Family Room Built-ins

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Project by EWJSMITH posted 11-24-2014 01:19 AM 1288 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the finished pics of undoubtedly the biggest project I`ve taken on. Stone wall (not real stone but peel and stick tiles) and built-ins to replace an electric fireplace and store bought mantel.

Base cabinets are 3/4 birch, pine rail/stile doors – top bookcases are laminated pine panels, pine face frames and ply back. All molding (except for baseboards on bottom of base cabinets) I made from MDF. This was my first attempt at inset doors, face frame cabinets and building a faux stone wall :-). My wife selected a nice off white color for the cabinets that would contrast with the wall and it works really well. I decided to go with dark hardware that would pick up the dark colors from the wall.

All and all, I’m very pleased with the way it looks. Might not be perfect but then again, neither are the $10,000 cabinets that I have in my kitchen that were ‘professionally’ done. Thanks for looking and as usual, I welcome all questions and comments.


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#1 posted 11-24-2014 12:02 PM

I love the design proportions. The wall as a whole has become one great piece. The arches are a real eye catcher too. Nice!

-- AJ, Long Island. New York

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#2 posted 11-24-2014 12:52 PM

Awesome job!! They turned out beautifully, good work!

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#3 posted 11-24-2014 01:59 PM

Very nice. Everything well-fitted, plenty of detail but not complex. Clean and attractive!

Wish it were in my house!

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#4 posted 11-24-2014 02:05 PM

Nicely done.

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#5 posted 11-24-2014 06:42 PM

Beautiful work, looks real nice.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#6 posted 11-24-2014 08:41 PM

Looks awesome. Would love to see a before picture for comparison.

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#7 posted 11-25-2014 12:48 AM

Nicely done…good job tying it all together. Looks like one unit. Good design. I really like the fluting details. I’m sure this would have cost you 7-10k to have “professionally” done and it wouldn’t be any better.

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#8 posted 11-25-2014 08:45 PM

Absolutely beautiful rustic design and combination of wood and stone.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 11-25-2014 10:24 PM

Thanks so much for the kind comments everyone. Good to hear positive feedback from other woodworkers for sure. My wife and I are very pleased with the outcome and I think now I’ll make it her Christmas gift for this year :-)

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#10 posted 11-28-2014 12:58 PM

This inspires me to go out to the garage and get busy working!

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