I am SO excited that I got my husband on board with putting in a built-in entertainment center/bookcases. This is our inspiration post by Addicted2Decorating.com which we tried to follow as we didn’t have the skills to figure this out on our own. Our inlaws came up so we decided to get started on this project while they were around to watch the kiddos for a bit.
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- 2x 12″w cabinets
- 2x 36″w cabinets
- 2x 30″w cabinets
Before we bought everything, my mother-in-law suggested we use masking tape to show where everything would go on the floor. This helped a lot while we were doing the whole process.
We had to remove the molding around the area we were installing the built-in cabinets. We opted to remove the molding for just the laminate floors and leave the white molding and work around it.
Daddy B then calculated measurements to build a base for the cabinets and used dowels (using a pro-doweling kit he found) to combine pieces so they were long enough. I think in the original tutorial she build a separate base for each set of cabinets, but he built one big base instead.
Here he is with the base being built, then a later picture with the base and the cabinets on top.
|He did this. I have no idea how it looks so perfect or what he did here.
But it fits to wall nicer without him needing to remove the baseboard.
Once the base was on, Daddy B started installing the cabinets which screw into each other and the wall. He made sure to measure out where the outlets were and cut a spot out for them to come through. We will also cut a hole in the top of the cabinet and the countertop to run cords through for the electronics.
- 2x 12″w cabinets (12×30″): $101.82
- 2x 36″w cabinets (36×30″): $189.92
- 2x 30″w cabinets (30×30″): $164.47
- 8″ Steel Molding Bar: $9.77
- Pro Doweling Jig: $28.98
- Box of Screws: $5.58
- End Piece to Match Cabinets (covers the end that shows so it doesn’t look icky): $7
- 21/32″x16″x3′ Wood (Listed at PNT on receipt, 5 @ $7.90): $39.50
- 1x4x8′ Top Choice Wood for Countertop (Listed as Whtwd on receipt, 4 @ $5.68): $22.72