Hutch Hook Up

Sep 22, 2010 | Parisienne Farmhouse Design | 17 comments

So, I am just throwing this together… I am participating Jen Rizzo’s hutch mania so be sure to head back to her site to check out everyone else’s… and if you are new to Parisienne Farmgirl, thank you SO MUCH for the visit!

I have no tim to sort out the “before” photos on the external hard drive but I quick ran around the house and took photos of all my hutches this morning. 
 That’s right “all“…
Because I am addicted to hutches.  Back a few years ago when I used to paint A LOT of furniture for people, hutches were my specialty.  I love re-designing a hutch.
Gotta get the peppers in the from Potager and the get kitchen cleaned up so here’s a whirlwind tour…
 The kitchen hutch.  This was designed by a Wisconsin salvage wood artist.  I love this piece, it is such a statement piece in our kitchen and gives me a place to throw my Shakespeare books, silver and ironstone.  The broom in the corner is a nice touch – non?
Exibit B.  This one is in the living room.  It holds books, plates, dried flowers… I have had it for almost 15 years and about 5 years ago re-did it.
 I redesigned it from a dark, almost cherry, typical antique that I found in a local antique town.  I am sure you can picture the before – your typical 1940″s hutch.  
The re-design was inspired by a hutch in Provence Style… one of my favorite design books.  A “how to”  for creating a worn, french faux finish will be featured in “a little book” I am writing… shhhhhhh….
What it used to look like.
It’s been three years since I did this one and it still makes me giddy.  It was your typical… (there’s that word again), 70’s wood.  Ya know, with the speckles on it?  But, low and behold, it DID have the tiny chicken wire in it.  I found it at a local barn sale for a SONG because one of the glass panels was missing.  HA!  Little could she have imagined I was going to take them out anyways!
This teal re-design was inspired by that Belgium chateau featured in Veranda a few years back… remember those to die for paneled walls?  I still would love to do an entire room like that.  This “how to” will be in the book too… 
This is a horrible photo.  I am so sorry.  This hutch is in Amélie’s bedroom and there are better shots of it in my Design on a Centime files on this blog.  I left the glass intact but changed some features like the back of the cabinet.  There is a serious amount of distressing and faux finishing going on here and it does the trick as a charming statement piece in her bedroom.  It looks a little messy as I was looking for a certain blouse for her early this morning but it is fun to show off all the little skirt, shoes, etc.
When you can get them for $6-$12 a pair… well, I would have a ton too!
This is our TV cabinet.  We don’t have cable so it get’s used about 3 times a month when the kids watch WALL-E or Toy Story… au francais mais bien sur…. it’s not really a corner cabinet I just shoved it in the corner and ripped off the back so the TV could hang out and breath.  I got it at a barn sale for nil and the person was in the process of stripping it to re-finish it.  I kind of like the gritty way it is now so I have not touched it.  It came originally from a local estate where the entire house was done in a castle theme.  It suits our needs very well.
Crest detail.
So, there you have it.  All in all I paid no more than….
$440 for all 5 pieces.  
You can’t hardly beat that.
  They are VERY functional pieces and with an old house and family you can’t beat that either!
Thanks Jen for the great idea!!!!


  1. Kalee

    These are all so unique, I love them!


    Angela….theyre all gorgeous! I love the kitchen one and the greenish/bluish one is amazing! So funny I had a little wall hutch that held all of the newborns shoes. Well she has outgrown them all at 6mos so I sold it and now need to get her shoe collection started. She has 3 older sisters so she’s off to a good start. Lovely family and home you have. And a girl that finds bargains is a girl after my own heart!

  3. Kristie

    Your hutches are so dang beautiful! Sooo, sad that I only have one! But, I am in the need of refinishing it to brighten up our rental cabin, and your hutches give me wonderful inspiration!

  4. Adrienne

    Your hutches are beautiful…

    You need to fix Jen’s link.

  5. Anne - Fiona and Twig

    They’re gorgeous Angela!
    I love how you’re not afraid of color. 🙂


  6. * French Farmhouse 425 *

    ~*I LOVE them all!! And you got such a great price for them! Happy Hutch Party!~*~* ;)Rachel

  7. BonjourRomance

    Bonjour Ange,
    Your energy knows no bounds. Each one is marvelous. ANxious to see ‘the little book’…
    Well done,

  8. Anne Marie

    i would pay close to $440 for one!!

    it’s getting harder to find them –

    the kitchen ones my favorite I think

    glad you joined the party!!

  9. Stephanie

    I think the blue one is my favorite. I love the finish and how you took it from 70’s funky to absolutely glamorous. I can’t believe you found them all for that amount too! Wow!

    I’m going to pretend that I didn’t hear the word “book” thrown in there…….but it’s hard to do that, and I will anxiously await more news on this. You were born to write a book.

  10. Kristin

    absolutely stunning!! that first one made me drool!! ;0)

  11. Jennifer Rizzo

    Ang, I love all of your hutches and I adore that you have one in your daughters room!

  12. Janelle - The Farmer's Wife

    Love your hutches…all of them!

    Yes, I would have tons of shoes, or should I say TONS MORE shoes if they were $6-12/pair! I just bought four pairs on! Buy one get one 50% and free shipping = four pairs for $100 (and that included a pair of leather boots!)

    AND, I wish I had your self control when it comes to watching TV! I am a TV addict! Tyring to overcome it, though!

    Oh, and my 15 pounds are still here, but I think they moved around because a few pairs of pants that did not fir me before school started are now fitting beautifully…??? 🙂

  13. ~ Lisa ~

    I am so inspired by your many different hutches. I am thinking of selling my newer bedroom furniture and going for the “worn older” look. It looks so sweet on your hutches. I would love to have a hutch in my bedroom for my clothes. I think I would use material instead of glass. I have marked your blog as one of my favorites… and will become a follower. Thank you for the inspriation….your home is LOVELY.

    ~ Lisa from Indiana ~

  14. Carole~Maynard Greenhouse

    I need to do my shopping with you! Wow all those beauties for that price.
    I bow to you!

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