Thursday, October 7, 2010

Huge Heritage Hutches

How's that title for alliteration...



Well, these hutches are huge in stature, speaking to me through  paint layers and old panes,  used in "Prior" ways...Strong, sturdy, able to change, adapt...beauty only time  can give and only some may see...character to weather the storms ~ just as some of the people we know... a composite, yes, But not of pressed, pretend wood, but rather, solid wood from real trees planted deep.





 The sides were pieced together from our old window casings.

This hutch was made from this and that, by Joshua, my son...Even as a toddler, he drew the best stick figures...an artistic eye...Josh is tall, around six foot 4...He tends to build big, same as his dad.  The hutch is almost 8 foot tall and pretty wide and deep, as well.  
 See the old wheels the weighted ropes went through...to raise the windows...these could be a real pain to raise when the ropes broke and even harder to keep up...we usually just propped them with something...but these were the same as in my childhood home...
The whole piece is getting scrubbed, 
then coats of polyurethane...


The back is made from old siding,  removed, during additions.
                    I guess the house was originally green...
The windows came from this old house, too, not loving the handles, but they were some found ones. Nothing, but poly was bought for this hutch...even the newer pieces of wood added, were scraps from more recent house projects.


Some of the things said about this hutch...
"That would look really good painted" 
"Is he finished with it?" 
"Where are you going to put it?" 
"Can't we have new stuff?" 
...along with plenty of loving comments,
                                                       from knowing folks, lol...

 It don't look to bad from the backside, neither!
The yellow paint came from a room project we did...
I just love how this piece tells the history of our house.


Now, for heavy, old blue...Every male remotely kin swears they will never move this piece again. The shelves came from my Aunt Billie's garage. My mom asked for them and got her oldest grandson to make doors, using original bead board, from the old home place, in Prarieville, where she was raised.  Much to my husband's chagrin, when Moma was no longer using it, she said I could have it!  
In it's prior life it held my moma's linens, then my  husbands tools, but now might be incorporated into my entertainment center...and may get a new paint job, too.
side view and backside, too.
It looks like a beautiful old floor, to me.



Things and stuff are just that...
Things and stuff,
whether it's old, new, shiny, rusty,
or even wonderfully blue and crusty...
it's still just fluff and that's that...

Prior ities...
Lezlee


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33 comments:

Serendipity Woman said...

Oh Pri, I loves it all, and you are so lucky to have a big old house that will receive it with open arms...
Good to see you back...
blessings,
glenda

Tete said...

Love them both, but the first one, now I could move that right in here and love it forever.
I love pieces that hold so much more than what's on it's shelves. The memories and the smiles.
I so appreciate that idea of you holding onto them and loving them like they are.
Fluff is so good!
Hugs- Tete

Laura's Rose Garden said...

Hi Lezlee,
Oh, I just love both of them!!! The blue one is my fave. I have one built around the same time period. BUT.....I also love the one that your son built. It is a masterpiece! I have a collection of cupboards.....up to seven now and they each have their own character!! Most people do not see the beauty in them. AND....they store so much stuff!!!
Thanks for sharing.
Warm hugs, Laura

Tamarah said...

Howdy Lezlee....!

I hope you're well Lovey....!! Both of these cabinets are AWESOME....I'm partial to the first one ONLY because of the colours though & I ADORE how HUGE it is....I LOVE how it's been put together using pieces of wood 'familiar' to you....!!

Hope you have a FAB weekend....!

Cheers from Oz,
Tamarah :o)

Coleen's Corner said...

Oh my gosh what a treasure! I love everything about that creation - stunning! Old Blue is a beauty too. Wow, wow, wow! What a talented brood you are!

Melissa said...

Drop dead gorgeous, both of them!!

the rusty cupboard said...

I like them and would gladly use them...what a piece that tells all about your family and history of the house...really great

gail myrepurposedlife.net said...

lezlee! Oh my gosh! That hutch with the pieces of your home! fabulous! I'm such a sentimental sap, that it just warms my heart to see such a piece come together!
love it!
gail

Kathy said...

