I’ve been wanting to revamp my overloaded hutch for a long time. I wasn’t able to move it to my courtyard where I usually spray paint my furniture because it was so heavy. I devised a method to make this hutch high gloss with hardly any spray paint because I had to paint it inside.
Materials and instructions after the jump!
- Sand paper
- Damp rag(s)
- Drop cloth
- Blue tape
- Water based primer
- FLAT paint in the color of your choice
- High-Gloss water based polyurethane
- 3 paint brushes
- Piece of card stock paper for touch ups
Step 1: Cover your floors and surrounding areas well. Paint spatters further than you would think.
Step 2: Wipe down the piece with a damp rag or paper towel to get rid of any dust. Tape the windows or anything you don’t want to paint.
Step 3: Give everything a decent sanding and wipe the dust off with a clean damp rag.
Step 4: Once the piece is dry, give prime the piece with one light coat of water based primer. Let dry for at least an hour.
Step 5: Paint your piece with a thin coat of flat paint. As previously discussed, flat paint has much better adherence to wood then any other type of interior paint. Let dry and repeat with another coat.
Step 6: After you’ve let your piece dry for at least several hours, it’s time to make it glossy! I skipped polying the inside shelves and the top of the hutch because really, no one would notice. Do one thin coat of poly and let dry completely and repeat.
Step 7: Ok, so there is a teeny tiny bit of spray painting here. These ugly brass hinges just had to be redone, so I spray painted them silver (2 light coats) and then sanded them a little so some of the brass would show through and give them a nice patina. Let those dry completely.
Step 8: Remove the tape. Touch up the edges by wedging in a piece of card stock between the window and the wood, and touch up the paint with a paint brush. Let that paint dry and you’re done!
Editors Note: The poly I used (Polycrylic Clear Gloss) did not dry completely clear for some reason, it turned brown as it dried in some places. I would be upset, but it gave the piece a nice patina and some character it wouldnt have otherwise.