Easy Furniture Transformation {Adding Legs}

Remember my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Old Violet china hutch I fixed up last year?


I bought it on Craig’s List almost a year ago and transformed it from dark-stained and dull to this blue beauty.

Before I bought it, I knew that the width and depth were perfect for my space, but I also knew that it was lacking a little on height.  That fact didn’t stop me because I knew I could fix it and I finally got around  to it this weekend.


I added these cute little 4-inch high bun feet and I absolutely love how it turned out!


It was really easy.  In fact, I did it all by myself — well, I had a tiny bit of help from Mr. Longhorn.

I only have one picture of the process because my camera battery died mid-project, so I’ll do my best to describe it for you.  

It’s so easy, I think you can manage to follow along without pictures.

First, my husband helped me lay the piece down on the ground and I inspected the underside to see what I had to work with.

The four corners had 2 x 2 square wood pieces that had furniture “pads” (what are they called?) on the bottom.  I removed those and measured how much space I’d have to work with.

Then, I went to the hardware store and bought the 4″ bun feet I had been admiring for the piece.  They were $6.98 a piece.  When I got home, my husband told me that I would need something called a “tee nut” to secure and screw the legs in to. (Yes, after.  So back to the store I went.)

A “tee nut” looks like this:

He told me that they’re usually used on the top of a piece instead of the bottom, but since we’re not moving the hutch all over the place it should be just fine.

So, I drilled a hole into the bottom of the wood support and hammered the tee nut into place.

Here’s my one and only picture I took on my phone and posted on Instagram:

It’s off-center because my bun fee are kinda wide.

Once I had the tee nuts in place, I painted the feet to match my piece and screwed them into the tee nut.  Super easy!  

I love it!

As a reminder, here’s what it looked like before I installed the legs:

And, again, after!

(Sorry for the terrible glare on the cabinet doors. )

My dining room is really coming together!  I just have to finish upholstering my chairs and I’ll be ready to show it off!

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26 Responses to Easy Furniture Transformation {Adding Legs}

  1. Stacey says:

    Smart move. It really does change the look of the china cabinet. I just love that blue color and you can never have enough pretty storage spots.

    We have a piece of furniture upstairs in a bedroom that I recently took the feet off of…it made it seem better sized for that space.

  2. Looks great!! Totally smart, I’m thinking of doing the same on my bedroom armoire. It’s a pretty big room and I think the added height would give it so much more drama.


  3. Love it! Crazy how something so small has a huge impact!! And I LOVE that color you painted it! Gorgeous! Totally jealous!!

    Jenna @ http://rainonatinroof.com

  4. Jenny Eanes says:

    I love that color! I think every room should have at least one piece of painted furniture;)

    Jenny @ diywithjenandb.blogspot.com

  5. What a great idea and it makes a HUGE difference!!! I LOVE this piece. I haven’t painted anything with Old Violet, but after seeing this piece, I might have to! LOVE it! Thanks so much for sharing at The Rustic Pig! Hugs!!! Claire

  6. That is amazing what a difference it makes! Great job!

  7. You’re right. Just adding legs makes SUCH a difference! Please share your projects at http://www.creativecraftsthursday.blogspot.com each and every week and check out what other creative divas are up to.

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  9. I love the color! And adding the feet really did change the look! Thank you for sharing your talent…Love your blog!

  10. I love the color! And the legs just add the perfect finishing touch. XOXO

  11. Avery Wilson says:

    The transformation of this cabinet by adding legs looks amazing! I’ve used metal furniture legs to transform some of my daughter’s furniture and she loves it.

  12. Great idea adding feet to this project. I have done this on a long dresser before….totally transforms the piece! Just found your site thru Pinterest…am your newest follower.
    Thanks for sharing.

  13. malik aayan says:

    I am so in love with this. It looks one hundred percent different and two hundred percent better! This looks so great.!Fire Engine Kids Bed

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  24. d says:

    what color did you use for this piece?

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