Schoolhouse Wall Hutch

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Happy Monday everyone!!!

I know none of us want to think about summer winding down to fall, and the kids going back to school ... but it's happening .... sigh ...

My friend Jaime from That's My Letter has been busy converting this space:

Into a study area for her three kiddos ...

What an amazing transformation!

And yes, of course, all those desks and hutches are DIY!

I'm so thankful that she reached out to me for the furniture plans, so we could share them with you!!!  So you can build the same system for your kids at home too!

Last week, we shared the desk plans with you here

And today is Wall Hutch Day!

Of course, free plans follow for this wall hutch, but if you want to check out lots more photos of Jaime's amazing space and all the details on how she transformed it, plus building tips and more photos, please take a second to read Jaime's post here.

Thank you Jaime!

XO Ana

Dimensions shown above


Shopping List

4 - 1x12 @ 6 feet long
1 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
1/4” plywood 36” x 34” (try beadboard wainscoting panel or 1/2 sheet of beadboard)
1 - 1/2 sheet of 1/2” thick plywood for boxes
3 handles/knobs

Optional: Approximately 6 feet of small crown moulding

Common Materials
Cut List

5 - 1x12 @ 34 1/2”
2 - 1x12 @ 7”
2 - 1x12 @ 34”
2 - 1x2 @ 34 1/2”
2 - 1/4” plywood @36” x 34”

6 - 1/2” plywood @ 6 3/4” x 10 3/4”
6 - 1/2” plywood @ 6 3/4” x 10 1/4”
3 - 1/2” plywood @ 9 3/4” x 10 1/4”

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Let's start by building the cubby portion. Alternatively, you could add the cubby dividers at the end too.

I'd just use nails and glue here. Make sure you draw lines to line the dividers up all the way down or your cubbies won't be square and then your drawers will be cockeyed and won't work.

TIP: If you are using a Kreg Jig, make sure you drill 3/4" pocket holes on each end of the two shelves for attaching the sides in the next step.

Step 2

Then attach sides to the cubby shelf part.

Step 3

And then finally attach the top shelf.

Step 4

Attach 1x2s to the tops of both back and front.

Step 5

Step 6

Attach back to sides, top and bottom, dividers, and any other fixed shelves.

Step 7

Add crown moulding if desired to top to finish it out. Attach crown moulding with finish nails and glue

Step 8

Drawers should be built to fit the exact measurements of your dividers, leaving 1/8" gap on all sides. I opted for the drawers to be made of plywood just so they are lighter and easier to remove.

Step 9

Hang the wall hutch securely to a stud in the wall behind through the 1x2 top cleat.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.



Tue, 07/30/2013 - 06:07

What a great team you two make! Jaime, what an awesome build! Love the transformation of this space. Have to ask: On the top left and bottom right there are two small doors in the wall, don't you still need access to these?

In reply to by spiceylg


Tue, 07/30/2013 - 12:54

To answer your question regarding access to the small doors - the top left is a built in media components cabinet that we are not using at the moment. I choose to keep it in tack because it's part of the charm of our 1740 saltbox home and I feel that someday I might use it. The desks are free standing, 3 separate desks, so I do have access to the bottom right cabinet under the stairs which is good for off season storage.