Sunday, March 13, 2011

Kitchen Make-over: Buffet and Hutch

A couple of years ago the kitchen got some major updates such as new stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. We also traded the horrible white vinyl flooring for large, neutral-colored ceramic tiles. All of these improvements changed the look of the room drastically, but they didn't help the decorating. The kitchen decor consisted of wrought iron wall art, beaded fruit, and other other knick-knacks in outdated colors. I completely cleared out every detail of decoration so that I could start from scratch. 
We already had an antique espresso colored hutch, but above it was a huge empty wall. I decided that the buffet needed some sort of hutch. I finally found what I was looking for a furniture consignment store. It was of a white/gray shabby chic variety and really didn't match the buffet. I planned to paint the hutch and the buffet so that they would match, and I probably will do that eventually. But when we got the hutch home and set it on top of the buffet, I actually liked the contrast and decided it could stay like it is for a while until I figure out the right color. 
I filled the shelves with white china and other white dishes/items to create a clean, chic look. Right now the walls are a mustard color, but they are about to be painted a color I call "paprika". Since the walls are going to be a bold color, I wanted to keep everything else colorless and I just love the look of a white dish assortment. I added a few other pieces of decor including a chalkboard that I made, a basket of green apples, and some gray stone pots. The flowers and bunnies set out to capture the essence of Spring. Lastly, I added storage baskets under the buffet via Pottery Barn inspiration. These currently house tons and tons of dog toys. Overall, I really like the look of this wall, but I'm sure I will make some more changes as time goes on. 


  1. I can't wait to see your bold walls, Lauren. I bet that they will be gorgeous!

  2. Love this Lauren! I am wanting to do something like this when I start my kitchen redesign in a few weeks. I'm going to bookmark this for inspiration. :)

    Heather @At The Picket Fence

  3. I actually really really love the contrast between the dark buffet and light hutch! The white dishes are great, and the touch of green in the basket is perfect! I love it all!

  4. Love the two toned combination! It really works! I see hutches where I like the top and not the bottom or vice versa. This is a great solution. Love how you have it displayed!