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.
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.
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:
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:
(also see FULL KITCHEN MAKEOVER HERE)
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.
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!
Did you know cats can eat popcorn? Yep!
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!)
The scarf added some charm and a little pattern. (note: be carful with the candles)
I also used a scarf to decorate our bannister this year. You can see more here: Affordable Scarf Decorating.
You might be wondering about that message board, too. I posted about that this past week here: “DIY Paper Roll Message Board”.
One last piece of the puzzle…my Cozy Apple Basket.
Sylvia: “Do I smell popcorn?”
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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
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