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The Hutch Saga Continues

September 22nd, 2008

Kitchen Hutch – (from before the house was completely finished)

This is what the hutch now looks like with two coats of “Cottage Cream” paint from Sherwin Williams. 

Yes, I went with cream. 
Yes, I realize that cream was not really an option before. 
Yes, I seriously considered many of the suggestions that were offered in the previous hutch spasm story.
Yes, I almost went with black and then I almost went with the same color as the walls, but in the end I wimped out with cream. Or maybe I whipped out with cream! 
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha – boy am I funny today.

So back to me, me, me and more me, and also my hutch.

Here are all my problems for you to solve.

1. So far I have not painted the inside of the hutch with the cream paint. Can you even tell from the picture? Or does it all look the same?
If by some miracle, you can tell that the inside is still a pale blue/green and the exterior is now a warm cream, I really would appreciate your opinion as to if I should go ahead and paint the inside cream as well.  Or if I should paint it an entirely different color.  Or if I can leave the inside of the hutch the pale green/blue color and maybe have a slim chance of getting the damn… I mean DANG thing finished in this lifetime.

PS – If you vote for painting it cream or painting it an entirely different color – YOU HAVE TO COME OVER AND DO IT FOR ME!!!

2. My second problem is even spazzier than the first. Do you see how the top of the hutch is currently sitting on the bottom of the hutch? I don’t know if you realize this, but the top of the hutch used to hang on the wall suspend about a foot above the bottom of the hutch.

Like the above pic.

This is not how I intended for the hutch to be. I originally drew the hutch to be a single piece, but the country doctor was concerned that we would not have enough counter space, and so at the last minute, the cabinet makers hung the top of the hutch a foot above the bottom of the hutch. We could not hang it any higher because of the vent on the wall. And guess what? We do really use that counter space. Mostly to catch all the junk mail, and the permission slips and the book orders, and the soccer schedules and the school picture packets… which keeps the other counters free from all that junk, which makes me pretty happy.  On the other hand, I always though that the two part hutch looked kind of odd.

3. Can you also tell that we took off the crown moulding and we moved the hutch out from the wall?  Am I the only person on the planet who cares this much about my silly little hutch?  If there is anyone still reading this – I always wanted my kitchen hutch to LOOK LIKE A HUTCH! But it never really did. So I am considering giving it a complete makeover. I want to move it away from the wall, put on a new countertop that is edged all the way around, find a smaller crown moulding for the top. I would also like the cabinet makers to build a piece that goes in between the countertop and the upper cabinet that sort of connects the two pieces together so it looks like a whole. I know this is all terribly confusing so look… I drew a really bad picture…

Is it all crystal clear now?

Do you think that it will look terrible and I should just put it back like it was? Should I keep the upper cabinet on the lower cabinet? Is anyone still with me?

So cream inside or cream not inside?
Upper on lower or upper not on lower?
Out from the wall or not out from the wall?
Place her in psychiatric care immediately or sedate her and lobotomize the frontal lobe?
Tell me what you think.  
Muchas Gracias!

We are a family of movie watchers.  Well, actually five of us are movie watchers.  The Country Doctor is not a movie watcher.  He can’t sit still long enough to watch a movie.  It is far too self indulgent of an activity for him and besides, surely there are some punishing, maggot infested trees he needs to chop down with a dull axe, in a frozen forest, which he can only reach on foot, wearing a thread bare t-shirt and some ripped, paint-stained shorts.  

