My Dining Room Hutch

Posted by on Jun 21, 2012 in chalk paint, dining room, foyer, painted furniture, yard sale | 54 comments

I have always loved a good yard sale.

I was yard-saleing long before I was blogging.

This is one of my finds from 11 years ago.

I bought it for $75.  I painted it black originally.

About 2 years ago, I painted it a creamy color.  I actually used spray paint and a glaze over the top.

This was before I knew about Annie Sloan chalk paint!

So, here is another peek at my dining room.

Notice the stack of blue salad plates that the silver bird is sitting on.

 I bought 8 place settings of those dishes at Goodwill for $15.

They are from Ballard Designs!!!

 When I bought them, they were still in the catalog.  I am not sure if they still are or not, but they were still quite the deal!

Who gets rid of brand new dishes?!

The ceramic pieces are collected from yard sales and thrift stores.  They are great for holding my bird nests!

This is just a little carved bird that I could not resist!

I paid as much for him as all of the dishes from Goodwill!

Sometimes, you just have to “splurge!”

You can see into my kitchen from this view.

The cream platter with the blue flowers on the top of the hutch was purchased last weekend for $2 at a yard sale.

The pretty little glass bowl belonged to my grandmother.

Her grandmother purchased it for her when she was a little girl.

She bought it for her with her extra egg money!

 My grandmother loved to tell me the story of the day she picked it out!

 Special memories!

One of my newest items to be on the hunt for are twisted brass candlesticks.  So far, I have found 3.  I paid $1.99 each at Goodwill for these.  And, I have no plans of polishing them!  I like them tarnished. . . they match my silver!

The dining room table got a coat of Annie Sloan chalk paint and dark wax pre-blog days.

I used French Linen.

The basket on the table was a $4 yard sale find a couple of weekends back.

Here is the view out of my dining room into my foyer.

You can read about my foyer and rusty gate.

I have one of these bookcases on each side of the bay window.

 They were my in my husband’s room growing up.

I backed them with burlap and changed out the drawer pulls.  (Once again, pre-blog!)

 They work great in here.  They are the perfect size.

We have books in every room of the house.

I am always looking for more ways to store them!

And, this is the view from the foyer into the dining room.

You can read about my chalkboard here.

Hope you enjoyed my dining room!

Life to the full to you today!

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  1. Hello from a new reader in Canada!

    I have stumbled across your blog at “hosting parties” and this morning I sat with my coffee and went through your archive of posts. You have such a unique style and I admire your “touch”.

    LOVE your thrifty finds and how you incorporate them into your home 🙂 The beautiful plates featured above were a “steal”!

    Looking forward to future posts!


    • Heather, you are too kind! What an encourager you are! I have never been to Canada. My husband was just there 2 months ago for the first time. I hope to make it there soon! I am about to enjoy my coffee and look at some of my favorite blogs also! Thanks for reading!

  2. What a great piece, Melissa! I can’t believe it was only $75.00. Although, I’m sure it didn’t look this good at the time you bought it. I see you have a bird nest thing going on, too. : ) I seem to have them all over place at my house, too.

    • I wish I had before pictures! My husband was the one who spotted it at a yard sale and saw the potential in it! And, yes, I have a bird thing going on at this house. . . I have nests everywhere! Enjoy your weekend!

  3. It’s beautiful! Lovely home! 🙂

    • Thanks so much for stopping by! Enjoy your weekend!

  4. Your hutch looks gorgeous and it’s huge! I love that. You’ve really put some lovely things in it! Love your sweet carnival glass bowl from your grandmother! The blue just looks so pretty there. Your entire dining room is a knockout!! 🙂 Love it to pieces.
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia 🙂

    • Shelia, thanks for the kind words! The carnival glass is one of my most treasured possessions because my grandmother had such sweet memories attached to it. I always keep it placed high in hopes that it will not get broken so that I will one day get to give it to one of my grandchildren and share the sweet story with them! Enjoy your weekend!

  5. Geesh!! Your house is gorgeous and that hutch is just lovely!! What a good eye you have. I’m so glad you share this with us all!

    Have a great weekend, Melissa!


    • Stephanie, thanks for stopping by! My husband was the one who saw the potential in this one. Eleven years ago I was more into “new” than “refashioned!” But, our budget did not allow for new! I am so thankful. It has made me be more creative and resourceful! Enjoy your weekend!

  6. Melissa, I have a hutch similar to yours that I want to paint. I’m a little chicken to get started! I’ve not done a piece this large before and what if I mess it up? Yours is very pretty – so is the whole room! I also live in Murfreesboro (vicinity) and was so surprised to find your blog. I was just jumping around different blogs and found you. I look forward to every new post!

    • So we are neighbors?! As for painting, you really cannot mess it up beyond repair. The worst case is that you have to repaint it. I would suggest using Annie Sloan Chalk paint if you want a distressed look. I did not know about that paint yet, so I just spray painted this one! Good luck with it!

  7. What a beautiful piece of furniture! The price was fabulous too. You have a lovely home and I can’t wait to check out even more of your posts.
    Your newest follower,

    • Kathleen, thanks for taking a look around and for following!

