Roadkill Rescued Hutch

I got this hutch from a rental house where the tenants had been evicted and left a bunch of stuff behind.   This was heading to the trash can when I came along and snatched it up.



It was missing a knob and the top part of the hutch had chunks of wood missing.   Plus it was ugly!   Nothing screams “I want my MTV” like parquet.   Can we say 1982?!?!

In order to build up the sides where the wood was missing I used this product called Mix ‘N’ Fix.   It is a clay-like substance that when mixed together forms a hard bond.   Then I sanded it down.   It still looked like crap after all that.

So then a brilliant idea came to me.   Instead of fixing it why don’t I cover it up.   It was a “use-what-you-have-kinda-day” so what did I have?   Five gallon paint sticks from Lowe’s.


I cut it to size and sanded off the writing.




Then using some brad nails I attached it to the hutch. I added some wood filler to hide the nail holes. Then I just had a little sanding to do to even out the Mix ‘N’ Fix.   After painted, you wouldn’t even know there was a train wreck behind it.


I gave the whole piece a lighting sanding with 180 grit sandpaper. Then I taped it all up so I could spray it with my paint sprayer.   However my sprayer wasn’t working (Grrrrrr!) so I ended up hand painting the entire piece.   Not cool.

Can I just take a second to tell all of you “sunny, gorgeous weather year round people” how I envy you?   30 degrees and snowing in Indiana isn’t conducive to spray painting.   Ugh!



So I brushed on Rustoleum’s Canyon Black paint in a Satin Finish.   I had extra from another project and wanted to keep this project cost low.

The “parquetness” of the lower cabinets really bothered me. It totally dated this piece even after it was painted. So then I remembered Rhoda’s incredible beaded wallpaper adventures and Kate’s cream cabinet makeover and decided that beaded wallpaper would be perfect to cover the “parquetness” and modernize this piece.


I got some cheap beaded wallpaper from Menards that I would not recommend using on your walls.   But for this project it was good enough.   After soaking the wallpaper for 5 seconds I let it sit for 10 minutes.   It seemed like it resized itself, which drove me bananas. I applied it to the cabinet surface smoothing it in place and caulked the sides to hide the edge.   After about 8 hours of drying I painted it.


I was afraid the hutch would look like a big, black, blob in the game room so I decided to add a pop of color to the top glass doors.   I removed the glass panes and then I got some fabric from Joann Fabrics and ironed it and attached it to the door frame with my air stapler.



I sprayed the hinges with some of the Canyon Black spray paint and added some knobs that I had left over from another project and screwed them in place.








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  1. TheThingAboutDaisies says:

    Wow, that looks amazing! I'm debating on doing a major paint overhaul on our very outdated (late 70's, early 80's) dresser in our guest bedroom!

  2. Quilting in My Pyjamas says:

    Completely unbelievable transformation and best of all free!

    Is there no limit to your awesome creativity!

  3. frillsfluffandtrucks says:

    Only you would think of paint stir sticks AND make those stir sticks look fabulous. Your hutch looks amazing and I'm especially fond of the addition of the beadboard wallpaper.

    ~ Sarah

  4. Jenglamgirl says:

    "WOW" beautiful, great great job!!! I just got a red hutch… not road kill.. but its on my blog if you go to larsenloves.. and scroll down! HUGS, JGG

  5. This looks great! I especially love the "beadboard" down at the bottom. 🙂

  6. Mom Taxi Julie says:

    That is just awesome!

  7. holy cow! that's terrific!! i wanted to join the party, but its been snowing like crazy! i couldn't get outside to use the spray paint! lol next time!

  8. incredible !! i would have never see anything beautiful behind the ugly thing !

  9. AJoyfulBabyBowtique says:

    woooow, that is an AMAZING transformation!! it's nice when such hard work pays off so beautifully. LOVE it!

  10. I LLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE it! Amazing transformation!

  11. Sarah @ Hennessey House says:

    whhhhat!?! insanely gorgeous. what a fantastic redo!

  12. Wow,I am blown away!! No kidding it was ugly before, kudos for seeing it's potential! 🙂

  13. The Harris Family says:

    wow that looks so nice. I love the fabric.

  14. Beckie. Oh. My. Goodness.

    This is wonderful! A complete transformation!! I think you outdid even your amazing creative self on this one.


  15. The How-To Gal says:

    Sooo gorgeous! I am proud that you would even attempt such a project at such a low temp! Me…I haven't set foot out side to do a furniture project since October!