My boys and I often watch movies huddled in a large pile on my bed with the lap top propped on a pillow at the footboard. It is very cozy.  I  watched “The Brother’s Grimm” last night with my two oldest boys because they have the day off from school today.  
We watch a lot of different kind of movies together.  My kids have watched Miss Marple, and Poirot, and most of the Jane Austen films.  Of course we have seen all the Harry Potters and the Spidermans, and the Jason Bourne films.  We watch a lot of PG 13 action films, we still watch a lot of animated films and we all especially love Wallace and Grommit. I don’t have a lot of  parameters for what they can and can’t watch, except no “R” films are allowed.  Mostly I pay attention to the critics and if a film receives decent reviews we will probably check it out at some time.
The Country Doctor has a far different perspective than I do regarding movies.  First of all, he hates to see his family lying motionless, mesmerized by any type of video screen, and if he catches us watching a movie, we all feel like we are committing some sort of obscure crime. Secondly, the only movies that the Country Doctor thinks are truly okay for his family to watch are rated “G’ and usually involve bearded mountain men, a log cabin, a hound dog, and a friendly Native American named Feather Foot.  The story line always seems to revolve around a blonde, freckled child that gets lost in the mountains but then is saved by both his hound dog and his friend, Feather Foot.  The story concludes with the mom wearing a gingham dress, serving a batch of fresh baked biscuits and a kettle of stew to her family and the whole tribe.
Oh… and he also likes the film “The Bridge Over The River Kwai”.  
So tonight as I was driving my kids home from a football game, I called the CD and let him know that I planned to get a movie for our older boys.  This conversation took place…
Him – Would you like me to pick up the movie on my way home?
Me – Hey boys… would anyone like Dad to pick out the movie tonight?
Me – Um… Honey… They don’t want you to pick out the movie.
Him – Why?
Me – Because you pick out terrible movies with mountain men and goats and hound dogs and women making biscuits on a coal stove… and well… we much prefer Spiderman.
Him – Where did I go wrong?  Why isn’t my family more like me?
I didn’t know how to answer that question and the CD didn’t really want to hear the truth – that being that the days of stews being cooked in kettles over open fires by happy moms, and lost children being saved by Native Americans are long over – if they ever existed at all. 
Later that same evening, he came home to find three of us huddled on my bed watching “The Brother’s Grimm.”  As usual, he was clearly appalled and the boys and I felt worthless and guilt-ridden until he walked out of the room to go drain the pond with a pair of rusting forceps, a leaky bucket and a three legged gurney.  

I have mentioned before, that we ordered about half of all the cabinets in our house in “paint grade poplar” meaning the cabinets were delivered and installed unpainted in order to save a few shekels.  I really enjoy painting and thought it would be no trouble at all to paint twenty odd cabinets myself.  
Har Har Har!
I think I will have unpainted cabinets in my house until I am ninety years old at this point.  And even funnier is that I actually did paint the kitchen hutch already!
Yeah – isn’t that funny!  
Isn’t that just the funniest thing you ever heard?!?
I am laughing really, really hard right now.
Tears are just streaming down my face, I am laughing so hard.
Wait!  I’m not laughing… I am sobbing!

But I have never really liked this faded greed on the hutch.  Actually – I do like the color.  I just don’t like it on the hutch.  Actually I do like it on the hutch.  I just don’t like it on the hutch in this room.  The kitchen is painted in a very nice warm yellow and the washed out greenish/blueish hutch has never looked right to me.

Believe it or not the door above is actually painted in two different colors.  One side is a deep orange and other side is a cardinal red.  I ragged a brown glaze over both colors.  What do you think?  Can you even see a difference?

This is the closest color I could find to a pumpkin… because I just had to try a pumpkin color on my hutch.  I also used the brown glaze over the top and I love this color… I am just not sure I want my kitchen hutch to be this color.  

This is a deeper red with the brown glaze over the top.

Then I got tired of the reds…

So I decided to try a few greens.  I just had to try them.  The samples are cheap and I just had to see if a “harder green” would do the trick for me.  I especially like the darker green, but again I am not sure it is the right choice for the hutch.

Do you see a color that looks perfect?
Please don’t tell my you like the original color!
Because it is not going to be easy to cover up all that red paint!

While I was at the paint store, I happened to notice that they had a huge wallpaper book collection, so I took a break from my hutch paint color spasms and flipped through a few books.

I am usually the type of person that likes to drag home as many samples of certain materials as I can get away with.  I will lug twelve carpet samples, nineteen tile boards, and four hundred paint chips home, spread them all out, and glory in all the possibilities for days.  But the wallpaper books were different.  After looking through several, I stumbled upon one that instantly made my heartbeat erratic.  My pulse quickened.  My skin glistened with sweat.  My bosom heaved.  Every page in the wallpaper book felt like a scene from a Jane Austen novel.

I guess you could say that I judged the book by it’s cover.

And as tears rained down on my cheeks….

I whispered the dearest feelings of my heart…

You had me at hello…

You… had…. ME… at… HELLO!  

Oh yeah – so if you have an opinion on a good color for that horrifying hutch up there please let me know.  
Because the clown look is really not working for me.
Muy Muy Appreciado,