Updating knotty pine


Here is how it looked when I spotted it at the Goodwill.This piece was in great shape structurally, made of solid pine, but had some pretty bad scratches on the top. I know that she will put her own stylish stamp on this house, and it will be quite the transformation when it’s all said and done. I plan on doing a follow-up on this project once my friend and her family are moved in and settled.I painted the entire piece with 3 coats of General Finishes milk paint using a 50/50 mix of Antique White and Snow White.This custom mix creates a soft creamy white that isn’t too yellow.



I think this room was made for a door with a pop of color, don’t you? And after – they tore out the scalloped trim that surrounded the center section of the built-ins, which was an instant improvement.The knotty orange pine, the wood knobs, and the curved apron on the bottom really dated this piece.It wasn’t terrible, but these elements gave it a country cute look that just isn’t my cup of tea.I didn’t fill the holes on the top where the door hinges were, just in case I decide to add the doors back on at some point.

The little black disks on the underside of the top of the hutch are lights.

I had the guy at Home Depot cut the toe kick piece into 4 1/2 inch strips, which is the height I needed to cover the apron on the cabinet.