Hi I am Beckie, author of Infarrantly Creative, where I transforms roadside finds into treasures for my home. I dubbed my quest Roadkill Rescues. I would love to share one with you today. I turned an old hutch into a puppet theater/snack shop for my kids…
It seems there is a never-ending supply of the hutch part of dressers at Goodwill, thrift stores and on the side of the road. After driving by this baby for days I finally hauled it into my mini van totally unsure of what I would transform it into.
After I cleaned it I took off the backer board. It wasn’t stable enough to handle my crazy kids so I knew I had to stabilize it somehow. I got out some scraps of plywood and measured the width of the hutchy thing and that is how wide the top of my parallelogram is. Then I widened the bottom to give it the stability it needed.
Using a circular saw, I cut out two of them and screwed them into the sides of the hutch and I achieved the stability it needed.
Then using a 5/8″ drill bit I drilled holes in the sides and inserted a 5/8″ dowel rod (cut to size) for the curtains to hang from.
Then I decided to to use the backer board as a chalkboard on the front. I cut it down using a utility knife since it was just a thin wood composite. After primering it and painting it with chalkboard paint I nailed it in place with thin brad nails.
and a snack shop…
You don’t need a hutch type thing for this project. Any small book shelf would work. This one I used an old laminate shelf and just propped it up higher.
Bookcases are perfect for this project because you have the shelves in the back to store stuff…
Do you love trash to treasure type projects? Want to see more…
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So adorable! I love that it is multi-functional too!
This is such a great idea! I love that it can be both a puppet theater and a snack shop. Great DIY idea!
AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME! Have been wanting one forever and NEVER imagined using a hutch. Perfect! Will be doing.
This may be the coolest ‘homemade’ play thing ever!!! *Wishing I were little again…* Going to be making this for my God-daughter when she is big enough!!!