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Sunday, August 30, 2009

8/31/09..ANOTHER TINY MAKEOVER..a tiny repost to correct LOTS OF THINGS...

" THIS is the hutch that Bill built....."
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I've told you before that he built the hutch top and used my vintage, harvest table as the base of this marvelous and much loved piece in my dining room. We bought the maple harvest table right after we married....way back in 1960.
Once the piece was finished, I covered it, every bit, with the BEST cottage RED....except the back.

He used off white paneling to back the hutch top and I have used it that way for several years...
let's see....how long HAS it been...about 8, I think.
My memory SO leaves a lot to be desired !! :(
I've changed the decor on my sweet, ole hutch many, MANY times but mostly stick with the
BLUE and WHITE vintage dishes.....
OH, YES...I was totally happy with my RED hutch...
UNTIL.........
I SAW THIS !!!
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bwaaaaaa....i NEED a rooster lamp in the worst way...
NO...THIS ISN'T MY LAMP....NOR MY HEARTS...NOR MY HUTCH...


THIS drop-dead gorgeous RED HUTCH with all that luscious BLUE AND WHITE
belongs to our sweet SHERRY over at EDIE MARIE'S ATTIC...

***********WELL...excuse the h** out of me but I made a HUGE blunder here...

Even tho I am sure SHERRY would LOVE this pretty red hutch, it actually belongs to our RHONDI over at ROSE COLORED GLASSES...

now, since this is my FIRST mistake, ever...I am totally unsure as to how it happened. One thing that comes to mind is A SENIOR MOMENT....and this is as good an excuse as I can come up with. In fact, I find myself using this very excuse for a LOT of things lately.......

HEY..... how come MY blue and white didn't look anywhere near THIS good ? What is the secret?? OOO...I see it....RED in the background !!!
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Now most of you might realize that I AM SUCH A COPY CAT...
I spend half my time stalking my favorite blogs....
the other half going for favorite LOOKS...
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Sooooo....having a stash of RED fabric, I got out my trusty measuring tape, thumb tacks and RED paint...
****RED paint to cover those white thumb tacks !!

I covered that white backing so fast, it made MR. SWEET'S head spin right off his body....
Being the deprived soul that I am...I haven't a pretty ROOSTER lamp to put in this spot....YET !!
This one with the little butterfly painted on it will have to do for now....
That little blue and white bell was found by Mr. Sweet at a flea market...he thought it matched my vintage, blue and white dishes and.....he was right.!
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There...that photo on your left...white backing...looks so washed out now.
How come no one told me how much better it would look RED ??
How did SHERRY know....and I didn't ??? ...am I slow..or what?

h**...THE reason SHERRY didn't know is 'cause IT'S NOT HER HUTCH, I tell you!!
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Someday, I might give that ole backing a fresh coat of this delicious RED paint....
in the meantime, while I have much more important things to do like...taking DEEDS fishing,
going to that zoo in that other town before winter sets in and they close it for the season...
hunting for a bright red bike that, next summer, the grand girls and I can RIDE....
IN THE MEANTIME...I'll just leave this red fabric in place....even tho it looks a little like BRICK from a distance...it's really not !! :O)
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I am just in awe at how much more these dishes POP against that RED.....
SHERRY knew....I didn't....now...I do !! HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO SAY....

*************IT'S NOT HER HUTCH !!!


Oh, yes...and I need a LARGER rooster and a rooster lamp, like SHERRY'S...
(I might be beginning to sound ungrateful for what I DO have...believe me, I am not!!)
(It's just that my middle name is WANT and I can't do anything about it !!)
********AND BESIDES ALL THAT...I REALLY WANT A LAMP AND ROOSTER LIKE RHONDI'S !!!

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A cuter lamp, a larger rooster, a few hearts and....
I'M GOOD TO GO !!
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thanks to you, Sherry, AKA RHONDI, for your great inspiration !
if you are mad at me for copying you...come on over here and knock me down...then we can sit down, have a cup of tea (I'll even let ya have your tea in that pretty teacup I won from you!!) AWWW, OK, RHONDI, you can have tea, too !!
and then we can
ADMIRE OUR RED HUTCHES......together !! (meaning RHONDI and me..don't even know if Sherry even HAS a red hutch!!)
;O)
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I am linking to the following WONDERFUL bloggers...and my thanks to all of them for the time and effort they put forth for us each and every week.

