The Turquoise Hutch


D is away on vacation right (the secret to a fabulous marriage) and for some reason I always decide to take on a DIY project when he is away.  I suppose it is to prevent boredom which is crazy because I’ve got every available time slot booked up to hang with the kids, try new eating spots and get caught up with old friends.  And the refinishing project that I thought was going to take all week is already complete.  It was so much fun, I couldn’t stop myself.

I bought a dining room hutch a couple of years ago from a neighbour and the furniture style never worked in our house but because we entertain so many guests, I had to have a place to hold all our dining extras.  I’ve had an eye on distressing it for a long time and I’m crazy for turquoise.  The colour reminds me of the Mediterranean and Caribbean seas and having the colour surrounding me, does suppress the desire to live elsewhere.

If I were to do an inventory of what the hutch contains, you would know a great deal more about my family and me: 

-my first set of china acquired just recently and not purchased but handed down from Sister #2 who bought it at our favourite little second hand place

-huge wine glasses, at least a dozen for white and another larger size for red

-heart shaped rocks and shells collected from my favourite beaches

-hand-painted bowls made by Hortensia’s son’s in laws (my friend and one of my favourite inhabitants of Isla Mujeres)

-a set of flatware purchased at Dollorama because they contain all my favourite colours and look like they were hand made

-a set of Blue Willow dishes that I started saving when I was 17 and have just rediscovered

-the fixings for margaritas and martini’s

-a wine skin and wine decanters of all descriptions

-all kinds of colourful and mostly mismatched linen

So what prized possessions are hiding in your dining room sideboard?  Next project-the dining room table….. 

Kath’s quote:  “Ponder well on this point: the pleasant hours of our life are all connected by a more or less tangible link, with some memory of the table.”-Charles Pierre Monselet

Let love be multiplied.

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8 Comments to

“The Turquoise Hutch”

  1. Avatar November 10th, 2010 at 8:35 am Lori Says:

    Wow Kathryne! Fantastic job!!!! That is such a gorgeous piece of furniture.

  2. Avatar November 10th, 2010 at 8:42 am kath Says:

    Thanks Lor. So easy and so much fun-literally child’s play.

  3. Avatar November 10th, 2010 at 9:49 am Victoria Says:

    I love it! Now to paint your celing turquoise…
    Hey – we could paint and fix up furtniutre as another sideline…I love that as well…

  4. Avatar November 10th, 2010 at 10:01 am kath Says:

    Is your garage available?

  5. Avatar October 11th, 2012 at 11:37 pm Joni Says:

    Hey I was just wondering what bradnd if paint you used for the turquoise hutch… And the name of the color…. I love it ad have been searching for the perfect turquoise!!!

  6. Avatar October 12th, 2012 at 7:30 am Kathryne Says:

    It was a couple of years ago and so I can’t tell you the exact colour but it was the Rhona premium brand. The left overs got used for a chair, lamp shades, and a number of sets of shelves.

  7. Avatar January 12th, 2016 at 1:14 pm Tami Says:

    Hi. I’ve been looking for a dining room hutch and came across yours. That design is exactly what I’m looking for. Would you happen to know the manufacturer? I know finding one like it is probably a long shot, but it wouldn’t hurt to try. Thanks! Beautiful job refinishing it, by the way.

  8. Avatar January 12th, 2016 at 1:18 pm Kathryne Says:

    Sorry I tried to look on drawer bottoms etc. but cannot see the manufacturer. I bought it for $50 at a neighbour’s garage sale.

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