the projects I was hoping to tackle this year and I didn’t
mention this big one? Yeah. 😂 I planned to start
this HUGE built in project later in the year, but then I realized
we spend more time in the basement in the winter…so why not get
it done now?�
money in the budget to at least get this project going. It helped
that the cabinets I needed were on sale!
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built ins using kitchen cabinets many times before. I’m telling
you…using cabinets makes this SO much easier (and quicker) than
if you were to build those yourself. They are awesome!
because it’s just a loooong wall:
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going to take them down. Sometimes I really plan out when I’ll
start a project and sometimes I jump right in. This one is the
wanted to do. Sorry for the bad quality, I didn’t have great light
when I took these:
not have picked it, but I do secretly love it. 🙂
down with my old school graph paper to sketch out my plans (trying
to keep things proportional):
DIY projects. I love sitting with a pad of paper and mapping out my
ideas. This will be my biggest build yet! Before now the longest
I’ve done is 12 feet.
I only use upper cabinets to create built ins because they don’t
take up as much room, and they don’t have the drawers like most
base cabinets have. You’d be surprised at how much you can still
fit in them!
remove baseboards without damaging the wall here.
To make these more custom looking, you’ll want to get the cabinets
off the ground a bit. You can do a toe kick like in the kitchen,
but instead I like to wrap the fronts with the baseboard and tie
them into the rest of the room (this is why you want to save the
base) so it looks like a custom built in.
always use the most basic pine for this part of the project.
nail them into the front, sides and back of the cabinet. The
size of the wood will depend on the height of your
baseboards. I want the baseboards to sit on the front of the
cabinets instead of underneath:
only place I’ve found the five inch height (which is really around
4.5 inches) is at Home Depot, but again, your size will depend on
hardware store. It’s SO great that you can order online now and
they will bring them out to you! Are these the BEST quality? No.
But they’ve always worked wonderfully for us and they are easy to
dress up with paint and hardware. I may make new doors for
this project…I’ll decide on that later.
placing your cabinets! After you get them set in place you can
figure out where you need to make access to the plugs. Measure
where your outlet is on the wall and then mark those measurements
on the back of the cabinet to cut it out:
This battery-operated oscillating
sawmakes easy work of it!
one cabinet (more on that later), but they are ready to be
installed into the wall!:
substantial. You can see how I’m pulling the middle cabinets out a
bit to make a bench — those are the 18x30x12 cabinets.
The others are the 30x30x12
have to wait to have sconces wired. They will be at the top of
built ins like I usually do. I could do the
non-electrical lights like I did in my office, but I’d like to
have something a little brighter that we can also dim while
watching TV. If you have an outlet below, it’s almost always
possibly to add sconces above!
countertops and baseboards on and then start painting. Then this
part at least will be usable:
drew out my plan. You may notice that I had a fireplace that was
supposed to be installed under the TV. We thought we’d have room,
but with the TV speaker it just won’t work.
middle instead of the 12 inch versions I planned to use. This is a
much more comfortable height for a bench and the proportions just
look better. We think we found a new spot to do the fireplace
someday, so I hope to share more about that soon!
electrical work to be done I could finish this up (except paint) in
a week! But I am forced to be patient, which is better for our bank
account anyway. 😉
helped with most of it. My office took about six weeks…and this
one I think will take about half of that. I’ll share a few of my
past built in projects below! Hopefully I’ll have more progress to
share with you soon.
dining room turned library bookcases here:
hold sound system stuff here:
office built in bookcases here:
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