I've been looking online for ideas on what to do with it- paint it? replace the knobs? put cork on the lower wall section and use it as an inspiration board?
Here are some cool ideas and photos I found for a similar idea. I'm pondering some options...
Here is a wonderful "after" picture of a very similar piece which I found on this awesome site, The Frosted Gardner. I love the distressed look and the natural wood they left peeking through the white paint.
And here is a glossier, more contemporary makeover of a similar piece located on Design Sponge:
This one's smaller than mine but I like the cozy feeling:
Since my hutch has a larger "tabletop" area I would definitely put a small lamp on top of it. I like the homey feel of it over an officey bank lamp. Photo from L Kells Antiques lovely blog.
Here's a version (again, painted white) which is shown being used as a piece of storage furniture in a baby nursery. I definitely think the paint makes this gigantic piece a little more room friendly. I know it's a beautiful wood, but it doesn't really match my style. Photo from TLC Home.
Finally, here's a photo of something I'd like to do also, covering the wall portion with cork tiles for my various papers and postcards and to do lists:
If anyone has any ideas or advice I'd love to know....I also now need a desk to go along with this! I'm thinking something large like a small dining table and without any storage since I already have that covered. Then I'll have plenty of room for my computer, papers...and feet. :)