Craft Room Project: Lower Shelves Are Done

All of the lower shelves are finally installed!

I spent a portion of today cleaning up some of my filler spots and getting the upper shelves to sit more easily in their cabinets. It was some tedious stuff, but I’m now ready to do the paint touch ups on all the cabinets that are in so far.

The last part I got accomplished today was getting the last upper cabinet installed that I could get up before the counters go in.

Oh, I also got my under cabinet light installed. It turned out it was a massive pain in the butt. I started it yesterday, ran into all kinds of issues, one of which is the fact that I am perfectly capable of being a brainless twit (no, you will not have a current in a wire if the light switch is off), and had to call it a day before I even hit noon just so I wouldn’t completely screw something up. I have a few things to do to finish it, but it is hooked up and mounted. I’ll need a new wall plate that I can cut a notch in for the wire. It isn’t the prettiest solution, but it will be okay by the time I get it done.

Tomorrow, I think I’m going to work on those touch ups and start building the doors for those cabinets that are already up. I was considering starting the counters but I realized that I really probably want to get those doors installed before I put the counters in place.

Little by little, this is looking more like a usable space.

Craft Room Project: Putting In Shelves

Yesterday felt kind of like I was taking a break. In part because the day before with the cabinet install, I’d about done myself in and I was dragging hard core yesterday. I didn’t have the energy for much, so I focused on getting some residual painting done.

I also did my final stain test. Since I’d had to cut a section off one of the counters, I had the perfect opportunity to get a true test and I took advantage of it. I did the full stain and poly process to see how it would turn out and I have a winner and a final stain color.

Final Stain Test
Final Stain Test

The gray block on the right is what I’m going with, though I might let it sit just a little longer to get it a tad darker. You can see that it is lighter than the floor (bottom of photo), but that is what I wanted. I didn’t want to go as dark as the floor as I felt it would overpower the room. It compliments the floor, but still shows the beauty of the butcher block design. Even though I love this, I’m still nervous. Those counters make up a significant amount of space in the room and it would suck to get them all stained and end up hating it. I’m pretty sure I’ll be okay. I’m just having a harder time visualizing this in the space than usual. I’m not quite ready to work on the counters yet, but getting this done and set made me feel so much better now that I have a definite plan for them.

Today I finally started to get the shelves installed in their units.

Starting to Install Shelves
Starting to Install Shelves

As usual, it seems like I made the job harder for myself than it should have been, so this felt extremely tedious. I made several mistakes along the way. Some were easier to fix than others, but all are fixable. I got the first two units completed when I ran out of screws. I used the very last screw, the exact number I needed, on that second shelf. I guess the Universe was telling me it was time to quit for the day.

I have two more that I need to finish up tomorrow. Since I’ve been doing the needed filling and caulking as I go, I won’t have much to do to finish other than clean up those filled spaces and do a little sanding. After that, those base cabinets are done except the two that still need doors.

It doesn’t really feel like I got much done the last couple of days, but there is only so much this poor old body of mine is willing to do without a much bigger break than I’ve been giving it.

Craft Room Project: Cabinet Installation In Progress

What a difference a day makes!

The underlayment is down. All but 3 upper cabinets are installed and the base cabinets are installed or in place and waiting to be screwed in. I still have to put the permanent shelves into the base cabinets. There are a few things that still need some paint, like the shelf edges and the dividers on the big beast cabinet, but that is about the extend of what is left on those.

The final 3 upper cabinets don’t get installed until the counters are stained and attached. I discovered today that the back counter top doesn’t actually fit and I’ll have to cut it down. Turns out the two tops that I had that were supposed to be the exact same size weren’t. The one I’d originally fit that counter against was the one I cut for the other wall. It is so frustrating as it is only off by about 1/8th of an inch. So much for uniformity.

I will also have to put up the shelves in the corner and between two of the upper cabinets after those go up. The last stain test is also underway so I should be ready to work on the countertops soon.

All of this was one day’s worth of work with a whole lot of help from Hubby. I was shocked at how much got done. There are a lot of places that will need trim or touch ups, but this went together really well.

Next up is going to be working on some of those touch ups, getting those lower shelves in place and starting on the doors. It’s getting SO close!

 

 

 

Craft Room Project: Helping Hands

Yesterday was a phenomenally productive day. I was able to get the equivalent of probably a little over 2 days worth of work in. It’s amazing what you can get done when you have an extra set of hands to help with the work.

