Category Archives: Built-In

Live Edge Walnut Slab Console Table

live_edge_3_sombSo, I’ve always wanted an entryway console table, a place to throw keys, change, sunglasses, etc. when I get home… but, it’s a little hard when you don’t have a formal foyer, lol! Despite that, I tried to create an official entryway in our home using this console table I built, shoe basket, a rug, and mirror! :D

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This was a fairly easy build… I didn’t have to chop the tree down and plane the slab, hehe! For the top, I simply found a live edge piece of walnut online, finished it with two coats of high gloss spar urethane, glued a piece of plywood under it to ensure that none of the live edge bark falls off since I don’t know what season it was cut down in + I made a cleat for the install by cutting a rectangle out of this plywood. Then for the rest of this piece, I simply built, veneered, and stained a drawer box out of 3/4″ birch plywood for my little guys’ sunglasses & attached the box with screws onto the underside of the slab. I probably would have left it floating if I didn’t have little monkeys in the house. ;) To finish it off, I added a single hairpin leg to give it a cantilevered look & a modern feel!

What feeling does your home’s entryway convey?

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Resume for Santa… Built-In Corner Media Cabinet

Dear Santa,

I know I haven’t written in a while, been super busy being a grown-up and all, you know how it goes… but now I have two little guys that are completely enamored with you. You bring joy into our home two months out of the year and I thought it would be awesome if I worked for you the other 10! I’m sure you get a ton of applications for the coveted positions in your workshop, just as I’m sure the elves aren’t big on outsiders, soooooo instead of handing you a form to read, I’m showing you this project I made. If you could spare a minute from your busy Christmas schedule to check out this corner media cabinet I built, I would greatly appreciate it. Oh, and tell Mrs. Clause I said hello!

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{ My little guys’ room was quickly becoming unorganized and needed a change… my go-to idea for making a room feel homey? Built-ins, of course!! That’s when I got online to find a corner media cabinet plan that would hide the growing number of cords for my boys’ tech. The amazing site ana-white.com had a media console plan that I modified to give off more of a built-in feel. Check out the plan here. It’s beautifully simple, using just 3/4″ plywood, 1/4″ plywood, 1 x 2s, 2″ screws, and glue. I added an extra component shelf (in hopes that St. Nick might bring my boys a gaming system), placed molding along the top, and made it flush to the walls to give it a finished built-in look.

media_work_I plan on turning the empty spaces on the sides of the media compartments into speaker boxes, adding a back piece with cord holes, and under-mounting a night light in the middle shelf soon… work is never done, lol. Finally, I topped it off by painting the whole unit with Behr’s ‘Polar Bear’ in semi-gloss to flow with the rest of our home’s trim. Now my little guys have a space for their books and tech + they’re really enjoying the extra room that they have to play! }

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 So there it is, Mr Clause. Hope you consider me for a full-time position in your workshop! My little guys & I will be putting out extra chocolate chip cookies and milk this year! Merry Christmas to you!!! ;D

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Built-In Desk – Solution For A Long Rectangular Room

deskbuiltin_sombI do love me some built-ins!! Architectural elements add a personality and a craftsmanship to your home that freestanding furniture can’t do on it’s own. That’s why I’m always looking for an excuse to build some! A perfect example is our living room, which is a long rectangle & our furniture arrangement works best as a square, giving me a few feet behind the couch to play with. In comes the built-in desk I made…

deskworkI built four base cabinets, modified from an Ana White version seen here. Base cabinets are super easy to build and of course, you can suit them to fit any dimension that you need. If you tackle cabinets make sure you take squares often and pay special attention that your face frames are exact. My slim built-in desk cabinets only needed to be 15 1/2″ deep, just enough space to accommodate my family’s laptop. I also incorporated charging station shelves in the far right cabinet for my phone and my little guys’ Nintendo + the top of that cabinet, along with the marble on top, has a 2 1/2″ hole to allow cords for lighting and electronics through. Once built, I slapped two coats of Behr ‘Polar Bear’ white paint on and waited for the granite top to be cut. The gorgeous grayish green piece of granite was, lucky for me, near free since hubby had an awesome connection to a scrap yard through his tile business. I still can’t get over how pretty the stone is! I also made myself a gallery wall with my favorite Art, (Drifting I & Drifting II by Jane Bellows from Gallery Direct) along with shelves I’ve refinished, silhouettes I drew of my little guys, and treasured family photos. Needless to say, it is now my favorite spot in our home!

desk_sombI still have to caulk some spots, fill some picture frames, and I might eventually build Shaker cabinet doors, but, for now, I am in love! Have you tackled any built-ins lately?

 

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Wordless Wednesday – Banquette 3 Months Later

laternook2Well, it has been three months since I built my family’s board & batten nook bench, originally seen here, and my little guys couldn’t love it more, which in turn makes me ecstatic! So nice to see all my hard work being enjoyed! Though, I have to admit, white may not have been the wisest choice with two little ones climbing all over it… which I knew, but the crisp white was just so purty! I found and refinished two dining chairs since the build, but have yet to find a reasonably priced upholsterer to make the cushions since a seamstress I am not! I would also love to make a more substantial & less decorative back rest the length of the wall… someday, hehe! Hope to have a completely finished ‘after’ photo soon!

Happy Wednesday to y’all!

A nook for my family…

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This built-in was a blast to design and build! My family needed seating for our teeny tiny kitchen so creating a board and batten banquette was at the top of my to-do list. Clocking in at two weeks (worked on it intermittently while watching my adorable toddlers) & costing $150 bucks (would’ve been higher had it not been for an electrician friend that ran an outlet into it, which I built the little door for). This project was well worth the time and money spent + my family loves it which makes me over-the-moon happy!

Here’s a quick photographic step-by-step in case this project is also on your to-do list!

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I built the bench frame just as you would a freestanding wall… over-killing it a tad since I wanted it to be super sturdy for my little guys. I used #8 wood screws, wood glue, and 2 x 4’s from pallets. The top of the bench is 3/4 oak plywood (oak is stronger than pine), covered with two coats of Behr latex paint in Polar Bear. I implemented a board and batten style on the exterior of the frame… battens built from 1 x 3’s & 1 x 4’s & boards are 1/4″ hardboard with finish trim on the top and bottom, all caulked then painted with two coats of semi-gloss latex. I added a small door on the end in order to plug our electronics into the outlet inside the banquette. The simple H hinges, bling knob, and pop of chartreuse paint accent the bench beautifully & I hope to have an aqua-colored cushion made for my family’s nook soon!
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Nothing turns a house into a home quite like built-ins! I am ecstatic about how it turned out & you will not regret tackling a project like this yourself! Happy DIY’ing to you!!

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… better ‘After” photo & dining room table refinish coming soon!

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3 months later photo shown above with my sweet little guy enjoying it… read about my future plans for my family’s nook here! :)))

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