Category: hutch

Living and Dining Room Refreshed

My client’s next project to tackle was the living and dining rooms.  The  quickest and easiest way to impact a room is by adding color to the walls.   The photo below is before the walls were painted.

I love the instant impact paint can have on a room.  It’s budget friendly and done in just a day or two.  The room looks warmer and more inviting.  A sleeker new fan was installed, a mirror was hung over the sofa and throw pillows were added to the couch.  I found a catchall basket that is under the cocktail table for the kid’s laptops and other miscellaneous items to keep the room free from clutter.

The wood furniture was hand crafted by my client’s father.

I found these lamps at an Antique show and created new lampshades to soften the look and add some visual interest on the mantle.

An arm chair and side table were added to create additional seating and to help define the living room from the dining room.   I had both pieces in my garage, waiting to be customized.

The dining room furniture was from my client’s mother.

This table was originally in the entryway but was too small for the area.  A daughter brought this handmade mirror home from France.  I am going to take a family portrait plus a photo of the girls to fill these frames when the weather becomes warmer.

The first change in the dining room was to reupholster the dining room chairs from a burgundy fabric to a multi-colored one, which pulls in the colors from both the living room and kitchen.

Pillows and placemats were made  with the seat fabric.

Another new piece of art, which hangs next to the hutch.

The client’s china and crystal items were used to create a more visually interesting display in the hutch as well as on the buffet.

My client picked out the dining room chandelier.

This is probably my favorite new piece of artwork, hangs prominently between the living room and kitchen.

The entryway was painted a light gray with a rug added to add color and depth.  This view is from the entryway into the living room.

The french provincial chair while it isn’t identical to the kitchen table set, it can be added when needed.  Otherwise it’s a great place to sit down and put on shoes.

The table was another piece I had in my garage.  It is a better size for the entryway and was painted a sage green color to match both the kitchen chair fabric and the rug.

The mirror was also in my garage.   A glass lamp and other items were added to the table for light and visual interest.

I was disappointed when this project was finished.  My clients are truly lovely people who I enjoy very much and it was great to work with them on making design changes to their living and dining rooms, entryway and kitchen.

Tantalizing Teal Buffet/Armoire

Fabulous friends and I go to an estate sale nearly every Friday morning.  A few of us go pick up “numbers,” which are handed out about an hour before the sale.  When the estate sale officially opens, you enter the house when your “number” is called and it’s best to be one of the first groups in to have a chance to discover a “find” or two.  It’s not that often that I buy furniture, since it is generally out of my price range, but I’ve gotten lucky a time or two.


I discovered this piece sitting in an attached garage at a sale a few months ago.  I can’t believe I forgot to take a “before” photo, but it looked like it had been in a garage for a number of years.

teal angle

I was immediately attracted to the wonderful details on this piece and knew that I wanted to glaze it immediately.  It was only when I started working on it that I decided to paint the trim pieces in off-white.

drawer closeup

I collect knobs and drawer pulls because they can add so much character to furniture; I call hardware jewelry for furniture.  I had these knobs in my collection and it wasn’t until I had finished the buffet that I realized they were a perfect match.

side angle

I love the size of this fun piece because it can be used in nearly any room of the house.   It measures 35″w x 13.5″d x 66″h.  It could hold linens in a bathroom, clothes in a bedroom, china in the dining room, books in a living room or cookbooks in a kitchen.  It’s for sale at the Plaid Rabbit in the Village of East Davenport.


A “ReStore”ed Hutch

I just love the Habitat for Humanity ReStore because I never know what I may find.  I had been looking for a smaller hutch for a client and the ReStore just happened to have three hutches in their inventory.  While my client didn’t choose any of the pieces, I couldn’t pass up this hutch with its paneled cabinet doors and unusual pattern on the glass.

beforeA client purchased the hutch before it was finished so the only photos I have are taken in the garage and are less than ideal.  I have no idea why I didn’t take a “before” photo of the entire hutch but I only took them in parts.  You can see the pseudo etching on the doors before I used a razor blade to take it off.

colors for back of hutch_edited-1

I knew immediately that I wanted to paint the body a light grey but the interior color was more of challenge as you can see from this photo.  It looks like I tried nearly every blue color in my arsenal along with red and coral.  Turquoise won out because it is a happy color for me and I like the contrast with the grey.

front view

The hutch has an interior light and the brass color object inside is part of the light fixture that my husband reinstalled after I took the photos.  The hardware is the original painted in oil rubbed bronze.  Too bad the lighting in the garage doesn’t capture the hutch’s whimsy.

“Restored” Hutch

I purchased this hutch from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore because the size wasn’t too big or too small.  It had this weird sticky “decorative” adhesive on the glass doors but thankfully it was no match for a razor blade.

window adhesive

I was concerned about the knots in the wood so I used a primer with a shellac base to block out the stain.


I should’ve taken a before photo with the piece together rather than apart.


At first I thought I’d paint it a metallic silver but then I settled on a light gray but it took me longer to choose on an interior color.  I painted a number of colors on the back wall to get an idea of how they would look.

colors for back of hutch_edited-1

I like the coral but I had already done a hutch in gray and coral (for the Plaid Rabbit) and I was concerned that the navy blue might be too dark so I settled on the turquoise.


In addition to glazing the hutch, I decided to distress it too.

front view

Although I tried different kinds of hardware on the hutch, I ultimately decided to to keep the existing handles and paint them in oil rubbed bronze.

door open

There are glass shelves that rest on the wood supports.

cabinet doors

I like the detail in the cabinet doors.  This piece sold before I could take it to the Plaid Rabbit.  My apologies for the garage photographs but due to the recent snow showers, I haven’t been able to take the furniture outside for photographs.

Painted Hutch

The French Provincial hutch below had been sitting in my garage for at least a year before I moved it to the Plaid Rabbit and thankfully it sold quickly.  It’s such a fabulous piece.


The Village of East Davenport hosted a Wine Walk in August and for some crazy reason, I decided to start painting it during this event.  Many were curious about the process and asked questions about the chalk paint I was using.  Others wanted to know why I would paint a piece of furniture that was in good repair.


My client asked me to paint it off-white with a turquoise interior and distress it.   The hardware is painted in rubbed oil bronze.

drawer details

A number of people have asked me if I have any other painted hutches available.  What a lovely compliment.

leg and knob

I really like how this piece was transformed by paint.

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