New, eye-catching pulls update a black lacquer hutch with ease.

How to Update a Black Lacquer Hutch

by Amanda Bell

The high shine finish of a black lacquer hutch is sleek and glamorous, yet it can look dated when paired with more modern decor and furniture. Update your hutch with a fresh coat of paint or lacquer and a few new decorative touches for a complete transformation. Remember that the hutch doesn’t need to stay in your dining room if you don't need it there; a few toy cars as drawer pulls and a coat of bright blue paint would make it a fantastic storage unit in your son’s playroom.

Sand the hutch lightly with 150-grit sandpaper to scuff the shiny lacquered finish and then prime and paint the piece with products meant for slick surfaces. Choose a complementary color to the wall that the hutch will be set against to make it pop, or keep things crisp with white paint.

Install wallpaper behind the hutch’s shelving, adding texture and color to the unit. This peek-a-boo effect is perfect whether you decide to paint the hutch or opt to stick with the glossy black finish.

Sand and paint the space behind the shelving to add a pop of color, and then paint pinstripes or other details on the doors of the hutch to update it with the same color. Use painter’s tape and a stencil brush or mini roller to paint geometric patterns or borders around the door or drawer faces, counter area or along the back of the shelving. As a similar option, use a large decorative stencil to paint designs on the hutch, centerinig it behind the shelves or on the door or drawer faces.

Replace the knobs with decorative pulls to give the hutch an updated look. Crystal knobs, antique pulls or a mismatch of different designs, such as a selection of birds, flowers or ceramics, adds color and looks more refined than standard metal versions.

If you don't wish to switch out the hardware used for the doors and drawers, paint them to update what you have. A black hutch with bright gold or brass hardware takes on a rustic feel when redone in matte pewter, while a coat of black paint can help the hardware to blend in with its surroundings, creating a more streamlined look.

Update the counter area of the hutch, if applicable. Mosaic tiles, peel-and-stick tiles, glass or unfinished wood are all good options depending on the construction of your individual hutch and the decor of the room it inhabits.

Cut and glue wood trim to the face of the freshly painted hutch, adding architectural interest to the piece. Glue flat-back wood trim to the edge of shelving or fabricate a square or rectangle of wood trim and secure this to the door or drawer faces to create a cut-out effect. Use a miter box to make your cuts, angling the ends so that they join together as applicable, and secure the molding with wood glue. Refinish the trim to match the rest of the hutch.

Separate the hutch to create two pieces of furniture. The lower half can double as a cabinet in your bathroom, kitchen or a play area. Mount the shelving section to a wall in your entrance, bathroom or walk-in closet for storage.

About the Author

Amanda Bell spent six years working as an interior designer and project coordinator before becoming a professional writer in 2010. She has published thousands of articles for various websites and clients, specializing in home renovation, DIY projects, gardening and travel. Bell studied English composition and literature at the University of Boston and the University of Maryland.

Photo Credits

  • Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images