Desk and Hutch Makeover

I’ve had this piece hanging out in my garage for so long, I can’t remember how long I’ve had it. What I do know is that I need a separate desk area even though we have plans to build a work island in the office. The hutch offers a generous amount of space for office supplies, a laptop and monitor so as far as I can tell it’s going to be a great piece. There’s just one thing I need to work out…


Someone, I have no idea who painted both the hutch and the desk with black economy spray paint. The coverage is terrible. It’s so splotchy in some areas I can see the wood showing through, the layer of mustard yellow paint that must have been the previous color showing through and finally an attempt at layer of white primer showing through. Basically, the hutch and desk are a hot mess and there’s one product I know can handle hot messes like this…


I spent a good part of the day coating the entire piece with Zinsser primer.


I allowed the primer set overnight and painted the outside of the hutch in a custom mix. If you’re using Valspar paints this color would have a mix of Lamb’s Ear. If you’re using Annie Sloan Chalk Paints this color would be a mix of Coco and Country Grey.


My goal with this space is to have lots of texture and layered neutrals so I chose Valspar’s Woodlawn Bedroom White to paint the back of the hutch. The walls are painted in Valspar’s Quail Egg so it’s a slight variation.


For the top of the desk, I chose a custom mix of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Gray and Pure White. It reads as pale gray yet complements the other colors in the hutch.


The entire piece was sealed with clear furniture paste wax.


I added these sweet fox knobs for drawer hardware.


They were on sale at Hobby Lobby for 50% off. The color didn’t really work so I painted them with Old White and used a nail to help bring out the details.


I’m still working on accessories for this area but for now it’s a good mix of pretty and functional.


It’s been a crazy busy week but things are definitely coming together.


See you guys back here tomorrow. I’ll have a full recap on the projects we’ve completed for the One Room Challenge and a behind the scenes look of the projects that are in the works.

Many blessings,


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  1. Loving this, CoCo! Curious if you have a recommendation for a brand of furniture wax? I’ve been on the hunt & can’t quite nail down the right one. Thanks!

  2. CoCo – this hutch is beautiful! You did a wonderful job of recusing it from its previous look! Can’t wait to see the rest of the room!

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