Antique Hutch Makeover

antique hutch re-loved at Front Porch Mercantile

antique hutch re-loved at Front Porch Mercantile

With children you are not supposed to have favourites. Is that the same with painted furniture?

I paint pieces to sell. But sometimes, a piece goes out the door and I feel like I want to run after the purchaser and say “I changed my mind”. I think this may happen with this piece. I kind of love it. But honestly have no place for it (but I did think about it ha ha)

Mr FPM found this unique hutch awhile ago. Solid wood, dove tailed drawers, unique size and shape. It’s been in the shop unfinished for sometime. I have had antique dealers and furniture lovers in drooling over it. When I said I was painting it some got upset. (Although one of my fav antique dealers told me he couldn’t wait to see it painted) :)  I didn’t paint it for a long time, to see if someone wanted her “as is” but, she had a lot of damage and would have had to have been completely redone, veneer cracked and lifting, watermarks and drawers that needed fixing. So, I fixed her all up and painted her.

Kitchen Scale piece before

I originally was going to paint her a “safe” colour. White or dark. I chose a dark colour of Fat Paint called Cast Iron and gave her a coat. But I hated it. Not hated, I love Cast Iron, but I wasn’t “feeling it” I just wanted to give her something more fun. So I painted her with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Kitchen Scale. I could not get the paint on fast enough. I swear, sometimes when I start putting paint on a piece I get giddy (does that happen to anyone else??) I LOVED the colour on her.

MMS Kitchen Scale Hutch at Front Porch Mercantile

Two coats of Kitchen Scale, some distressing, some hemp oil followed by dark wax and bam – I think she looks smashing.

Kitchen Scale on antique hutch at Front Porch Mercantile

The drawers are all dovetailed and solid wood, they were given a lovely refresh with MMS Hemp Oil too.

I love the way she came out with her “fancy coat” on now. She is now on the shop floor for sale. I may shed a tear when she leaves but I am confident she will find a happy home.

MMS Kitchen Scale Hutch at Front Porch Mercantile

But if you buy her, please send pictures so I see she is ok and well taken care of. ha ha.

MMS Kitchen Scale Hutch at Front Porch Mercantile

Have you painted anything with MMSMP Kitchen Scale? It continues to be one of my favourites.

What do you think of the transformation? Leave me a comment, I love to hear from you!

As always, thanks for popping in.




Wendy, John + Front Porch Lifestyle

Wendy, John + Front Porch Lifestyle



  1. Peggy

    I absolutely love this!! Of course it’s in my favourite MMS colour. Just trying to figure where I’d have room for it…. hmmmm….

  2. Pam Christian

    You are a rock star! This looks so good!

  3. Colette

    Looks great! I get the whole not wanting to let it go thing. This one is a true beauty! You did a wonderful job!

  4. Jessi

    love it! kitchen scale is always one if my faves.