I have been waiting to redo my apartment dining room for a long time. The hi-top table and chairs I had there were more than 10 years old and all black. I had come to hate them! I wanted something that would lighten up the area, not too big, and give me storage for my collections. I think I did well…
I had purchased many furniture pieces at a local antique mall called Merchant Square. They have over 100 vendors there, so I knew I would find something eventually. After a few trips I found the table and chairs, and the hutch I had been looking for. I quickly put them on layaway so I could buy some time in moving my old table out.
I was glad to give that table to my son and his wife. In return, they helped me move my new furniture in.
The wood was in fine condition and they were already painted and distressed. The fact that they came from two different vendors and they still matched, really amazed me. I was so tempted to go out and get some more vintage items to decorate the table and the top of the hutch. But, I decided to use what I already had tucked away.
The hand-painted toile tray was the perfect size for the table. On it, I placed my recent Mother’s Day gift, a beautiful coffee cup, and saucer. I still do need to get a table cloth and a couple of seat cushions, but I like this simple look.
I love all the storage in the hutch! I was finally able to display my vintage teacup collection, salt and pepper shakers and milk glass collection. They had been wrapped up and stored away for the last 4 years! I still have some room in the bottom area to store my Pyrex dishes and some vintage linen. Now, everything is in it’s place.
This hutch has a really beautiful detail on the bottom doors. The seller decoupaged some vibrant flowers on the front of the doors and it really gives the whole piece a unique look.
The top of the hutch was easily decorated with some ceramic jugs I had in my pantry, some baskets, vintage linen, and a cute little birdcage with a bluebird in it. I think it came together brilliantly!
The only thing I didn’t change in this area, is the picture wall. I’ve had this same set up of pictures for years and recently added the wedding pictures of my kids. I think that completed it.
I’m so happy with how this area has started out. I will be adding some greenery with some Faux plants. Yes, I said Faux! This area is the furthest from the windows and receives very little light. So, no real plants will survive there. I don’t want to add more grow lights here, so I will find some real quality Faux plants to put in the corner and perhaps on top of the hutch.
Thanks so much friends for stopping by and I hope this gives you some inspiration in decorating your small space.