Easy Way to Increase Kitchen Storage
When you live in an old house, storage is a highly-prized commodity. In the good old days, homes were taxed on their number of rooms. Closets were counted as a room so many older houses have as few closets as possible to help keep real estate taxes down. We have one closet in our house on the second floor. It’s a really long closet stretching from one bedroom to the next. Although it’s like a bowling alley for clothes, it doesn’t solve our kitchen storage problem. (This post contains affiliate links.)
The newest piece here is my kitchen hutch and it really helps with additional storage since my kitchen doesn’t have a lot of “standard” cabinets.
Increased kitchen storage is such a blessing! I’ve kind of been on an organization kick lately and a surprising benefit of this initiative is lower stress! Getting rid of messy piles and having ample storage is giving a lift to my spirits!
Before getting this new little hutch, this corner of the kitchen featured an open shelf and an old bead board cabinet, which you see in this Christmas photo. The ironstone is pretty on display, but it did require extra cleaning (added stress). The old cabinet, which I love, isn’t ideal for kitchen storage because of the single small door.
My bead board cabinet is now in the sitting room. I can store items in this cabinet that I don’t use very often.
Back to the new kitchen hutch! I’ve tucked several pieces of my white ironstone behind the glass doors where it can still be seen and enjoyed.
These cute mugs look like enamelware, but they’re actually ceramic and I love them! They’re in a handy place here on the new kitchen hutch.
My favorite Mason Cash bowls are on display, too. I’d like to get a few more of these simply because I think they’re so pretty. They come in a variety of patterns and colors. I use them to hold fruits and vegetables.
The drawers and lower cabinets hold bake ware and blenders. We can see and hear the pond and waterfall through that window to the left of the hutch. It’s wonderful in the summer when the windows are open.
I’m probably going to swap out the hardware on either the new kitchen hutch or the kitchen island to create a more unified look.
If you live in an older home, I’m sure you can relate to my struggle with storage. Free standing pieces are a great solution for the lack of closet space.
My Kitchen Source List:
Traditional Kitchen Hutch by Ferris
White Kitchen Island with Wood Top
Assorted Mason Cash Mixing Bowls
Antique White Mug Rack by World Market
Crocheted Pot Holders
More Kitchen Inspiration:
Organizing Kitchen Cabinets in 5 Easy Steps
Country Kitchen with Oodles of Storage
Reasons to Install Butcher Block Counter Tops
So beautiful and inspiring! 🙂
How exciting, practical and beautiful all in one
Your new kitchen hutch is the perfect for your kitchen…..I love it!
Looks great Jennifer. French doors would be beautiful in that spot leading to a courtyard. You would get more light too
You found a real treasure my friend, the new hutch is adorable and perfect for your home !
I love whenever I find new storage, nothing makes me happier, like my skinny plate rack from two years ago.
Enjoy your weekend.
Beautiful and so amazing
You have been and are a busy person trying to get some things organized and in place and it is a beauty. Seems as if you have had a lot on your mind and now you are acting on them. I know it will all be so wonderful when you are done. I am certainly enjoying all you changes, awesome.
It all looks lovely Jennifer, organized and your hard work shows. I always enjoy visits to your blog. Please tell me you shared this post at TFT ( if not, you still can until midnight) xo
The hutch is amazing. Not only pretty, but with some very usable storage that when organized, always gives one a sense of accomplishment. Or maybe that’s just me – I feel very proud of myself when I organize and make something better.
Can’t wait to see what you’ve done to the other end of your kitchen. Your house is just SO cute.
Love your blog. The new hutch fits right in and looks lovely! Love your ideas as well!
Thanks so much, Char!
Where did you put your microwave?
Hi! My plan was to put the microwave on our sideboard (next to the built-in cabinet) but I decided I wouldn’t like it there. So I ended up putting it on the new kitchen hutch where I had the Mason Cash bowls. There’s a cut-out in the back of the cabinet for a microwave or coffee maker cord. The hutch is the perfect depth for the microwave. I haven’t taken a picture of it yet. 🙂
This is GREAT! I have an early 1900’s Hoosier style baker’s cabinet in My Wee Abode… it’s WONDERFUL for the extra storage, and pull-out counter space! Love this post!
Thanks, Julie! I had a Hoosier cabinet in my first home and I loved it! I sold it when we sold the house.
Your kitchen cabinet is lovely . Always more storage the better especially in the kitchen. If it were me I would change the hardware on the island it would be less expensive I would think. The sound of french doors would be awesome and a courtyard to go to that sounds like heaven.
Storage is definitely a problem in our small townhouse, and a white cabinet like yours would be perfect for my lichen.
Crazy me, but I just now noticed that you have beadboard wainscoting in your kitchen. Do you have it all the way around your kitchen on just as an accent wall(s)? We decided to use beadboard as our backsplash instead of tile because tile tends to date a kitchen and I am so past trends. We have downsized to this home and we don’t want to be “updating” it every few years. But we are now thinking about using beadboard throughout our small sized kitchen and nook area. I’m wondering what has worked for you in your kitchen. It’s so stinking cute.
I love your new hutch – it looks perfect for that spot in your kitchen! Also, those bowls! I think I need to check them out. They are beautiful.