  8. Just found you on Tip Junkie and glad I did! This looks great! I just scored a similar hutch from a garage sale for $25 a couple weeks ago that I am planning on giving the distressed look. I’m going to look into the Annie Sloan chalk paint {thanks for the tip}!!

    • Eva, you got a steal for $25! I thought I had a good deal at $75! Good luck with your project!

  9. Hi, I love your hutch and everything else as well. I also like the platter on top with the bunny…Connie

    • Connie, thanks for stopping by! The bunny platter is by an artist in MS. My mom gets me a different piece of pottery every year. I love the look of pottery!

  10. Your dining room is just beautiful! I loved viewing all your photos of the keepsakes and dishes. Also love the little pig~too cute.
    I’ve not used AS paint yet but tempted to soon as I’m seeing some great projects. Adding you to my follow list so I can come back and view more when I have time.
    Have a great weekend!

    • Jana, thanks for stopping by! I love the AS paint! I have painted several things with it now and I love the finish it gives! Good luck with your project!

  11. I love your dinning room! You are very talented at decorating! One of my favorite things also is going to yard sales and thift stores. Stopping by from TT&J. Jamie

    • I can’t resist a yard sale or thrift store! I love the treasure hunt! Life to the full to you!

  12. You really do have a beautiful warm and cozy home! I love everything you have done here. The dishes go perfectly with your hutch too. Thank you for taking the time and leaving a message…you are very sweet. Happy Saturday to you. =O)

  13. It looks really good! Thanks for joining Creative Things Thursday!

  14. I can’t believe you originally got that hutch for $75! What a deal. I love the creamy white color.

    • Yes! A great deal!!! Thanks for stopping by!

  15. This hutch is so pretty and it was really fun to read how you created such a classy, high-style look on practically pennies! Girl, you’ve got a gift! I just found your blog through Debbiedoo’s Newbie party and I’m so glad I did!

    • Shannon, you are too kind! The only kind of decorating I know how to do is on pennies! It makes is more fun that way though! Thanks for stopping by!

  16. hey Melissa— where did your get your “murfreesboro” sign in the sitting area, and what does it say above and below? I love it!!!

    • “No matter where life takes us or how far away we roam, Our hearts may make the journey but will always be at home.” I got it at the Country Gourmet on the square. I think that Harmony Home also has them. (located behind Demos) I love that sign! David got it for me for my birthday a couple of years ago and wrote me the sweetest note on the back! I will treasure it forever!

  17. Hi Melissa,

    I love your hutch. I have one that is similar that I’ve been trying to get up the nerve to paint, Hadn’t got there yet!
    Just wanted to let you know that I just love your blog. I read back through you earlier entries and found the beginning where you said your goal for 2010 was to be more creative. Well you’ve done a great job. You’ve also inspired me. I tend to get bogged down in the details of a project and end up not doing it. I’m going to try to just go for it and see if I can’t add a little creativity to my home.

  18. Your hutch is fabulous. I love it and all of your dishes are beautifully displayed. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

    • Thanks! I love to collect dishes! You have a great party! Thanks for hosting!

  19. Your hutch is gorgeous! Your dishes are fab! Visiting from Mod Vintage. Would love it if you woud share this at my Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House. Wishing you a grand evening! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  20. Wow! What a big beautiful hutch to display your treasures!

  21. Love your hutch!!!

    Susan and Bentley

  22. What a PERFECT HUTCH!!! I am SOO jealous right now! I am looking for this EXACT hutch right this very moment 🙂 you refinished yours perfectly and I love how you styled everything! Okay you just made me wish for a hutch even more! Thank you for linking up and for the inspiration!!
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

    • Good luck with the hunt for a hutch!

  23. Love this project! Have you linked it up with me yet at Wow Us Wednesday?

    • I do not think that I have. I will get over there!

  24. So cute! Love the splashes of teal! Thanks for linking up to “Strut Your Stuff Saturday!” We hope to see you again! -The Sisters

    • Thanks! I plan on linking up again this week!

  25. Very pretty! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  26. Hi Melissa, Congrats on being featured on SImple & Sweet Fridays.Thanks for sharing your gorgeous hutch and beautiful home and don’t forget to grab a button!


  27. What great piece and only $75…WOW! It looks fantastic I think what you did with the piece is great. I am trying to follow yo but I think the pictures are covering that up in this post.


  28. Good day! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be ok. I’m absolutely enjoying your blog and look forward to new posts.

  29. Your dining room is gorgeous! Featuring you today! XO, Aimee

  30. Lovely!

  31. The piece looks fantastic & I really love the way you have your things displayed on it too. Thank you for linking up on Fabulous Friday at Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust.

    Warmly, Michelle

  32. Melissa- LOVE your hutch. You never did answer what the maker is of the hutch so we can all look for one like it…and pay more than 75 dollars for it! Love all the blue accents. Very nice. Thanks for sharing.

    • Nancy, I honestly have no idea about the maker of the hutch! I’ll have to pull it away from the wall after Christmas and investigate further! 🙂


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