Monday, August 18, 2014

Built in shelves and cupboard

I'm back- finally!!  
My kids are back in school and I'm happy to be doing projects again!  


The first project I tackled is this recessed nook in my dining room.


This is what the nook looked like before.  A few years ago, when I didn't 
really know what I was doing with DIY, I threw up these shelves and 
plopped down an ill- fitting red cupboard.  Redoing this space has been on my
to-do list for a while.


I removed the shelves, the cupboard and the baseboards.  I used this tutorial for the baseboards.  


It wasn't near as hard as I thought it would be.
I used a utility knife, a 5 in 1 paint tool, a pry bar and a hammer, just like the tutorial said.


I measured everything, drew a diagram and headed to the hardware store for supplies.  


I found a store employee and asked tons of questions.  Once we nailed down 
all of the details of the plan, I purchased all of my supplies and headed home.  
The supplies I used are:
-a pre-made kitchen wall cupboard
-2x4 for underneath the cabinet
-1x8 pine board for shelves
-1x3 poplar board for the trim on the front of the shelves
-various pieces of trim to fill in the gaps between the cupboard and the wall
-furniture grade plank of wood cut down to size for the top of the cupboard
-baseboard trim
-stain
-paint
-caulk and wood glue


The cupboard fit almost perfectly.  I built a base for it to sit on out of 2 x 4's. 
 I essentially just made a stand for the cupboard to sit on.  


For the shelves, I pulled out Bitsy, my miter saw.  
I cut the 1 x 8 and 1 x 3's down to the size of my recess.  
Since the walls weren't exactly square, I measured the space for each shelf individually because all of the measurements were different. 


To make the shelves:  I ran a bead of glue all along the side of the 1 x 8.  
Then I set the 1 x 3 on top of the 1 x 8 and drilled a small pilot hole so the 
nail wouldn't split the wood.  Then I tapped in the nails.  


After the glue dried, I sanded the entire shelf. 
I tried them out in the space and thought they looked pretty good.   


I stained the shelves with Minwax Red Mahogany stain.
I also stained the wood for the top of cupboard.  While that was drying I painted the 
cupboard with black, satin paint.



I sat the shelves on top of  cleats in the wall.  
The cleats are 1 x 2's cut down, screwed into the wall and painted the wall color. 
I also installed the top of the cupboard with screws from inside the cabinet.  


I cut new baseboard molding to go all the way around the cupboard.  Baseboard
 molding wouldn't fit underneath the cabinet, so I just used some 1x2 white mdf trim.  
I then calked all the seams and the nail holes.  


 Here is the finished product.  
The biggest compliments I received are from my son and my husband 
who both said that it looks like the shelves and cupboard have always been there.  Yay!



2 comments:

  1. Great job, it looks great. Enjoy your fun new space.

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  2. It looks great! And you tackled it solo? Whoop Whoop! I am wanting to do this style for my 23 ft wall in my living room, lower cabinets and open shelving with a center console. Now I'm even more inspired!
    Chrissy @21Random

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