Styling Old Desk and Hutch

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Hi! We have a lot of inherited furniture pieces and I'm trying to figure out how to make them work in our home. I want our home to still look stylish, but all of this furniture has sentimental meaning for my husband so I really want to incorporate it rather than just making a trip to Ikea for new stuff.

Any thought on styling this desk/hutch? We already have an "office" desk so I was thinking of maybe using this in the kitchen somehow?

Open to all suggestions!
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  • Kitchen, family room, living room - wherever you have space. I would display with photos, plants, whatever you already own, no need to run out and buy items. It is a lovely piece, lucky you!

  • Elizabeth Dion Elizabeth Dion on Jun 08, 2017
    Don't know if your husband would be open to this or not; I would paint the piece with chalk paint, distress it some and set it up for use as a coffee bar in your kitchen.

  • Diana Diana on Jun 08, 2017
    Don't paint that beautiful wood! But a coffee bar/beverage bar is a great idea. Great place for cook books too.

  • Becky Brown Becky Brown on Jun 08, 2017
    I go back and forth on painting the wood. I would like to at least switch out the hardware and saw off the little railings in front of the shoes. Anyone know where I could find some tall baskets to fit in those awkward shelves??

    • JEANNE BOLLEY JEANNE BOLLEY on Jun 08, 2017
      You can order all sorts of baskets online from Walmart, Amazon and Big Lots. They don't necessarily need to match either!

  • Paula Paula on Jun 08, 2017
    I would change out the handles for something a bit more modern. It's a small change but it can really update the look. Also if you stack the books horizontally so they're on they're or sides. Organize based on color of the binding and size

  • Karen Merritt3 Karen Merritt3 on Jun 08, 2017
    I agree with Elizabeth. Chalk paint and distressing would look great.