Sunday, March 25, 2012

Dining Room Built-In Cabinet Reveal

Here's a big project I've been working on for awhile.  I started this project on Superbowl weekend so it's been a lengthy process.  I put it on hold for awhile due to recent life events but I finally got back to it and I love how it turned out. 

I plan to post a how-to explaining how I built them next week but for now I just want to show you.

After much thought I decided to go with tung and groove doors to match all the tung and groove we already have going on in the banquette area and kitchen archway.  I really wanted them to look like they have always been here.

I wanted some cubbies for display and some storage behind doors.

I opted to go for old school hardware for the hinges and used a turn style knob. I think they have a nautical look to them like something you'd see on a boat.  Typically this style of knob is used when one side is stationary but I didn't want a center piece between my doors so I decided to use them anyways.  I love the look!     

That is what was there before.  An awkward stairway that we never used as stairs only to pile junk on and it was wrapped in yellow pine of course.   The doorway leads to the original cabin part of the house.

When we tore it out there was no flooring underneath.  That will be super fun to fix since the flooring is 13 year old pergo the kind with the glued seams.  We do have plenty of extra in the attic thank goodness.  Any tips on how to replace it I'd love to hear it.  We have not fixed the floor yet (notice I switched to we cause hubby is totally gonna have to help with that) so I laid out some of the extra pieces and did a little retouching in picasa so you and I could see what things will look like with the floor repaired. 

I opted for a wood top that I stained a mix of Jacobean and Red Mahogany Minwax oil based stain. This matches the kitchen Island counter.  I used a stain grade laminated pine board that came in a 16" x 8' piece. I got it a Lowes.  I used the wood conditioner first so the stain would penetrate evenly.  The paint color is Oyster Shell fom Walmart's Glidden line in semigloss. It's the same white I have used everywhere now and I think it is the perfect white.

Now my black shelf doesn't fit the space so I will have to make a new one.  If you follow me on pinterest you probably saw that I have been pinning plate rack style shelves like crazy for inspiration.  I will get to that eventually I need to think on it for awhile.  

Here's one last look side by side before and after,

So much better and it doesn't block the flow to the back door anymore.  Next up is to fix the floor then I plan to make ladder style stairs using 2 x 8's to put under the door.  Even though we don't go up to that room this way I think since there is a door there needs to be stairs.  Plus the cat uses them.  I think it will add to the quirky charm of the cabin.  After all that then it's back to the kitchen remodel I think I've put it off long enough!

Thanks for visiting!  I'd love to know what you think!

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  1. Love it! You never seize to amaze me! The exposed hinges are adorable and the plate rack above is cute too, did you make it? I revealed my office today, hope you check it out! Have a great week!

  2. It looks fabulous! I love it! Can't wait to see the new stairs.


  3. It is beyond beautiful. I'm in awe that you built that! You rock!

  4. So, so, so AWESOME!!!
    It's perfect!

    Great work!

  5. Seriously Michelle! You are amazing! You inspire me to start some projects I've been putting off.

  6. Great looking piece and love the B&A!
    xo Lynda

  7. Very nice! Love the hardware you used.

  8. There is no contest there, absolutely brilliant! Suzy

  9. Looks the hardware that you used. Hop over today and grab my starfish featured button (it's located under my header/my button page)for your have been featured at NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAY.


  10. that looks awesome! i love the top and what great storage!

  11. Well, I did it! Went thru your entire blog today. I'm exhausted looking at all of your amazing projects. You are so talented with power tools..including a sewing machine. I've pinned a quite few that I could possibly tackle with
    some help. I'll be stopping by often!
    Rita May @MAY DAYS

  12. Mimi! I love it!! I want one for my bedroom! Let's talk! You are getting so popular. I expect to see YOU on Nate Berkus one of these days!

  13. I love this! I can't believe you made it! Very pottery barn in style. I wish I had your talent.

  14. I really like your 'built ins'. It looks fabulous.
    But what I'm even more impressed with is Your Picasa Skills!
    Had you not told me that you doctored that photo...I'd have never known. I can tell a little bit in the last picture...but I think it's because you told me.

    If I send you pictures of myself...could you make a FAUX ME... that looks 10 years younger...just so people could have an idea of course. LOL...

    good job on both projets {wink}
    via Catch as Catch Can

  15. Just found your blog today, love your projects!
    I will come back to explore more!

  16. You did such a great job on that cabinet! It really does look like it's always been there, and I just LOVE the hardware you used on the doors.
    The stairs will look good, I think. More like what would have originally been there. You've got a great sense of style!


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