Thursday, July 28, 2011

What Would You Do? - Dining Table & Hutch

Last week we found a new dining room table, two benches and hutch for a steal off Craigslist.  Both pieces together with the two benches were only $300. Pretty good for solid, sturdy pieces, huh? We were in need of more seating for family gatherings and the hutch happened to come with the table. Who can resist more space for storage and display in your kitchen?

I plan to re-design the display and storage in the hutch; what you see here was placed
temporarily for fun and to see what various colors look like with it. So many options to
choose from: whiteware,  vintage brown transferware, jadite, or a combination?

The dining table can easily seat eight, despite the photo giving the illusion of it being smaller.

I love the lines of each piece, but I am unsure if I want to keep the wood finish as it is or paint/stain/refinish. I think I like a more natural color for the dining table....maybe sanding down and refinishing this would be the way to go? Or stain it a dark walnut color? As for the hutch, I am toying with the idea of painting it a light and creamy color with some distressing, but I don't want to be disappointed with the results (it is a rather pretty piece as it is now). Perhaps I could just paint the the backs of the inside cubbies for some contrast?

What would you do? I need some help, please!

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  1. Oh, my gosh! That is such a beautiful cupboard. I see why you are hesitant to paint it. I like the mix of painted pieces and wood pieces in your dining room. Personally, I would go with a neutral color scheme and just bring in color with your art and accessories. I have a pine table and cupboard in my dining room, but I have thought to paint the back of the shelves. Haven't decided on a color, though. Good luck with your decisions and I hope you get lots of feedback.

  2. Try adding color to the back of the shelves by covering foam core board with fabric or paint. By using the foam core, you can experiment and see what you like without painting the wood. Also, it is easy to change when the mood strikes.
    I also like the mix of wood pieces and painted pieces. I get a little upset when people paint every single piece of wooden furniture they get their hands on.

  3. Very pretty pieces! You could leave the tabletop the natural wood and paint the legs and sides a distressed cream to match your chairs for a farm house table kind of a look. And about the hutch I don't know its pretty as it is, but I think a distressed cream color would be pretty too. Good luck!

  4. I agree. The hutch should be left alone unless you want to paint some foam core backings.

    Regarding the table (which is total score -- I'd love a farmhouse table!), it would have a bit more presence in the room if it were painted or stained. You know I love dark furniture, so that would be my preference! Have you done a search for farmhouse tables on Pinterest or Houzz? That might provide some great inspiration.

  5. Thanks everybody for your thoughts and suggestions!

    Sylvia- that is such a GREAT idea to use foam core backings to the hutch cubbies- I will most definitely have to try that!

    Camille- Good thinking on checking out those websites for farmhouse table inspiration- will do! And I too like darker stained many tough decisions!

  6. What a lovely find! I would paint it and leave the table natural but I'm sure whatever you do will look lovely!

  7. Well, they look pretty the way they are, but I would probably leave the table and paint the hutch.