with burlap. 😉 Stopping by from Kimba's party. 🙂

  • At Home with the Hill’s

    Wow! What talent you have! Really great use of burlap.


    Looks great…awesome transformation.

  • Infarrantly Creative

    Oh my you are blowing me away. Love it…love the color. It looks like you feel about Ralph Lauren Smoke glaze how I feel about American Accents Canyon Black Spray Paint. I am going to have to check that stuff out.

  • Blue Creek Home

    How very cute! I love the color you used.
    Great make-over!

  • Dawn-Hydrangea Home

    Holy cow! That is one gorgeous transformation. I really love that blue with the burlap.

  • Lee Laurie

    I love it! I have one too but I'm even nervous about painting it white! LOL I plan to soon when I have some extra time!

  • Wendy

    I love that! The color & especially those legs!

  • Tiffany

    This turned out so great! I would have never thought of this kind of transformation. And to brave it with no power tools – I am inspired to say the least! You have a great eye! I can't wait to see what other treasures you transform…

  • Cindy Harvey

    Amazing. Simply amazing. Did I say amazing?

  • redpolkadot

    WOWwowowOWWOWOWOWowowOWWOWO!!!!!! I have never been so amazed at a transformation before. This is beautiful I want to thank you with all of my heart for sharing this one. You girls ROCK!

  • Aja

    LOVE this!! Great choice with the burlap and nice distressing. After reading through your blog a bit, I am going to have to find some RL Smoke Glaze asap!! 🙂

  • ~Caro~

    WOWZA is all I can say!!! *picking up jaw from the floor*


    sooooo darn cute! love what you did with the burlap. very creative! wann aknow something funny? I just picked up a wall clock that has the EXACT chape of your hutch!even down to the little finnial in the center top of it. Too funny! If you want to see it you can check it out at http://trash2mytreasure.blogspot.com/2009/09/fabulous-finds-1.html

  • Lou Cinda

    This is absolutely FABOULOUS!!!! LOVE IT!! Can't wait to see what all you put in it!!

    Lou Cinda

  • Enchantresses Three

    WOW!!!! Absolutely beautiful!!!!!

  • Ellen

    Love the hutch!! Found your blog from Thrifty Decor Chick and am so happy I did! Love yall's ideas and style!

  • Stephanie

    I am loving your blog!!! GREAT JOB!!!

  • a little bit vintage

    I'm so loving this!! Great color and love the burlap backing! 🙂