Monday, March 4, 2013

Pleased as Pie.

First off, thanks to everyone for humoring us while we took a week to recharge and watch copious amounts of TV. I think everyone in the family needed it.



Brenna came up over the weekend and we had a great day hitting up a bunch of thrift stores (while chugging an unhealthy amount of diet coke and bitching about life). One thing we stumbled across made my heart leap out of my chest. I found a gorgeous MCM hutch that was only 16.5 inches deep. Does everyone know what that means? It means that it would fit in the nook that has been a rotating furniture parade the last few weeks. We found this at April's in Lansing on Kalamazoo for ya local peeps.

The original price marked on it was $165 and we negotiated down to $105. SOLD

Nate and our wonderful neighbor ran back down to the store to pick it up in the truck and it slid right into the spot.

Here she is!


I really like this hutch because not only does it fit perfectly- it's actually got half an inch of clearance- but it is short. I'd say it's probably only 5'8-5'10 meaning I can reach everything in the hutch by myself. We only have 2 upper cabinets in our kitchen (which is honestly enough with the giant hutch in there too) but I wanted somewhere to put my pretty colorful dishes that we got from our wedding. This hutch also has a drawer and two cabinets. Can you say cookbook and entertaining crap space?

I don't keep my cookbooks in the kitchen because I typically cook from memory, but I like to have them around in case I want to try something new. Does that make me weird?

The hutch got washed with a hot water/murphy's oil soap/vinegar mix and it revealed some issues under all the grime. It's in great shape but the veneer is chipping off in a few places. A paint job might be in it's future (don't shoot me!) It is also just a smidge too red for all of the gray wood in the dining room- but with all wood pieces I won't paint it until I've lived with it long enough to make a good decision.

Until I make a final judgement on the paint, I filled her up with all my pretties.


Not only am I pleased to have all my wedding pretties on display, but by adding in the other colors in the dining room it adds a feeling of cohesiveness to the formal living room and hallway.

I specifically edited this post to add this picture of Seamus. HOW COULD I NOT WITH THAT FACE?!


Yay for short hutches!

How was everyone's weekend?

17 comments:

  1. Ooo!! Pretty!!! What a great find, and that's a really good price as well! Putting in all the bright stuff really does wake up that corner, and tie in nicely with the color in the hallway.

    I agree - wait on it before painting. I actually like a nice mix of natural and painted - it makes it so it's not so matchy matchy.

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    1. I agree- there is not a single piece of "matching" wood in our bedroom and I love it. I think the living room is more "old" wood because of the pallets and whatnot. This may just be too new looking. Oh well! Verdict is still out!! Too bad the veneer is too thin to stain :-/

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  2. hooray! I'm glad you found something so perfect for that space.

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  3. it looks really great there! i love the shape of it. and being able to reach the top shelf is a rare pleasure for me, too.

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  4. It looks GORGEOUS! Your dishes look so pretty. Glad you had a good break :)

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  5. I'm so in love with your hutch. I swear, half the reason I love MCM furniture is that its scaled for short people.

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  6. Am just now browsing Craigslist, and look what I saw!!

    http://detroit.craigslist.org/mcb/atq/3619955147.html

    You really DID get a good price on that piece!! Yay you!!

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    1. Oh my word! That is the EXACT same hutch! That one is in better shape than mine (mine has some water marks) but woo! I love a good deal! Thanks for showing me that. Totally going to rub it in Nate's face who thought we should get it cheaper.

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  7. That is seriously darling! And what a deal!!

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  8. WOw, such a great find, Emma! It's perfect for that spot. I'm on Team PAint It.:) glad you had some good relaxing down time ..we all need that!

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  9. That is a great find! I like it!
    You could try using min wax poly shades. But do some research on the stuff. I saw a post where someone used it to success but it didn't work well for me - but I had some laying around the house (from the previous owner) and just used it. I think it works best if you just apply it to the piece (like chalk paint - no prep).

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    1. Oooooh! I didn't even know that existed! It's just tinted poly??? I'll have to look at that!

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    2. Yep.
      I think if I had just used it on top of my table as it was it would have worked. I used it as if it was regular stain. Even with the regular stain, my table didn't come out as expected (not that my expectations were correct). It's oak but made by my ex almost 20 years ago so my results might have been expected...if I knew anything about wood and stains :)

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  10. Dumb question: What does MCM stand for??? Mid-century modern?? (probably my least favorite time period) know it is very 'in' right now!!

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    1. haha! Yep, it's Mid-Century Modern- my mother hates it too.

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    2. I'm guessing it has something to do with it being an'old' style when we were 'young' and that it was all so passe, and we wanted to be young and hip!! hahaha. It all comes around again!! Enjoy!!

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