Remodeling the Kitchen - hutch and inspiration

Our kitchen remodel is progressing. You may remember this was the original look of the wall opposite the sink area. Two cabinets and a desk; I have way too many dishes for that to work!

With my love of dishes and stemware, I knew I needed more storage space for these collections. Pinterest and Houzz were perfect places to look for kitchen inspiration. I found the ideal piece I knew would work in my six foot of wall space. Here is the inspiration piece for a kitchen hutch. 

I wanted glass front doors, plus glass shelves and lighting inside the cabinets. I showed it to my cabinet maker and he said "no problem, we can make it." His drawing matched my requests exactly.

Wow, I have been so excited for this piece to arrive and now it has. 

The bottom piece has drawers to store dishes. Stronger slides were added to sides of the drawers to support the weight of the dishes (many, many dishes).

The installers setting up the top piece of the unit. The hutch goes to the ceiling for added space since we only have 8 foot ceilings. Crown molding was added to complete the custom piece.

I added a garage to each end of the hutch to store big items like mixers and coffee pots. There are electrical outlets in each garage; the electrician is coming back next week to finish the outlets.

The countertops are LG Hausys Minuet quartz which has a soft grey veining. Nothing bold or shocking; one I could easily change accessories and still be happy with the look. 

Here it is (plus a few dishes):

My daughter started filling the hutch and drawers for me with stemware and dishes while I was in St. Louis at my surgeon's office. I'm still hobbling from my recent knee revision and couldn't get on a ladder to clean the glass shelves so I was very appreciative of her help. 

The backsplash guys installed the tile yesterday and the grout today. I bought a grout that never has to be sealed. The price was a little more but nothing further needed.

The tile is Urban Canvas Matte Light Smoke 2x4. The grout was still wet when I took this picture and will need to be sponged off again when it is completely dry. I'll show you another picture later. 

Did you noticed the wire hanging from the hutch? It's the wire that goes to the under counter lighting that will be installed in a few days; more on that later. There is also puck lighting inside the cabinets that the electrician will finish up.

I'll leave you with a glimpse of what's been happening on the other side of the room.

Be sure to stop back for the completion of the kitchen. Thanks for stopping by for another day of Life in Kentucky - Judy. 

Check out the rest of the kitchen remodel:

Linking to: 
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Lavendar Cottage
Show and Share @ Coastal Charm
Inspiration Monday @ Our Southern Home 

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ StoneGable Blog
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday @ Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
Winter Blues Wednesday@ DIY by Design
Refresh Your Space @ Jennifer Rizzo

Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
What Is It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants
Share Your Style Link Party @ The Essence of Home 
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch to Yours

Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home on Thursday
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme 
The Creative Circle @ Up to Date Interiors

Feathered Nest Friday @ The French Country Cottage
Be Inspired Friday @ Common Ground
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Fabulously Creative Friday @ Jennifer Rizzo
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm
Weekend Retreat @ AKA Design & Life
The Bouquet of Talent Party @ Life on Lakeshore Drive - Saturday

Table It Link Party @ Life and Linda
Sundays at Home @ Love of Home
Sunny Simple Sunday @ Sunny Simple Life 
Table It Monday @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays
DIY Sunday Showcase @ The Interior Frugalista


  1. Oh boy this would be my favorite spot in the kitchen. I love how it turned out. The counter top material is perfect. I agree- go with something that can be blended with many colors and looks. I wonder are you adding some lighting to the inside of the glass door cabinets? I always wanted that but we never got around to it. Those tiles look great- kind of a mini subway tile look! I hope your recent knee surgery will improve things for you.

  2. Judy, It's really nice to have craftsmen who say "I can do that". I'm glad you got exactly what you wanted. To have a daughter willing to help out is a blessing as well. Thanks for sharing. Sylvia D.

  3. Wow! Loving your new kitchen hutch! The countertop, color and lighting are just stunning. We did one last year and hubby won the debate on the color, but after some coaxing I think we will be painting our kitchen cabinets a lighter brighter white or grey. Our butlers pantry houses a lot of my favorite dishes on display and I know you are going to have fun styling it for every season. They are such fun to play with.

    Thanks so much for linking up at the Dishing It & Digging It Link Party. I hope it brings you some new friends and great traffic.

  4. Judy, everything is finally coming together...looks like you will have a kitchen, soon!
    Your china cabinet is gorgeous...and so much needed storage.
    Hope your knee is doing better.
    Have a great week.

  5. Hi Judy, I love your new hutch, simply beautiful! I know you will enjoy the added storage space. Looks like things are moving right along. Take care of the knee……..

  6. love it so reminds me of the kitchens of days gone by. So very pretty and very useful
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  7. Judy, you did an incredible great job. I love how it turned out. So pretty and timeless. You have dressed it perfectly. Thanks for linking up to D I & D I!

  8. Your hutch looks fabulous!! So jealous! Thanks for sharing at the Dishing It & Digging It!

  9. How exciting; your hutch is amazing!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  10. What a beautiful piece! Thanks so much for sharing at You're Gonna Love it. I've chosen to feature it as one of my picks this week!

  11. gorgeous---I know how you feel when dishes are buried and unable to be used. We added glass door cabinets above an existing buffet and it's so nice to be able to look at my beautiful pieces. Yours will be wonderful when you are able to stage it the way you want...Grins, Sandi

  12. I do not even think our kitchen has enough room for much remodeling. Only one person can fit in there at a time. If we ever did anything, our first step would have to be an extension on the house before we can try any of the do it yourself projects I am always reading about.

    Arthur Bryant @ Contractor Express

  13. You always have to be careful with glass cabinets, they are nice to look at as long as you can keep your dishes and cupboards clean! But I am loving that color combination you went with, white is in right now. Plus the quartz countertops, my top pick for a countertop material should hold up really nicely, and they are beautiful!

    Fred Richardson @ SGK Home Solutions

  14. Your kitchen is amazing! You did a phenomenal job!!!
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