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Hutch for the Open Shelf Dresser

February 5, 2010 |
posted by Ana White
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A hutch is a simple easy to build project that can transform a blank wall into a storage masterpiece. Hutches keep handy all your favorite belongings, anything from dishes to photos to even shoes or entertaiment essentials. This hutch fits over the Dresser with Open Bottom Shelf.

 Hutch for the Open Shelf Dresser

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Author Notes: 

Dimensions

Dimensions: 
 Hutch for the Open Shelf Dresser
Dimensions: 
80 1/2" x 63 1/2" x 14"

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

1 – 10′ 1×12 Board
1 – 8′ 1×12 Board
1 – 6′ 1×12 Board
1 – Sheet 1/4″ Plywood
1 – 6′ 1×4 Board
1 – 6′ 1×6 Board
3 – 1×2 boards, 8′ Long

2 inch screws
3/4 inch finish nails
1 1/4 inch pocket hole screws
wood glue
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
hammer
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
sander

Cut List

Cut List: 
  • 2 – 1×12 @ 47 1/4″ (Sides) (cut from the 8′ board) 
  • 2 – 1×12 @ 59″ (Shelves) (cut from the 10′ board) 
  • 1 – 1×12 @ 60 1/2″ (Top) (cut from the 6′ board) 
  • 1 – 1×6 @ 59″ (Bottom Support) 
  • 1 – 1/4″ Plywood @ 48″ x 60 1/2″ (Back)
  • 1 – 1×4 @ 60 1/2″ (Header) 
  • 2 – 1×2 @ 44 1/2″ (Side Trim) 
  • 4 – 1×2 @ 12 1/4″ (Top Side Trim) 
  • 1 – 1×2 @ 62″ (Top, Bottom Trim) 
  • 1 – 1×2 @ 63 1/2″ (Top, Top Trim)

General Instructions

General Instructions. Work on a clean level surface. Take a square after each step. Measure and mark out your boards before fastening. Use the 2″ nails and glue unless otherwise directed. Fasten from multiple directions to reinforce joints whenever possible.

Step 1

 Hutch for the Open Shelf Dresser

Build the box. Fasten the sides to the shelves with the 2″ nails and glue. Then fasten the top to the sides. Use the dimensions above to guide you.

Step 2

 Hutch for the Open Shelf Dresser

Bottom Support. Fasten through the sides into the bottom support, as shown above, using the 2″ nails and glue.

Step 3

 Hutch for the Open Shelf Dresser

Back. Fasten the back in place, using the 2″ nails and glue. You must fasten the back to the shelves – the shelves are going to need the extra support. When fastening to the bottom support, use the 3/4″ nails and glue.

Step 4

 Hutch for the Open Shelf Dresser

Header. Fasten the header in place as shown above.

Step 5

 Hutch for the Open Shelf Dresser

Side Trim. Keeping outside edges flush, fasten the side trim to the sides. You may also wish to trim out the front faces of your shelves. You can do this by measuring and cutting 1×2 boards and fastening to the edges of the shelves, keeping top edges flush. This is not shown in the cut list or materials list.

Step 6

 Hutch for the Open Shelf Dresser

Bottom Top Side Trim. As directed above, use 2 of the boards H to begin building your crown. Use 1 1/4″ nails and glue.

Step 7

 Hutch for the Open Shelf Dresser

Front Bottom of the Crown. Fasten board I, as shown above. Use 1 1/4″ nails and glue.

Step 8

 Hutch for the Open Shelf Dresser

Top Sides of the Crown. Fasten the remaining boards H above the boards H from step 6. Make sure you use the 2″nails and glue, and fasten through the face into the end edges of the top.

Step 9

 Hutch for the Open Shelf Dresser

Front, Top fo Crown. As directed in step 8, add the final crown piece.

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This is SO AMAZING!I have a

This is SO AMAZING!
I have a girlfriend with a black hutch that is wallpapered inside with black and white damask wallpaper. I am SO envious! I am excited to try and make my own with your easy plans!

posted by em-il-ie (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-02-05 14:01

I love Hutches also and have

I love Hutches also and have a couple of them needing a makeover (O: Thanks!

posted by All My Yesterdays (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-02-05 17:31

yes, i see what you mean!

yes, i see what you mean! wall art without the "hole in the wall" commitment! genius!

posted by Janean (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-02-05 20:08

I'm wondering what the wall

I'm wondering what the wall paper is and where I can get it!

posted by Color [Me] Happy (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-02-06 00:51

Colors used to bring a

Colors used to bring a beautiful effect on the furniture and finally the home decor.Love the looks recreated which brings freshness and life to the room.

posted by custom living room furniture (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-02-21 12:49

Ana- I am wanting to use this

Ana- I am wanting to use this hutch on the red rustic media cabinets, but I am not sure how to cut down the measurements. I am great at following directions, but not so great at changing them. Any help would be great!!! You are so awesome and thank you so much!!!

posted by Renee (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-04-15 08:01

Hi Ana, I just have to say

Hi Ana,

I just have to say that I LOVE your website. I look at it nearly every day searching for some new project. Granted, currently I just dream about building all kinds of things, but one day......one day.....I'll be building up a storm! :o) First we have to work on fixing our house.

Currently my husband is tearing out the walls in our narrow family room. It's actually lots of space, but it's just long and skinny. At the end of the room I have envisioned two matching hutches on both ends of the wall with a section in the middle that we could add a removable desk top. The idea is that if we put a removable desk top in the center, we could always move it to put the Amoire or piano in that spot should we want to move furniture at a later time. It's all a grandiose plan presently, but the wheels are a turning.

I'd love to hear your thoughts, ideas, suggestions. Most importantly, if you already have these plans somewhere on your blog, I'd love to know where they are.

Thanks so much!

Kristi

I have searched through your plan catalog and this hutch is the closest thing I can find to what i'm looking for. I'd really like to have a base with two doors on the bottom that hide some deeper shelves. Then add the hutch on the top.....much like the picture of the black hutch posted on this page. Do you have plans somewhere that would show how to build that kind of base? I'd like for it to sit flush on the floor with no legs.

Should you have these plans somewhere, how would I go about customizing them to fit my space?

posted by kristi (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-09-06 12:37

Anna, I love this plan for

Anna, I love this plan for the hutch! How easy would it be to do an enclosed storage base with cabinet doors instead of the dresser plan with it? I would love to see a plan for that if you have one to match this hutch! Thanks for your site Ana, its wonderful!

posted by Christie (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-10-16 08:30

[...] in Brag Blog Put on

[...] in Brag Blog Put on my TO-DO List Save as PDF Print this PostShare/Bookmark Builder: Kristen Experience Level: Absolute Beginner Estimated Cost: $300-$350 Estimated Time Investment: 8 hrs From Plan: http://ana-white.com/2010/02/im-afraid-of-commitment.html [...]

posted by Dresser and Hutch — Ana White (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-02-14 17:12

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