|Project by Medickep||posted 08-06-2014 05:38 PM||1317 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
For a lot of members, this project would be no big deal, but as a wood worker with less than a year career this was my Super bowl.
We had two recessed areas around our fire place that I always thought would be perfect for this and before I did wood working, we hired a guy to build our mantle. We asked him how much for built ins and he sated around 1,000 for just shelves.
I wanted more than just shelves and envisioned some cabinets for extra storage, and I knew I did not want to tackle this in a stain grade project, plus my wife and I thought painted as we have the stained mantle, floors and cabinets across from this area!
I added some power strips in the cabinets for some charging stations for all of my kids gadgets as they’re always lying around! Plus I made one for my gadgets.
The build was easier than the finish work, which surprised me, and if I had to do it again, I would have used a higher quality wood for the trim, as I felt like I was sanding, sanding and sanding more!
For me the hinges were the hardest part as I’ve only worked with them a little and I wanted everything to be uniformed. I felt like I was always adjusting these little buggers!
We also had a hard time deciding on a color, so I asked my friend who is super handing with Photoshop to show what it would look like in several different colors. This help a lot and saved some money in paint. In the end, we chose the color of our walls, so they looked like they were part of the house.
The picture with the black shelves is what the area looked like before.