How to Make a Wall Shelf out of a Hutch

I love shelves!  In my small kitchen, I don't have enough cupboards so I use whatever I can find to add extra storage.  I've built a tiny pantry cabinet, added a sideboard for extra counterspace and storage and now I've found a free hutch top that I hung on the wall.  I LOVE it!!!

Check out my latest project and the tutorial!



This is what I began with, a free hutch top!!


I took the backing off, pulled the drawers out and cut the legs off it.


Then I sanded it with my orbital sander and an 80 grit sandpaper


Then I made my trusty homemade chalk paint recipe using 1/2 cup of baking soda mixed into a bit of cold water and added to 2 cups of latex paint.  In this case the paint colour is Behr's Almond Cream.


After I painted the first coat, I decided to mix up the colours a little.  The stripes on the backing are a single coat of my chalk paint with alternating BM Simply White (my kitchen cabinet paint).  Then I painted the sides of the piece in Simply White as well.


After I had cut the legs off the piece, I used the crosspiece that used to sit on the hutch base and attached it under the top piece so that I would have a support piece to attach the shelf to the wall.  I used 2 1/2" #10 screws to attach the piece to the wall.  The screws are in studs that are spaced with 16" centers.

Check out my highly technical way of attaching heavy stuff to walls.


As long as the piece is centered and level, who cares what you use to get it there!


TAH DAAAAAAAAAH!


I am in love...  (if you look closely, you can see I added a 1x2 underneath the drawers for extra support)





Styling is such fun!!!





Very happy with this project!

Thanks for visiting!


41 comments:

Kelly @ JAX does design said...

It's the perfect addition to your kitchen! Such a great way to re-purpose an old hutch :-) And hey, high tech, low tech, whatever works tech, doesn't matter as long as it does the job :-)

Di said...

Anne, I didn't know you could use baking soda to make chalk paint. If you said it before it didn't get my attention. Can you use wax on it or do you have to poly it? Anyway I love the re-purposed hutch and color. Oh, what did you use to attach it to the wall (at the top)?

Little Vintage Cottage said...

No way! I love it Anne! So many people would JUST see a hutch top without a base to put it on... not you! You see an awesome shelf! Love how you think girl! Oh... and your technique for hanging it? Again, awesome, you gotta do what you gotta do when you're working alone!

Tania

monkey said...

anne such an awesome repurpose and it looks gorgeous xx

A Joyful Cottage said...

Oh, yeah, I'm lovin' this Anne! It looks so good in your kitchen. Painting the stripes on the back was a great touch. Such a neat piece. Congratulations on a job well done! ~ Nancy

Katie @ Creatively Living said...

I LOVE it Anne!!!

rush said...

Really nice! How did you attach it to the wall? It would be so heavy. What holds it on there? Thank you.

Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel said...

It turned out so great Anne! I love that you painted it white and left the wood on the drawers. It's perfect!

Vanessa said...

That looks great Anne!

Patricia Cowan-Wilson said...

So great! This post inspired me to repurpose an old TV cabinet that is too small for my new flat screen. After adding shelves in the TV section and moving the lower drawer higher (with room underneath to store baskets, etc.), it will go in my dining room for decoration, storage and my microwave.

Thanks for sharing.

Patricia Ann

ANNE said...

Thank you!!

ANNE said...

Thanks Di! I used it on the farmhouse hutch I did back in January. I used paste wax on that one and it looks fab still. Hasn't chipped at all.

If you look at the before shot, you'll see a piece of wood that runs across the very bottom of the piece at the back. It's supposed to sit on the buffet part. When I cut the piece down, I reused that piece of wood across the very top of the piece, underneath the top ledge and across the backing. Hope that makes sense! I also used a 1x2 piece of strapping that runs right across the back underneath the lower shelf.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

It turned out great and I love the little drawers!

Marie Blackburn said...

Great repurpose Anne and I love the makeover you gave it too. Very nice!
Marie@The Interior Frugalista

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

You did an amazing job!!!....of course, you always do...the shelf is so beautiful and I love the "highly technical installation technique"....Have a great weekend!

Julie @ followyourheartwoodworking said...

Looks awesome in your beautiful kitchen... love the white and wood combination.

Laurel Stephens said...

Anne, this is my favorite project so far. I love, love, love your new wall shelf. The colors and finishes are pure perfection. LOVE THIS!!

September Violets said...

What a great transformation! Love this idea, and leaving the drawers stained ties it together with the lower cabinet top. I was wondering if you had help holding that shelf up in order to screw it to the wall!! I should have known better ;) You've added another charming piece to your homey kitchen. Wendy x

Gail Wilson said...

Oh my gosh Anne--LOVE what you did. Turning a hutch top into a wall shelf is so clever and it's sooo very pretty!
great job!
That would look fabulous in my kitchen. hahahaha

Lesa Maloney said...

Beautifully done, Anne! It's a perfect addition to your kitchen. Can't wait to see how you style it for the holidays. Thank you for keeping me inspired. Lesa

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

So beautiful Anne! I love all the drawers for storage too. I'm going to keep my eye out for one of these at the thrift store. Maybe I'll get lucky!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

SO love this! You made something outdated into the greatest cheat build of need. :) Featuring you on FB a little later today. Thanks for linking up!

Amy Ellis said...

This is so fabulous, I don't know what else to say...love the striping. Pinning and sharing!!

Elizabeth BlueClearSky said...

That looks awesome and a great reuse too. It reminds me of one of my favourite photos from Pinterest with a grey weathered wall hutch. Hanging it on the wall like that is also a great way to add height to some of the shorter buffet/hutch combos.

Reenie said...

Very cute!

Artsy Chicks Rule said...

How clever are you??!! I love it....it really is fabulous Anne! :) (love how you have it styled too!)

Nancy

Ellen, the Bluestocking Belle said...

Fantastic! I'm looking at a desk hutch that's been languishing in my office for a year now... Popping over from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia.

Debbie said...

Love it Anne! Thanks for sharing at #InspirationMonday!
Debbie

ANNE said...

Thank you so much Ellen!

Kathy Moreland said...

Anne, Another great upcycle! It looks terrific! Love the styling.

ANNE said...

Thanks Kathy!

heather meads said...

Wow Anne, you are SO clever!! That hutch top bookshelf looks perfect there - well done!!

Daniela Duriavig said...

I love it Anne! The finish looks great, and I love that you left the drawers unpainted. Great makeover!

ANNE said...

Thank you Daniela!

Cynthia Weber said...

Anne… it's perfection!! I love love love it! and the mounting technique… girl, you are one smart cookie!

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

What a great makeover, Anne, and it looks so nice over your buffet! Lovely job, thanks for linking up with us at Best of the Nest!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

love love love it! what a great piece Anne!

Nitka Design said...

What a great shelf:-) Love it:-)
I also made my own chalk paint but I used acrilic paint with soda and it was o.k.
Greetings from Poland:-)

ANNE said...

Thank you! I'm glad your process worked too.

M. Angeles Fernandez said...

Te ha quedado precioso, como todo lo que veo en tu blog..Besos desde España.

ANNE said...

Muchas gracias!