Instant Rustic Storage and Style With a DIY Hutch

Adding a hutch to a dining area increases storage and displays beautiful serving ware, dishes, glasses, wine bottles and seasonal decor. This simple DIY hutch is made from solid pine boards and can be done in a few hours with basic tools.

DIY Dining Room Hutch with Dishes

Rustic Dining Room Hutch

Adding a hutch to a dining room provides storage and style. This DIY hutch is made from solid pine boards and can be built in a few hours with basic tools.

By: Ana White

  1. Dining Rooms

Materials Needed:

  • 8' 1 X 8 pine boards (2)
  • 10' 1 X 8 pine board
  • 6' 1 X 2 pine board
  • 6' 1 X 4 pine board
  • 1 1/4" pocket hole screws (32)
  • 1" finish nails (50)
  • 2" finish nails (12)
  • pocket hole jig
  • 1 small tube wood filler
  • 1 quart stain or 2 quarts flat paint
  • 1 paintbrush or staining rag
  • 1 spray can exterior clear coat
  • sandpaper in medium and fine grits
  • measuring tape
  • carpenter's square
  • drill
  • hammer
  • saw Tip: Many hardware stores will make cuts complimentary with the purchase of lumber.
  • vacuum with soft-bristled brush


Overall dimensions are 59" wide, 36" high and 8" deep.

Illustration of a DIY Hutch.

DIY Hutch Dimensions

Cut List

1 X 8 board cut at 59" (top)
1 X 8 boards cut at 35 1/4" (sides, 2 boards)
1 X 8 boards cut at 22 1/2" (dividers, 2 boards)
1 X 8 boards cut at 55 1/2" (long shelf)
1 X 8 boards cut at 18" (small shelves, 3 boards)

Getting Started

Select boards that are straight. Tip: Pretend the board is an arrow on a bow and look down the length of the board to see if it is straight. Tip: For added character, select boards that are rustic in nature with imperfections, cracks and knots. To save time, have the hardware store cut boards as directed in cut list. Work on a clean level surface large enough for the project and always wear safety glasses and ensure proper ventilation when painting.

Build the Box

Measure and mark all joints using a carpenter's square. Drill pocket holes with the pocket hole jig, two holes per end. Drill pocket holes on the top end of the sides, and both ends of the dividers, shelves and long shelf. Top overhangs sides by one inch. Use 1-1/4-inch pocket hole screws to build the frame, screwing through pocket holes.

Illustration of the dimensions of

Blueprint for Rustic Storage Hutch

Attach Small Shelves

Mark joints for small shelves and drill through pocket holes with pocket hole screws to attach shelves to sides and dividers.

Illustration of a DIY shelf.

Shelving Dimensions

Attach Base Support

Drill pocket holes on both ends of base support. Attach with 1-1/4-inch pocket hole screws to sides.

Illustrations showing how to attach a base to hutch.

Attach Base Support

Attach Back

Flip hutch over. Nail plywood to back of hutch with glue and one-inch finish nails. Nail to all shelves and dividers. Tip: Substitute 1 X 4 boards cut at 57 inches for a planked back.

Illustration of the back of the DIY hutch.

Attaching Back to Hutch

Nail Crown in Place

Nail crown to top of hutch with two-inch finish nails and glue.

Illustration of the nearly finished shelf.

Attach Crown to Hutch

Finish Hutch

Fill exposed screw holes with wood filler and let dry. Sand entire table with medium-grit sandpaper. Refill holes as needed with wood filler and let dry. Sand with medium-grit sandpaper, followed with fine sandpaper. Vacuum table with soft-bristled brush to remove sanding residue. Wipe clean with damp cloth. Apply wood conditioner, stain and clear coat for a beautiful wood finish. Apply primer, three coats of flat paint followed with clear coat for a durable painted finish. Tip: Sand edges before applying clear coat to create a time-worn distressed finish.

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