8/09/2009

A Treasured Family Heirloom

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It's Metamorphosis Monday!!!

Hello my friends! I hope that you had a wonderful weekend and are ready to begin a new week! There is one great thing about Mondays....it's the day that we can share some of our latest home projects...it's Metamorphosis Monday!

Metamorphosis Monday is hosted by our very own Susan over at Between Naps On The Porch! Thank you Susan, for hosting this fun filled event!!! Be sure that when you're finished reading all about my latest project...that you'll go over and see what Susan has for you today...and while you're there you can check out all of the other Met Monday participants as well!


My Grandma's China Hutch
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Today I would like to show you my Grandma's china hutch! Recently we took a vacation down to Texas and I was able to bring home with me this treasured piece that belonged to my Grandma!
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My Grandma and Grandpa were very simple people. They lived in a very small home and they didn't have much but they lived comfortably! My Grandpa gave this hutch to my Grandma as a gift for their 50th wedding anniversary! Ohhh...you should have seen the look on my Grandma's face when the furniture store truck came to deliver this...she was just beside herself with joy...and my Grandpa was so pleased with himself!!! It was priceless!!! I'll never forget that day...it is such a sweet memory for me! Now I have this sweet hutch in my home and whenever I look at it...I think of my Grandma and Grandpa and that special day!!!
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"Before"
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Here it is...my Grandma's china hutch!
 It's a small hutch and it fits perfectly in this little corner of my dining room!
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Decorating My New Hutch....
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 *I have a shelf up above my dining room window where I display a few of my white ironstone and creamware pitchers. Since the hutch sits right next to this window...I thought it would look pretty to do a vignette on top of hutch...using items that were white!
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I found this pretty iron birdcage at Hobby Lobby for 50% off...I paid $15.00 for it! It had a bronze finish which I liked, but I wanted white...so out came the can of spray paint! Hehe!
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These two unfinished ceramic birds came from GW...they were marked down to $1 ea...I wasn't sure what I would do with them when I bought them...but now I know!!! The little white chickadee will look perfect nestled into the greenery that I purchased to add to the birdcage!
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Voila!!! A vignette for the china hutch!!!
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I used a silverware chest to place the birdcage on. The frenchy pitcher is a recent thrift store treasure find...it will work perfectly for this vignette in white! On the opposite side, I placed a large artichoke finial...found it at Hobby Lobby for just $2.60...it was marked 90% off! It was gold...but not now...thanks to that can of white spray paint! Hehe!
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I had so much fun filling up my new china hutch with dishes. Of course these were dishes that I already had! Since my dining room walls on this side of the room are olive green...I decided to put all of my dishes that are green and white in this cabinet!
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The olive green transferware dishes are ironstone manufactured by Staffordshire...the pattern is Kensington Balmoral 1801. I also added my set of white ironstone called "Provencal", sage green everyday dishes from Walmart, and my new shell dishes called "Water" from JC Penneys to the hutch...and a few odds-n-ends pieces of ironstone!
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Just a photo so you could see the shelf above the dining room window and a few of my ironstone and creamware pitchers! Wow...it was really raining out the day I took this photo! Hehe!
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*My dear sweet Grandma and me!
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*Well my friends...thank you so much for stopping by today! Please leave me a comment and let me know that you were here...I would love to visit with you!!!
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Love ya'll,
Chari


26 comments:

xinex said...

What a pretty hutch and you accessorized it so perfectly and you found just the perfect place for it. You know, Chari, the memories behind that china cabinet are things that are irreplaceable, they are priceless....Christine

marty39 said...

Oh Laurie, your hutch is just so pretty and what a precious treasure. I can see part of it in the picture with your precious grandma. I know this will be one of your dearest treasures forever. It looks beautiful all decorated with the beautiful green and white dishes and the vignette on top of the cabinet is just perfect. I love it and I'm so thrilled for you that you have it home. Hugs, Marty

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Hi Chari! Yes, I'm still here! I finally added a new post! I don't know how you girls keep up! I love,love your hutch! You did an incredible job decorating it! I love what you did with the top! And I'm"green" (LOL) with envy over those Staffordshire dishes! Chari, you are one talented lady! You really know how to decorate! God Bless! Lauralu :)

Melissa Miller said...