  16. it doesn't even look like the same piece! what are you going to put in it? if you said, i missed it because i was so awe struck!

    i've been spray painting into a box in the basement. place item in box, spray & close lid. henry, my 5 yr. old grandson, said "grandma! that smells good!" time to get the kid out of the basement, huh!

  17. Oh I'm in LOVE!!! I can't even believe it's the same piece. Thanks for sharing your GORGEOUS makeover!
    God's blessings,
    Sarah 😀

  18. The homebodies says:

    Wow, what a transformation! I love the black, but also how the color of the fabric just pops out- so fun!

  19. Okay, I missed the "I LOVES" comment at the end of this… what are your thoughts? I am amazed at the smoothness of your project with handpainting it – it looks great. I thought when you said that you used the wooden sticks that you had used them for the beadboard effect on the doors… I am amazed that the paint went over the wallpaper so smoothly and that it didn't change the wood-look feel. Is there anything hard backing the fabric or is it just the cloth? Love the fabric choice – show where you put it in the game room – I want to see how your hanging games looks with the hutch. Can't believe you got the piece for free – another connection – how did you know about this place full of furniture and left-behind stuff?? You rock!

  20. sharla@mylittlegems says:

    Amazing! I love it! Can I have it?
    I know how much work it is to refinish something, and that looks so beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration!

  21. The Thriftress says:

    I love the black with the fabric. It really pops. And I thought you had used actual beadboard!


  22. Cherish @ My Cup of Tea says:

    Gorgeous transformation!!!

  23. Oh, I love the metamorphasis of this piece…. watching it change as you went was awesome!

  24. The bead board wallpaper, brilliant move. Bravo.

  25. hey, great ingenuity, Becky! Love the black color!

    Give Amy a hug for me!!!

  26. says:

    wow! you did a great job. It looks fabulous! I'm a big fan of "use what you have"
    Thanks for visiting and commenting on my dresser to bench.

  27. Coloradolady says:

    Great job…this looks wonderful!

  28. Hi I'm Amy, says:

    Holy Moly! That piece is "totally awesome…" sorry couldn't help it with 80's theme. I love that you put the fabric in place of the glass. That make it so custom looking. Wow! Really great before and after! Love it.

  29. Morgan and Emily says:

    Ok, I'm going to come to your neighborhood on trash days now… I'm AMAZED with what you find!

  30. I'm jealous of it! it's rad. great job!

  31. totally amazing awesomeness!!! you rock!

  32. WHOA! I thought that lower was beadboard…way cool. Love the paint stick idea.

  33. Mabry's gamma says:

    You really are that "handy" woman. You could have your own "Tool" lady show. Forget doing the book and get on HGTV…hey, if Dooce can…that's all I'm saying.

    Do you know who she is or better yet, what she is going to be doing on HGTV?

  34. I'm so jealous that your Menard's sells the bead board wall paper. It's not at mine! 🙁

    Love the hutch!!

  35. Gorgeous!

  36. Centsational Girl says:

    Uhhh. Maahhh. Gaaaawww. You are a genious with those paint stir sticks !!! That was wicked brilliant my friend ! I will never look at a paint stick the same…. I cannot believe you picked up that piece for free !!! That looks so fabulous now. Thanks for the linky love my friend. I am LOVIN' this for your space. Awesome !

  37. Looks terrific! Gonna have to stock up on some of those stir sticks.

  38. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    WOW!!!!! I just adore the fabric you chose for the doors.

  39. What can I say…luv the black paint…wallpaper beadboard was an awesome idea…and that fabric is sooooo stinkin cute! Hop over and check out my new NIFTY THRIFTY PARTY…your makeover is sooooo perfect for it! While you are there…enter for my CASH GIVEAWAY:)


  40. Wow! Wowee! Awesome job! I love the colors!

  41. That is FABULOUS!! Great job!! 🙂 I am in roadkill rescue envy… I've only ever turned an old chair into a planter…child's play to you!! hehe

    Seriously, beautiful, and very inspiring…I'm starting to think I can do this, too 🙂

  42. that is AWESOME! well done!

  43. Turned out fantastic! Nice work! How do you find the time to do so many projects and still be a mom?

  44. Love it! I can't believe that is wall paper you used…totally thought it was bead board! I also love the colorful fabric that makes it one of a kind! Great Job!

  45. Sonja @ Craft-Werk says:

    Absolutely amazing, Beckie! The transformation is unbelievable. The fabric in the cabinet doors is lovely. Have never heard of beaded wallpaper but I can see that it is perfect for jobs like this. You have got such great vision!

  46. Can you come to my house for just one day and help me "finish up" some projects? 🙂

    Love the hutch and the fabric!