MET. MONDAY with SUSAN

BLUE MONDAY with SMILING SALLY

THRIFTY MONDAY with RHODA

RUBY RED TUESDAY with MARY

REDNESDAY with SUE

2ND TIME AROUND with DIANE

I am so working on my dining room..putting it through a little morph...I'll show it to ya just as soon as I get all finished. NOTHING MAJOR...just some of those little changes that can make a NEW WOMAN OUT OF YA !!

74 comments:

Stacey said...

BJ, I just bet she will think that is the ultimate compliment. What a great idea with the red fabric on the back. You could just put a different shade on your lamp...maybe one with some color? If you are like some of these brilliant people you can use that fabric stash of yours and redo the shade.

Brenda said...

You're right! Those dishes just look so much crisper and brighter against the red. So that isn't a "tiny" makeover. It's a "major" makeover!
Brenda

Wendy said...

That looks really nice! Those plates really pop now.

soanywaytoday said...

I love the transformation.

Theresa said...

B.J. I LOVE the red fabric covered hutch! I was thinking as I was admiring, hey that looks like brick:) Everything you touch looks good and I am sure Sherry will be happy that you copied her! Have a blessed day!

marty39 said...

I thought the white looked fabulous too,but I really do love the red. It is just awesome. I LOVE the blue and white dishes, they are fabulous. Now that lamp looks great too, but I am with you, I have hunted for a rooster lamp for ages. I saw a bunny one at Marshalls last week, I may have to settle for that. It was really cute. Great job with the fabric. Hugs, Marty

Tarva said...

Love the transformation. It is amazing how one little thing can make such a difference.

blushing rose said...

How bright & bold, BJ. Love it. Everything is lovely.

Have a beautiful week. TTFN ~ Marydon

ellen b said...

Love that hutch with the white background and with the red background. I have drooled over a hutch top like this for years :0)

jen said...

That looks beautiful!! Definately not a tiny makeover!! I love it!! I see you and I have similiar taste in dishes.

Have a great week!

Jen

Pst@Back Porch Musings said...

Beautiful makeover, BJ. I love using fabric in the back of cabinets. I should do this in the black cabinet in the breakfast room.

arkie said...

I love your red hutch! The lovely blue and white dishes you have look great with the "new" red background! I hope a lovely rooster lamp is in your near future!

Bonita said...

Cute hutch and I'm crazy over those blue and white dishes!

Lady Katherine said...

I just love your blue dishes. The makeover of the hutch is wonderful! Love the fabric! Looks so pretty!

salmagundi said...

I love the texture that the red fabric provides. I wouldn't bother painting it as it looks great. Sally

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

WOW!! Girl your right your blue/white dishes do just POP now...looks great my friend...love it..Thanks for sharing this girl...May you have a great day...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Kathleen said...

That does look good! You are so brave with your color..I am always afraid to pick something bold...
Great metamorphosis, bj!

Kathy said...

Just a little tweeking can make all the difference !!!Viva La Difference!!!!I love it! xoxo~Kathy~ @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Pam @ This Humble House said...

You did the right thing, that's for sure! Looks so much better with your dishes now! Thanks for showing your transformation!

~ Pam

Merrie said...

That little transformation makes a huge difference! How nice the fabric is with the subtle conrast too! Have fun searching for your lamp and rooster.

And as for Sherry, I dont know her but they do say that imitation is the highest form of flattery, so I am bettin' she won't mind a bit- especially since you gave her the props for the idea!

Amelia said...

Absolutely just perfect...defintely a right move to make the dishes just pop!

susan said...

BJ--That is one reason I love reading blogs--I get so many ideas from all of you! This looks great! And you are right--the hutch will wait, but time marches on :)

Jackie said...

Wow, BJ the red material in the back of the hutch do set off your blue and white dishes.

You paid her the ultimate compliment.

God bless.

Janera said...

Wow! What a difference that makes! I love it!

Lady Katherine said...

I sure your lamp will be great! I do not think I can get hubby to move to Texas! lol Can't wait to see the results!

Tracy said...

Wow!! So pretty!

Kelly W. said...

I love that red fabric. I think it looks better than paint would because of the texture that it adds. Great job!

squawmama said...

BJ you are so right to copy her... It looks marvelous and really made a difference in the look... and besides it is a compliment to be copied. I am sure she doesn't mind one tinsie bit. I love the way the material looks. Great makeover my friend!

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Sherrie said...

Funny post! The red makes a huge difference!

