A few weeks ago, my friend Kathy and I drove over to an antiques show in Brenham. I was not looking for anything.....just getting out for the day and enjoying the drive, the weather and conversation. The show was a little disappointing. The term "dead people's stuff" comes to mind. I know that saying is very rude when referring to antiques...but it rang a little true that day. There was just a lot of very high priced stuff....that you might see at any garage sale. I did find some really cute vintage cards and then stumbled onto a pine hutch. It caught my eye and I returned to the booth before leaving the show for the day. Before I knew it, I had purchased it.
Why, you ask?
Well, Chuck inherited his grandparents dining room furniture about 15 years ago. It was purchased by his grandparents in 1940. The set includes a table, 6 chairs, a buffet, a china closet and table pads....for a grand total of $137.95. That's 1940 dollars. (I know this because the original receipt was kept in the top drawer of the buffet.) It is not something I would have gone out and chosen, but it has special meaning to Chuck and it has a lot of character......gently used and scratched. And the best part....to Chuck...it was free. Check that off the list of furniture he will never have to buy.
I have always wanted a hutch to go with the set as I use the buffet in the entryway and the china closet in the living room. The china closet is like an armoire with tall legs. So when I saw this pine hutch...the wheels started turning. It was a good price and so with a quick phone call to Chuck and just a little convincing him that we NEEDED this, it was sold to me. It took 2 trips to get it home as I no longer own the road monster/Suburban.
I bought 2 Mackenzie Childs knobs while in Scottsdale for the top drawer. Chuck spent last weekend staining it to match our furniture and below is the finished product.
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