Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A Hutch Turned Upside Down


Is it me you're looking for?

That's a song.

It's the first thing that crossed my mind after I typed Hello!

I couldn't resist writing it down.

Back to business . . .

Do you remember my newly painted cabinet?

Remember how I wasn't happy with any of the styling options?

And I said I had some things in mind?

One of the things wrong with this styling was that I let a friend talk me in to moving it to another location in the room.

The next thing wrong was that hiding behind that mirror is our thermostat.

To use the thermostat you had to lean the mirror forward and try to make your adjustments.

Why do I need to make adjustments in the thermostat you ask?

Well because we set the timers 10 years ago.

Back when we both were working outside the home.

And although we have been working from home for 4 years now . . .

wait for it . . .

we haven't reset it.

So when we need heat during the day because it's 0 degrees outside and 58 degrees inside, we have to turn the thermostat up.

Mr. Quirky didn't like having to lean the mirror forward and try to see behind it.

And I didn't like where the cabinet was.

 So I moved it back.

Because I finished my first guess at what would be the solution for re-staging this cabinet.

What do you think?

This shelf/hutch thingy was originally a hutch that sat on top of a 60s faux French Provincial dresser for a little girls room.

A friend had it and the dresser, gave the shelf to another friend, who in turn gave it to me.

I kept it in the garage for a bit.

I thought that with a few adjustments that it might make a good shelf for my small collection of ironstone pitchers.

This is what I did.

Then I painted the body white - with Pure & Original White, and painted the back black - with Pure & Original Black.

Then I hung it on the wall with a french cleat.

If you have never used a french cleat check out the link. It is by far the best way to hang heavy objects. They come with weight capacities. So if you buy one be sure that it is the correct size.

I did a little chalk art on the back to imitate the cabinet a bit.

I like it.


The shelf is too narrow for the space.

The proportion is off.

It's to wide to hang off-center and too narrow to look right centered.

It's also a little too deep.

The overhang is almost half-way.  If I had a higher ceiling and could hang it higher that might work, but I need a little more room on the cabinet because it gets used as a buffet at times.

The sides also block the view a little bit, which I can get used to if I have to.

But . . .

I have one more thing I'm going to try.

I'll finish it soon.

Then you can vote.


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Terra said...

How clever to turn the hutch upside down, it looks great.

Susie said...

Karen, I like everything you did to your hutch's so charming. I will tell you those shakers are adorable. I absolutely your collection. Hope you are getting around better now and feeling more like yourself. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Nikki said...

No. I am voting now. I absolutely LOVE this upside down thingy!! It is fantastic! Maybe your next idea will be better but I fail to see how it could be.

Donna Wilkes said...

I can't figure out how you solve the problem. Unless you turn the shelf around and sit it on the cabinet. It's a topsy-turvy world out there!

Art and Sand said...

Oh, the angst of decorating!

I love all the pitchers.

Melanie, said...

I love your creativity Karen and that you had the brains to turn this piece upside down! And your ironstone collection is fantastic :) I too can't ever seem to get the motivation up to reprogram my thermostat, so I feel ya. Thanks so much for linking up to Friday's Furniture Fix!

Anne's Attic - Design said...

What a great idea! Thank you for sharing it at SYC!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Very interesting how you put that all together! I love your ironstone collection.

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Well I'll be darned! What a clever idea to turn the hutch piece upside down. I remember so many kids bedrooms having those. Love the artwork and your collection of pitchers. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Bliss said...

That's the way, uh huh uh huh I like it. That's a song too. I like this version of the hutch better, but will hold out final voting till the next version.

Diana said...

Love how the "new" shelf looks with your cool cabinet. Very clever to link the two by making the back a black board and drawing some pitchers in the ironstone lineup. Thanks so much for linking up with Vintage Charm!

Jody said...

It looks so elegant. Paradise of perfectionism. I like these soft shapes and contrast.

Margie said...

White plate with shakers underneath makes it look out of balance. An olaong or rectangular silver tray & moving your smallest ironstone pitchers onto it with your shakers would look perfect. Gives it just a little more color. All white is too bland. Like the shelf redesign though.

The Crowned Goat said...

I love this! It's such a great idea to turn the hutch upside down, paint the inside black and then fill it with ironstone. Total genius :) Hugs, CoCo


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