BG had casually mentioned the other day that she likes painting, which I had my doubts on as she didn’t get far in helping when I worked on her bathroom, but I tossed out the offer to help me anyway. I figured I could give her the simple pieces like painting the shelves while I worked on wiping down the walls so I could work on touch ups and painting the areas I’d left thinking cabinets would cover.

We started in the garage with what I had left of those cabinets. She got all the shelves coated while I finished up the last 3 cabinets. She worked on the shelves I had set up and prepped in the basement while I worked on the walls. By the time I had a couple of walls ready, she was done with the shelves and wanted to paint the walls, so I let her have at it.

Because we were moving so fast, already had my green paint out, and were looking at needing to stop to wait for that whole round to dry, we decided to just go a head and work on painting the stair walls. I’d put those off until I got closer to the end because I tend to bump them when moving stuff up and down, like all that wood. I’m far enough into this that whatever bumping happens now will be minor and easily fixable.

The plan was to get as far as the remaining paint in that can would get as we were close to the bottom. I worked on edging the walls out (and DAMN! there are a lot of edges in that space!!) and BG followed behind me with the roller. We got probably 3/4 of the walls done. All that is left is the smaller wall with the railing that still needs some patching and the upper funky sections near the ceiling by the door.

In all, I finished painting every cabinet, the walls are ready in the room, most of the stairway walls are painted, and probably about half of all the shelves are done. Basically, I’m ready to put the underlayment down and get most of the upper cabinets mounted, which is getting started today. I need some of those unpainted shelves done before I can mount a couple of the lower cabinets, but I’ll be working on those in between hanging the uppers.

I was absolutely stunned at how much got done. And BG? Holy crap! She put in about 5 and a half hours of work right along side me yesterday. She will probably never say she wants to paint again, but she didn’t complain one bit yesterday until we were almost done and that was just to let me know that her hands were starting to cramp.

While the cabinets went relatively fast, those shelves are taking forever because I only have so much room to lay them out to work on them. I didn’t think I’d be at this point for another few days, if not a little longer.

Yesterday was a really good day. I lucked out that she wanted to help. I also lucked out when my seriously broken brain didn’t absolutely screw me up. I’d gotten another can of paint because I ran out of what I was using for the cabinets. For some reason I asked for satin instead of semi-gloss (which is what I’d been using). Thankfully, there is no real noticeable difference between the two, at least in my color, so I didn’t have to go get another can to fix the mistake.

Sadly, things like that are becoming my norm lately.

 

Craft Room Project: Cabinet Paint Round 1

The cabinet painting is well underway. This is all but 6 cabinets and these all have a full first round of paint including edging out all the corners and seams. The other 6 are set up in my garage. I have all the edges as well as the top and bottom painted of the upper cabinets on those.

Today, I’ll be doing the first layer of paint on the 6 and, at the very least, the second coat on the ones still in the basement. There are also a whole lot of shelves and support pieces that need to be painted. I’m pretty sure I’ll get close to getting all the cabinets painted today, but all those shelves may take another day to get finished.

Just seeing the white in the room instead of the bare wood has made a huge difference in how the space looks, even with the cabinets out of place. That has been the change I’ve been waiting for and it is everything I’d hoped it would be.

At this pace, I should be able to start installing these by Monday. I’ve got to figure out how to get all of these out of the room so I can finish painting the walls in some places and put down the underlayment first.

They won’t all be able to be installed all the way just yet, though. I’ve got to get the counters stained and mounted before I can get a few of the upper cabinets installed, but I’m so close!

Craft Room Project: Cabinet Side Faces

I have all the side faces built and 4 of the 5 installed. Those 4 are facing the outside of the room, the part you’d see when you first come in the room. The last one that I have to install tomorrow faces the inside where my jewelry bench counter will be, the same side where the recessed area is (the far side of the upper cabinet in the right photo).

I am kind of blown away at how much I’m loving how this looks. Even without the paint, it looks so good.

I started on the tedious process of filling any holes, seams, and gaps in the areas that are to be painted, but I ran out of my wood filler, so that ended my work for the day. It was still some amazing progress as I’m back to being able to see some real, visible results.

