Monday, March 7, 2011

Tuesdays Treasures

Since I have had a few comments on my green hutch I thought I would feature it along with my other hutch for Tuesdays Treasures .First off is the green one, this hutch we acquired when we bought a house a number of years ago and this was built in the pantry , it was an older home and had this neat old pantry with lots of shelves and this was part of that area , I suppose the lady used it to bake on in earlier years .At any rate we cleaned off the old stuff they had glued to the counter part and refinished the wood and left it with just a varnish finish . The dishes in this hutch are used everyday and I really am not too sure what I would do without it , it is wonderful storage .I tried to get a picture of the full hutch but there isn't quite enough room to get back far enough to do that but you can see there are doors on the bottom for extra storage underneath .
Then there is this very special hutch , this one has a family history that dates back to the early 1800's when my husbands ancestors came from Scotland and landed in Nova Scotia . These men started a sawmill where they made some furniture from the wood they milled and this hutch was made at that time and it has been passed down through a few generations now . The funny part about this is , well actually it isn't funny at all, we saved this hutch from the landfill , my husband was over helping his great aunt Bessie(his grandfathers sister) , you have heard me talk about her before , well Bessie was doing some renovations to the old homestead and decided she wanted a new modern kitchen and was literally having the whole kitchen gutted . There outside in the pile of debris was the hutch that I had admired so many times ,Bill was horrified and asked her if he could have it rather than see it thrown away . She said if you can get it out of here go ahead I don't want it . So he quickly retrieved it from the huge pile and got it into his truck and took it home . It didn't look quite like this , it was much darker , the varnish had darkened on it so overtime we have cleaned it off and just used Beeswax to preserve it and it has been with us now for over 30 years and has moved a number of times but I always made sure I had a special spot to place it and when we built this house about 6 years ago I designed the kitchen and dining area to accomodate both hutches and I am so glad I did .They are indeed treasures to me . To see more treasures be sure to visit with Melody of the House on the side of the Hill  , you will be glad you did.  Thanks so much for stopping by .
 hugs Sheila

18 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing your lovely hutches. I have a corner and full hutch that were passed down to me that need painting - thanks for the inspiration.

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  2. What an amazing story. Thank goodness you saved the dresser, it would have been terrible if it was lost forever. Both dressers are wonderful and I'm so glad you shared them with us.

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  3. Both hutches are gorgeous! Love the history of the second one! That makes it extra special! Love it!

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  4. Both the hutches are gorgeous. I wish i had one to put my antique china in. But i don't want a "modern" hutch. So glad Bill was able to save that hutch. Would've been such a shame to have lost it.Hugs,

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  5. Both dressers are beautiful especially the dresser from the 1800's. Oh thank goodness for Bills rescue efforts. It would have been an awful shame to have gone in to landfill. Makes you wonder what other treasures have been lost this way. I loved your story about it.

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  6. I know I've told you before, but I love BOTH of your hutches. I do enjoy the story about Bill rescuing the second one from Aunt Bessie's kitchen re-do...good thing you all were over there that day! And that green hutch is just lovely - the color is perfect and I love how you use it for your everyday dishes. Perfection!

    XOXO,

    Cyndi

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  7. Hi Sheila, Love both the hutches. It was soo special that Bill could get the hutch from his beloved aunt. She has blessed you both with memory pieces. Have a good quilt daY Love you. Dianne

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  8. Hello Sheila,

    Two special treasures today. So glad you were able to save the hutch and bring it home. Sometimes "modern" is not always the way to go.

    Happy days.
    Bev.xoxo

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  9. Sheila what lovely histories these 2 hutches have very interesting post.

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  10. Never heard those called hutches before - I would call them side boards or or maybe dressers - interesting to see what they are called elsewhere - lovely colour!

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  11. Good morning Sheila...very nice pics and great story....My husband's great grandfather came over from England and settled in Passborough..and my Mom came over from Scotland in the early 50s...always lots of good stories,eh.

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  12. Those hutches are just gorgeous. I am very fond, as you know, of that green one. I just love that shade of green too!
    Thank you so much for sharing them with us.!!

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  13. I love your kitchen hutches Sheila, thankyou for sharing. Cheers Kaylee

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  14. Hi Sheila.
    I welcome you as a new follower to my blog. As I can see, you have a wonderful blog too, I´ll come visiting you again and again *lol*
    Bente

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  15. Oh my what a shame that would have been for her to have throw it away...I have one a little like your green one that I am going to paint white. Trish

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