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drab to fab : a hutch makeover

hello friends

it’s me..tiffini from house of belonging how are you today?  good i hope…smile:)

makeover a hutch with some paint, gold hardware and styling brings a dead hutch from drab to fab!

i want to share our hutch makeover and how with some paint & shopping your home you can transform a hutch from drab to fab!

you can change the way a “space” feels and how YOU feel about that space!

hutch makeover that with some paint, gold hardware and styling brings a dead hutch to life!
hutch makeover that with some paint, gold hardware and styling brings a dead hutch to life!

i wish you could stand here with me to see the difference in the “feel” of the room just by painting our hutch

we purchased this very heavy piece from our local antique store it was brown.  very brown

at first that was the look i was going for.  some wood mixed up with the metal table after a couple of months i just wasn’t feeling it

as time went on it just became a dead piece of furniture sitting in the corner

i was scared i would ruin it if i painted it.  like “what if” i didn’t love it?  paint is easy to put on..not so easy to take off! then there is my motto #theartoflivingcourageously

hutch makeover that with some paint, gold hardware and styling brings a dead hutch to life!

we voted to paint it!  and WOW!  happy happy we did!!

i was going to paint my master bedroom oyster pearl but it just didn’t read well in there

much to our surprise it reads perfectly on our hutch with all of the natural light the kitchen gets

hutch makeover that with some paint, gold hardware and styling brings a dead hutch to life!

it took about 3 coats

we sanded the edges lightly and that was it

hutch makeover that with some paint, gold hardware and styling brings a dead hutch to life!

we painted the hardware and the lamp base gold we simply shopped our house for everything else

hutch makeover that with some paint, gold hardware and styling brings a dead hutch to life!

hutch makeover that with some paint, gold hardware and styling brings a dead hutch to life!

hutch makeover that with some paint, gold hardware and styling brings a dead hutch to life!
hutch makeover that with some paint, gold hardware and styling brings a dead hutch to life!

here is what we used

our white dishes//cookbooks//an old gold frame//nikki’s creepy head lady//a few anthropolgie mugs// color coordinated books

paint really did give give this neat old hutch life is perfect for our light and happy home

hutch makeover that with some paint, gold hardware and styling brings a dead hutch to life!

what a difference some paint, hardware and a little styling can do right?

what do you think of the hutch before and after?

i’m already thinking about staging it for the fall months

are you thinking about fall too?  sigh..i love fall.  it is my favorite month i’m just not ready to let go of the long days of summer


::for more home inspiration from house of belonging click on the links below::

our planked walls


a ladder, a frame, leaves and calling it good




mms milk-paint chippy chandelier makeover


i was not born a natural diy’er
my love for the art & soul of creating my very own home has evolved into a passion..where only jesus and food come before it

diy miss mustard seed milk paint ( in linen ) chandelier.  Philippians 4:7-8 sign...good words to see each and every morning! old door turned headboard..drop cloth bedskirt

call it a mid-life crisis or just getting closer to dying but i am becoming a risk-taker and adventurer seeker in my middle age.
making intentional choices to make the art of living courageously a lifestyle.

sooo i just figured my best bet would be to just be “me” here each all my awkward authentic glory
the words of maya angelou come to mind when i think of my purpose here each month

“When you learn, teach, when you get, give.”

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homemade breakfast pumpkin butter…


rather on purpose today i took time to make 2 recipe’s
ONE because i am #fallingforfall and it is my favorite time of the year and in a blink it is gone
so in this 90 degree weather i cooked…on the stove top some homemade breakfast pumpkin butter
to slather on hot muffins or toast in the morning


and TWO — pumpkin coffee creamer & coffee + being still before God each morning is enough to drive me from my slumber
and blurry eye my way to the coffee cup.  it is THE reason i wake up every morning…authentic statement

i pinned this pumpkin spice creamer on my fall pinterest board so click on over if you don’t want to by the refridgerator kind this week.  yes it is more work but restorative

i shared my new gooseberry patch hometown harvest cookbook on my instagram feed a couple of weeks ago and found this little gem of a recipe in there
it really is good!

breakfast pumpkin butter

29 oz can of pumpkin
3/4 c. apple juice
1-1/2 c. sugar
2 t. ground ginger
2 t. ground cinnamon
1 t. nutmeg
1/2 t. ground cloves

now…combine all ingredients in a large saucepan; stir well.  bring to a boil over medium heat; reduce heat to low.  simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring frequently,
( don’t step away to long it splatters everywhere…this is tiff speaking ) until thickened.  transfer to containers; cover and keep refrigerated.  makes about 3 cups


when i say intentionally here is what i mean…

being intentional .. for me.. means doing what is a priority { one } and {two }what i can manage within that day and still have a quiet mind
not being driven all day but able to do simple small things to bless my family..and others.  it means that has boundaries and i have to fight for them.
not yesterday.  not tomorrow or even next month.
but simply TODAY


and not just my priorities but what i feel in my heart that God is putting back on my plate

i am letting go really is in the doing of the letting go.  really!
practicing it until it becomes automatic friends = acting until it becomes auto…ha!

