This project… took so long. And it didn’t turn out exactly like I had planned, but I LOVE IT. Is anyone else obsessed with storage space? I am!
In terms of time, the bulk of the time investment was for the contractor to finish the room and for us to figure out how we wanted to configure our cabinets though so I really can’t complain about this portion of the project in terms of how long it took from install to completion. THIS part was quick once we knew what we wanted.
I had grand notions here. First of all, I wanted standing desks. We tried to work out a way to do this without spending a ridiculous amount on custom cabinets, but I didn’t like any of the solutions. So we went with normal size cabinets. The result is these. I may end up mounting my monitor (the iMac on the right) higher up on the wall, building a base for the keyboard and mouse, and using it as a standing desk that way. But I do like using a stool as well so this has worked out okay. I’m definitely more comfortable with this setup than I was with our lower desks so we’ll see if I decide to fix it up as a standing desk later. If so there will DEFINITELY be a post about it… if you want to get updates so you won’t miss it, follow me on one of the many social networking sites that I have linked on my side bar, or subscribe to my email list.
Secondly, I had planned to buy unfinished cabinets or refinish cabinets that were used, then distress them like I did with our built-in entertainment center. I couldn’t find what I wanted, however, and I wanted to finish this project very badly so we went with these cabinets which were in stock. Not distressing cabinets DID save me a ton of work. But check out the built-in entertainment center post (https://diydanielle.com/2014/05/built-in-entertainment-center-final.html) if you want to want to compare. They really are quite lovely.
This project is fairly straight forward. We had our kitchen renovated for us when we lived in a condo, and now I cringe to think how much we could’ve saved if we had done it ourselves.
Here’s some of the steps and pictures of our process:
1. Remove baseboard
|I got stain on my cabinets accidentally,
but I wet a corner of a Magic Eraser
and it came right off (phew)!
- Install lighting. We did some really fabulous under cabinet lighting in our built-in entertainment center so check out the link if you want to try it (https://diydanielle.com/2014/05/built-in-entertainment-center-lighting.html). Very simple and affordable.
- Add hardware to cabinets.
- Add the 2″ grommets, after drilling a hole with your 2″ forstner bit in the sides of the cabinets. This helps organize your electronics and keep them out of sight.
I showed pictures of the rest of the room in my other post, Basement Renovation: Laminate Flooring, but here they are again. I love these floors so much. Eventually I’d like to pick up a couch that converts into a bed to use for this area, but I haven’t found anything in the right price range yet. I like the idea of being able to use this area as an extra guest room. My brother and mom usually visit at the same time, and my in-laws usually come with 2-6 people at once, so it’s always great to have somewhere comfortable for everyone to sleep.
I wrote two other posts for this project if you’re interested: