Sunday, January 13, 2013

Winter Sky

It's Winter, it's gray, it's cold...most days that is.  The older I get the harder it is to find the joy in cold weather.  If I borrowed a page from my friend Kathleen's book I'd find something to be grateful for in Winter.  Hmmm, maybe the extra refrigeration my garage provides, or the lovely jolt I get when one of my kids runs in from outside and sticks theIR hand up my back!  Yikes.  Ok, maybe watching the bright red cardinals as they dart from the bird feeder to the spruce trees and back.  They look pretty against the bright snow.  The sky was blue today, which briefly fooled me into thinking it wasn't really that bad out.  Many days out now though I see nothing but a gray, gray sky.  So what color do I choose to paint, why Paris Gray of course.

A few weeks ago I ran across a nice mid-century Drexel step-back hutch.  Solid cherry, pretty, but so very dated looking and enough nicked up that I decided paint would be the best way to bring it back into vogue.  That cherry wood will still be there if someone/someday wants to strip it down and refinish it all.

This piece has storage and then some.  The hardware was in really good shape and we opted to reuse it as it fit the scale and style of the hutch.  I love Paris Grey, and to be honest that surprised me as I'm normally more into warm tones.  I'm really learning to appreciate it as the great neutral that it is.

I painted the back in Old White to lighten it up a bit.  Some distressing shabby's it up just enough to give it a nice farmhouse feel.  And if you don't happen to need a storage piece for the kitchen or dining room, it's a 2 piece unit and the bottom half would make an awesome console cabinet for an entry hall or family room.
It's tall, it's SOLID, it's solid cherry wood, it's Drexel made quality, it's FOR SALE!!!  For my local Nebraska peeps you just need to let me know if you'd like to stop by and take a peek.  They don't make them like this anymore!

Have a great week!

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  1. It looks great! I love the color. Blessings!

  2. That's such a classic piece and you gave it a nice fresh look - love the color combination Deb!

  3. oh i love that color! moody but soft- perfect for a winter's day!

  4. What a beautiful piece. I love the color.

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