Sherrie

jskell911 said...

It looks so pretty. I love the blue and white!

the cottage child said...

What a terrific job you did, and you're right, it made all the difference. You're not a copy cat, just observant, and see how it paid off? Beautiful. I hope you find a great rooster lamp.

LADY JANE'S EMPORIUM said...

BJ You make me smile! AND LOL you make a wonderful copy-cat!
Hey..how about a bit of that fabric on the shade?

Happily Retired Gal said...

Looks like you've made Bill's hutch exactly what you want it to be. Methinks we ALL get our inspiration from others then run with it in our own ways ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi BJ,
Wow! Looks great! I love your blue and white dihes! Fab makeover. Happy Blue Monday.

Blessings,
Sandi

Martha said...

What a difference that red makes! Your blue and white DOES pop! And how clever to use the fabric -- now for that rooster lamp!

It is amazing how many people do love blue and white!

jeanne said...

Talk about stealing ideas, my hutch deserves a nice new look too. I LOVE what you did BJ. No painting, is even better. Your hutch is so pretty with the blue and white with the red background. Americana is the best look of all.

I'm off to play today.

Love, Jeanne

Baba's Special Babies said...

Good morning BJ,I am a big fan of blue and white!! You did an excellent job with the fabric background...thanks for sharing your great hutch... hugs, Baba

Its So Very Cheri said...

Great Job and I love the rd lampshade as well.
I hope you will come by for a visit.
Cheri
Its So Very Cheri

SmilingSally said...

I never would have thought to change the background, but you're right--it does make your GORGEOUS BLUE AND WHITE dishes POP! I love the creative idea of using fabric rather than more paint; I think your hutch becomes more interesting to the eye. Happy Blue Monday.

Darlene said...

Morning BJ,

I absolutely LOVE the red background! I know you will find the PERFECT rooster lamp to go in your fabulous hutch!!

Charli and me said...

Good morning BJ, You have so many beautiful blue dishes. I just love the patterns on them. The hutch is beautiful too. Everything is very pretty in deed. Happy Blue Monday!

Lynns Lovelies said...

Oh BJ yare so funny!! LOVE your red hutch, too!!
Beautiful Blues~~

Happy Blue Monday!

Hugs,
Lynn♥

~Let Freedom Ring!~

Sandi McBride said...

Oh BJ, I love it! How wonderful is this? To wonderful for words! Of course, I love red, lol...but that hutch and those dishes...WOW!
hugs
Sandi

Rhondi said...

Hi BJ
Your hutch looks great with the red behind, but oops! The hutch is mine not Sherry's! I am flattered that you like mine enough to copy the idea.
((hugs)) Rhondi

Beverly said...

BJ, it looks awesome. And, I love the idea of using the fabric. I loved Rhondi's cabinet when I first saw it, too. Your treasures look beautiful.

fyi - I use the ribbons for scrapbooking and card making.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

BJ, your new fabric looks smashing! Thanks for joining the party today.

Mary said...

I thought the place you started was terrific but the transformation was amazing. The use of fabric as a backing was a really clever idea. I, by the way, love the photos of your treasures. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

glimpse of my world said...

Thinking of you .. have a great day! Lovely post dear!

Linda's Blue Gate said...

Rolling on the floor laughing out load...... you crack me up.. I love the fabric you used it looks wonderful and WOW what a difference....... I always thought that hutch was open and the white was the wall or I would have told you... PAINT THAT RED...... lol
HUgs
Linda
I knew right away that was Rhondi's hutch.... cause I am a know it all..... lol

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hello Sweet BJ,

Oh my what a great transformation. The hutch looks beautiful. I like the idea of putting some of that fabric on your rooster shade, like someone else had mentioned. I wish I had your energy!

Debbie

Judi said...

Hi BJ
I love your makeover. I love your little rooster and your dishes are wonderful and isn't it great to see all that beautiful blogs and be able to create our own from those ideas. I love it! I truly have learned so much since blogging....and you know sometimes its hard to remember where we saw what...thats what I find. I'll say nope it wasn't BJ...so hmmmm where did I see it and I follow a blog trail and then I think...THERE it is! whew.

Thank you for sharing. I do love her lamp too!

hope you are having a great day..
Judi
p.s. Did you get my email address BJ? I didn't get your address yet. Just wanted you to know in case you had tried. *hugs*

Justine said...

