build in a corner hutch for dishes
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Build in a Corner Hutch for Dishes

Sitting in a nook where people rarely tread, a glass-front corner cupboard is a classic dining room space saver. And since you're always working with a right angle, you don't even need to have one custom made.

You can pick up a prefab corner unit from an unfinished furniture store or a vintage one from a salvage yard for $500 to $1,000, and trim it out to match the moldings in your room. Here, cap molding overlaps the sides of the hutch, where vertical trim boards terminate, giving the piece even more permanence in the room, says Monroe, Connecticut, carpenter Tim Pringle. To add symmetry, the crown is built up so that the cupboard matches the height of a nearby door.
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