Rustic Autumn Hutch


He’s neglected.  Ignored.  Leaned on too much.  Hasn’t been washed in months.  He’s been there in good times, and not so good times.  He’s even kept secrets and witnessed midnight cookie monsters and Santa Claus!

Yes…I’m talking about our hutch.  The one in the kitchen.  The white handcrafted maple wood custom built-in hutch that is there through it all, and we rarely pay any attention to it.

Well…not today folks.

It’s time.

Introducing our beautiful “Rustic Autumn Hutch”…White Hutch for Fall

This Rustic Fall Hutch has turned out prettier than I ever imagined.  And I imagine a lot.  What do you think of it?

Here’s another angle…what stands out the most to you?

Some have questioned the wood.  The wood is my favorite element, and I use it in my designs often.  We have a fireplace in our kitchen, and our family room, so it fits in nicely.  It also adds that rustic appeal.  I much rather decorate with a piece of wood than a plastic something something. It’s REAL.

Fall Hutch by Redhead Can Decorate

Oh, and I know the trend is “neutral” right now.  This is about as neutral as I can go, unless I’m in my car.

Here’s the before:

hutch painted

If you look closely, you can see that I skipped painting the inside of the cabinets when I originally painted.  I planned on getting to them later, but it just never seemed important until now.

Here’s the before before:


hutch 2

What a difference the paint made.  I now had a clean fresh slate to work with and millions of wine glasses on my island that you can’t see.  Everything I gathered I had on hand. Except the owl (product list at bottom of post), and the fresh gourds.  Okay, the candy apples, too.  They were $1 an apple at Meijer.

The mums were out on our porch, the paper bag was under my kitchen sink, the wood was stacked on the porch, the beer was in my fridge, and the ice was is in my freezer.

Rick made the popcorn.

White Hutch Decorated for Fall

The mason jars are filled with real popcorn kernels and glass tea light holders.  I mentioned on INSTAGRAM (follow me!) that a couple of the kernels slipped into the hot wax.  They did not pop!

Caramel Apples w: Nuts

Did you know cats can eat popcorn?  Yep!

Owl Fall Decor

Here’a few decorating tips.  When I decorate a room, or a piece of furniture for a photograph or for company, there are certain elements that give it that special cozy pulled together feel.  Here’s my list give or take a few:

1. Pop of color (crucial for me).

2. Something living: Mum plant (other i.e.’s cat, dog, fish,)

3. Natural Element: wood (other i.e.’s stone, sticks)

4. Food: popcorn/candy apples (other ie.’s coffee, wine, cheese, bread, pie)

5. Something shiny: silver/owl/glass knobs (other i.e.’s gold, crystal)

6. Warm light: lit candles (other ie.’s lamp, lit fireplace, Christmas lights)

(I see photographs with lights off and candles/fireplaces unlit and I want to jump into the photo and light them up!)

Rustic Fall Hutch

The scarf added some charm and a little pattern.  (note: be carful with the candles)

Decorate your hutch for Fall

I also used a scarf to decorate our bannister this year.  You can see more here: Affordable Scarf Decorating.

Use a scarf in your Fall decorating!

You might be wondering about that message board, too.  I posted about that this past week here: “DIY Paper Roll Message Board”.

Repurposed Paper Roll

One last piece of the puzzle…my Cozy Apple Basket.

Cozy Apple Basket

Sylvia on Table

Sylvia: “Do I smell popcorn?”

Sylvia Fall

Happy Fall!

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Product list:

White Paint: Swiss Coffee|Eggshell Sheen| Behr Ultra

Silver Owl: Buy HERE

White Tub: Gift from husband Pottery Barn 10 years ago-Buy HERE

Caramel Candles & Cider: Dollar Store

Silver Platter & Milk Glass: Thrift Store

Popcorn Bowls: Crate & Barrel 12 years ago

Clear Glass Canisters:Buy HERE

Glass Knobs: Buy HERE

Pinecones & Acorns: Yard

Green Wine Glasses: Pier 1

Chalk Board: Kids Playroom

You may also enjoy our Fall Foliage Tour

Michigan Fall

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27 Responses

  1. Paige.Rose says:

    Dang Julie!!! This piece itself is awesome, but the fall styling & goodies && foood…Holy amazingness, hands down my favorite post of yours!!! P.S. your kitchen is still my fav!!! Happy weekend friend!!