I realized that I’ve goofed in a couple of places. The first goof was on the upper faces as they were supposed to have a wider board across the top than what I used. It isn’t a huge deal and is most likely one of those things that no one would notice except me, so I’m not too upset, though I don’t love that it will be a little narrower than I want after the crown molding gets installed. I did catch it in time not to make the same mistake on the bottom cabinets, which have a wider piece along the bottom to compensate for the overlap of the floor and base trim without loosing too much of that height.

The other goof was in on my cabinet I modified to add shelves to one side. I accidentally made that open space a little narrower than it should have been. Since this is supposed to be the cabinet I store my kiln in, that is a bit of a problem. It is still wide enough for the kiln, there just isn’t much extra to give me room to grab it to put it in or take it out. My fix for that is going to be to cut another board for a shelf that I put on rails like a drawer so that I can just slide the shelf out when I need to move the kiln.

It will be an extra piece I have to deal with, but I’m actually going to like that better. It will make it so much easier to move it around as I need it than the original design. Sometimes it pays to make mistakes.

And as a side note, someone had commented on one of the previous updates. It had ended up in my spam folder and, somehow, I accidentally deleted it instead of approving it. I’m so sorry! I really didn’t ignore you.

 

Craft Room Project: Feeling Satisfied

There have been several moments in this project that just gave me that deeply satisfied sensation. Today was one of those days.

Seeing that face on the side of the cabinet kind of changes the look of things, making it feel more finished than it has so far. It was so exciting to see it go on and how well it fit. I’m feeling all kinds of happy camper vibes today.

I realized after I got the two faces installed that I built yesterday, that I’d forgotten I was putting a face on both sides of one of my upper cabinets, so I have one more to build. I did get the other two built today, including one that has a center division. It went together much easier than I expected it to, so that also made me really happy. Even more so knowing that I have a door that will need to be built the same way and feeling confident I’ll be able to pull it off.

The plan for tomorrow is to build the final face and start prepping the cabinets for paint. I have some cleaning that will need to be done to get the layers of dust off and several places will need to have holes filed or places that need a little sanding.

I think I’m beginning to see light at the end of this particular tunnel.

Craft Room Project: 2 Out Of 4

It really doesn’t feel like much, but it is progress. 2 of the 4 faces are built. They should be ready to attach to the sides of the cabinets tomorrow.

I was hoping to get more done, but I’d forgotten how much room it takes to have these clamped while the glue dries, so I only got around to the two. I may rearrange the order I do some things tomorrow so I have the room to get a little more done.

The goal for tomorrow is to get quite a few of the side boards for the doors routered out so they are ready to work on as that is part of the mess I really want to get out of the way before I paint. The last two beadboard panels need to be sanded so they are ready for paint. If I can get those things done and get these two faces mounted, I can end my work time tomorrow building the last two faces so they are ready to be mounted the day after.

If all goes well and I don’t run into any hiccups and I can get everything cleaned up well over the weekend, I should be able to start painting by the first of the week. It might possibly also mean I will start mounting cabinets by the end of next week.

Craft Room Project: Last Cabinet Adjustments

For all intents and purposes, the cabinets are built. I had the one cabinet left that I needed to modify to add a divider and shelves to, and that got finished today.

Final Cabinet Modified
Final Cabinet Modified

I had originally thought I’d just leave this open, but the plan is to put my kiln in this cabinet and that left a whole lot of unused space. I decided to add some selves to make the whole of the space more usable. This one had been bugging me because I wanted to work on it, but couldn’t until I moved the counter top off to get to it. It feels awesome to finally have that one done.

I do still have to build the drawers for another cabinet, but decided that they really shouldn’t get mounted until I have at least the inside of that one painted. I will probably go ahead and start work on them, but once they are built they will be set aside for now.

The only thing left to do before I start painting is to build and attach the faces to the sides of the cabinets that face the room. I have 4 of those to put together, two of which I already have the pieces almost ready to go.

I keep going back and forth on where in this mix I’m going to start working on the doors as there has to be at least one round of paint before I can do those. I keep thinking I want to do those after the cabinets are actually installed, but the thought of still dealing with all the dust mess once I’m in paint mode makes that an unappealing idea.

The last thing that was holding me up a bit was getting the counter top cut. Hubby helped me with that last night and it came out amazing. I was so nervous I’d screw it up, but it was a breeze to do.

Last Counter Top Cut and Test Fitted
Last Counter Top Cut and Test Fitted

It has been shockingly hard to shift my gears to get back to working on this. I’m still struggling to find the energy to do much each day, though I’m not really sure why. I’ve had plenty of rest since recital, so I shouldn’t still be feeling so drained.

