Or The Dining Room Part Deaux!
Long before I bought this house I started a collection of vintage bar ware. I don’t know where the love of that glassware came from but I do remember the exact moment it happened. My ex husband and I were at a senior center indoor yard sale in Lancaster Ohio. I found a set of four “Rocks” glasses, clear, with a diamond etched in to them. I don’t know why, but I loved them and had to have them. I think I paid $4 for them. That was it. I was hooked. My first intro to Mid Century something. I spent the next decade looking for fun and unique martini glasses, shakers, etc. I focused very hard on the martini ware of the 50’s and 60’s.
Well, the problem with collecting anything is you eventually run out of room. And I hate hate hate collections that serve no purpose or can’t be seen. So through three different houses MOST of my collection stayed wrapped up. Until this house. One of our favorite features of this home was the built-in hutch in the dining room.
It’s beautiful. Sadly, in just two years, we have out grown that hutch. So I put a moratorium on new glassware. Which is harder than you might think. Because I may have failed to mention that I married a glass collector. Pint glasses? Yeah, we got ’em. About 1000 of them. You put two collectors together and what do you get? Yeah. Hoarders in the making! Hah!
So our solution of course was another cabinet, hutch, something to display our glassware. The caveat for us though, it had to “Fit” the house and the dining room. So a search of area stores, craigslist, yard sales, was on. We got lucky and just a year ago found this gem on craiglist:
It had a little damage on the bottom edges, but was otherwise VERY well made. I mean, seriously, they made stuff SO well back then! It was listed for $100, we offered $75, they not only took it, but delivered it for us for free!
So that has served us well for the last year, but then, we out grew that hutch too. Okay. Okay. I know what you’re thinking. We MAY have a problem. We MAY need an intervention.
But in my defense, not only do I have my stuff, his stuff, but suddenly my mother has started giving me HER stuff!
So early this year we decided that as much as we love our dining room, it is basically USELESS to us. In the almost two years we have lived here, we have used it exactly two times. Seriously. It is wasted space that we walk through to other rooms. So we decided to turn it more into a total display area for our collections of old things.
I admit it. I like old. Heck, I don’t hate new either. But there is something about buying something that has a history. I enjoy it. Brian enjoys it. And we like hunting for things. We know antiques aren’t for everyone. We get that. But we truly think if done, and done well, you can totally blend old world with new world and live in harmony.
So now I had a solid collection of things I loved, things he loved, and things my mother has given me that are true family heirlooms. I needed another hutch. BUT, I didn’t want to overwhelm my dining room with “Junk”. Even though we don’t use the room, you can see it from three other rooms, so I wanted it to look nice.
So just last week, on a complete whim, Brian and I stopped at Heritage Square Antique Mall in Columbus Ohio over my lunch break. One hour power shop. We found a mid-century hutch that was originally marked at $200 marked down to$50. FIFTY BUCKS. It was almost too good to pass up. But. It was kind of ugly!!!!
I wasn’t sold honestly. I did NOT love it. But 50 bucks is hard to pass up. I figured we could paint it or use it elsewhere in the house if need be. So we bought it. It’s an American of Martinsville hutch. Makers of fine American furniture!
I am no expert with dating (and if YOU are please email me!!!) but by style alone I would say it’s probably mid to late 60’s???? It is SOLID wood, one piece, dovetail drawer inside. No particle board here! And it had lights!!!! Total bonus!!!!
I REALLY hated the color of the wood in the store. Maybe its maple? I don’t really know, so I was thinking I might stain or paint it. But now that it’s here, I think I will leave it be.
I promptly cleaned it and put my stuff in it. And I LOVE IT. I mean, I really love it!
It looks like it belongs here. Then we decided to bring up an old table we had in the basement. It belonged to Brian’s grandparents. A great solid Ethan Allen table from the mid 60’s, but we never really had a spot for it. Now we do! We added a few more accessories, family heirlooms and things we had collected, and VOILA! We now have a true mid-century dining room to display all or our collection:
This is what the dining room looked like before. Like WAY before!
And as it looks today:
So here are some more highlights of my collection for anyone interested. Call this glass porn if you will!!!! (Sorry mom!)
I hope you all enjoy your collections as we are now enjoying ours!!!! And happy thrifting. You just never know when you will find your next bargain!!!