Styling the kitchen hutch is always fun and creating a theme it for the Christmas season makes it all the more special.
I nearly always display everyday white dinnerware on it, then add other patterns to accent it. I didn’t deviate from this method for this year’s holiday styling.
This Christmas season, I added a set of luncheon/dessert plates with a rocking horse theme into the mix.
These plates and mugs were my first set of Christmas dishes and were purchased the first Christmas after we moved into our new house.
They’re perfect for serving appetizers and desserts, as well as for sipping hot spiced cider or coffee.
The rims of the plates and mugs are accented with white poinsettias- my favorite color for this holiday plant- and small bugles tied up in red ribbon.
Now before I show you anymore of the hutch, I want to refresh your memory as to what it looked like before I made a little transformation to it.
I never liked the brown paneling that was the back panel of this piece of furniture.
I contemplated replacing it with beadboard, but never seemed to get around to it.
At one point, I went so far as wrapping cardboard inserts with fabric and placing them in the two lower shelf areas of the hutch.
When I tried to install the top shelf where the plate rail is, the insert wouldn’t fit without bending the cardboard out of shape.
The rails couldn’t be removed because they were built into the frame of the cabinet, so the attempt was a lost cause.
That was two years ago and I just have lived with the situation.
That was, until this past weekend, when I spotted some wonderful wrapping paper at my local Marshall’s Store.
Paper is much more easily maneuvered than stiff cardboard, so it was the perfect solution to creating an interesting background.
Here’s what a roll of $3.00 paper looks like…..
It’s a musical staff in a neutral Kraft paper look-alike. The rolls were such a bargain that I bought 3 other patterns.
And I don’t think I’ll be wrapping any presents with them, either!
So this is what the wrapping paper now looks like as the background for the hutch’s shelves.
I think it’s perfect for the holiday season!
It took me a while to measure twice and cut once so the inserts would be just the right size for the shelf backgrounds, but the time was so worth it.
I love the shape of this little white tureen that I found while out thrifting a few years ago.
I simply surrounded it with some greenery to take away the starkness.
It needed a lift to match the height of the dinnerware on the opposite side of the shelf,
so I just placed it on top of a small suitcase.
Here’s the stacked dinnerware on the other end of the shelf. It’s my go-to white Gibson stoneware purchased before
Old Time Pottery closed its Dayton location. Now, the nearest location is in Columbus- I really need to make the trip to see
what goodies I can find.
To the right of the stacked plates, I used greenery and berries in these little “vases.”
Except, they really aren’t miniature vases….
They are the tops to glass decanters turned upside down and filled with water to keep the greenery fresh.
They were a thrifty find from the booth of my friend, Jean, who is also my stockist for Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint.
In the center of the shelf, I used the dinnerware serving platter as the backdrop for a framed Scherenschnitte picture.
Adding a touch of vintage are these wooden spools.
I have a large stash of these and they come in so handy as filler material and candlesticks.
I had to include a little touch of whimsy to the tabletop with this game.
It’s a little framed picture with five little steel balls that you have to maneuver into holes,
without dislodging the other balls that may already be in their place.
Do any of you remember these things?
I always seemed to get a cheaper version of them in my box of Cracker Jack’s when I was a kid.
The middle shelf of the hutch is is only 15 inches wide and it was just enough room for this ball-filled cloche.
Before I forget, I have to show you the new knobs I put onto the drawers and doors.
The original knobs were plain wooded ones, stained to match the brown paneling. Not very pretty….
Why did I wait so long to change them out, I’m wondering?!
Continuing the rocking horse theme on the top of the hutch is this guy.
This stained wooded rocking horse once graced our son’s room when he was a baby.
I’m happy with the holiday look.
Now I just need to get the room’s Christmas tree up and decorated.
I have three trees completed so far, but many more to go.
And then there’s the mantel that’s awaiting some real southern magnolia branches……
More on that as soon as they get here!
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