My dear readers,
It happened again.
You know, the idea that I come up with that seems so impossible to bring to fruition and yet….
….and yet, the Captain (after a bit of mumbling and grumbling under his breath) finally listens to me and somehow makes it happen.
You know I am known for getting an idea and like an old dog with a bone….I just can’t let go and I hang on and I hang on until I convince a certain guy that my idea will work.
And so I reason with him.
If you only do this, and I draw a picture of that…and then you do this, and I work it all out in my head, and you do this….WE can have a nice white dining room hutch to fit in our kitchen nook.
The nook is very small and to purchase a custom hutch would cost a fortune.
I know, I know…and that is what made this IKEA hack so cool.
You see, I had seen these open book shelves at IKEA and I noticed that they were only 11 inches deep.
That is the perfect depth for the only wall in my kitchen nook… without crowding my dining table.
And if I bought one 31 inch wide standing book shelf and two 12 inch wide book shelves (one on each side) and hooked them all together, added four cubbies for across the top and added glass doors to all four, put tall glass doors on the 12 inch book cases flanking the wider one, put glass shelves to replace the all wooden shelves and crown molding on the top and added a baseboard on the bottom to raise it off the floor….and changed the wooden knobs for glass crystal knobs, put under-shelf lighting on all shelves…well, by golly-gee,
…well, I would have a buffet!
That taint no problem….I reasoned.
OK, I didn’t use the word taint.
Sooooo early last summer, I took my scribbles and the Captain and we went to IKEA, purchased all the parts and packed all the flat boxes in the back of the pick-up and began the 150 mile trek back home, all the while I was planning the dining hutch project!
Which turned into a bit of a project; but nothing my Captain could not handle.
I am so lucky to have him.
Of course he is lucky to have me as I kept supplying the cookies and cakes and sandwiches and fruit and all the trail mix he could ask for…so he wouldn’t have to stop working…and in no time, the hutch was complete.
Well, in almost no time. The project stretched into a few week-ends.
The Captain didn’t even flinch when I suggested we use the left over beadboard from our bathroom makeover (see here) for the sides of the hutch.
You have seen the hutch in a few previous pictures.
Here it is adorned with a Fall pumpkin or two.
I love that I have mostly white ironstone dishes in the hutch and by adding a bit of color…the look of the hutch changes completely.
The bottom of the hutch, behind closed doors, stores my napkins and salt and pepper shakers and a few odds and ends for tablescaping.
I would love to tell you that everything is finished on the hutch, but alas…there are still a few touch-ups to do. For example, I believe I should “plug” the shelve adjusters holes with a filler or cap but the Captain asked; what if I wanted to adjust the shelves?
He has a point there.
So my friends, I am a little slow in explaining the DIY, but now it is all ready for Christmas and I love this narrow hutch!
What are your thoughts in using moveable units to become one?
Have you an IKEA hack?
Tom Miller says
The love of my life always comes up with the greatest ideas. I love seeing her smile when I make them happen for her.
Linda Cunha says
Your hutch is beautiful. You are so lucky to have a husband who makes your decorating dreams come true! I like the decorations you put in the hutch, bright and clean. I might copy a few!
Thank you Linda, I am so very fortunate, I know.
And please feel free to copy whatever you like. That is why I post, to give ideas and inspiration and sometimes one has to just see it in a picture form and it jogs their memory of something they had already thought of, but forgot. LOL
it turned out beautiful. The Captain is a keeper.
Thanks Leanne, I am so glad we did it this way. It saved us lots of money and I like the homey-ness of it. Merry Christmas!