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Why I refuse to buy new furniture and how I updated our dining area.

We needed to update our dining area and buying new furniture is not an option.

What started out as me being a broke college student, to a newly married couple just starting out, and now someone who just likes to rescue old pieces of furniture.

I still have pieces of furniture that belonged to my parents when they were first starting out.

Not only is new furniture a little more than I like to spend these days, it’s taking forever for pieces to arrive and I’m way too impatient.

Another view of the dining area before

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There’s just something about an older piece of furniture that just speaks to my soul.

I love furniture pieces that have lived a life before they come into mine.

When we moved into this house, we have a large wall in our dining area that needed to be filled and thankfully I found the most perfect hutch, for the most perfect price.

Not only was the hutch just what I had envisioned for the dining area, but the family told me it belonged to their grandmother.

You know it has a ton of stories to tell.

I loved the way that the hutch looked, but I wanted it to blend better with our decor.

Instead of trusting my gut, I tried something different, but thankfully paint is an easy fix.

I knew I wanted the hutch to be black and tried a milk paint that didn’t go as planned.

I quickly realized that the milk paint was not going to be the way to go.

Thankfully I had plenty of Tricorn Black paint left over from the shiplap island project, which totally saved the day and the project.

I opted not to paint the inside of the cabinet or the inside of the drawers.

Updating cabinet and drawer pulls can give a whole new look.

The hutch came with wood pulls that matched the wood, but I wanted to give a whole new vibe and found these cabinet pulls on Amazon.

I decided to leave the decorative piece off the hutch doors because it just felt like it was too much.

I love the updated pulls for the dining hutch I made over for this space.

Not only does the hutch fill up the space way better than the buffet that was originally there, but it also adds quite the statement.

I love how the new dining hutch is such a statement piece in the dining area.

This dining area is still coming together, I need to find a few more items, but for now I am so happy with how things are coming along.

We have a great plan for a wall feature behind the dining hutch as well as some additional artwork.

I love mixing all the different finishes between the gold and the copper.

Now I can also start displaying some of the serving pieces I already had, and I’m looking forward to decorating for the various holidays.

So many possibilities for the new dining hutch.

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