dishes · display · kitchen

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.
Solution?
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

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