Monday, July 29, 2013

DIY Wall Hutch

diy wall hutch

How I built a wall hutch above my kids built in desks in the playroom.

Ana White has come through again!  Plans for a lovely 3 drawer wall hutch that fits perfectly above the schoolhouse desks or any desk for that matter.

kids playroom wall hutch

ballard designs 3 drawer hutch
Ana drew up the plans and I built two units for about $80 each.  

built in wall hutch

Each unit has 3 generous sized drawers that don't require drawer slides! (or hardware if you choose):

3 drawers in wall hutch

wall hutch details

I trimmed out the top in basic crown molding for a finished look.

diy built in wall hutch above desk

And added corkboard in between the hutches for hanging artwork:

diy kids schoolhouse desk with wall hutch

The drawer pull hole was made using a 1 1/2" spade bit and the backing is wide beadboard (or wainscot paneling).

wall hutch drawers with finger pull

 There is a bit of a funky spot on the far left side that I should explain.  I choose to keep the built in media component cabinet, which we are not using currently, because it's a nice little feature of our home and I think in the future it might be useful.  In addition there's a return vent which I had to work around so keeping the hutch flush with the media cabinet allowed for enough vent space.

wall hutch built ins details

This is how the wall started when we moved in:

playroom before

And now:

Thank you to Ana for making the schoolhouse desk and hutch plans which transformed a completely unused space into something totally functional and organized.  

A true haven for my kids who now have their own workspace.

playroom after

Here's how to build the wall hutch:

1. Follow Ana's plans for cuts and construction.

building a wall hutch

2. Prime and paint one coat high gloss white enamel.

3. I choose to install a 1x2 cleat at the base in addition to screwing through the top 1x2 on the hutch.
Use 3" screws directly into the studs:

installing wall hutch over cleat

4. Hang the shelves:

installing built in wall hutch

5. Install crown molding and paint the final coat.


  1. Jaime just when I thought this space couldn't possibly be any better did! This is incredible. Your talents are endless.

  2. This is SO cool, Jaime! Love the bulletin boards you squeezed into the space as well.

  3. I want to move in to your house! That work space is beautiful and you did a gorgeous job. Wow!

  4. Jamie, they look great! You did a fabulous job on these! I need a couple of these for my house!

    I’d love it if you linked this up over at Living Well Spending Less for Thrifty Thursday this week!

  5. Amazing! I need to DIY this!! I'd love for you to link up to The DIY'ers!

  6. I LOVE this!!! When I build my new house I am going to make sure that this is included! I love everything about it!!

    I found you at Nifty Thrify Sundays and I am so glad I did!! Now following you via Bloglovin and Google!!

    Kate @ Uniquely Undone

  7. Love your blog. I just followed you and hoping you'll follow back :)

  8. this is exactly what i'm looking for.... now if only i can find someone to build it.

  9. This space is wonderful! So clean, bright and organized! Could you share the color of the yellow chairs, please? :)

  10. It's beautiful AND functional! I'd love to know - where did you purchased the chairs from? Thanks!