I’d planned on getting a lot more done today, but I hit my wall early. I’m hoping that changes soon, or it is going to be a struggle to get this done by the time I want it done.

Craft Room Project: Prepping For The Next Phase

And BG’s dance floor is no more. Well, for now at least.

My plan was to take over her space once recital was done so I could actually have room to work on the next steps, which is building the doors, painting the cabinets, and getting everything ready to start installing. With the cabinets sitting in their places, I ran out of room to work comfortably, especially with the saws, so that was the best solution, but I had to wait for her to be done using her floor for a while.

Hubby and I had originally talked about just getting a few more boxes of that flooring to get it to the walls and give that space a more finished look as we didn’t plan on finishing the rest of the basement. The farther I got done on this project and the closer I got to working on the floor, the less I liked that idea.

Even though we aren’t officially finishing the space, I didn’t want it to stand out like a sore thumb in comparison to the rest of the house. I’ve spent the last 20 years gradually weeding out the bits of oak we had so that everything would blend together and not look like a mishmash of different styles (joys of combining two full houses from people with different styles). I only have a couple of pieces left and I have plans to refinish or paint them in the very near future. It defeats that purpose to have this be a huge portion of the basement floor. That and the options for tying the two floors together weren’t great.

So, after much discussion and number crunching, we are going to extend the floor I’m putting in my room into that space to give it a more polished look. It still won’t be fully finished, but with the floor and the panels I got by mistake for my doors, it will still be a nice, clean semi-finished look that will blend with the fully finished room.

It also gives BG a better floor to dance on. She discovered that the one I pulled up was just a bit too smooth and was still way too easy to slip on when wearing certain shoes. The new floor has a bit more texture and will provide just enough grip to make it a great dance space.

I won’t be tossing the old floor, though. I’m going to, eventually, put it in the cat room. I’m okay with that since there is a door to that space and it won’t really get seen. It will make it a bit easier to keep that space cleaner as well. I still don’t love the floor, but it was cheap and it will do the job without messing up the overall look of the finished space.

All of my saws have been moved and set up in the open area and I’m working on cleaning up everything in the new room so I’m closer to being ready to paint. I still have to add the shelving to the one remaining cabinet before I can paint. The one counter top still needs to be cut as well because the counters will get stained somewhere in there along the was as well.

I’m still debating on whether I need to do the drawers now, or wait until later. They aren’t critical to be done before I paint and I really need Hubby to review my designs and math to make sure everything is right, so I’m procrastinating on those.

I hate that I’m back in a no visible progress place for this.

 

New Plan

Is it a surprise to anyone that I’ve had to change my plans for this week? Anyone?

Yeah, I didn’t think  so.

We got our garage door replaced yesterday. I had kind of forgotten that it would come unpainted, but remembered at the last minute and scrambled to go get the paint I needed. Guess what I’m working on now?

It isn’t my craft room.

I spent a chunk of my day yesterdday getting some much needed running done for BG and to get the paint. The rest was spent up and down a ladder getting everything caulked up. Which was so not fun as we found that some of the trim around this door isn’t in great shape as it has a few too many soft spots. It really probably needs to be replaced, but we aren’t doing that at this point.

It most likely isn’t the only trim on the house in such a state, which is laughable as we were told, repeatedly, while the house was being built that this type of trim wouldn’t rot even if you left it unpainted. I want to do bodily harm to the people that built my house over all the things that are messed up with it. The trim issue is only one tiny reason I feel that way. Seeing this yesterday is just one more drop in the ocean of frustrations we’ve had with our builder, even 17 years later.

I had planned to get a few things done in my craft room this week before the true chaos of recital hits toward the end, but this door is taking a whole lot more time that I anticipated. Because it has wood trim on the steel panels, I have to caulk every single edge and seam, and there are a lot, before I can paint. Just the bit I did yesterday, going up and down the ladder, has me feeling it today. I really don’t want to have to attempt to haul a thousand pounds of costumes and shoes around while even my teeth ache, so I’m only going to finish up the caulking today and call it done until after recital.

As much of a pain as it is and with the extra work, I’m glad to finally have the new door, even unpainted. I hated seeing that gouge every time I stepped outside. Unfortunately, now that we know what a major pain it is to do anything with these doors, I’m going to be a nervous wreck every time the neighbor has his yard mowed.

Craft Room Project: Only 1 And A Half Cabinets To Go!

I am SO close to being done with the build phase of these cabinets. There is only one more that I have to put together (I already have all the pieces cut), one that is already built that I need to modify to add a center divider and some shelves (that would be the 1/2), and I have 4 drawers to build (which I didn’t add to my count) and these are essentially built.

Of course, I still have doors to work on, but those are going to be a breeze in comparison to the cabinets themselves. There are also the “faces” I have to add to the sides of the cabinets that will show to the room, but I’ve been keeping those parts in the door grouping because they are pretty much the same thing.

I was working on my second to last cabinet when I goofed on my measurement of the back panel and cut it too short. Of course, I had exactly the right amount of that panel material left to finish these cabinets and that goof means I now have to run out and pick up one more sheet. It also meant I couldn’t get that last one finished today.

Even with the goof, I feel really good about what I got accomplished today.

There are only a couple of days left in this week that I’m going to have uninterrupted to work and next week won’t see much getting done at all because it is recital week and I have so many things I have to do to help BG get ready for that. As soon as recital is over, though, it should be smooth sailing for a while as I have no more commitments until MCG and her family come in June.

Craft Room Project: Last Materials Run

Over the weekend, I got all the last of the plywood I had on hand cut, which had me with about half of the pieces for all my remaining cabinets ready to go. That made room for what should be my final round of materials. At least for cabinets. Those all got bought yesterday.

Of course, knowing me, I forgot something or slightly miscalculated so that will probably be another small run here and there, but this should have been the last big purchase. Which is a relief. I won’t lie, this hasn’t been a cheap project, even with me doing all the building myself. It has been made even more expensive because the cost of any kind of lumber is through the roof right now.

Normally a decent grade piece of plywood like I’m using, is about half of what it currently costs. Between supply chain issues and spikes in the lumber industry because of fires, everything has gone up exponentially over the last year or so. Just from the start of this project to now, heck, from my previous run a little over a week ago until yesterday’s run, that same piece of plywood has gone up by about 5$ a sheet.

It figures that I’d pick probably the most expensive time in history to build a cabinet heavy room in my house. So, even though I’ve tried to take advantage of sales or discount coupons or even cash back rewards from our credit cards to save on this, it hasn’t been fun to see those big receipts at the end of each trip.

It is a relief to know that I’m on the less expensive side of this project finally. I’m also thrilled to know that I’m so close to having the cabinets done. Even more thrilled to know that I won’t have to sit down and redesign or rework layouts or anything like that ever again, because of course I’ve changed those plans yet again.

I realized the other day that I’m grateful I didn’t opt to have someone build all those cabinets for me because I’d have either ended up with something I really wasn’t happy about, or would have been paying out the nose for all the changes and modifications I’ve gone through. Or, I would have frustrated my contractor enough to quit mid-job. I know I frustrate myself enough that I want to quit sometimes.

Craft Room Project: Initial Counter Fitting

This isn’t all of them in place as I need to cut one of them (that’s still sitting on my table) and I still need it until all the cabinets are built as I need that extra height to work with my table saw. Anyway…

Initial Fitting For Counter Tops
Initial Fitting For Counter Tops

HOLY CRAP!! This looks absolutely amazing! Looking at this and seeing it in almost usable form is mind boggling that I did this.

After Hubby helped me put these in place, I was able to see how accurate I got on my cabinet height. Unless there is something I didn’t account for, this should match up perfectly with my table, which was the plan.

I do have a couple of problems I’m going to have to fix, though those are due to imperfections in the work the contractors did on the walls, which aren’t straight. The longer counter along the back wall needs to be shaved down a tiny bit as it isn’t sitting quite square and I have too big of a gap in the back on one side. Shaving it down a bit will allow it to fit a bit better, but I’m still going to have some gap as that wall is slightly bowed just to the right of the single outlet. I won’t know how bad that gap is going to stay until I can get that cut/sanded down a bit.

There is a similar gap along the right wall where the jewelry bench counter is. That one should be taken care of when I add my peg board between the recessed area and the counter. That wraps around the corner and partly along the back wall, so it may also take care of the worst of that gap as well.

