Railing It In

Railing It In

FYI: This hutch was your typical hokey-oak country cabinetry type piece, not a glowing portal to an otherworldly dimension, as the poor-quality photograph may suggest.  Bummer. 

So Better After reader Camille stuck to its country roots with a smokey blue paint job and a distressed finish, along with the naturally stained top and uh … other top.  The higher top.  The crown moulding part on top.  You know what I mean.  Anyway.

I also love how she put plate rails in place of the teensy railings that served no practical purpose I can think of other than protecting teacups during a very slight earthquake.  Great job Camille!



  1. July 28, 2011 / 11:40 PM

    What an amazing “after.” I would never had known that the “before” was actually the before. I have a place I could put it. ha~

  2. July 29, 2011 / 12:05 AM

    This is a great makeover because she didn’t try to turn it into something it’s not — instead she made it more stylish country. love the blue and the plate racks!

  3. July 29, 2011 / 12:22 AM

    In love with this hutch I wish I had a traditional home with space to put it in. I even think the before is awesome, however the after is outstanding. Looks like it’s straight from Pottery Barn magazin! Terrific job

  4. July 29, 2011 / 12:44 AM

    Love how the crown molding is stained as well! It adds balance to the piece–or something. Anyway, it’s very appealing.

  5. July 29, 2011 / 1:25 AM

    Nicely Done Camille!! Love how you changed out some of the elements… ie. ..plate rack bars… Great color…Great Transformation!!

  6. July 29, 2011 / 1:28 AM

    Love the way this turned out. Gives me a great idea for a cabinet I’ve been trying to figure out how to re-do. Thanks for sharing!!

  7. July 29, 2011 / 2:33 AM

    You took such a dated tired piece and re-purposed it to an attractive piece.

  8. July 29, 2011 / 4:27 AM

    This turned out just beautiful and gave me such a great idea for the one I have that is so mundane in its current state. Nice job.

  9. July 29, 2011 / 5:05 AM

    I have to say that your commentary on the “before” picture is the funniest thing ever! I love reading your blog for the makeovers but without your witty comments it just wouldn’t be as fun!
    Keep up the good work!!!

  10. July 29, 2011 / 7:43 AM

    I have much, MUCH love for this after. Amazingness abounding!

  11. July 29, 2011 / 7:43 AM

    I have much, MUCH love for this after. Amazingness abounding!

  12. July 29, 2011 / 7:43 AM

    I have much, MUCH love for this after. Amazingness abounding!

  13. July 29, 2011 / 3:03 PM

    Love love love!!

  14. July 29, 2011 / 9:29 PM

    AMAZING! That doesn’t even look like the same hutch…great job!!

  15. July 30, 2011 / 7:50 PM

    love it. and i love the color! wow. awesome.

  16. July 30, 2011 / 11:03 PM

    Love! And love your blog! It gives me all kinds of great ideas! Hope you don’t mind, but I linked you on my page. 🙂

  17. July 31, 2011 / 2:52 AM

    I would love to know what color blue gray that is! I have a coffee table I have been dying to do this type of color combination with.

  18. July 31, 2011 / 4:27 AM

    I’m not 100% sure, but I believe it’s Smoke Gray Rust-Oleum spray paint, purchased at Home Depot. I’m sure it was Rust-Oleum enamel spray, and I’m sure I got it at Home Depot. It’s been glazed whatever that black glaze is that they sell at Home Depot in the tube. Sorry I can’t be more helpful or specific, but I did the project back in January and didn’t write the specifics down.

  19. August 3, 2011 / 2:00 PM

    WOW wow wow! Amazing before/after!

  20. darlene
    January 9, 2015 / 11:13 PM

    did you sand it before you painted it…??? I have this same hutch….love this idea….might even bring into my living room and do my coffee table too…!

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