Dining room disaster and a nice email from a reader

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This past weekend I tore apart our dining room {kind of regretting it at this point}. We had a hutch that was in our shed for almost 4 years so lets just say, it was smelly & unfortunately, rotted in some parts. I planned on repairing   it last year but you know how that goes…….another project took its place.

My grandparents  (the ones that live here) gave it to me over 15 years ago when they decided to live in Florida full time. It was one of their first pieces of furniture when they got married over 60 years ago. We snuck it out of the shed hoping my grandfather didn’t see it. Thankfully, he had no clue that it was the top of the hutch that use to be his!

The dining room now:

My husband thinks the dining room table is a dumping ground for all the laundry that comes out of the dryer…..seriously? So instead of putting it maybe “somewhere else” he puts it in the chairs. 🙁

Before I sign off, I wanted to share an email from a reader. She and her husband made these doors from scratch and were apparently inspired by our mini barn doors. I’ve only been blogging for about 8 months and to think that we inspired someone blows my mind!!! Lets just say, she made my week.

Hi Jessica

Happy Easter!  Hope your weekend is great! Our project on the bookcase is done!  Can hardly believe I’m saying that.  I’ve attached “befores” and a few of the “afters”. Thanks for inspiring us to get this done.  We have lived in this house for almost 23 years.  This bookcase has needed a face lift the whole time. 😮



Thank you so much Heather for letting me know and allowing me to share. You guys did a great job and I’m loving your handmade doors!

Hoping to have the hutch painted and cleaned up soon. Not sure I’m loving it all white though, we will see. 🙂

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  1. LOL! What is it with husbands and laundry?! Mine is the same way! Your reader did a beautiful job with her cabinets too! It made a huge difference! (And don’t be surprised that you inspire others… YOU ARE AMAZING!!) 😉

  2. The mess will be worth it in the end. I think the room is going to look amazing. A pop of color inside the shelves may be nice. What about a blue – duck or provence might be pretty. I also love what your reader did. Her built ins look fab!

    1. Hey Danielle! I know, definitely needs a punch of color. I picked up a bunch of tangerine paint samples today…..thinking about going bold 🙂

  3. My mom always used to say “you’ve got to get into a mess to get out of a mess”. It will be worth it; I just discovered your blog and I have no doubt whatever you do in there will look fantastic. Congrats on the email from your reader! I look forward to reading more!

    1. Thanks Peggy! That’s a great saying from your mom 🙂 Glad you stopped by and nice to meet you!

  4. Hi Jessica,
    Thanks for the shout out! We are loving our “new” bookcase!
    Good luck on the dining room. Wish I could be there to help. It would be kind of a long commute. 🙂
    Looking forward to your final photo. Don’t give up.

  5. Hi Jessica,

    I just wanted to say you have inspired me too! In fact, your family room is my inspiration for what I hope to do in our family room. I bought a similar sectional, the Pier 1 lanterns, and some similar throw pillows all back in March–just because of how much your room transformation appealed to me. I’m so glad I saw it on Rhoda’s blog. Now, if I could just finish it, then I could show you how you inspired me and email you some pics someday. 🙂 You may not have been blogging long, but you got talent coming out your fingertips for sure…keep up the inspiring work!

    1. p.s. your family room is actually my desktop wallpaper image, to keep me motivated on finishing the room, so feel free to “feel famous”, b/c every time I turn on my computer I see a picture of your beautiful family room. 🙂 I hope that’s not cyber creepy, it’s just easier for me than searching for a pin on pinterest. 🙂

  6. What a great find – I know you’ll turn that hutch top into something fabulous (once you remove all that laundry (mine tends to pile up in a corner of my bedroom)!!

    How fun that someone was inspired by your fabulous little barn doors!

    1. Thanks Kelly! The laundry found it’s way to another room and another chair 🙂

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