I’ve given furniture “haircuts” to make it fit into a smaller space, but I think this was the first time I’ve taken a piece of furniture and “grown it” into a larger piece.
It all started when I was standing at our kitchen peninsula, staring at the back wall of our dining area and trying to decide what I could do to like it more. You can see this wall from almost our entire main level — from the front door, from the kitchen, from the living room — which is the curse of open-concept living. It needed to be a showstopping wall.
The wall was pretty blah, with just our hutch and our son’s computer desk.
We received our hutch as a hand-me-down when we moved in eight years ago, and it’s looked great since we painted it white.
While I still loved the way the hutch looked, there was something “off” I couldn’t pinpoint. There was all this wasted space between the top of the hutch and the ceiling, and I just wanted to … I don’t know, stretch it up!
I’ve heard of people raising their kitchen cabinets up and hanging them directly under the ceiling (I begged, but Handy Husband said no) because it “extends the eye” and makes the room feel taller.
… on pin this post and come back to it later!
Ah, that is so cool! I love what you did to it 🙂
Thank you! I’m really happy with it, too. It’s crazy what a difference it makes, just adding that piece in the middle.
It totally does! I’m going to have to look into doing this to something of mine soon for more space – our problem is we dont have very high ceilings 😦 lol
Oh, same here! Ours are just the standard eight-foot ceilings, so we took the hutch alllllll the way up to them.
I just found your site and love this idea. How did you go about doing this? I want to to do this and can’t find your directions. Thanks, Meghan
Thanks for the note, Meghan! I wrote this tutorial as a column for The Chronicle Herald, so it links through to the full tutorial on their site: https://www.saltwire.com/halifax/lifestyles/homes/my-handmade-home-extend-your-dining-room-hutch-to-fill-out-your-room-368230/