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Side Hutches for the Cabin Collection

February 1, 2011 |
posted by Ana White
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Large cubbie hutches, that work with the Cabin Collection. Perfect for storing everything from extra blankets to display objects to books and entertainment essentials. Shelves can be made adjustable.

Side Hutches for the Cabin Collection

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Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Side Hutches for the Cabin Collection
Dimensions: 
Dimensions are shown above.

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

1 – 1×12 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1×12 @ 4 feet long
3 – 2×2 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1×2 @ 8 feet long
1/4″ plywood, 48″ x 18 1/2″ (optional back)
1 1/4″ screws and 2 1/2″ screws
wood glue
finishing supplies

1 1/4 inch screws
2 1/2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
2 1/2 inch finish nails
1 1/4 inch pocket hole screws
2 1/2 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
compound miter saw
sander

Cut List

Cut List: 

2 – 1×12 @ 48″ (Sides)
4 – 1×2 @ 11 1/2″ (Width of 1×12 – Side Trim)
4 – 2×2 @ 48″ (Legs)
3 – 1×12 @ 15 1/2″ (Shelves)
5 – 2×2 @ 15 1/2″ (Shelf Trim)
2 – 1×2 @ 15 1/2″ (Shelf Trim)
1 – 1/4″ plywood @ 48″ x 18 1/2″

Step 1

Side Hutches for the Cabin Collection

Sides

Start by attaching the trim to the sides. I used screws from the insides, but for those of you with a finish nailer, have at it. Just make sure your screws or nails are less than 1 1/4″ long.

Step 2

Side Hutches for the Cabin Collection

Legs

These aren’t really legs, but if we were making a bookshelf, these would be the legs, so we’ll refer to them as legs. Attach. I used pocket holes from the insides, but you could also use 2 1/2″ fasteners – just predrill holes carefully and use glue.

Step 3

Side Hutches for the Cabin Collection

Shelves

Attach the shelves to the sides as shown above. I used pocket holes, but again, you can also use countersunk screws and glue. You can also adjust the shelf height as desired but I found these heights perfect to fit large milk crates for storage.

Step 4

Side Hutches for the Cabin Collection

Back Shelf Trim

Trim out the back shelves as shown above. The bottom 2×2 will give you something to screw the plywood to.

Step 5

Side Hutches for the Cabin Collection

Front Trim

Trim out the front as shown above. This time, use 1x2s for the shelves, but a 2×2 for the top.

Step 6

Side Hutches for the Cabin Collection

Back

The back is really optional because of the trim on the back, but if you choose to add a back, glue and screw or nail to all of the shelves too.

Step 7

Finish as you finished the base. You should also anchor the hutch to a stud in the wall behind the hutch and attach to the base with screws for safety.

A few weeks back, I made a commitment to focus on the projects that I need done around my personal home.  And I want to thank all of you for understanding and supporting me, for being patient with your own requests as I try to fill them in between making my personal home better.

With the help of the Real Alaska Man, over the last week or so, we've been devoting much time to a new entertainment center.  And yesterday, I couldn't help myself.  I just had to share a quick photo with my friends on Facebook.  So many of you have already seen this . . .

When I first started building furniture, saving money was the main motivation.  And money still is a huge factor.  But as I'm sure you know all to well, when you finish a project, and it is painted to match an impossible slate fireplace, a dark shade of gray that only comes from a can, you become overwhelmed with a feeling of wow, I (in this case, we) actually built this. And you wake up in the morning and think, wow, did we really build that? (as opposed to ugh, how much did we spend and when is the credit card bill due?)

There are so many reasons why DIY rocks.  It's healthy.  It can save you money.  You can get what you want.  You can customize projects.  But my most favorite part of DIY is when you move a piece of furniture into your home and sit back and smile, and think, it's not perfect, but we built it with our own hands.  What I like to call the DIY High.

You could probably say that I am a tad addicted to the DIY High.  I had big intentions of posting the plans for the entire rest of this collection tonight, but we are already dove into our next DIY project and couldn't quit until we ran out of materials at 10PM!  So today we'll look at the plans for the side hutches, and I'll get to the center hutch in the next day or so.

And for those of you asking, here's a quick breakdown of the project.

  • Estimated cost: $250
  • Paint: 2 Cans of Flat Enamel by Valspar in Mark Twain Gray Brick (Get a free Valspar sample here)
  • Time: Here and there over a week, approximately 20 hours
  • Composition: 100% pine boards, 2x2s are furring strips, box is made of 1x12s, with 1/4" plywood on the back
  • Plan Collection: Cabin Collection

I am very happy with the gray, it's a softer more muted version of black.  For this project, we pulled the sprayer out (a first for me on furniture projects) and I found the sprayer gives a more even finish, but does not necessarily cover imperfections in the wood as a brush might.  Our sprayer was purchased to paint the exterior of our home, but it worked great for this application as well.  We also sprayed a top coat on to give the piece a dust-able finish.  I lightly sanded by hand exposed edges (just giving Grace a head start if you know what I'm talking about) to distress prior to the clear coat.  I'll post more pictures of the finish with the center hutch plan post.

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LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!! ..and

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!! ..and Grace is the most beautiful model!

posted by Laci Waner (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-02-01 01:15

Love it!!! Im thinking I

Love it!!! Im thinking I might need to add this to the ever growing list of projects. I'm almost done with the shoe dresser right now!