All of those are relatively minor issues. I figured I would most likely need to do some trim around the back edge of the counter because I really didn’t expect the contractors to have actually gotten those walls straight. I’m going with looking on the positive side of this and accepting that it could have been monstrously worse and had those corners completely out of square to the point I’d have to try and cut a counter at a funky angle to get it to fit.

Even with those issues, I’m enormously pleased with how this looks. My vision for the space is really beginning to show and it is exactly how I’d hoped it would be.

Today is going to be a non-build day as I decided to take the day to finally do my running to multiple stores to attempt to get all my door trim as none of them have enough in stock for me to get it all in one place. That and I rand down my screw stock to having enough for maybe one more cabinet, if I’m really lucky, so I needed to make another supply run anyway.

My body needs the break today as well. I feel like I’ve spent days moving furniture around. In a way, that’s pretty accurate as those cabinets and counters are as heavy as some big pieces of furniture.

 

Craft Room Project: Base Cabinets Are Done!

I have yet again changed my plans.

This time, I decided that my existing cabinet layout wasn’t quite what I was liking, so I made an adjustment. The final cabinet on what I’m calling my sewing wall is now smaller than planed so I could put my table closer and not completely block the opening into the rest of the basement. In the photo below, you can see the final location of the table. Before, it was almost entirely in front of that opening. That would be fine for temporary, but I really didn’t like blocking that much all the time because it just looked too crowded.

Final Base Cabinets On Sewing Wall
Final Base Cabinets On Sewing Wall

I considered removing that cabinet entirely, but it put my table too close to my jewelry bench counter for comfort. I sort of split the difference and just went narrower instead. It still works for what I had planned for it’s primary purpose, which is to hold my sewing machine when not in use.

This change does mean that I’m going to have to cut down one of my counters, which I don’t love, but know won’t be a huge issue as I’ve gotten the hang of using my saw.

Finishing that smaller cabinet was a milestone of this project, though. I’m now done with all my base cabinets!

All Base Cabinets Built
All Base Cabinets Built

The one really large cabinet I had planned is also under consideration. Again because I think it might just make that space feel too claustrophobic. I haven’t settled on what exactly I want to do there, but I have some ideas that might allow me to use the piece of counter I have to cut off. I have to see exactly how far I have to cut that down before I know for sure. That is also one of the last cabinets I’d planned to build, so it isn’t a priority at the moment.

I want to lay out the counters just to make sure everything still looks the way I expect it to before I move on to the next phase, but I should be able to start on building the upper cabinets.

I’m inching along closer to getting this done!

Craft Room Project: Ready for Cabinets Phase 2

Another materials run is done along with a major cleaning and rearranging of space.

I was forced to rearrange my space so that BG can get access to her dance floor again. With recital only a few weeks away, she is going to need it for practice. The shift causes me to lose close to half my space that I’d been working in. Most of that was for storing materials, but a portion was where I had my miter saw set up.

The new arrangement is a lot more crowded, which may start to get interesting as I work on the remaining base cabinets. But, it should only need to stay this way for a few weeks and I should be able to reclaim the dance floor area after recital again.

After looking at what I have left on the cabinets, I think I have a total of 4 phases for building and one for doors and drawer faces. The first phase is done. This second phase I’m starting now should finish up the rest of the base cabinets.

Based on materials, I’m going to say the remaining upper cabinets and shelves will be a phase and the final full cabinet will be the last. Looking at sizes and numbers, I don’t see how I can do the materials for both that cabinet and all the upper cabinets at once, so I’m going to have to split those.

The materials for the doors and drawer faces won’t be nearly as large as I already have the bulk of those.

If I look at how long it took me to do the first phase, about a week, and apply it to the other phases, I may be looking at another 3 or 4 weeks of cabinet building. That said, there are a whole lot of things on my calendar over those next 3 or 4 weeks, so that may be an ambitious estimate.

I am trying to set a goal of having the majority of this entire project done by mid June as MCG and her family will be in town towards the end of June. Ideally, I would have the cabinets all done, painted and installed, the counters stained and installed and the floor in. The closet layout isn’t important and neither is expanding the dance floor to fill that room, but I do want the worst of the mess done and gone and the space ready to use by the time they get here.

Again, that may be a really ambitious goal, but I’m going to work my ass of to try and hit it.

Color Series: Blue Day 5

For anyone that wants to play along, my only suggestions (suggestions, not rules!) are:

The color is the dominate focus in the image as opposed to a small spot in a lot of other colors.

Drop a comment so I can follow along on your color journey.