OMG BJ, you're cracking me the hell up over your confusion of Sherry and Rhondi!

Yep, the red does look GREAT in the back, but yep, I think you should nix the material and paint it. I think the plates will pop even more against a solid red background in that gorgeous red you've used. Go out today and find a lovely rooster lamp! Go ahead, you're worth it!

Justine :o )

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hey Sweetheart.....just enough time for me to say hello. Your post pictures are wonderful. I am in red heaven!!!!

Love to you,
Barb :-)

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

BJ, you cracked me up. You are just too hysterically funny. I love the red fabric in the back of your beautiful hutch your hubby built.. I know all about having the middle name "want". Thought I had that all to myself. I'm glad to hear there is someone else that has the same middle name..lol.. Great post darling..Happy MM hugs ~lynne~

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Just keeps getting better and better! I love the blue dishes on the red...they play so nice together~

Amy said...

Wow BJ!
I just can't believe the total difference that red fabric made. Your dishes now "pop" so much more than before (and love the dishes by the way). Your home is just so lovely. I just love your posts that feature your decorating style. Nice work! Amy

imjacobsmom said...

Well, I'll be - that looks great no matter where you got the inspiration from. It was cute before, and even cuter now. ~ Robyn

Mari at Once Upon a Plate said...

BJ, you are such a HOOT! I love coming to visit with you. :)

Oh I liked your hutch before, but I really LOVE it now ~ that red is just so warm and it makes your blue and white (my favorite!) just POP! It really looks GREAT.

Nice job, sweetie. :) xo

Joan@anythinsggoeshere said...

It looks totally beautiful. Now you will have people all over blogland copying you! Won't that be fun. I love the red background with your blue and white plates. Lovely!

Dena said...

Oooh BJ, that DOES look good with the red background! You made me giggle, my Momma used to say that my "wanter" was bigger than me. I want to do a makeover somethin' somethin'...hummmm...you have me looking around now!

Hugs,
D

~Just me again~ said...

Very nice collection you have!

pamperedgirl38 said...

I can't get over how much that red fabric makes those dishes pop! Way to copy. My favorite method of decorating too! Heck people should be flattered we like their stuff so much. Traci

Dimple said...

I agree that the red is a much better background for the dishes, but whose hutch is it??? ;)

Six in One Hand said...

Your hutch looks fantastic!
I love the fabric on the back!!!

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!!

xinex said...

I really like your red fabric, BJ. Your blue and white dishes pop against it....Christine

Norm said...

wow! I love those fabulous collections of yours, very beautiful with lovely colors..

Hootin' Anni said...

Pssssssssssst. Do you see me? I'm way down here at #67 comment?!!! Yep, that's me.

I must say, I do love the rooster lamp. That is so perfect for your area and hutch.

My Ruby T is posted. It's all about turtles today. Have a great week ahead.

jeanne said...

Hi BJ, you made my day for leaving your post up today. I did the same thing. I was gone all day today and came home too tired to do anything but go to bed early.

THANKS FOR THE GREAT IDEA!!!!

Have a wonderful day.

Love you my sister friend, Jeanne

DeniseMarie said...

girl, it is gorgeous! How much fun to make such a simple change and get such a great impact. If a blogger buddy doesn't send it to ya or bring it over for tea...make sure you tell your kids and grands so they can treasure hunt it for you for Christmas gift. I can't wait to see what you end up with!!

xox! I want a bunny lamp myself.

Kitty Valerie said...

I enjoyed your story so much. You did a fantastic job!
Have fun on Tuesday,
Val

Anonymous said...

That hutch looks so darn good!!!I like it before , but that red makes your beautiful blue and white china shine!!! You'll find that rooster lamp, just be patient..... You know Bj, till this day I think of you when I see roosters :)
Patti (italianblonde)

Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh how funny --- giving Rondi's hutch to Sherry! :-)
Love the red in the background--it looks fabulous.
Nice change!
Cass

Joy said...

Beautiful post! Love the blue and white china and the hutch looks awesome!

bj said...

Patti....Patti.....PATTI...where are you? I just about fell out of my chair when I saw that you were here. Oh, we just had the grandest Rooster parade here. I laughed more than once when I thought of you and your ROOSTER DRAWING ON A PAPER PLATE and you posted it for all the world to see...I have so so missed our fun times on RMS....
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MISSING IN ACTION:
THE ITALIAN BLONDE from RMS...
if anyone sees her, hold her for me to get there!! ;O)