March 24, 2010

{ My Grandpa's Hutch...Yet, Again! }

I know, I know, stop with the Grandpa hutch posts. But, wait! I wanted to show you just a few changes I've made.
This is the hutch before...

I was inspired by your hutch, Laurel {below}. I love how orderly it looks. And you know me and orderliness.

So, I searched my home for books. It was a bit tricky because my shelves are very short. Many books that I tried were just too tall. I decided to use some of my favorite children's books. The top shelf is our collection of Nancy Drew books. I loved them when I was a kid & now Ms. Sassypants loves them too.

Here's the after...
The bottom shelf is classics such as Little House on the Prairie, the Narnia series, Little Women, The Secret Garden, etc. It makes me happy to see my favorite books in here.

Also, I don't know if you can see the little elephants on the top shelf? There's a story behind those. My Grandma used to have a collection of little elephant trinkets and she always said they had to be positioned so that their trunks were facing the East for good luck! I decided I wanted to start the my own collection in her memory so, that is the start of it. My hubby gave me the larger Lladro one for Christmas.

I changed things around up top, too. I'm not sure it's quite right yet, but don't you love the framed poem? I bought it from My Sweet Savannah's etsy shop. I'm loving it! Sorry for the awful picture. It is soooo hard to get a picture without the window lights blaring behind me. Any suggestions for that?

I changed the lamp a little too. {the before is on the left} It was always a tad too tall {say that 5 times fast!} for me so, one day when Traci was over we decided to take the plastic "candle" part off to make it shorter. Easy, right?...Wrong! We took it out to the garage and took it apart and realized we had to cut down the metal shaft that runs down the center. Ugh! I hand sawed & sawed that thing {with sparks flying} until we got it the right length and reassembled it!
Then, I switched out the dingy old lampshade for a smaller white one and it looks much better!

I added this basket underneath with some cozy quilts. I don't reallly like this under there, but I need a place to keep the blankets & this will have to work for now.

Can you see the little bunnies on the bottom shelf?

They represent my three girls...Sassypants, Peanut & Boo. They all think that's pretty cool...even Sassypants! Boo found it while we were at Home Goods a while ago & wanted it so badly. I think I will keep it forever!

Well, I hope you were able to stand talking about my Grandpa's hutch, again, with me. If you made it to the end of this post...thanks for being such devoted readers! :)

10 comments:

Laurel said...

I love it Jammer! Isn't it fun to be able to change things up whenever you want?

I can't wait to put feet on mine so it looks more like a bookcase and less like a hutch top.

shoestringliving said...

Beautiful

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

That is a beautiful piece of furniture. I actually love the rustic basket with quilts under there.

Vee said...

The hutch is gorgeous!

Cindy said...

I really like it! Good job.

Traci said...

Looking good Jam! I like the new lampshade. It actually helps a lot.

Victoria said...

I am not good at decorating these days... but I do love to use the books in my home to decorate. I think books are just beautiful.

Crickit said...

I love all of your decor! Can't wait to see what is next!

ntsisterz said...

Great redo. Why not paint the basket white?

brown paper packages said...

I just found you, and I'm so glad! I love orderly-ness too, and the hutch looks great!