yes–there are many things that don’t get done lately and i am learning to be ok with that
it is the season of grace i am in and i must be teachable if i am to be taught…soooo


i am choosing daily to step off the merry go round or maybe i should say tilt a whirl would be more precise.
and this letting go ..this stepping of is looking like fresh coffee and muffins with homemade breakfast pumpkin butter

how about you?  what are you being more intentional about at the commencement of fall


drum roll…..the winners are

and the beautiful girlies who won the spots in the creatively made home { home for the holidays } are
can you both EMAIL me please at pretty please…thanks!:)

comment 3 – pam ballard  ” Tweeted this great giveaway also. Thanks! ”

comment 20 – rhiannon ”  What makes me feel the best is not all of the craziness that surround it all, although I do love the decorating and food making, but what I LOVE the most is just a chance to be with my whole family. We’re a big group and it’s tough for us all to be together, so it’s great when we can. It makes me very happy!”

thank you soooo much all of you who took time to comment and tweet and pin.  please consider taking the course anyway…i think it will be restorative and down right FUN with a capital F!!  thanks jeanne!!




we are like old houses – our updates in pictures

i have some pictures to share with you from the long holiday weekend.  i am getting around to sharing it midweek i know.  the days are just flying by..are yours too?
throwing my heart into my home and my life into the world of technology to be honest is a love hate relationship.  some days weeks i long for the simple life before
all of this.  sometimes i stand back and think it is so crazy and self centered.


how can story matter?  how can what i have to share be any different than anybody else?
i am surely not a home dec blog…my heart runs deep and wide and i often struggle to make sense of i mesh that in with the decor
and gosh darn i am one of those persons who makes a lesson out of everything.  i just.can’

i need an anonymous class for it.  


so as we have been throwing our heart and soul…and sweat into this old house that is not even ours…what the heck?  is that sane?  i don’t know yet.

ask me in a year…

i am learning that old houses can have good foundations..they just need lots of tearing out things and putting in new.  a little at a time.

it is called saving up for something that matters.


you matter and i matter and we are like old houses.  we have good foundations we just need a little gutting now and then and some new habits put in place right?


that is just what we did to the bathroom–we gutted it then put new tile, tub, sink, faucets and a light.
and we ran out of money…oh the floor tile comes in friday!!


but that was all we could do at the moment.  we we are walking on concrete board floor and living for a bit wit
the green moisture resistant sheet rock until we can save up more money for planking etc.



it is lesson in patience. and being thankful for what we do have and what we don’t have anymore….mold!!

there is lots to be learned from old houses…so i am sure you will be hearing what that is as we go…ha!

don’t you buy things for the packaging?  me too!
we painted the stained shelves annie sloan old white and sanded them.  they are as soft as a baby’s butt i swear!

i touched up all the walls…well except for one with ashwood.  my absolute favorite neutral color.ever!

i will be putting this dining room lamp up for sale in my etsy shop if anyone is interested let me know…

with childlike glee i clap at the transformation taking place within this home and within my heart. there are hard places.  there are stop places..and places where i am so sure i will not be able to face tomorrow.
that it will never end
days can fill with hopelessness and spiral out of control if i am not focused and intentional

but then i remember whose i am
i am a warrior woman after all
and warrior women are scared courageous
and worn weary they run the race set before them

so we run today girls.  we run.  



i will be sharing more of our inspiration pictures and where we are headed with this house each week from now on.   we are also working on some fun things in making our guest room an office as well as finishing up the bathroom and then to tackle
that kitchen…my my my.  and on the cheap too!

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a cookie recipe you will fall of the wagon for…



it is the first sunny day in five.  the cotton ball clouds are exploding in the bright blue sky the perfect recipe kinda day to initiate the fire pit.  the kids built it from left over stones from the neighbor who so generously gave us their old pool last summer.  remember that?  ( which has a hole in the liner .. bummer )
so we made a run to wal-mart and got the need supplies.  it turned out to be a shorts and sweatshirt kinda afternoon though.  my favorite kind:)

while at home depot yesterday nikki spotted this picnic table.  we bribed dakota to put it together for us underneath our two ginormous trees.
right next to the firepit.  perfect.


i am seeing it now.  lights strung along with some oilcloth bunting.
some colorful aidorondack chairs circling the pit
and painting and/or staining the picnic table

we are all set for a summer of spontaneous gatherings
the smell of fire…the crackling of the logs!
ok maybe not the smell of fire..i smelled it all night in my hair.  yuck


just what i imagine for a simple summer of fun
are you ready for backyard summer fun?


here is a recipe for the most amazing iced sugar cookie ever known to man.  it is a break your diet for one kinda cookie..
and that sour cream frosting is to die for.  she says the key is the cookie has to be chilled and the frosting room temp.  and she’s right!  if you make them be sure to stop back by and let us know


URGENT - the 1 T of salt is 1 teaspoon…NOT TABLESPOON!!  thank you ERIN:)

here is the link to the recipe i found it from.

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