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How to Get a Large Buffet and Hutch on a Tight Budget

This is one of those projects I want to share with you because it just shows you how much YOU can do with an old or even mis-matched piece of furniture!

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We refinished this piece for our last house’s dining room. It was actually made up of TWO completely different pieces of furniture. The top was a Sears original hutch. We were given it by a friend because they could never figure out what to do with it without its bottom mate. Instead of relegating it to a spare room as they had, we searched for a long dresser to pair it with to create a one of a kind buffet and hutch.

Once we found a suitable partner on kijiji, both pieces got a light sanding. The drawer fronts got a little patch job too, so that new handles could be added easily in a slightly different position than the originals.


Dean attached the two pieces together with screws from the bottom to keep them hidden and to make the piece extremely sturdy.

Then I painted it with three coats of Behr Swiss Coffee, distressed it by sanding the edges and finished it with a glaze. We purchased some half cup drawer pulls from Lee Valley Tools and spray- painted them and the knobs that came with the hutch to match in a rich brown colour.

To give you an idea of how you could create such a large piece for your own home on a budget, here is an approximate price breakdown:

  • hutch $0 (even if you had to buy it you may find one second hand for less than $100)
  • buffet/dresser $75
  • Swiss Coffee paint $0 (on hand from other projects)
  • glaze $0 (on hand from coffee table project)
  • paint to mix with glaze $3 (oops! paint at home depot)
  • spray paint $0 (on hand from painting outdoor chairs this summer)
  • hardware $35

TOTAL $ 115-215

So here is the before again:

And the after:

buffet and hutch

Here are some close-ups of the distressing and glaze.

So if you’re on a budget, you can still totally have a large piece for your home. Just use a little ingenuity and a touch of elbow grease! I KNOW you can do it!


(P.S. The lady who bought our old house loved this hutch so much that she bought it with the house when we moved!)

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  1. Rebecca says

    Very, very cool. I just refinished my hutch as well. I painted black though with white accents. I love re-doing thrift store or garage sale furniture.

  2. angie says

    I love the way it came out ! I am going to do my dresser following the same process. Was the paint semi gloss or what ?

  3. Shelley @ says

    This is gorgeous! Your photos inspired me to upcycle a hutch as well and we saved a bundle! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

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