Mildred Pierce and the Hutch

 

I am genetically incapable of driving by the curbside treat, no matter how rough and pitiful it may look through the window of my car (my Dad and sister are my picking spotters, so you can see, it runs in the family).  This behemoth, in all of its glorious putty-ness, sang a siren song I couldn’t refuse:

 

Here she is, in pieces, in all her beigy-puttiness..

 

It wasn’t until I got home that I realized that this was the one thing I actually needed for my work space:  a place in which to store all of the tricks of my trade (OR all of my favorite knick-knacks..they’re a nightmare to dust, but they make my house a home).

 

See? I think it needs a little something...

 

Did you have a chance to see the HBO adaptation of the Joan Crawford movie “Mildred Pierce”?  I fell in love with every aspect of this wonderful period piece, the 1940s set design was worth hitting pause every time they moved from room to room.  The kitchen in particular is the kitchen of my dreams:

 

I think I would look fabulous standing in this kitchen, acting like I'm cooking..

 

The gold/yellow that I painted the file cabinets that make up my desk was directly inspired by Ms. Pierce’s kitchen…to me, it was the perfect neutral.  Two cans of Rust-Oleum “Summer Squash” later, and this is what I had:

 

The Yellow Submarine

 

Somehow, it didn’t match my desk and it certainly wasn’t Mildred’s yellow…So it was time for Plan B.  When in doubt, go with white (plus I figured that would match the TJ Maxx contact paper I used to cover the front of the cabinets..)

 

The magazine boxes are from the dollar bin at Target..I loved the patterns. And the orange box was $2 at a yard sale. Perfect price points!

 

I raid the dollar bins at Michael's too..

 

Little spice shelf from Ikea is perfect here...I think I need a few more of these..

 

Goodies all neatly tucked away..

 

So, until I can find Mildred’s exact yellow, this is going to have to do..in the meantime, the way this hutch has turned out only encourages me to continue to drive with my hazard lights on..

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    1. Ana Haydee says:

      Very ingenious and a great way to hide the little things that populate our desks.

    2. Kathy says:

      I think if you use a burnt umber glaze, wiped off, over your summer squash yellow you will start getting close to the Mildred Pierce yellow you are looking for. I love that kitchen too but what through me in the movie was her making pies on that table, it is so low for working…but it looks great in this picture, love the style of it. Love you energy to make things work so beautifully.

      • Thanks so much, Kathy! I wish I’d known about the burnt umber..I think you’re right, that would have brought me a little closer to the color I wanted…next piece, maybe? (and yes, that table was a little low for rolling pie dough! Poor Mildred had a bad back along with all her other troubles!)

    3. Debbie says:

      Wonderful. I love shutters and have used them alot in my decorating. I just posted about them this weekend too. How funny. But hey great minds think alike and shutters are fun to decorate with.
      Great post.
      Blessings,
      Debbie

    4. Debbie says:

      Wonderful. I love shutters and have used them alot in my decorating. I just posted about them this weekend too. How funny. But hey great minds think alike and shutters are fun to decorate with.
      Great post.
      Blessings,
      Debbie

    5. What a wonderful rescue! The rehab and the styling are beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing it with us this week!

      Take care,

      Trish

    6. dorothy says:

      I LOVE your style. It’s so quirky and ecclectic. I am so happy I found your blog. I am definitely going to implement alot of your ideas.
      Thanks so much:)

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