China hutches are a lost art to my generation. If my frazzled mama-mind serves me right, I think I’m the only one of my friends that owns one, causing many people to stop and stare at mine when they come over, as to say, “Why is that thing in your house? Only old people have those.”
The thing that I love about china hutches is that they can be as simple or ornate as you would like them to be. Mine is more on the ornate and old school side, lots of glass and mirrors with a formal finish. But when I went antique shopping this past week, I fell in LOVE with some very non-traditional pieces that could double as a hutch. From stately to shabby, if you have the itch to purchase a china hutch, the right one IS out there for you. Each of these hutches ranged from $100-$450, so there are lots of options for buying any of these styles second hand. You just have to keep and open mind 🙂
Here are a few that I found this week just to give you some ideas.
Super traditional piece. Little carvings or drawers, but that would make this piece so easy to paint.
I LOVE that this piece is so non-traditional for a china hutch. Small office nook AND hutch in one. And the carving on the door is just beautiful.
I loved the sweet cut outs of the glass in this one. It would be perfect for any small space. I think a soft robin egg blue with milk paint would be so sweet on this piece.
Another great piece that would double as a small work space.
This one was the most non-traditional that I found, but I think I liked it the most 🙂
This old bead board cupboard would be BEAUTIFUL, painted or as is, in any home. Although this piece has no glass, it’s sturdy shelves could hold so many serving pieces.
I seriously was drooling and my husband had to drag me away.
Another very traditional hutch, but would look beautiful painted.
No glass in this hutch, but the carvings were perfect on this one! The dark espresso wood on this made me swoon.
The perfect hutch for dish display
And this is my hutch.
One of my very dearest patients and friends willed this to me when she passed away, so it holds an extra special place in my heart. Margaret was the most special of ladies.
One of the things that I love about my china hutch is that it not only holds all of my most valuable serving and dining pieces, but it’s a great place to add pops of color for the season. Hutches can be dressed up or left alone, either way they make a statement. But for me, I love how my old style and the traditional look of my hutch comes together. Everything from the goose in the galvanized bucket to my little happy roosters; it suits me and our home well.
This spring my favorite roosters found their way to our hutch and I paired them with some sweet yellow tulips. They just make me happy.
And inside of course holds all of my most valuable pieces of china and serving pieces. I love that I don’t have to hide these beautiful dishes or glasses behind my kitchen cabinets. I love that I can look at them and see their beauty and specialness everyday.
I also keep a few family heirlooms in my china hutch as well.
The last thing about this hutch that is just so awesome is that the chinaware can be lit up if I want it to. Having the light shining off of all of my favorite pieces just makes it all the more beautiful, especially when it’s lit up and night or when we have guests over. Finding hutches that have lighting is something that’s a bit harder to find, but installing them would be quite easy.
(I say that and my husband would install it. Don’t think for a second it would be me, ha!)
I have loved walking through these hutch options with you. I hope this has inspired you to look at your home and see if adding a china hutch would work for you.
Do you have a china hutch?
If you bought one second hand, would you leave it as is or paint it?
We have a massive hutch that we got at an estate sale two years ago. It was already painted black when we got it, so I've left it that color. It has glass in the doors but I'm tempted to switch it out for chicken wire so that it isn't quite so formal and heavy. Either way, I love it!
Courtney I LOVE your hutch!! And I think that idea about the chicken wire is so fabulous!! I'm super tempted to do it to the glass corner cabinet in my kitchen… But I'm kind of afraid to try!