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Marrying a Farmhouse Hutch and Dresser

We’re sharing how to marry a farmhouse hutch and dresser today!

Over the past few years, we’ve really made a concerted effort to shop the house before buying anything new. 

One reason is that this island cottage doesn’t have a lot of extra storage space. So, we’ve learned to be extra vigilant about what comes in and out.  

Most of the pieces in our home have been painted multiple times.

They’ve also been moved from one room to the next to get a “fresh look” for free.

A few things have been moved to a new spot only to be moved right back a few months (or weeks) later.

But that’s how you learn, you know?

Floral Arrangement in Ironstone-The Crowned Goat

While it might seem like a hassle, shopping your house, moving furniture and accessories around, and investing in quality paint are some of the most budget-friendly ways to create a room you love.

After all, there’s a reason you brought home those amazing treasures in the first place!

Furniture Fruit Basket Turnover…

This notion was never more apparent than when we were working on the guest bedroom makeover.  

For a few days, it seemed like furniture fruit basket turnover. I kept moving around SO many different pieces!

It might sound crazy, but I was ready for a change and open to any idea that would give us one for next to nothing.

As you can imagine, moving the French Country dresser to an adjacent wall in the guest bedroom left us with a big hole to fill.

So, I decided to marry the farmhouse hutch from my childhood desk suite and a dresser that belonged to my late Granny.

Both of which were being used in other parts of the house.

The minute I saw the pieces in the bedroom though, I knew immediately they would look so much better in the breakfast nook.

I’ll be honest, trying to sell the idea of putting a dresser in the breakfast nook was not as easy as I had imagined.

Thankfully, the art of compromise is still alive and well.

And in the end, it worked out for the best. 

Marrying the Farmhouse Hutch and Dresser with Paint…

In order to truly marry the farmhouse hutch and dresser, I painted both pieces with Americana Décor Chalky Paint in Primitive. 

I use this color a lot because it’s super neutral and goes with everything.

Our home is an open concept so you can stand in one spot and see into multiple rooms at once.

It’s taken us a while to get there. But having a united color palette has definitely helped to ensure a smooth transition from one space to the next.

If you’re new to painting, our post Back to Basics: Chalk Painting Furniture 101 will guide you through all the steps.   

Once the paint was dry on the hutch and dresser, I used a fine art brush to paint all the details in Cottage White.

Then I lightly sanded both pieces with 220-grit sandpaper to distress them just a bit.

Even Subtle Changes Can Make an Impact…

Truthfully, the change is very, very subtle.

But marrying the farmhouse hutch and dresser really helped to soften the entire breakfast nook.  

How to Marry a French Country Dresser and Hutch with Paint-The Crowned Goat

And I couldn’t be more excited to have my Granny’s dresser front and center.

Some of my most cherished memories include being gathered around her kitchen table spending time listening and learning from all her adventures. 

Farmhouse Hutch and Dresser Painted in Primitive-The Crowned Goat

Styling the Farmhouse Hutch and Dresser…

While I was busy with the breakfast nook curtains, my Mom was busy styling the farmhouse hutch. 

I’ve had these pieces of brown and white transferware for years. 

The pattern is called Royal Mail.

Brown and White Transferware in French Country Hutch-The Crowned Goat

I still have a few things to pull together.

For example, deciding on which pillows will be the best fit (these seem a little too irresistible).

And I would love to update the coffee bar too


Overall, the breakfast nook is really close to being finished though.

It’s crazy how adding a pop of color and marrying the farmhouse hutch and dresser changed the feel of the entire space.

Here’s a sneak peek…

French Country Breakfast Nook-The Crowned Goat

Have you ever married two different pieces of furniture? We’d love to hear about your experience!

Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Other Pieces Painted in Primitive to Enjoy:

Many blessings,


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    1. Thank you so much, Paula! I did not want my Granny’s dresser to go in the garage but since we have an open floor plan our wall space is very, very limited. I’m thrilled this idea worked out in real life like it did in my head! It makes me think of her every time I see it now which I know you can completely understand the sentiment 🙂 Sending you lots of hugs for a joy-filled week, CoCo

  1. CoCo,
    This is such a great way to repurpose pieces that you may have become board with. Love it.

    1. Thank you so much, Rachel! It’s been fun to find fresh ways to get creative while moving pieces around the house. It’s like a free makeover 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

  2. I really enjoyed reading through the process of how you were able to repurpose both the hutch and dresser. Creativity and saving money really do go hand in hand!

    1. Thank you so much for your sweet words, Heidi! I know it looks like it takes a lot of extra money to have an amazing home but I swear some of my favorite projects came about when my budget was super tiny and I had to get really creative. Just like you say, they go hand in hand! Hugs, CoCo

  3. Thanks so much for sharing this fabulous project. I love it!!! And the way you have it styled is absolutely gorgeous. I’m sure this would look great it any room:)

    1. Thank you, Maria! We gave it our best to try and make it work for the bedroom but the only thing I could think about was how pretty it would be with vintage china in the breakfast nook. I’m so glad it worked out 🙂 Sending you hugs for a fabulous day, CoCo

  4. Nothing like family pieces. Sometimes we have to wait for the right, inspiration or spot.

    Beautiful and as always styling is so pretty.

    Who doesn’t love finding dishes on a hunt.

    1. Thank you so much, Cindy! It’s exciting to be able to use my Granny’s dresser and the dishes I’ve collected for years! I swear if the pandemic taught me anything it’s don’t wait 🙂 Hugs for a happy day, CoCo

  5. These special pieces were truly meant to be. Just beautiful CoCo. I would like to share this in my weekly wrap-up this weekend.

    1. That would be so sweet of you, Kim! Sometimes things do not turn out in real life like they do in my head so I’m beyond grateful to have a sweet piece from my Granny front and center. Hugs and thank yous, CoCo

  6. This is so creative! I love how the two pieces combined and we’re sharing it in our weekly blog roundup. Your collection of plates is gorgeous… Thanks for sharing on the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop!

    1. Thank you so much, Anne, I really appreciate it! I wasn’t 100% it was going to turn out but it was definitely fun to take a chance on the idea. Hope your weekend has been a fun one so far, CoCo

  7. What a great combo – they were destined to be together:) Looks really lovely! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

    1. Thanks so much, Kathleen, I really appreciate it! I can’t wait to decorate that hutch for all sorts of fun holidays. Hugs, CoCo

  8. Your furniture makeover turned out amazing. You can make anything look beautiful.

    1. So kind of you to say, Kippi, thank you so much! Hope your day is a special one, CoCo

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