I have so much to share… all of the work that was accomplished when my brother and parents were here, the goodies I found while shopping the Gold Rush Days in Oronoco and Rochester, a tour of the rest of the rooms in our house, tutorials & details, more of my plans, etc. Lots to share. But, today, I’m just going to share one piece.
We’ll pace ourselves.
Sooo…when I set out for the antique market this weekend (I’ll share more on Gold Rush in a later post), the piece that was at the top of my list to find was a storage piece for my studio. I sold most of my counters and hutches from my studio in PA and I was hurting for a place to put all of my stuff! Most of my books and art supplies were sitting in boxes, in a pile in the garage, waiting for a new home.
I really wanted to get my workspace set up, but it was hard to do that without a good storage piece. I was a little stuck until I found one.
It was early afternoon of the market before I spotted this oak step-back hutch. It wasn’t what I pictured for the space, but I was immediately drawn to it. I liked the warmth and patina of the wood, the fact that it was two pieces and could be used together or apart, and that it offered a combination of open and closed storage. At $325, the price was also right. It’s not a steal, but it’s a good, solid deal.
Here is how the piece looked when we first got it into the studio.
The refinishing was very well done, so I am not planning on painting the wood. Not at this point, anyway. I like the contrast it offers to all of the other painted surfaces in the room. The white ceramic hardware was dirty, though, and I didn’t like the ornate brass hardware on the drawers.
My mom and I worked together to clean the ceramic knobs, polish the glass, vacuum the interior, and swap out the drawer pulls. At first, I thought I would change all of the knobs out for glass. I had them on hand, they made sense with the era of the piece, and they add a bit of sparkle that would relate to the glass. I was pretty much sold on them, but then my mom started picking through my hardware stash and suggested I try a pair of brass bird handles I had picked up at Anthropologie on clearance years ago.
I thought they might look odd on such a traditional piece, but they look perfect! I think they work because of the kind of room it’s in. They might look out of place in another space, but in a creative studio? This sturdy hutch can pull them off.
My mom used one of my favorite lines. “Those birds just make me smile.” And I agree. They make me smile, too.
When there is something in your home that makes you smile every time you see if, that’s a decorating win.
And a small thing, like cleaning the knobs, made a big difference.
I filled the first two shelves with my favorite resource and inspiration books. I pulled the beat-up jackets off of some, to give them a cleaner look, and organized them by color.
The two pieces of art are originals by Cindy Austin. Some day, I hope to hang more of my own art, but I’m not there just yet!
And, just to the right of the hutch, I filled up a small vertical strip of wall with some of my vintage brushes hung simply on nails.
I’ll share more of the studio, more details on all of the projects, more of my finds, and more of everything else soon!