That’s it! I hope you play along and have some fun!

Craft Room Project: Part 1 Back Wall Lower Cabinets Done

The last several days have been really productive. And things are starting to take shape.

All of the lower cabinets on the back wall are mostly done. I still have to build the drawers for that section. The shelves also need to get installed, but that part doesn’t happen until they get mounted on the wall at the very end.

There are some gaps that will get taken care of at install with some trim, but they are all fitting really nicely. The one place I’m struggling with is the slightly raised area on the floor. It may be that the underlayment will help to level that out a bit, but I won’t know until I get to that part.

I’m also seeing a couple of places where the wall isn’t completely straight. That may force me to do a small piece of trim around my counter after it is installed, but I’d figured that might be an issue so it was in the “might need” side of my plans.

I have all the pieces for the first upper cabinet cut, but I realized when I went to get started building it that I was no where near confident enough to attempt to do all the holes for the shelf pins freehand. I did some research and found a tool that allows you do to those with a hard to screw up guide, but now I’m waiting for it to show up before I can finish that one.

Really, once that cabinet is built, I’ll be ready to start the next section. My current plan is to see what materials I have that will work on any lower cabinets on other walls and see if I can use some of that extra up before I do a materials list for the next phase. I’m also probably going to work on building the drawers, so that piece can get done. Most likely, I won’t work on the faces until I’m working on all the doors, but this will get that section mostly completed.

Pretty much every day after I’m done for the day, I’ll just stand there looking at it all in shock that I’ve actually built all of this all on my own.

Craft Room Project: 2 Cabinets Done!

Today was productive and I’m really pleased with these so far.

I have 2 cabinets as done as they can get before they are painted and mounted to the walls. Both have pieces that don’t get attached until they are on the wall, so those have to wait. I have the pieces cut for, them, though.

I’m just a little bit floored. These are all straight. They sit level. All the edges are within a light sanding tolerance and even that is only in a couple of places. I half expected these to be slightly off kilter as I had some issues with the drawers for the recessed space, but that isn’t the case with these. Possibly because I’m working with larger pieces and those not completely straight boards can be pulled into square a little easier than you could on the smaller drawers.

Whatever it is, seeing these go together so nicely is making me absolutely giddy.

Another trip to get the pieces for the cabinet I forgot to plan for is in order before I can start the next piece. The plan is to run out either tonight or tomorrow morning, so hopefully it doesn’t delay me too much.

Do you see how utterly nasty my walls are at the moment? Everything in my basement is covered in sawdust. I have a feeling I’ll be cleaning sawdust off of everything for years to come. I’m not even going to show you how horrible the recessed area looks right now.

Craft Room Project: Start of Cabinets

It wouldn’t be me if I didn’t change things up, yet again. I don’t think I can get through this project without at least another dozen changes.

This time, it’s really just changing my order/process going forward. The first plan when I was getting ready to start the cabinets was to paint all the pieces first. I decided that there was too much material that would end up in the scrap pile for me to do that, so I shifted my plans to cut first, then paint.

Today I decided I still didn’t like that idea, so I’m changing it again. A big reason for that is I really wasn’t thrilled with the fact that I thought I was ready to paint, cleaned up all the dust, only to realize I’d forgotten to cut a piece. Then it was that I realized I still needed to sand everything, after cleaning up a second time.

So I said forget it. The cutting, sanding and building process will be a non-stop mess and I really don’t want to screw up the paint on the finished cabinets. That and the cabinets have to be set on the underlayment that covers the entire floor before I can mount them and I really don’t want a paint mess on that.

Instead, I plan to get everything built and ready to install before I do any painting. That way I can just paint all the cabinets at once. It will be a little harder because it means doing some edging, but I think it will be the better option overall.

There is a very real possibility as well that my messier parts will have to move to the garage soon as some of these get built because I’m going to run out of space to work.

Between the changes, a few mistakes I had to fix (I’m frustrating the hell out of myself with my scatter brain that makes me forget things I really shouldn’t), all I managed to get accomplished today was the base corner cabinet. Even that isn’t completely done as I still have the wall side to build, but I have to work that around the access opening and I ran out of time today.

For a really simple start to the cabinets, this turned out pretty decent so far. The fact that it sits square has me giddy. I’ll have  to make a supply run before I can get started tomorrow because I somehow forgot even more than I thought I had yesterday.