When we first moved into our farmhouse the dining room layout was little awkward. In the corner there was a very small hall…or indention where there was a small closet and a door. The door lead to our master bathroom that had another door that you entered into our master bedroom. Right away I knew we HAD to something with that corner. I did not want access to the master bathroom from the dining room and our master bathroom. The pictures below are pictures that I took the day we moved into the house to give you an idea of what it looked like. Be prepared the house was very ugly and definitely stuck in the 1970’s time warp.
Pretty scary huh? That carpet was the WORST! But you get the idea of that awkward little corner.
The hubby and I decided that we were going to wall in that corner and make it a straight wall. It worked perfectly and made the dining room look more complete.
This was an “in progress” picture right after we tore out the carpet in the kitchen and dining room and put in hardwood laminate flooring.
Well this corner sat like this forever. I began decorating more towards the farmhouse style and still this corner sat empty. This empty corner bugged me! Then I came up with the idea of a corner hutch!
Today I’m going to show you how I built my corner hutch
2 – 1×12, 6 feet long
1 – 1×8, 6 feet long
1 – 1×4, 6 feet long
1 sheet of beadboard, preferably 1/4″ to 3/8″ thick
3 – 1×3, 8 feet long
1 – 1×2, 3 feet long
1 – 36″ long crown moulding or other moulding you prefer
1 – 1×8 @ 72″ (This is your back of the hutch)
6 – 1×12 @ 30 1/2″, both ends cut at 45 degrees off square (these are your shelves)
2 – 1×3 @ 72″ (Front side of the hutch)
2 – Beadboard @ 16 1/4″ x 72″ (Back support for hutch. Make sure you measure for exact fit. Ours was not exactly 72″)
2 – 1×4 @ 26 1/2″ (Top and Bottom Trim, )
1 – 1×2 @ 26 1/2″ (This is the trim for the bottom shelf)
top moulding – measure to fit
Step- By-Step Instructions:
1. Start cutting your shelves by cutting one end of the 1×12 at 45 degrees. Then measure the width of the 1×8 (ours was 7 1/2″) and a 45 degree cut PERPENDICULAR to the first cut. Then continue making cuts to make all your shelves. You need to cut a total of six shelves.
2. Take your 1×12 and mark the follow spots starting at the foot or bottom of the board:
Shelf 1 – 2 3/4″ (you will attach your 1×4 footer to this board)
Shelf 2 – 15 3/4″ (this can be adjusted to any height you would like)
Shelf 3 – 29 1/4″ (this is important to keep at standard 30″ table height)
Shelf 4 – 42 3/4″
Shelf 5 – 55 1/2″ (can also be adjusted to height of your choice)
Shelf 6 – flush with top of the top
3. Predrill all your holes or make pocket holes with your Kreg and apply wood glue. Attach to back of 1×12 with glue and 2″ scews
4. Take you 2 1×2 boards and mark your board 1/2″ all the way down leaving a 1/2″ gap on the face trim
5. Next mark your 1×2 boards at the same heights your shelves hit the boards at.
6. Glue and screw shelves to 1×2 boards make sure to use two screws per shelf. The most important part of this step is to get the shelves lined up correctly to the 1×2 boards
7. Measure the width of the back per each side from the back side to the trim peices and cut your beadboard to fit.
8. Apply glue to the shelf edges and use 1 1/4″ screws to attach beadboard to the shelves. Important part of this step is to keep the beadboard flush to the back and not create a visible seam
9. Now you are going to add your shelf trim. If you have a Kreg Jig you can build your entire face frame and then attach. This is what we did since we have a Kreg. If you do not have a Kreg jig then you attach your trim to the shelves with finish nails and glue. You can also make a design in your 1×4 footer if you want, we left ours plain.
10. Measure your top and cut your crown moulding to fit and attach with a finish-nailer
11. I also placed a center post to remove the gaps between my doors. I just used the left over piece of 1×3 board and glued and nailed it.
12. Next I patched up all the nail holes and filled in any seams and painted.
13. Now comes the doors. First build a frame out of the 1x3s. Then cut four pieces to 26″ and four pieces to 9 1/4″. I then used the Kreg jig to join the pieces together. This gave me a two frames. I then grabbed my left over bead board and cut it down to size to fit my frame.
13. I then glued and nailed the bead board to the frames to create my doors.
14. I then primed and painted the hutch. I wanted my upper shelves to be stained so I only painted the back and sides and then stained the shelves.
15. Next I attached hinges to the doors and attached them to the hutch.
And now you have a great corner hutch!
Isn’t she just lovely? I’m absolutely ecstatic about her! Hope you enjoyed this DIY post!