WOW! These two pieces are amazing! Furniture with a story. I love it. And I LOVE a good story! - Kathy

shannon i olson said...

I am in love......enough said!

Curtains In My Tree said...

Oh my gosh just move them on over to my house. I need them in the studio for stuff.

What great pictures of them and your son is just to talented isn't he? We all need a man like that to build us treasures like these cabinets.

red.neck chic said...

I absolutely adore BOTH of them!!!

;-D robelyn

Linda said...

Oh Lezlee~ your cupboards are SO wonderful...I really love them both! I love their prior lives!

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Well I love your stuff! These are wonderful and I love the stories behind them too. Thanks for sharing!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

wow! what a great makeover! so pretty! thanks for sharing. have a great weekend!
xo
fitty

A Cottage Muse said...

Wow...so happy I stopped by ~ these are fabulous and so is your blog!

Lacey said...

These pieces are beautiful - they're artworks! Amazing! Thanks for sharing!

Barbara Jean said...

Love that first piece, and especially love what you said at the end. It is just stuff.
(and so fun gathering it all!)

blessings

barbara jean

Laurel said...

OK, I'll say it too...wow, wow, wow!!! They are both so very beautiful. But the first one literally takes my breath away!!! Laurel

Jessa Irene (Holiday-Haven) said...

Well I love all of them. Take your hubby to a furniture store and he will love them too once he sees how much money you are saving him! Men! lol.

Jessica said...

If I wasn't married I would marry those BEAUTIFUL, HUGE Prior cabinets .. hutches (tomato - tamato)
As usual I am left slacked jaw and drooling on my computer. I LOVE the way your brain works.
Honestly. ::sigh::

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comment on my pillows. I love these great old hutches. Such character and the stories they could tell...

'odd and old' Linda Dacey said...

stumbled upon you during my virtual stroll from france. love this post, the sense of history and your words are fine; as are the beasts. surely will be back soon, thanks linda...

kimmykats said...

What wonderful memories these are! I love big old cupboards and even left room in my kitchen for one instead of putting cabinets. Amazing!!

Hilary @ Sweet as June said...

those are AWESOME!!!

time-worn interiors said...

Your son is an artist! What an amazing cabinet!
Theresa

alice said...

Lezlee,
Thanks so much for your comment. I do love your cabinets!! I need a Josh. On a sadder note the reason I have been MIA for a while is my husband has brain, spine, rib, and lung cancer. It comes as quite a blow to us. He is in radiation. Next comes chemo. I could not find your e-mail address. Mine is alicemomtx@yahoo.com Give me jingle & we can chat!
smiles, alice
ps you made my day brighter

Debra@Common Ground said...

What a talented guy you have. These are just amazing cupboards. Love the pieced together look of the old wood. Great job!!!
xo,
Debra

Diann said...

Hi Lezlee!

Love your hutches! They are both awesome. Looks like you are keeping Mr. Lezlee busy. that's good...keep him out of trouble! LOL Have a great day!

The Primitique said...

Oh. My. Goodness. The one the boy child built is amazing. I love it! And Old Blue reminds me of a piece I use to hold my linens. Wonderful pieces, Lezlee! ~Mindy

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What a talented family, and it apparently started in your home growing up. I love the re-use of these wonderful old things. (I remember those windows on the pullies-I bet they are much more useful in that wonderful cabinet than they were as windows!). laurie

Shelia said...

Oh, my goodness! What wonderful cupboards! and huge! That first one probably wouldn't even fit in most homes! Boy, I sure could poke a lot of stuff in there!:)
The blue one is wonderful too! Oh, I'm just thrilled to death you came to my party!
You are a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I adore them! They are so neat, and they do tell a story. I found a cute old chippy table the other day, and I want to leave it as is... so I'm going to wax it with the Rolls Royce of waxes... Briwax and hope the paint will stop chipping. I'm scared for anyone to sand it lest they sand too much off. So I understand from whence you come with these. Your son did a super job on that big boy.


Dropping by from Shelia's and am so glad I did.

XO,

Sheila :-)