Step-by-Step Guide: Antique White and Blue Hutch Makeover


Happy Monday! This was the first piece I redid in my new studio so I thought it would be nice to make this today’s #MondayMakeoversWithFallon blog post. This was a custom piece for a sweet family that was moving. They purchased it from our local Habitat for Humanity Restore and had me refinish it for them to go in their new home. See the process below.


  • I removed the drawers, took off the knobs (placed them in a Ziplock bag)

  • This piece needed to be cleaned really well, so I spent at least three hours one day cleaning and prepping it. I scrubbed it down with a 3M sponge and TSP (twice) before I started to sand it. It had some wax and dirt build-up on it from the original finish and years of use, so I wanted to make sure it was all off before I started sanding it.

  • After it was dry, I sanded the piece really well. It had a lot of scratches on it, so I used 150 grit sandpaper on my orbital sander and then I followed up with 220 grit to smooth it out a little bit.

  • I then vacuumed off all of the sanding dust, inside and out.

  • I cleaned the whole piece one more time Krud Kutter and shop towels. I wanted to make sure any lose dirt and dust from where I sanded it was completely gone.

  • Once the prep process was complete, I waited 24 hours to make sure the chemical products I used had ample time to dry.


Once everything was nice and dry, I put everything back together and added new oil-rubbed bronze knobs and pulls from Lowes.

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