I get a lot of emails asking for quick tips or advice on DIY projects or design dilemmas and when I get a chance, I like to answer some of them here instead of with an email reply. This latest one is from CC, and she writes,
“I have a 1960’s Thomasville china hutch that originally belonged to my grandparents. I will never part with it for sentimental reasons. It is solid pecan wood and in great shape. With that said, I would love to paint it but I feel horrible guilt, crazy, I know! I am a grown woman with children of my own and yet I still worry about my mother’s opinion. Please share with me your thoughts on what to do with my hutch.
Thank you, CC”
CC also shared a picture of the room where the hutch sits, and she’s converting her formal dining room into a sitting room for reading and visiting with friends. The space is 10 ½’ wide (shown) x 13 ½’ long and she will be adding some additional seating.
Answer: Hi CC! First let me say what a nice solid piece that is, lucky for you! My first piece of advice is to remove the spindles on the side doors which make the piece feel dated. Consider replacing the spindles with a single glass pane or even removing the side doors entirely.