Evolution of a Hutch

My dumputer is finally connected to the rest of the world. Meanwhile I’ve had loads of time to play with all of my displaced stuff. I’ve got this sideboard, hutch, shelf unit that was in my dining room and now is in my keeping room {yes, that is an actual name for a room and it usually refers to a small sitting room off the kitchen} most of the time they have a fireplace–mine–not.

First I tried lots of frames…
Its hot in this house with all the sunshine and that felt so heavy–I love showing off all of my pictures but this look will look better in the winter. Let’s add in some white and as Mylie would say, see if we can get the best of both worlds.

Maybe the scrapbook {click here for instructions} paper background is adding too much. If I could only figure out where I packed my extra paper. But, I do have lots of black frames I’ll just turn them around to see if I like a black background.

I like it. Maybe that’s a project for later. For now, I have to use what I have and make that work. Maybe I need all white.

I like that too. But, I want a little more going on for today.

Are you wondering how I hung that big picture in the center of the shelves that I showed at the very top? Look closely at the top shelf in the photo below–or click on it to enlarge it. See that upholstery tack? They are great for so many things!


  1. I love this !!!!!!!!!!!

  2. I love the juxtaposition of the black, white and the patterned papers behind. What a wonderful post to show how many ways one can arrange almost the same things.

  3. u r good! this is nice

  4. My kitchen has been the same for the last 14 years & am now considering changing the scheme to cream & black (I have black appliances) & this has given some inspiring ideas.

  5. Ohhh I LOVE this! I’m learning tons of things here tonight! :) I have a new project in mind now.

    I have this old buffet style cabinet thingy in my livingroom. I didn’t want to get rid of it, but it is lacking something and I think this paper idea is worth a shot!

    I’m gonna try it! Thanks for the ideas!

  6. Where is this hutch from originally? I just bought the same one from a consignment shop and I’ve been trying to decide if I should paint it or not. I like what you did with it!

  7. Julia A English says

    I just bought a hutch at an estate sale that is very similar. I haven’t been able to find any markings and was wondering if you knew the manufacturer of yours.
    Also, what are the dimensions of your hutch? Mine is very large, 5′ W X 3 1/2″ H base and 4′ H hutch. It came with 3 shelves, but the spacing is too close if all three are used. And of course they’re too far apart if I use only 2.

    • JULIA A ENGLISH says

      Oops. . . That should have said 5′ W X 3 1/2′ H base and 4′ H hutch – The overall size is 60″ W X 90″ H.

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