Hutch Much?

Today, I’ve been thinking about hutches.

Remember the bookcase we’re using at the moment to store our dishes?

It works alright. Great, in fact. I love having more space for food and such in the wall of cupboards. But, even after styling it the best I can for this post, I’m not so happy with it. The irregularity of the shelves makes it difficult to find enough space to store some things and the fact that it must be kept pristine at all times in order to look good drives me nuts. Especially since this is the Husband’s favourite place for his wallet, keys, and watch. 
And, I have to face it: we don’t have nice dishes, and even if we get news ones, I won’t be able to weed out all the mismatched ones. I’m sentimental like that. Some of those dishes were wedding gifts. Others have special meaning to us. I need to face it: we’re a mismatched dishes kind of family.
A hutch with drawers that close (useful since we could only work 1 drawer into our whole kitchen design) and open shelving for the pretty dishes I want to display, the tea cups, my soup tureen and bowls, my patterned mixing bowls, etc.
Some requirements: it has to be narrow in all directions except up. No more than 15 or so inches deep, and about the same width as the current bookshelf. And, something I can paint a fun colour or two, a contrast to our all-white cabinets. 
I don’t want to end up impeding the flow of the kitchen by the addition of this piece of furniture, so I may have to look a while in order to find the right one. I’ll be keeping an eye on Kijiji, the local thrift store, and, of course, the curb, over the next few months. This acquisition may take awhile. Patience, patience. Delayed gratification is a good thing. 

Images. a) Me b) here c) here

0 thoughts on “Hutch Much?

  1. 12 inches deep is standard for bookshelves, but I'm not even sure what the "standard" [if there even is one] for hutches might be — though 15" deep sounds like lots of room for storage to me.

    Have you thought about the possibility of building your own hutch? If you put any thought into that you should check out, lots of great furniture plans there.

    You can usually rent tools [or borrow them from friends/fam] and the cost of lumber/plywood isn't bad if you don't buy a mega expensive species [also being in the city you have the advantage that the store might do the cuts for you if you don't own a table/chop saw].

  2. In my brief bit of research, it seemed like 15'' was standard for hutches. But really, in this space, the narrower, the better! I did briefly think about making my own while putting this post together. We have all the tools we would need and we even have plans to make our own dining room table when we find the time. But I love the idea of finding an old, used or misused hutch and restoring it to a new glory. Of course, if I can't find exactly what I want, I might have to break down and attempt to make my own.

  3. I know what you mean about finding a piece that'll fit. Until we did a mini- redo to our kitchen this past spring, we had sturdy milk crates (some kind of really stiff resin/plastic?) stacked up to hold our shoes by the back door. I'd covered it with fabric so it didn't look so bad but it still was pretty "function only". Solution: My dear hubby took measurements (How big do you want this honey?) and custom made a shelf from simple wood boards the painted it the color of the walls to blend in. I made a little fabric "curtain" for the front so we don't see the messy shoes. On top is a pretty closed wicker basket for keys, wallets, cell phones. So cool and now it has style AND function! We have more room there now too. I'm with Martina, get the measurements you need for all the stuff you'd like to put there and build it yourself…or have someone do it for you if you're "power tool challenged" 🙂 You'll love it!

  4. i can't remember if i commented on your other kitchen posts or not… but your kitchen is just beautiful, i love the counters!

    i think a hutch is a great idea! good luck finding one that will work – my recommendation is to stop looking, b/c as soon as you stop looking you'll find it. at least that is how it seems to work for me!!

    katie @ five2eight.blogspot

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