Oh how pretty Chari! This may be my most favorite piece you have ever shown us so far. It's just beautiful! Love the way you arranged the top of it as well.
~Loveliness in every detail my friend. You and your Grandma look so sweet together. :)

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh Girl just seeing this picture of you and your grandma made me cry...You know how I am about family this just touched my heart...
Now I love what you did with the Hutch that is one VERY special piece my friend...Oh to have some thing from your grandma...Girl the most valueable things in my home are my family things...
Hope you had a great weekend my friend...Thanks for coming by and seeing me...and wait until you see what I got at Second sunday today...I was dancing my old feet off ha ha!! Love ya sis...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Cindy J. said...

Oh dear girl how beautiful..and how absolutely wonderfully special..the best treasure of all, a remembrance of your wonderful Grandma's love. Hope you are doing well dearest friend... Love, Cindy

Cheri Peoples said...

Love the hutch and how you did it up-I had shelves over all the bird arched windows in my last home.

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Cheri
Its So Very Cheri

Theresa said...

Precious Grandma and OH her hutch, now transformed to your hutch:) It is gorgeous and the top looks like it is posing for a magazine cover!!!! Have a blessed day:)

kimmcl said...

Hi Chari,
Great pic of you and Grammy. I love your collection of ironstone - so pretty in that hutch. Have a nice week.
Kim

Lynette said...

Chari - love it and the way you decorated it! When I saw that can of spray paint on the table, I thought for a minute, you were going to pain that lovely piece of furniture. There are times to paint and times to refrain!! I'm so glad you didn't - it would have been a shame! I loved what you did paint though - it made such a difference.

Happy Monday - oh, and loved that picture of you and your grandma!

salmagundi said...

Is that the same hutch that you and Grandma are sitting in front of? What a great picture to have to remind you of wonderful times. And, you decorated it up so nicely that I'm sure Grandma is proud. Sally

Shelia said...

Hi Chari! Oh I love that hutch and knowing it was your grandmother's makes it even more special! You're dressed her up so prettily! Love your dishes. Now those draperies are so beautiful!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Chari, what a lovely hutch and you have decorated it so pretty.

You gave a graceful and lovely touch, sweet girl!

Hugs, Barb :-)

Lori E said...

Your grandparents would love what you have done with the hutch.
Very creative and also well thought out to connect the decorating with what was already there. The white ware and the paint color.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Your hutch is beautiful Chari and it holds such wonderful memories for you!

I love how you have it "dressed".

Cass @ That Old House said...

How wonderful! I, too, have my grandmother's china cabinet, and I treasure it. It's not as nicely decorated as yours, though!

The arrangement on top is just lovely -- nice work!!!
Cass

Cass @ That Old House said...

Hey it's me back again -- meant to say, sorry -- yes, you were too late for the giveaway! I'd already chosen the winner, Lynne, from Lynne's Gifts from the Heart.

Next time!
Cass

Blue Creek Home said...

Hi Laurie
I am delighted that you visited and are following BCH.
I "followed" you back over here and I am so glad that I did.
Your grandmother's china cabinet looks totally at home with your beautiful china. (That Staffordshire is to-die-for!!)
You almost had me weeping before I finished reading.
See ya soon.
Rhonda

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Chari, what a wonderful piece of furniture, but even better, how wonderful that you have the memory of your grandfather giving it to your grandmother. Your vignettes (inside and outside the hutch are wonderful). I'm really loving in three of those pillows that are your bench under the window. Everything looks so pretty!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Chari, your hutch is beautiful, but the memory of your grandfather giving it to your grandmother make it even more beautiful. Your vignette on top looks so pretty, and all of your green and white inside is arranged beautifully. I am loving all 3 of those pillows on your bench under the window. That middle pillow (looks like needlepoint) is gorgeous! laurie

Linda said...

That's real treasure, Chari. I love the part with the memories you shared. I know I so appreciat the things I have from my grandmother. Lovely arrangement! Linda

KBeau said...

What a beautiful hutch, and you've beautified it even more.

Joyce said...

Music is so pretty to go with this post and glad to see you and your Grandmom and I spy her hutch next to her peaking in the photo. Family items are the best for the memories they bring into a home. Thanks for sharing.
Joyce

jenstet said...

What a wonderful treasure you have from your Grandparents! You told a very touching story. Thank you for sharing!

Kammy said...

HI Chari !
I love your post - your grandma is so cute !
I love your "new" decorated hutch !
So pretty !!!! You really filled it up well....I love the shelf over your window too ! You really have an eye for putting it all together !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Sandra said...

Hello! What a pretty hutch! I love how you decorated it!
Blessing,
Sandra