  2. Julie, this is absolutely gorgeous! You have such a vision when it comes to refurbishing old furniture. It’s totally fresh and updated and I love, love, love it!

  3. Jenna says:

    Oh my goodness! This is the most gorgeous fall hutch without being too fall-ish! I LOVE IT!

  4. I don’t know, girl.
    I see your island annnd your kitty and all I got is “you put the lime in the coconut – you drank them both up…”

    I love, love, love this makeover!!!

    • Dawn W. says:

      So happy I found your site, Julie! Sitting here in 91* heat, and missing fall in MI just a little bit. Thanks for the great ideas and an interesting post.

  5. Christina in FL says:

    Julie, this is magnificent! I mean truly magnificent! The paint totally rejuvenated the hutch and so glad you got to paint the inside of the cabinets. Your decorating is party-ready! 🙂

  6. Kim says:

    Hi! I love this and I have been lurking on your blog about painting your kitchen cabinets and hopefully I will get up the nerve to do it! What I noticed and something I have been wondering about is that you painted the cabinet brackets! I have an 80’s house and it has all gold hardware. I love that you painted them and how good it looks! Thank you!

  7. Shirley says:

    Your dresser looks so much better painted white and you have decorated it beautifully. I guess you could also use battery tea lights. Your cat looks adorable. I must try mine with popcorn. One of mine loves waffles & pancakes!

  8. Jan says:

    I can hardly wait to 1) buy a home, 2) unload the Packrat, 3) find the hutch, and 4) pick a color to paint the hutch some gorgeous outrageous color! Thanks for the inspiration Julie.

  9. LOVE LOVE LOVE this hutch. What a fantastic makeover. And the way you have it decorated… perfection!

  10. Joy says:

    OMG! I love that house and really wish I had it. 😉
    You decorated it so cute for the fall!

  11. Tammy Lagaly says:

    LOVE this hutch Julie! I love the color added to the neutral! It’s beautiful.

    • Julie Fiato says:

      Thank you, Tammy! I had some serious creative juices flowing that week. I need to get that grove back!! Thanks for stopping by XO 🙂 ~ Julie

  12. Sharon Smith says:

    Julie, I am new to your site and have just fallen in love with it and your ideas. We have a lot of similar tastes and that certainly doesn’t hurt. I have a hutch in my dining room that I love. Afraid to paint because of my love of wood. I live in the forest, up north a ways from you. Thinking maybe I shall, when I do the living room in new colors (open floor plan), so it all ties in. Anyway, THANKS SO MUCH for help you give in the thinking and seeing department!

  13. Dad says:

    I love it, A lot of Effort and Work, love to you all, Dad in NY

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  15. Pat M. says:

    What an amazing piece to have. I can only imagine how convenient it is not only for storage, but for entertainment and personal use. It appears from one of the photos (saw just a peek) of what appears to be another built-in in your kitchen that you’ve painted white. Show us that one too. Most of us merely dream of such built-ins.

  16. Bette says:

    Hi Julie:
    Haven’t been too active of late, as I broke my wrist and was not doing a lot of typing. All okay now and back on track.
    Such a nice gesture to include the mammogram site. Hope you are well. You did a fantastic job on your hutch makeover. I have an old oak china cabinet and would like to maybe paint it one day. Could you give me your procedure from start to finish and the products you used.
    Am in love with all your ideas.

    Cheers, Bette

    • Julie says:

      Oh dear!! I am so sorry to hear about your wrist! I used Behr Ultra in Swiss Coffee. No sanding because the wood was dry. I used a brush on all except on face of cabinets I used a small roller. I painted over the hinges which worked out fine!

  17. Connie says:

    Love it! Every bit of decor compliments each other. The white color in the background brings all the beautiful colors to life. So cozy! Beautiful touch, Julie.

  18. […] Here’s also one more peek at the white built in hutch that didn’t always look so fresh. If you would like to see it when we moved in 12 years ago, just click here: “White Hutch Makeover”. […]

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