Friday, February 5, 2016

China Hutch Cabinet Repurpose

Hello World!  Since moving into our Red Brick Colonial which was 300 sq. ft. smaller than our previous house; I've had quite the challenge on my hands for creating storage.  Before we put the previous house on the market, I had already done a massive purge to get the house staged for showings.  So, excessive clutter was not the issue.  Storage space has been my number one dilemma in our sweet little house.  Downstairs the storage is just fine.  The kitchen storage is perfection.  And while the laundry room is a bit tiny, the storage is quite nice.  I promise to show you the laundry room one day.  Even the half bath has great storage.  

Climb the stairs and the storage issue begins.  Tiny closets coupled with no linen closet in the master bathroom have made me feel like I was at a loss regarding storage for me and Mr. Dedicated.  In the master bath there is absolutely no storage for towels and toiletries.  They were taking up much needed space in my closet.  And mama wants to buy new clothes!  So, I took my space back.

Little Miss China Hutch that used to reside in the dining room got emptied and came upstairs.

This is where she sat in the dining room.  Trust me when I tell you I have plans for this little space.  Now I just need a surplus of time to work my vision.

Below is the china hutch in our previous house.

Here she is in her new starring role.
She sits just inside of the master bedroom door and fits perfectly in the space in between the bedroom door and the door leading to the master bath.  And, no I haven't started painting in there.  It still has yellow walls and a green ceiling.

You can see in the reflection of the glass that she faces the two front windows of the bedroom.

 The door inside the master bathroom leads to my closet.

 Let's take a tour, shall we?

 Yes, I could have purchased brand new towels for this repurpose, but I wanted to use what I had on hand.  It's not about being fancy right now.  Just functional and slightly pretty!

I removed the fabric that I had attached in the back of the cabinet.  Don't worry.  I kept the fabric.  Lord knows I could make a few pillows or a massive amount of pillows with the fabric I have on hand. 

 It holds a stash of toilet paper, towels, washcloths, hand towels and my collection of body lotions.

 I have always been very diligent about my skin since I was a little girl.  I had a great Aunt who encouraged me to take care of my skin and I thought she hung the moon, so I heeded her advice.  Thank you, Aunt Carrie.

 This fun little tub I picked up at Target and filled it with extras.  Extras like deodorant, toothpaste, floss, get the picture.

The drawers below are filled with cotton balls, Q-tips, extra lotions, perfumes, an assortment of make-up bags as well as one drawer devoted to my evening purses.  Having them in a drawer keeps them from getting dusty and protects them from any kitty that would want to curl up on them in the closet.  

There you have it!  I would have loved to put her in the master bath, but alas there is no room for her in there.  

Have you repurposed a china hutch lately?  I would love to hear all about it. 

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  1. Brain storm perfect!

    It fits as though you purchased it for that very spot. BRAVO!!!!

    You know my master bath is stupidly large - how I wish they would have taken a couple feet off the bathroom and let the bedroom be bigger. It's TOO big - and then they didn't give me a linen closet either. Stupid design, we I just know a man designed it - who wouldn't put a linen closet in where there's soooo much space???

    I am lucky enought to have two spacious his and hers walk in closets. I have been purging non-stop for two weeks and I am just getting started. My closet is next once I am done with the kitchen. And when I re-do I will have room for towels there, but still, just dumb.

    I ADORE your repurposing your awesome china cabinet - so so wonderful!! The *only* thing I'd do different is get a really pretty basket - something light woven like blanched seagrass or wicker- and hide the bottles. I think it would add to the perfection, because one's eyes stops right there and shouldn't. It's too pretty to let bottles take away from its awesomeness! : - )

    Love it, Kathryn - truly love it. Well done, ma'am! ♥♥♥

  2. What a genius idea. I love this idea. My house is so little and no storage anywhere, plus there is no place to put any.

  3. Nice thinking, now you see what a versatile girl she is!

  4. That's brilliant.
    We downsized last year and bought a 1927 cottage that has nearly no storage. Nothing at all upstairs. We made a trip to IKEA and bought some of their plain white units and have managed a linen closet, storage for out-of-season-clothing and a bank of bench-and-baskets under a sloping ceiling. You have to be inventive when you downsize!
    I think I'm going to be your next follower.

  5. Very nice repurpose with not a lot of work! Looks like it matches your bedroom furniture perfectly too. It gives a cottage least that is what I envision to be in a cottage home...lots and lots of cupboards for storage.

  6. Kathryn,
    Clever idea, indeed, dear friend!!!
    I love the amount of storage you have with this piece!!!
    The drawers below are great for tucking "items" you don't want out in the open!!!

    1. Thanks Pat! Those drawers have definitely come in handy for items that I don't want out in the open. A lovely week to you, my friend! Toodles, Kathryn

  7. It's a great idea: it gives you storage and actually makes a pretty display. Good job!

  8. Lovely job,well done. Personally the only thing different that I would have done is hide the toilet paper.