Morning people! A warm hi from the wannabe beach house and we have a beachy hutch in white and Robin’s Egg blue! Cool or cool no! Oh and do you think I should change trumatter to The wannabe beachhouse as my blog name? Do let me know your thoughts!

Now, onto the beachy hutch that I am oh-so-loving!

You see, like most of you I am not fortunate enough to have my own house. It’s been 5 years that I am making peace with the fact that I stay in a rented apartment and that I cannot alter lay outs or drill walls and fit things. I have to live with fluorescent green as my living room wall color and bad, black cheap granite as my kitchen counter top. There is nothing I can do about it.

Because of such limitations my stoneware and crockery was stashed away below my kitchen counter all this while- I cannot install open shelf and I hate glass cases for my stoneware. It just doesn’t cut for me. I used to take it out from time to time but there was no way I could display it and also have it at hand when needed. No way, until I discovered that my spices can actually go below the counter and the shelf can be fit on top of a 2 door, half length dresser! What on earth! Why didn’t I think of this before??

Here’s the shelf and the dresser individually:

Phew! Now that I think about it, I wonder how I pulled it off, considering I am supra lazy.

Here are the gross steps:

Day 1

First, I washed the shelf thoroughly (lots of grease, seeds and stuff to clean) and took out its extensions on the base. (See photograph below)

Next I put it on top the dresser and drilled 4 holes through the shelf base.

Step 3, I secured the shelf with the dresser top

Step 4: I gave it 1 coat of pure white and let it dry.

Day 2

I gave the rims and the dresser top 2 coats of Robin’s egg blue or you know what, you can call it trumatter’s beach blue because I mix it up myself with 1 can of pure white and 2:1 ratio of blue and green. Feel free to call it what you like.

Next, I opened up the doors of the dresser and attached a cream and gold fabric on it- This is temporary and you shall see new doors to this very, very soon. This is simply “kaam chalau” 😛 which means “for the moment”

Step 3 of day 2: I stud it with my stoneware and china and put an “ocean” sign on top which I made myself. The conch is a gift from ma from Orissa.

Although there are a lot of changes that need to be done in terms of decorating and I’ll hang teeny jam jars from its sides but the improvement was too large to not put it up. Or maybe let’s call this Part 1 🙂

I am loving the change, the color against yellow and everything that came together as one.

What do you all think about this? Suggestions welcome!

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13 thoughts on “DIY: Kitchen Shelf to Beach House open Hutch”

  1. I do like that blue and how great that you could make your own hutch! Your dishes are too pretty to be hidden away. Why would you want to change your blog name? ~

    1. Oh Maureen, I have loads of them…I still need to deck it up properly- as soon as the doors are done. Would need suggestions- look for my next post 🙂

  2. I really like how this turned out. Your dishes are precious and the yellow paint does work so well with the soft blue. ^^

    1. Thank you dear 🙂 Yes, the soft blue looks really well against yellow. Very beach house. Need to deck it up prim and proper though- this was just a rough work!

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