Dresser to Hutch Fabulous Redo

By  Linda Hollander 

  • Dresser to Hutch Fabulous Redo
  • Doors Open
  • Before Redo
  • Before Redo Diff.
  • Closeup of Brown Rooster
  • Closeup of Green Rooster
  • Closeup of Eggs
  • Closeup Farm Fresh


  • Five drawer, chest of drawers
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylics: Antique Rose, Bittersweet Chocolate, Black Forest Green, Black Plum, Blueberry, Cool White, Country Red, Deep Midnight Blue, Deep Teal, Desert Turquoise, Golden Straw, Graphite, Honey Brown, Indian Turquoise, Light Parchment, Midnite Green, Milk Chocolate, Moon Yellow, Napa Red, Raw Sienna, Russet, Slate Grey, Taffy Cream, Teal Green, True Ochre
  • Royal & Langnickel: Aqualon brushes: Glaze Wash, Series R2700, 1”; Script Liner, Series R2585, #1; Shader, Series R2150, #12; Angular, Series R2160, 1/8”, 1/4”, 3/8”; Filbert, Series 2170, #6, #10; Round, Series 2250, #1, #2, #5, #8; Decorative Art Brushes: Oval Mop, Series 900, 3/4”; Deerfoot Stippler, Series 393, 1/4”
  • Foam brushes: 1”, 2”
  • Foam paint roller, 6”
  • Paint tray


  • DecoArt: Americana Wood Sealer; Acrylic Gesso
  • Rustoleum Painter’s Touch Sandable Primer, Black
  • Black latex paint of choice, eggshell finish, one quart
  • Checkerboard stencil, 1/2”
  • Luann plywood sheet, 4’x8’
  • Wood molding, 2”-wide, 10” long
  • Quarter round or bull nose molding, 3’
  • Small hinges, two sets
  • Power tools: table saw; miter saw; orbital electric sander; drill and drill bits
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • White ceramic knobs, six
  • Wood glue
  • Wood filler

Pattern - Dresser to Hutch Fabulous Redo

  • Preparation
  • 1. Remove top three drawers and discard. Remove handles from bottom two drawers; if needed, fill holes where old handles existed and drill new holes for new knobs. For cubby, remove drawer braces between second and third drawers. Measure and cut plywood to create a shelf in place of top drawer and for cubby floor. (Note: Be sure to install plywood with good side facing up.) Measure and cut bull nose molding or quarter round to finish front edge of top shelf; glue and nail in place. Measure and cut plywood for cubby door stopper (wood strip between doors). Measure and cut two plywood pieces for doors. Measure and use miter saw to cut molding for door frames; assemble frames. (Note: Attach frames to doors after designs are painted and sealed.) Drill knob holes in frames.
  • 2. Sand rough edges of newly cut wood. Lightly sand old finish from dresser and drawers to remove sheen from gloss paint or varnish. Wipe dust. Follow manufacturer's directions to spray primer on drawer front, backside of doors, door frames, and inside and outside of hutch. Let dry. Sand new wood areas lightly. Use foam brushes and roller to apply one to two coats latex paint to all areas of hutch except door fronts.
  • 3. Apply wood sealer to door fronts; let dry. Sand lightly. Use painter's tape to tape off 2" "floor" at bottom of each door. For background board panel on doors, use 2" foam brush and brush mix Graphite and Slate Grey; do not blend on palette. Beginning at upper left corner of one door, stroke from top to bottom working right, allowing paint to blend slightly as you stroke; repeat same for other door. Let dry.
  • 4. Print out pattern; transfer basic pattern lines. (Transfer details as needed.) Use liner and Graphite to paint "spaces" between background board panels. Use slightly thinned Graphite to paint wood grain and knots. Use glaze wash brush to float Slate Grey highlights along edges of board panels. Use Graphite to wash shading along top, corners, and sides of background; mop to soften edges. Use old toothbrush or stiff brush and thinned Graphite to flyspeck background. Remove tape. Undercoat floor Graphite; while wet, blend in Slate Grey here and there.
  • Straw
  • 1. Use shader to base floor Milk Chocolate allowing some Graphite to show here and there. Use script liner and slightly thinned paint to stroke straw from dark to light in Raw Sienna, True Ochre, Golden Straw, Moon Yellow, and Lt. Parchment. Use dirty brush method to obtain more color shades and so colors mix together. (Note: More straw will be added after chickens and basin are painted.)
  • Hen
  • 1. Use glaze wash brush to shade Graphite on wall behind hen; shade Bittersweet Chocolate on straw under hen.

