Considering I really thought at one point I’d be able to do the floors first, this has taken 6 months to come about. I’m utterly exhausted and every single muscle molecule hurts, but I have a gorgeous floor.
I’m going to celebrate by doing absolutely nothing for the next day or two in an effort to give my poor old body a much needed break. Even after that, I may not get back to my room until next week after our visit with MCG and her family.
Seeing the cabinets and then the counters go in felt wonderful, but seeing the floor finished? I’m ready to move in and get started working on projects. I’m not quite there yet, but I am definitely on the down hill slope of this project.
I don’t have a photo to go with this post because, even though I’ve gotten a lot done in the last couple of days, it isn’t really visible progress.
I finally started working on building the doors for the upper cabinets that are in place. Of the 6 I need installed before I can work on the counters, I have 5 assembled. I have one more to glue and clamp and they will be ready for touch ups and paint.
After I worked on the first two, I did a check and realized that there is no way that the hinges I bought are going to work with the way I designed these cabinets. At least, not in a way that doesn’t leave a gap. So after much debating and research, I caved and went with a hidden hinge. I will lose that little pop of color on the white cabinets, but the overall lines will be cleaner and a little easier to finesse. This is one of those times where form should not come before function.
I did a little practice test of my drawers to figure out exactly how I want to build those. The test came out great, but I went with a much more entailed process that makes them more labor intensive. The upside to that is they will be stronger and more durable.
The test also gave me the idea to make some lidded boxes, similar to the drawers I built for my recessed shelf area, to use on some of those open lower shelves. I’ve been a little unhappy with the fact that all those were open and dust is one of my biggest complaints, so those boxes will solve that and give an little extra something visually to the space. I won’t be building them anytime soon, but I love the concept.
Once I knew for sure the design, I got all the pieces cut and ready for the main container part for the actual drawers. I’m waiting to start building those until I get an insert for the file drawer and to figure out how I want to divide up the other two. Just getting all those pieces cut and grooved for the bottom panels took about half of my day today.
I’m estimating having the doors built, painted, and installed by mid-week. Hopefully, if no other random things pop up to pull me away, I should be starting the counters by the end of next week.
The one thing that will delay that is if we get any cool days at all in that time as I still need to get out and finish painting the new garage door. I have the main sections done, I just need to paint the trim, but it has been brutally hot and not even morning shade has been comfortable enough to work.
It has been awesome working in the basement, though, because it is down right cold. I keep joking and telling everyone in the house that if they get too warm, they can come down and keep me company, but I might put them to work. Funny how no one has come down for more than a few minutes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’m down to 4 cabinets and 1 modification on a finished cabinet and the cabinets will be built.
That is if I don’t change anything. Again. For the 100th time.
Two of those final 4 cabinets are just like the one on the left and all of those are a major change. That area was just supposed to have a narrow, tall cabinet that left most of that wall space open, but the shorter counter there made me not love that idea. I changed it up to 3 normal sized hanging cabinets instead.
The cabinet to the left and the one in the corner to the right will all get hung and line up with the top of that tall, central cabinet. All the remaining cabinets I have to build will also be hung.
The other two I have left to build go on either side of the tall cabinet on the back wall. I’m still waffling on those two because they will be smaller than I’d originally planned. Either that or they won’t be the same, which they were supposed to be. They were originally supposed to be open shelves without doors, then I changed it to doors, but with glass to mimic the white cabinet I reworked. But if they are going to be a different size from each other or on the really small side, then I may need to do something different. I think those will be my last ones to build, so I have a little bit more time to figure it out.
The beast above has gone through so many changes and shifts from the beginning of this project that I’ve lost count. This was supposed to be the cabinet that forced me to move my switches. After a lot of thought and deciding that I really liked how open this is feeling so far, I sort of cut this one in half and changed the interior design.
Sadly, this removes some drawer space, but it made so many other things easier. Not that this sucker was easy, but it was not quite the nightmare that it was going to be. Having built this, I’m so glad I made the changes I did because I don’t think I could have actually moved the thing if I’d built it as designed. This is already insanely heavy, I can’t imagine how bad it would have been if it had been up to the height of the hanging cabinets on the rest of the walls.
One cool thing about this change is it gives me an additional counter space that will get stained. The top isn’t attached yet because I can’t do that until after it’s stained and the cabinet is painted. It will also have the decorative side added on the side that faces the room, but again, that is at the paint/door stage.
There are two more dividers that are needed to finish off my drawing pad/canvas storage section on the right, but those should just take a minute to add, but I didn’t have any more of that material.
The modification is to the other lower cabinet under my jewelry bench. I’m adding a center wall and some shelves to one side, similar to the beast. I figured if I had to give up some space from that cabinet, I needed to make better use of the space I had. That most likely will have to wait until I’m ready to pull everything out right before painting since I need it out from underneath the countertop.
I think I’m starting to see a slight glow on the horizon of this project.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This last week has been one long, drawn out headache.
I have had to make so many tweaks and adjustments to my plans to make everything work and then have to turn around and do something different again, because I realize I either did it wrong or that I was doing my damnedest to make something that should be easy, excruciatingly hard. All just to get the designs on paper so I could work up a materials list.
After several more days of putting together the impossible puzzle of each single piece of cabinet into a layout that could tell me how much of each type of material I needed, I managed to put together a materials list. It was MASSIVE.
I was so stressed and discouraged because I had zero clue how I was going to get all of it home. After talking with Hubby and doing even more shifting of plans and measuring vehicles, researching delivery options or renting another truck, we finally had a plan that would work.
We head out to get the first round (because of course there was no way all I needed was at a single store or was able to get in a single trip), and the very first item on my list crumbled all my plans to dust.
This is an example of plans on paper vs. reality are very different. The idea of a 4 foot by 8 foot sheet of 3/4 inch plywood isn’t all that daunting. Reality is that it is massive and heavy and unwieldy in the extreme. Especially if you aren’t a body builder. Even with plans to have the store do some initial cuts to make it possible for me to get it all home didn’t seem very realistic and I immediately dreaded the thought of having to work with it all on my own or even with a little help from Hubby was too much.
We got a handful of other things on my list, but abandoned those pieces so I could go home and try and rework my plans. Again.
We’d seen some smaller “project panel” sheets of the same material and thought I’d be able to go that route. By the time I finished replanning all the pieces, I realized that was yet another impossible option. I’d need more than what was available in the entire city and it would cost more than double what I’d spend if I’d just gotten the bigger sheets. Considering this is already expensive, I really wasn’t willing to go there.
I’m now back to the original plan, but still not sure how I’m going to be able to pull it all off. Those sheets are crazy heavy and I need 15 of those suckers.
The current plan is to go back on Monday when it isn’t crazy busy so I don’t feel bad about monopolizing an employee’s time to cut all those sheets down and either rent a truck or arrange to have them delivered. I haven’t a clue where I’m going to put it all when it gets here or how exactly I’m going to manage to get them all cut down to the sizes and pieces I need.
I’m so frustrated that all of this has taken so long and that I’m STILL not starting on these cabinets. Especially because the bulk of this will still have to be painted before I can do anything.