Hi and happy Tuesday!
I really want to wrap up this basement project, but I feel like the projects just.keep.coming. Luckily, in “real life” it is finally all finished, but in blog land there’s still a couple little things we haven’t shared yet. Hopefully I can get them knocked out in the next few days so we can finally move on with our lives. Sound good? Ok, here we go…
So this post is basically a photographic progression of the built-ins that we added to the back wall of our basement…remember this lovely area, complete with a random “what is this??” block in the corner (for more about the beginning of this project, check out this post):
Never content to just paint a wall, we decided to add some built-in storage across that wall to add some architecture to an otherwise pretty plain space. Since I’m not really up on all the details of cabinet making, this will mostly just be pictures with my ingenious descriptions. Let’s be honest – you probably just scan the pictures most days anyways. If nothing else, pay attention to how much progress we make in the basement while making relatively no progress on the cabinets. There’s a reason this post took so long!
Oooooo look! Progress! Floors, furniture, and some cabinet carcasses (FYI: Bryan told me that the “bones” of the cabinet are called “carcasses” and I straight up told him he was lying. Turns out he’s right…I only believe it cause I heard it on the Nate Berkus Show, and if Nate says it, you know its true).
Fine Strawbridge craftsmanship (no, seriously….it’s legit):
Here’s a close up of in interior:
I gave them a couple of coats of the same white semi-gloss paint that we used on the beadboard…you can see it in the background. This is how we were living with the room for a good couple weeks. Notice the little decorative boxes and candle we set up to try to disguise the weird corner block. Fancy.
Here’s the last bit of the lower cabinets installed and waiting for paint…and check out the wine fridge in the far right cabinet! And yes, that’s beer inside that we were trying to cool down. Classy (and, as it turns out, ineffective).
It was finally time to paint over the black tile-esque top on the corner block, since it would be visible when we opened that cabinet:
So after giving the final cabinet a coat of paint, our built-ins needed a top. You may remember our precarious trip home from IKEA, resulting in this situation for the 2 hour drive…
Notice the cardboard mass taking over the upper half of the photo? That’s the countertop we brought home, and here she is partially unwrapped. Yeah, somehow we fit that in the Tahoe…but just barely.
Here’s the info packet if you’re interested in the type we purchased, and here’s the link to the IKEA page about the countertop. This is one of those things where IKEA is an amazing resource…the 96 inch countertop only set us back $69 and we think it looks pretty amazing!
It was a little longer than we needed, so we had to cut it somehow. The instructions suggested using a hand saw, so that’s where we started after measuring the cut line and covering both sides of the countertop with painters tape to prevent chipping.
The handsaw method flat-out sucked. It would have taken all day. Enter, jigsaw.
We popped the countertop on with a little glue and some screws on the underside to hold everything in place. We had also added some more beadboard going up the wall to create a back for the next project…bookcases!
I’ll spare you the details (since I don’t have any pictures), but here are the bookcases up and painted, along with some crown molding across the top to finish off the look. These still needed some caulk and paint touch-ups, so ignore the messiness.
…added some cabinet doors (also made by Bryan…he’s so handy to have around):
And FINALLY this project is finished! (Ignore the glare on the wall…It’s not a crazy painting mistake, I promise)
Eventually we’ll find some baskets or other chotchkies to fill the open shelving, but for now this is it.
Don’t worry – there’s only 1 basement post left and then we can all finally move on with our lives. Til then…