Raise your hand if you’ve ever said this statement:
“I’d be able to decorate or change or redo or makeover or fix or rework my dining room or living room or kitchen or bedroom or office or den or patio or closet at the top of my spiral staircase.”
If only I had more money.
I’m with you.
I get it.
I’m standing here with both hands raised.
But what if we could flip that statement? What if the answer wasn’t money? What if the answer was right under our noses?
Today we’re going all Gilligan’s Island.
Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale.
Here’s where our tale starts.
Right here in the corner of the dining room with this hutch.
This is the dining room before.
If you are a visual person and need to see the entire room for this story, here’s a post I wrote with more pictures.
Here’s the same angle with a few changes and sunlight.
See that hutch on the back wall?
I found it at a thrift store for less than a night on the town.
It was brown and I painted it white and distressed it and then?
I TOTALLY DID NOT LIKE IT.
And here’s why:
1. I wish I hadn’t painted it. I didn’t really like the distressing.
2. The doors have this curved glass that reflects the light and looks blue sometimes when you turn the corner.
3. I couldn’t ever find the right combination of things to display in there because the shelves aren’t too tall and there’s an awkward space in the back.
4. I don’t have any place to put lamps in this room or any flat surfaces for serving or putting a vase of flowers other than the dining table.
And on and on and on.
I tried to love it.
I truly did.
I mean it was so inexpensive and it filled up the wall and looked okay in the space and no one else would ever notice all those flaws unless I brought them up in Sunday dinner conversation.
I thought I didn’t have any money to change the hutch. Have you seen the price of hutches at the store? Most of them are over $1000. I’d shop at thrift stores and the ReStore and apparently, there had been a run on hutches because there’s wasn’t a hutch to be found within a 50-mile radius.
So I settled.
And rolled my eyes at the hutch and wished I lived on millionaire row where hutches are a dime a dozen.
One day I had the most brilliant idea of most brilliant ideas. I came in from the mailbox with my hands full of mail and put it down on the dining room table and glanced up at the hutch and noticed something amazing.
THE HUTCH WAS IN TWO PIECES.
What if I took off the top of the hutch?
It might solve all the things I didn’t like about it.
1. It would give me a place to add lamps and flowers and food at Sunday night suppers.
2. It made the room feel bigger because the top was gone so there was more visual space in the room.
3. The curved glass was gone.
4. I didn’t have to find things to style the shelves.
5. I still need to find hardware for the front, but now I only need drawer and door hardware.
6. I’m going to go back and paint all the distressing, but now it’s a little less overwhelming because I only have to paint the bottom of the piece.
I solved the problem.
Without buying something new.
Without spending a single dime.
Because here’s the amazing thing.
I didn’t need it.
All I needed was perspective. All I needed was to press pause. All I needed was to think outside the box and look at the room in a new light.
Is there a decorating dilemma that you’ve been struggling with? Is there a piece of furniture that you roll your eyes at?
Is there a space you’ve been settling with?
Why not take a moment and a cup of coffee and look at it again to see if there’s a solution just waiting for you that’s been there all along. Maybe a piece from another room? Maybe a new furniture arrangement? Maybe reworking something that you already have?
You got this.
And take it from my dining room.
Sometimes all you need is perspective….
…and a trip to the mailbox. 🙂
PS The top of the hutch is at my mother-in-laws living it’s best life.