FYI: your valspar link goes to a picture.

posted by Lacy m (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-02-01 01:35

I have been hoping for an

I have been hoping for an entertainment center like this for a LONG time. The only thing I might like to add are some doors to cover up the TV when it's not in use. I'd like them to slide back into the entertainment center (as opposed to hanging out in the open for everyone to run in to!). I'm a novice builder, though. How hard would this be and should I even attempt to tackle this anytime soon?
LOVE your site, btw! And another, btw, my dad was military and we spent a couple of years in AK. Can't say I'd want to be there right now, but maybe in a few months when it's summer! :)

posted by wendy (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-02-01 06:20

Hey! I was thinking about

Hey! I was thinking about building the Pottery Barn Rhys media center, and this is pretty much it! This is sooooo so so so so amazing Ana! Thank you so much for sharing these plans.

posted by Bethany (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-02-01 07:40

Ana! I love that you took a

Ana! I love that you took a night to play with the RAM and build more for YOUR home. I adore your blog, but I think it's even more awesome that you have time for your family lately!

posted by christy panzarella (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-02-01 08:28

Hmm...now if only I could

Hmm...now if only I could find a wall to put this on. This old house is not set up for normal furniture. There are maybe two outlets in the whole house. Wish it wasn't so unsafe to do DIY wiring. Don't worry. I won't. For now.

posted by WashingtonPharmGirl (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-02-01 08:35

Ana White, you've outdone

Ana White, you've outdone yourself again!!! Makes me want to just leave work right now and build something.

posted by jenspire (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-02-01 09:09

I love DIY high . . . it's

I love DIY high . . . it's something that, while in a renaissance, is still so rare today.

And another thing I love: your little Grace. She's sure a sweet-looking little girl!

posted by Annalea (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-02-01 11:28

I love it! We need some

I love it! We need some built-ins on both sides of our fireplace and I so wish I knew how to make some. I want to, but don't know where to start. I wouldn't even know what to buy?!

Grace is adorable!

posted by Jenny (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-02-01 15:48

Love this! Thanks give

Love this! Thanks give giving Grace a head start on the finish ....Hey we Graces
stick together!

Grace
Gracefulvintage
PS Link for free Valspar sample doesn't work...it's a pic of Grace

posted by Grace (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-02-01 18:57

You are an absolute genius!!!

You are an absolute genius!!! I am so happy I found this site!!!!

posted by Lisa (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-02-02 10:48

She's a beautiful baby! They

She's a beautiful baby! They are so darned cute at that age. How come you only have one??? (Sorry, I lurk and I have a 4 nieces)

For some depth in your piece, try a little rubbed wax. It should make it shine a bit, and not collect a lot of dust since it's vertical. Try the effect on the side or back of a drawer before you commit.

posted by Lisa (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-02-07 14:38

Hi Ana - I may just be

Hi Ana - I may just be missing a step but my husband and I are interested in starting this project except that we cannot seem to find the steps that cover instructions for the base of the side shelves. I looked through the three separate posts and I see the shelves, the media hutch and the media console. Could you direct is to the steps for the cupboards below the side shelves? Thanks!

posted by Kate (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-09-05 13:01
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Hi Kate I so hope you tackle

Hi Kate I so hope you tackle this project! It's probably my fav in my entire home!

Console: http://ana-white.com/2011/01/media-console
Side Cabinets: http://ana-white.com/2011/01/cabin-collection-nightstands.html
Media Hutch: http://ana-white.com/2011/02/media-hutch

Best luck! This is a monster project, but so worth it!

posted by Ana White | on Mon, 2011-09-05 13:15
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Cabin collection plans link

Hi Kate,
I found this link in the cabin collection - it's called 'cabin collection nightstands' - in Ana's description in this plan, it says this was what she used for side bases.

http://ana-white.com/2011/01/cabin-collection-nightstands.html

Plan Catalog>Find by Collection>Cabin Collection will get you to all the plans in this collection. I've got the bunk system on my to-do list. :) J


posted by JES | on Mon, 2011-09-05 13:27
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Entertainment Center Color

Hi Ana,

My husband and I are getting ready to tackle this entire project. We currently have a deep sage color sofa and eventually would like to upgrade to a chocolate leather sofa. Can you offer a paint suggestion for us to paint the Entertainment Center once we're done building it?

Thanks!

posted by mrsg08 | on Thu, 2012-03-22 15:06

room

Great one ana,nice house and design,but you know what,some wall decoration can make it all great.Perfect for your rooms and your little girl will love them

posted by rainday (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-08-25 03:27

room

Great one ana,nice house and design,but you know what,some wall decoration can make it all great.Perfect for your rooms and your little girl will love them

posted by rainday (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-08-25 03:28

Tv size?

Hi Ana, this is beautiful!!! My husband and I found a media center similar to this one that we love, but it'll cost us $1800 to buy...uh, no thank you!!!! I'm hoping to ge my husband on board with this project:) it must fit a 60 inch tv, though. I couldn't find anywhere that said what size tv this fits. Could you let me know please??!! Thank you!

posted by Shanwarn (not verified) | on Tue, 2013-01-01 10:11

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