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Broyhill Hutch Desk Refreshed with Removable Wallpaper

Do you have a bucket list? Ya know. A list that holds either coveted events, or places you’d like to go? In all the years I have been working on furniture, there are a few different types or styles of furniture that I haven’t had a chance to work on. Today, I’m taking one of them off my bucket list and showing with you how easily I refreshed this Broyhill hutch desk with my favorite sprayer and removable wallpaper. Yes, I did say removable.

Broyhill Hutch Desk Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

You might be wondering why a hutch desk would be on my bucket list. Well, they are versatile, functional, and are typically kinda boring like this one. I wanted to take a sort of ugly duckling and make it shine. This one in particular caught my eye because it had nice form and was a Broyhill hutch desk, however, it was dated. Don’t you just love the pressed acorns? I half expected a squirrel to scamper by as I was taking these pics. hee hee hee.

Brohill Hutch Desk Top with Acorn Design | prodigalpieces.com

*post sponsored by HomeRight and contains affiliate links so you can find the products I love to use too. (see full disclosure)

The fact that it’s made by Broyhill means it would be made well, however it’s still made of fabricated and real wood materials. This is the kind of stuff that many of us have in our home and aren’t sure what to do with it. So, this was my subject for my makeover. Time to give it new life!

First, I grab my tub of wood filler and not only fill all those acorns on the hutch and drawers, but also the pull holes. Those are going buh-bye too.

Applying wood filler to Broyhill hutch desk | prodigalpieces.com

While the wood filler is curing, I use my staple puller (talk about handy!) to remove the back of the hutch. I’ll get back to what I’m going to do with that in a bit.

Arrow Staple Puller for Removing Hutch Backing | prodigalpieces.com

Once all the wood filler has cured, I take it down smooth with my sander and then added a different wood applique to give the hutch a whole new feel. It’s easy-peasy with my favorite nailer and wood glue.

Nailing Wood Applique onto Broyhill Hutch Desk for Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The rest of the hutch and desk get a light sanding and now I’m ready to have a blast…literally! This is when all the fun really starts with my HomeRight Finish Max paint sprayer and Spray Shelter.

Broyhill hutch desk gets makeover with HomeRight Finish Max Paint Sprayer and Tent by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Since this set has a whole lotta slick surfaces with the veneer, I chose to use Gripper primer. That stuff will make your paint stick and last much longer than without it.

HomeRight Finish Max with Gripper Primer for Hutch Desk | prodigalpieces.com

With my surfaces prepped and ready to go, I just load up my Finish Max and give it a nice even coat of primer.

Spraying Broyhill Hutch Desk with Gripper Primer and HomeRight Finish Max by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

You can also see how I’ve used the Finish Max in all these posts. Once the primer has cured, I give the hutch desk two coats of Dove White – one of my favorite colors I’ve used throughout my home. While the paint is curing between and after coats, I also give a chair I found at a barn sale a couple coats of primer and paint. That’s what’s so nice about this sprayer, I can switch from job to job and create the finish I’m after.

When I’m done, I just hook it up to my Rapid Clean Kit and cleanup is done faster than you can blink. I love it.

Cleaning the HomeRight Finish Max Paint Sprayer with the Rapid Clean Kit by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Since there’s some wait-time for the paint to cure, that’s the best time to take tackle the hutch backing. One of the best inventions ever in recent years is peel-n-stick removable wallpaper. We used it in our boys’ bedroom a few years ago and absolutely love how easy it is to hang and reposition if need be. Yes, no paste, no water, no worries!

For this project, I chose this awesome reclaimed wood paper to add some color and texture to the desk. The best part is that if I ever want to change it up, I just peel it off and go on my merry way. Isn’t it awesome?!

NuWallpaper Removable Wallpaper for Home and Home Decor. Use by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Since my hutch backing is a faux wood panel, I wanted to give the paper a bit of tooth to stick to with my sander. I don’t think I really had to since it sticks to walls perfectly, but old habits are hard to break. tsk. Better to be safe than sorry, right?

Sanding Hutch Desk Backing | prodigalpieces.com

To apply the paper, I just did a dry fit and cut to length. Peeled back the top edge of the paper to line up and gently pulled the backing off as I worked down. I didn’t have any major issues with bubbles and I was so pleased with how easy it was. Plus it only took two sheets side-by-side.

Then, to stick the backing back on the hutch top, I just laid it face down and stapled the backing on with my stapler. (another favorite tool and why my motto has always been #toolsoverjewels)

Stapling Desk Backing with Ryobi AirStrike Stapler by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

And we’re done!

Vintage Broyhill Hutch Desk Refreshed with Paint and Paper by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Hutch Desk Refreshed with Wall Pops! Removable Wallpaper and Paint by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

What a huge difference the simple steps I made gave this vintage Broyhill hutch desk. It has such a refreshed feeling by using my HomeRight sprayer. The pop of color from the new pulls and the added chair make the set complete. You can see how that green color has been used in these posts HERE. The woodsy acorns are gone and the desk has a whole new vibe. It was easy to do with the right tools and fun too! I couldn’t be happier with the finish.

Add a pop of color with paint, pulls, and paper to your outdated furniture. Details at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Outdated desk made new with a little DIY. Come see how easy it can be at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

For an added touch I even gave the drawers a coat of Manatee Gray like I did my farmhouse blanket chest and entertainment armoire.

Painted Drawers of Vintage Hutch Desk by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Many have asked about this paper and I think it has endless uses. Think of all the accent walls you could create. Or how about for a person who rents or has a shop, or stages furniture (ME) this is PERFECT. There are other woods, bricks, prints…so many to choose from. See here on Amazon.

Top of Hutch with Wallpaper Closeup | prodigalpieces.com

Wallpaper Hutch Desk Top with Wall Pops! Removable Wallpaper by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

You can purchase this Broyhill hutch desk and more in my online shop. We ship most anywhere and the best part is more than one furniture item can ship for the same cost.

Shop Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Vintage desk refreshed with Paint, Pulls, and Paper by Prodigal Pieces. The right tools make the job a breeze. Come see at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Oh my! This worn-out looking Broyhill hutch desk has never looked so good. See how easy it can be to update a dated piece with the help of Larissa at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Earlier this week I showed you I took a curbside changing table my dad salvaged for me and turned it into a cart. I promised I would be back with more of my dad’s haul for me, and today’s the day. Out of the loot below, I’m tackling that table and turning into a farmhouse side table. Let me show you how easy it can be to update your home into the farmhouse style.

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Distressed Dresser Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

*post is sponsored by Rustic Brands and contains affiliate links of products I love. (see full disclosure)

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Look at what I bought (yes, actually paid for) off of Craigslist.

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*affiliate links are included in this post so you can find the products I love too! (see full disclosure)

They just don’t make them like this anymore – which is why I had a regression in my vow. Do you blame me? These are the sort of things that make my heart go pitter-pat.

Sooo…I started out using my sander to see how those veneer cracks would hold up. Low and behold what I figured would happen did. Read more

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