In case you’re new here or missed last week, I’m working my hiney off, as well as my hubby’s, to turn my formal dining room, currently being used as a poorly designed playroom with dining room furniture, into an actual playroom with dining room potential – aka a multi-purpose room! This week I’m also looking for your opinion on a design choice – Maybe it’s because it’s week 3 – the halfway point – but I’m drawing a blank. Help!
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So, last we talked, our room was looking a bit like this:
I’d love to tell you we’ve turned a huge corner – we haven’t. We’re working hard, but much of what we’re working on ends up looking about the same, which is a little frustrating! We’ve mainly focused on getting our built-in’s completed, and that’s what we’re going to talk about today!
How to Add Built-In Cabinets to your Room
You might remember my mentioning we’d received the cabinets we used from a friend remodeling their kitchen for the best price ever – free. The fabulous thing about them is that they were free! The not so great things about them? Well, all three cabinets were different sizes, which means their doors were different sizes, with each door’s hardware placed differently. Their various materials also made making them appear to be one unit a teeny bit challenging!
Once we had the bases painted and installed, we added the doors prior to completing the counter. We wanted to ensure the cabinet doors were where they should be, and we could close them. At that point, we realized that all of the hardware wasn’t going to fit the same way and that we’d not marked anything when we took them off. Doh!
After a few hours of some light cursing and maybe the throwing of at least one hidden hinge that appeared to be missing a screw, we finally mounted the doors!
The insides of the cabinets also received a bit of love in the form of all-over contact paper! It’s washable, it’s easy to apply, and it looks so lovely!
I’m still trying to figure out cabinet hardware for the doors in the way of pulls and was hoping you might be kind enough to share your opinion! I want to keep it simple. I like both of the ring-pulls below but like the simplicity of the bar and knob. What do you think? Cast your vote in the comments!
Next, came the counter-top. After a bit of research, we decided to create the counter-top using 8′ boards between 4-6″ wide, and to fasten it using our Kreg-jig that we’ve had for about 3+ years and have never used!
Once we figured out how to use it (thank you, April) and we found our groove, everything moved pretty quickly.
There was a lot of sanding to follow and a good staining using Rustoleum Gel Stain in Aged Oak. Lucky for us we’ve had perfect weather for staining and sanding and could do most of it outside.
Finally, we finished removing the crown molding from above the cabinets to make room for the shelving and added a bold splash of color, Glidden’s True Navy in Satin finish, that will show through the shelves. Below is the first coat.
Next, my husband built the bookcase and added it to the base. We added trim around the edges of the shelves to beef them up, followed by crown molding around the top of the bookcase.
And here they are, completed!
I LOVE them and the focal point they’ve created in the room.