  47. junkermidge says:

    Beautiful! You did a great job on your hutch.

  48. Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick says:

    That is GORG! The fabric totally makes it! Love how bright and fun that is.

  49. Frugal Home Design says:

    I can't believe that was going to be thrown away. What a great find and a stunning makeover. Great job.

  50. I love that! That's a pretty grand roadkill find. The fabric really makes it a great piece and hides all kinds of games and stuff, I bet.

  51. Gorgeous! I love the bright floral print!

  52. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    That turned out great! I love the fabric you added!

  53. Oh.My.Lanta. You are so talented! I just stumbled upon your blog and I am so enthralled! Can't wait to peruse the rest of your stuff!

  54. Lindsay Rudolph says:

    That looks awesome!

    I am excited to pass the Sunshine Blogger Award to you. Check out the details at


  55. That is GORGEOUS! Love it! You did a great job!

  56. You did an amazing job on that hutch. Great idea to use the beadboard wallpaper to cover up the parquet doors!

  57. asnipofgoodness says:

    I am literally blown away by this project! AMAZING! It looks like a million bucks! I think the wall paper turned out great, and the fabric is really beautiful. I love it, thanks for sharing!

  58. Victoria@WhimsybyVictoria says:

    This did turn out amazing!! What a great job you did on it! I am loving the black with the vibrant fun fabric peeking out. So creative!! Enjoy!


  59. I'm in awe. Trying to find a way to hang fabric behind the glass of a cabinet I have. I want to be able to switch the fabric out seasonally.

  60. Blog Boutique says:

    Wow, what a find! You made it GORG. From the photos you could never tell you used wallpaper. It looks just like beadboard.

  61. Incredibly inspiring! I have a small collection of "rescued" furniture in my garage that's awaiting a new look (and a new house to fit it in). This gives me great hope!

  62. I absolutely LOVE that hutch! I'll take one in white, please! 🙂 It's fabulous!

  63. Simple. Inspired. Homemade says:

    That is awesome!

  64. Simple. Inspired. Homemade says:

    This is awesome, outstanding job!

  65. Wow, that looks super!

  66. Jenny @ Anything Pretty says:

    My favorite is the floral print but the color you finished with is a close second. Amazing job!

  67. As always…AMAZING.

    And sickening because you seem to have no fear and an endless stream of ideas.

    At least we all get to benefit from it!

  68. Really fantastic transformation!
    Carrie – Oak Rise Cottage

  69. Rettabug says:

    Incredible makeover! This is my first visit to your blog but I guarantee it won't be my last. I'm just blown away at how nice this came out. BRAVO!!

  70. Grace @ Ruby Moon Designs says:

    Amazing! I just love how that looks now!

    Blessings, Grace

  71. Stephie @ Made By Stephie says:

    It looks fabulous!!!!

    I'm hosting a giveaway on my blog – come and check it out!!

  72. What a great job you did! I think it looks terrific! The wallpaper was a great idea!
    Mary Lou

  73. I am totally blown away! Super dooper job! I have not heard of the beadboard wall paper. It looks great!
    smiles, alice

  74. Thanks for coming to my first NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS party at COASTAL CHARM…I hope to see you next week:) If you have not entered my cash giveaway…hop over…follow me and enter!


  75. jen @ the inspiration studio says:

    okay. that is gorgeous! Who would just walk away from that? That's just crazy! Their loss, I guess. You did a great job re-fab-ing this!

  76. Miss Mustard Seed says:

    Amazing work! I love the fabric, the beadboard, and the black. You really transformed this piece! Thanks for linking up to FFF.

  77. Struggler says:

    Ahh, you have 76 glowing compliments already, but, what the heck, you should know this is one of the best 'rescues' I've ever seen and I love the extra pizazz you brought to it with the fabric.

  78. jodi @ back40life says:

    what vision you have! when I saw the before I thought "what crap!" but the after is phenomenal! I would love to have it sitting in my house! great job!!

  79. Red Door Home says:

    Visiting from the Shabby Cottage. What a great find. Love how the transformation.

  80. Great job!
    Following you over from Shabby Chic Cottage!
    I am a follower!
    Please stop by!

  81. It´s so beautiful!!! I love it, especialy the fabric you choosed!

  82. Crafty Batches says:

    Oh my gosh, WOW! This is such a beautiful piece! Great job, very inspiring!

  83. WoW!! That turned out amazing!

  84. Lisa Baumgarten says:

    turn out super cute. Here in sunny all the time(FL) I see 80s furniture throw out all the time. Cant wait to find buffet for my dinning room 🙂

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