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I’m VERY excited about our DIY Apothecary Cabinet Inspired old hutch makeover! It has given us so much more storage in our dining room and it looks so good.
And it was cheap to make – we spent about $160 for this makeover – including the old hutch AND the apothecary drawer pulls!
I first spied the antique hutch on my go-to place for decor deals: FB Marketplace. I’m no Zuckerberg fan – but I can never quit Facebook as long as Marketplace keeps helping me find such great things. (Should I write a post with tips for how to score fabulous things on Facebook Marketplace? I’m at boss level skills.)
Like I said in my project inspiration post of ideas for painting an old hutch, people are practically giving these old pieces away. And with a few tweaks, you can modernize them into something fabulous – like this DIY faux apothecary cabinet!
How do you modernize a hutch?
There are three main things that will help you revive an old hutch:
- New Hardware
- Removing Dated Parts
We did all three!
And next, I went searching for the perfect new hardware…
A DIY Apothecary Cabinet Needs Apothecary Drawer Pulls!
Apothecary cabinet hardware is essential for the look I was going for. It’s kind of the essence of the whole thing really.
But, finding apothecary drawer pulls was tricker than I thought! I did not expect that. Every company seems to label them something different.
So, to help you on your quest, should you be on one, I’ve gathered some great apothecary hardware finds below:
Ready to see our DIY Apothecary Cabinet AFTER?!
How do you replace the cabinet hardware on an old hutch?
The easiest way to replace cabinet hardware is to determine the size of the original hardware and find replacement pulls that are the same.
Pulls and handles are a little more complicated to replace. But not impossible.
The easiest thing to do is replace your old hardware with pulls the exact same size.
You find the size by measuring the space between the holes. That tells you the size in inches (or millimetres).
In some respects, this isn’t the easiest though – if you’re like me you’re picky and unlucky and fall in love with hardware that is larger or smaller. The holes of the new hardware won’t line up!
What you need to do if your new pulls are a different size is:
- Remove the old hardware.
- Fill the old holes with wood filler.
- Sand the wood filler when dry.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 until smooth.
- Drill new holes for your new hardware and install.
What adding new hardware in this way requires is a way to cover those old holes.
It’s tricky if you’re leaving the wood natural. It’s easy if you’re painting it.
We knew all along we were painting, so changing the size of the hardware was no big deal. I could have the apothecary drawer pulls of my dreams!
How much does it cost to paint a hutch?
I knew from the moment I saw it that we would paint the hutch.
It has great lines, but a mahogany finish that’s not my taste. With the right paint, it’s pretty straightforward to paint a hutch, and not that expensive at all.
We are raving fans of Fusion Mineral Paint. We’ve used it a lot and are amazed at:
- how durable it is,
- how gorgeous the matte finish is,
- how great the colours are,
- how easy it is to use AND
- It’s inexpensive!
I don’t think I’ve mentioned before how affordable Fusion paint is. This whole buffet and hutch combo took just one jar – so it cost about $25! That’s it. For an amazing transformation.
Fusion has a built-in primer and topcoat. So just that one jar did the whole job.
How do you paint an old hutch?
We will have a whole post of all the details coming soon. (We just finished painting another hutch for our Music Room/Office!)
In the meantime, here’s a video from Fusion of how to paint furniture. It’s really quite simple!
Supplies for Our DIY Apothecary Cabinet Inspired Old Hutch Makeover
- These brass card pulls from Lee Valley (Canada only sadly)
- Matching old brass knobs from Lee Valley
- in the US you could try these very similar old brass knobs
- Fusion TSP alternative to clean the old wax etc to prepare for painting
- This product is so much better than TSP – it does the job well and is NO RINSE! That’s a huge time and hassle saver.
- Fusion Mineral Paint in Hazelwood – compare prices here: Amazon and Etsy
- Supplies for faux DIY Mercury Glass mirrors