Do you have a hobby that has rudely taken over your house and dampened your enthusiasm for that particular pastime?
All the “stuff” I needed to take pictures for this little blog had slowly gotten out of control. It was so bad, I found myself wanting to quit blogging altogether and open an Etsy shop just to get rid of the clutter.
Then, the very object I had resisted for the last few years came to my rescue.
This hutch belonged to my Aunt Julia and has to be at least 60+ years old. My mom claims it is cherry wood and it was one of her most prized possessions. I can’t count the number of times she asked me if I wanted it but I always said it was too big and I didn’t have room. Secretly, I wasn’t even sure I liked it.
So recently, when my mom was moving out of her 2-bedroom apartment into an assisted-living type of efficiency (one room and a bath), it had to go. To please my mother, I finally said I would take it. I got the idea to give away a piece of furniture in my sun room where I do most of my food photography and moved the hutch into the vacated space.
It still had the original finish which was actually part of my resistance initially. My mom mentioned it needed refinishing so I decided to go even further and have it painted and distressed to fit into my decor.
I called my friend and artist extraordinaire, Scott Dykema (check out his Etsy shop here). He had painted some cabinets for us in the past and I knew his creative touch would bring the hutch back to life. He helped me pick just the right color and then I left the rest in his hands.
It turned out to be the perfect place for storing food props. I had been using open shelves to hold my stuff but they were too messy for my taste. And anyway, they weren’t quite big enough to hold my burgeoning collection of plates, silverware, trays, vintage bottles, racks, etc. My hobby had clearly gotten out of hand.
I’ve broken more than one dish with my previous stack ’em-high routine. When I saw the way Lorraine of With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart stored plates in her garage, I bought plate holders from the Container Store. Paula at Still Life Style wrote about a similar idea here. Arranging plates this way should make it easier to see what I’ve got to choose from when plating food.
The drawers are ideal for storing silverware and utensils. The plastic tubs hold camera equipment, vintage cookware and odd props. I also like the way the linens are stacked so it’s easy to view what I have instead of layered in a drawer where I can never quite see what’s at the bottom.
With everything organized and together in one place, I feel a new excitement about taking pictures of my latest recipes. I now have more space in my sun room to move around and I can find things quickly. Maybe I WILL keep blogging a little while longer after all.
Thanks Mom! I love my new hutch. I will treasure and use it for many years to come.
P.S. My dad installed lights inside of the upper cabinets which still work. Don’t know how much I’ll use them but they are rather charming and remind me of my dad and the way he liked to fix things up to please my mom.