8.30.2011

Is There a Boy in that Hole?!

We usually have a funny time working on projects at my dad and Wendy's because for some reason our measuring always goes to shit. This project however, pretty much went according to plan. Which is pretty much fucking awesome.

After planning out the cabinet, building it and priming it, we packed it into the car on Sunday morning

And we got all these tools in there too (plus a compressor)

We hightailed it up to my parent's house a little nervous all along the way that a cabinet might go tumbling out of the truck bed. But we made it safely :)

When we got there first on the to do list was figuring out what kind of lighting they wanted to go with at the top. We bought a few different kinds so they could decide which style and brightness they liked the best (my dad is a stickler for good lighting)


They went with two small 3" lights that could either be used as floods or spotlights.

With the lighting decided on it was time to wire. We used an existing switch right next to where the cabinet would be which was really convenient

My dad of course had to inspect things

An added convenience was that because the cabinet would be going all the way up to the ceiling we didn't have to be super exact with the holes we cut in the ceiling for the lights because they'd be covered anyway

With the holes in the ceiling cut, next came mapping out exactly where in the cabinet the lights would go. And once we were sure, Chris cut them out

With the lighting squared away, it was time to get the cabinet pushed into the nook. When we built it Chris left the counter a little bit big (what we guessed was about 1/16) so that we'd have a bit of wiggle room getting the cabinet in there in case our measurements were off. We'd rather be safe than sorry and build something a bit too big and then have to shave some down - which is what we intended on having to do. What we didn't anticipate however was that the trim on the archway into the foyer would prevent us from getting the cabinet in the nook at all

We thought cutting the counter down a bit might help (don't worry, this part would be covered by the top cabinet)

Alas, we were still thwarted and decided the trim around the arch had to be taken off

After a bit of a shimmy here and there we discovered a tiny bit had to be shaved off on both sides (which is what we planned for). So the cabinet came outside and the belt sander got to work

Then it slid right into place. After we knew it fit we took it back out so we could attach the top portion to it. If we attached them when they were already in the nook you'd see the hardware that fixed them together. This way, we could put them together without anyone seeing how they were joined


(don't worry, there was more than just this one strip)

And once they were combined into one super duper cabinet, we pushed it into the nook (which was a little nerve wracking). But once it was in place, we could marvel at how beautiful it was :)

Then, it was time to hook the lights up (and thank goodness for a convenient A/C vent)

And when Wendy saw my dad standing next to the ladder, that's when she yelled out "Is there a boy in that hole?!" because, let's be honest, my dad and Chris do have an affinity for crawling into walls

But Chris was merely on top of the ladder :)

With the lights in (after additional sawing done in the hole)...

..it was time for finishing touches: attaching all the trim!

The fluting

The cove and crown

Chris cut away some of the baseboard so we could get the bottom fluting in place

The baseboard that we ripped off from the back wall got cut down to size...

...and installed on the front

Then Chris caulked the edges and joints, we installed the shelves and after a long day we called the project done! (sorry the lighting is so bad :( we finished late and the ceiling light in the room wasn't hooked up because some wiring had to be switched around)

I think it looks so great!!! I'm really happy with my design and beyond proud of Chris for doing such an AMAZING job building it. My dad and Wendy are so pleased and ecstatic with how it looks and it really takes that lame nook and makes it look awesome!

The glass shelves on the top portion look great (thick enough to hold heavy objects)

And the wood shelves on the bottom portion really ground it

And all together it looks awesome and like it was meant to be there!

I love it. Job well done :)

3 comments:

Deb said...

Excellent job! That looks amazing!

Kit @ DIYdiva said...

It really is a job well done. Great design and execution! I agree that it looks exactly like it should be there. I'm very impressed!

meryl rose said...

Thanks ladies!!! It definitely makes me excited for whenever we get around to tackling building a cabinet in our TV room nook