  • 2. Body and Breasts: Use #10 filbert and Raw Sienna to base body and left breast; base right breast Milk Chocolate. Use 3/8" angular to shade Russet on body and left breast. Use mix of Russet + Bittersweet Chocolate (1:1) to shade right breast. Use mix of Honey Brown + tch. of Golden Straw to dry brush highlight on left breast; dry brush touch of Honey Brown on right breast.
  • 3. Tail and Wing Feathers: Use #6 filbert and Honey Brown to dry brush tail and wing feathers. Use 3/8" angular to highlight True Ochre on feathers. Use touch of Golden Straw to add additional highlights to lightest feathers.
  • 4. Head and Neck Feathers: Use dry rounds loaded with True Ochre then tipped in Moon Yellow to stroke head and neck feathers using short, choppy strokes. Use 3/8" angular to shade Milk Chocolate and use a touch of Golden Straw to add highlights on neck feather layers.
  • 5. Comb and Waddle: Use rounds to base Napa Red; use 1/4" angular to shade Black Plum and to highlight Country Red. Use touch of Antique Rose to float additional highlights, then use mix of Antique Rose + tch. of Taffy Cream to add final highlights.
  • 6. Beak and Eye: Use rounds to undercoat beak Golden Straw. Base True Ochre. Use 1/4" shader to shade Milk Chocolate. Use rounds to dry brush Golden Straw highlights. Use stylus to dot Bittersweet Chocolate nostrils. Use rounds to paint eye Milk Chocolate; paint pupil Midnite Green and use liner to add Taffy Cream highlight dots.
  • Rooster
  • 1. Body: Use shader and Black Forest Green to base body including area under saddle feathers; use 3/8" angular to shade Midnite Green and Deep Teal to highlight. Use 1/4" angular to float tiny Deep Teal feathers on body. Use mix of Deep Teal + tch. of Teal Green to float highlights on edge of forward leg. Use Deep Teal to float wing under saddle feathers; use mix of Desert Turquoise + tch. of Indian Turquoise to highlight.

  • 2. Tail Feathers: Use #8 round and liner brush, and brush mix of Midnite Green and Deep Midnight Blue to stroke tail feathers. Use 1/4" angular to first highlight Blueberry on top and middle layers; add second highlight with mix of Blueberry + Desert Turquoise (2:1). Add touches of Deep Teal and Indian Turquoise to top feathers; dry brush final hints of Teal Green here and there.
  • 3. Saddle Feathers: Use rounds and Russet to stroke darkest feathers. Use brush mix of Russet and Honey Brown to stroke middle layer. Then use True Ochre to stroke lightest top feathers. Use Moon Yellow to dry brush first highlight on top feathers; dry brush touches of Taffy Cream highlights.
  • 4. Follow Hen instructions to paint head and neck feathers, comb and waddle, beak and eye.
  • 5. Feet: Undercoat Moon Yellow for opaque coverage. Base True Ochre; use 1/8" angular to shade Milk Chocolate. Use liner and thinned Russet to paint markings and nails. Use #2 round to dry brush Moon Yellow highlights down center of legs and on top of toes.
  • Water Basin
  • 1. Undercoat with gesso for opaque coverage. Base Cool White. Use glaze wash brush to shade Slate Grey; float sheer Graphite to deepen. Use 1/4" angular and mix of Cool White + tch. of Taffy Cream to dry brush warmth next to shades areas on front of basin. Use liner and Graphite to paint top and bottom rims, and to add chips in porcelain. Use touch of Russet to paint rust marks. Dry brush Cool White highlights on rim.
  • Chick
  • 1. Use deerfoot stippler and Taffy Cream to stipple head and body; repeat until opaque. Use 3/8" angular to shade True Ochre; float sheer Milk Chocolate to deepen. Use #2 round and brush mix of Cool White and Taffy Cream to stroke highlights on wing and tail. Use deerfoot stippler and same brush mix to stipple highlights on head and body.
  • 2. Use #1 round to paint eye Graphite; use liner to add Taffy Cream highlight dot. Undercoat feet Taffy Cream; base Honey Brown. Use 1/8" angular to shade Milk Chocolate and use #2 round and mix of True Ochre + tch. of Moon Yellow to dry brush highlights.
  • Chicken Wire
  • 1. Transfer pattern onto design covering entire area; line up ends and run pattern in same direction. Use liner and slightly thinned Slate Grey to paint wire; use broken lines and imperfect strokes to make wire appear old and bent. (Note: If wire obscures an important feature, such as eye, omit painting over feature; broken lines are actually more pleasing than continuous lines.) Add touches of thinned Cool White to highlight. Add touches of thinned Milk Chocolate here and there for rust.
  • Lettering
  • 1. Use shaders and mix of Napa Red + Country Red (1:1) to base two to three coats. Use 1/4" angular to shade Black Plum and use #2 round to dry brush Antique Rose highlights. Use liner to dry brush Slate Grey outline behind letters. Use deerfoot stippler to stencil Cool White checkerboard. Remove stencil and use damp shader to remove any paint that may have bled under stencil.

  • Eggs
  • 1. Use #12 shader to undercoat Slate Grey; base Cool White. Use ultra-sheer Slate Grey to apply wash over eggs. Use 3/8" angular to shade Slate Grey. Use touch of Taffy Cream to dry brush warmth next to shading. Use deerfoot stippler to stipple Cool White highlights.

  • Finishing
  • 1. Use #12 shader and thinned Graphite to wash shadows in straw under birds. Paint straw for eggs in same manner as above; add straw to front of birds and water basin.
  • 2. Apply two to three coats sealer over painted designs.