I want to show you my new favorite addition to Kayla’s room. I got this free hutch from a friend…thanks Carrie!


It was an Ethan Allen hutch that no longer fit in with her decor.   Well my inspiration was a $119 Catalina Book Rack from Pottery Barn Kids.

Catalina Magazine Rack

I started by unscrewing the little feet it had on the bottom…



I then flipped it the whole hutch upside down and cut a board for the top to act as a shelf.

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To cover up the rough edge I cut some molding to fit and filled the holes with wood filler.


I measured three descending holes and using a 1/2” drill bit and my electric drill I made three holes making sure to not drill through the other side.


I cut 1/2” dowel rods to size and bent them a little to fit them into the holes I drilled.   I added books to make sure they all fit…so far, so good!


A little primer, a little paint and she was ready to be hung in my baby girl’s room.





I feel like it was the missing piece in her room.   Is it awful that I am already planning her big girl room?

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  1. I LOVE love love this!! Brilliant!! (I saw it over there but never got a chance to comment.) 😉

  2. Wow – that is Awesome! Looks fantastic! Think I'm start searching for a hutch at Goodwill.

  3. Oh I love this up-cycling! In your baby girl's big girl room it can be filled with magazines and chapter books – imagine? A beautiful addition to the nursery.

  4. LOVE that! Books are the hard thing to keep cleaned up in our house.

    I am with you on the big girl room planning. It's so much fun with they get to that little girl stage. 🙂 That's what a mama looks forward to — and enjoy it now 'cause she probably will have an opinion on your next redo. 😉

  5. So cute and inspiring! I just have one question, because I'm not good at using my imagination…is it easy to get the books in and out or do you have to finagle them?

  6. Okay – back to the "little primer/little paint" part – is the white paint/primer all in one or do you do separate coats of each? I'm presuming by my known facts about you and your love of your spray "gun" that you sprayed this piece… And, yes, I am totally with you… it WAS the missing piece and it looks perfect there – love the height that you hung it at so she can get to her own books. What did you use to hang it on the wall with as the piece looks pretty heavy… that is a blog topic in itself (maybe you've done that one in the past…) What are the big girl room plans??!

  7. Wow — so IMPRESSIVE! You did a wonderful job on this. I wish that I had the vision to see what things could become with effort (and talent)!

  8. Oh my heck — that shelf is almost identical to one my dad made years back that I had mounted above my dresser. It's actually waiting to go up in my "baby's" room once we finish painting etc. As much as I adore what you did to change it, I'm afraid my dad would have a cow if he saw me changing his "handycraft!" I might have to wait a while! So very cute though. Thanks for sharing.

  9. I did see this and I already commented, but I'll just go ahead and tell (again!) how genius this project is!

  10. I love that! My list for thrift store finds is now getting out of control! Need to find some space on that list now for this one too! Great job! Looks like you had a fun trip to the lake! Glad they got the boat working.

  11. OH WOW, ingenious is what you are. I've always wanted one of these things for our nursery. I love how it allows you to display the artwork on the book covers. Nice job and beautiful lines.

  12. I love what you do in your bookshelves. It makes it more useful. I have that kind of old bookshelf. I think I need to do what you do.

  13. That is so cute! I was just admiring that in the PB catalog! Great job.

  14. I have been lusting after this piece of furniture forever. My son is 9 months old and we NEED this! I am on the prowl for an old hutch! I need a friend like Carrie. Thanks for sharing the idea and keep'em comin'.

  15. Great use of that hutch! 🙂 I'm coming over from somewhat simple. Very cute idea! I would love to do this, but my little boy has old school lockers in his room that holds HUNDREDS of books…LOVE EM'! If we didn't have those, I would SO make this. 🙂
    Have a great week

  16. What a great idea!!! I've been drooling over several styles of those overpriced bookshelves too. Great job! Visiting from Fireflies & Jellybeans.

  17. I LOVE this bookshelf idea. I, too, wanted that Pottery Barn shelf but didn't want to spend the money. I looked forever to find the perfect hutch to follow your tutorial, but still haven't found it… yet… maybe some day! Great job!

  18. what a great idea! I'm so excited to see this because I have been looking into buying a bookshelf for my in home childcare but this might just be the perfect project! Just hope I can find a hutch that will work 🙂

  19. Oh another one of your fabulous projects!!! Glad I found it – I linked it to my "bookshelves" project post too!

  20. my hat is off to you! really great job!!! i'm a pottery barn girl, without the budget for it! so i'm impressed with your copy! 🙂
    here via {inspire me heather} a blog mention!
    many blessings,

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  23. You might not believe this….but I found an almost identical piece at my local thrift about 8 months ago. I had no idea what I wanted to do with it, but after negotiating the price down to $12, I knew it was coming home with me. Well, it’s been in the garage since then, because until just now getting to see your re-do, I was going crazy trying to find that “just right” idea. Plus, I’ve got the perfect spot for it too. Life is good sometimes….LOL!

    Guess what my next weekend plans are?

    A zillion thanks for showing this!!

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