How to Make a Window Panel Hutch

Transform old window panels into a darling hutch. All you need is basic plywood, some trim boards, and a bit of decorative molding.

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A project that repurposes old materials AND provides more storage space—what could be better? This DIY project saves old window panels from the trash pile and transforms them into a beautiful hutch perfect for storing spare blankets and linens or displaying beloved keepsakes.

Get started by tracking down four wooden window panels. The panels don't have to be identical, but at least two pairs need matching dimensions. Then use hinges, decorative trim, and furniture legs to create the unique storage space. We love the look of the hutch in a living room, but it would also work well in a bedroom, dining room, or bathroom.

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What You Need

  • Wooden window panels (4)
  • Hinges (4)
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • 3/4-inch plywood
  • Nail gun
  • 3/4-inch decorative molding
  • 1×6 trim boards
  • Legs (4)
  • Shelf pegs (4)
  • Drawer pull or knob

Step 1: Make a Box

Make a box out of the the window panels and plywood. First, stand up the panels on a flat surface so they form a box shape. Then connect each corner with a hinge. Predrill holes if necessary, then screw in screws for security.

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Step 2: Make Top and Bottom

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Cut two pieces of plywood for the top and bottom sections. Make sure that the plywood matches the dimensions of the window box. Using a nail gun, attach the plywood to the top and bottom of window unit. Cut decorative molding to size and attach to plywood edge with nail gun.

Step 3: Attach Legs

Matching the size of the plywood, construct a rectangle from the 1×6 trim boards, and attach legs. Position window frame on top. To attach, screw through plywood bottom into 1×6 frame. Paint as desired.

Step 4: Add Shelf

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Add a removable shelf, if desired. To do so, cut plywood to size, paint, and let dry. Measure and drill four holes to match the shelf peg size, drilling one hole near each corner of the cabinet to support the shelf. Insert pegs and rest shelf on top. If desired, add a drawer pull or knob to the front panel for a handle.

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