Easy Way to Increase Kitchen Storage

When you live in an old house, storage is a highly-prized commodity. In the olden 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.)

Say hello to my new kitchen hutch! I really hadn’t thought about getting a new cabinet, but I saw this cutie online and the price was right.

Farmhouse House to Increase Kitchen Storage

 

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!

Farmhouse House to Increase Kitchen Storage

 

Before getting this new little hutch, this corner of the kitchen featured an open shelf and an old bead board cabinet. 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.

Christmas Farmhouse Kitchen

 

My bead board cabinet is now in the sitting room under Tulip the Cow. I can now store items in this cabinet that I don’t use very often.

Romantic Farmhouse Sitting Room

 

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.

Storage Opportunities in Kitchen Hutch

 

Storage Opportunities in Kitchen Hutch

 

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.

French Coffee Mug Rack

 

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.

Mason Cash Bowls

 

Storage Opportunities in Kitchen Hutch

 

The drawers and lower cabinets hold bake ware and blenders. See that window to the left of the kitchen hutch? I want to turn that into a pair of French doors leading out to the backyard. The goal is to turn that plain outdoor space into a beautiful courtyard with a small pond and waterfall.

Storage Opportunities in Kitchen Hutch

 

Farmhouse Kitchen with Great Storage Ideas

 

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.

Farmhouse Kitchen Island and Hutch

I’ve made a couple of changes to the breakfast nook at the other end of the kitchen that you’ll see next week. And the week after that I’ll share why we’ve been making so many changes recently!

More Good Reads:

Organizing Kitchen Cabinets in 5 Easy Steps

Country Kitchen with Oodles of Storage

Reasons to Install Butcher Block Counter Tops

Cozy Cottage Kitchen

 

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

Cow Canvas Wall Art

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Comments

  1. So beautiful and inspiring! 🙂

  2. How exciting, practical and beautiful all in one
    fell swoop!

  3. Your new kitchen hutch is the perfect for your kitchen…..I love it!

  4. Looks great Jennifer. French doors would be beautiful in that spot leading to a courtyard. You would get more light too

    Cindy

  5. 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.
    Fabby

  6. Norma Rolader says:

    Beautiful and so amazing

  7. Marlene Stephenson says:

    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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. Char Fisher says:

    Love your blog. The new hutch fits right in and looks lovely! Love your ideas as well!

  11. 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. 🙂

  12. 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!

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