Sunroom Addition Cabinets

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Project by Matthew T. Smith posted 02-18-2010 05:50 PM 4124 views 10 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked to design and build cabinets for Charles and Lori’s sunroom addition. The design needed to incorporate an HVAC return, lighting, electrical outlets, storage and adjustable shelves. As seen by the photographs the HVAC return is concealed but has louver doors to allow air flow. The cabinets are paint grade and made of birch plywood and maple solids with bead board panels in the back. This project is a permanent installation in which the cabinets are scribed to the wall.

-- Matthew, North Carolina,

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#1 posted 02-18-2010 06:06 PM

It all looks great with all that light it is truly a “sun room”

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 02-18-2010 06:21 PM

Wow, that’s some beautiful work.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#3 posted 02-18-2010 06:21 PM

Beautiful job, nice photos as well. I’m actually working on a similar project but had to settle for MDF due to cost and availability. I hope mine turns out as well as yours did.

-- Blair

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#4 posted 02-18-2010 06:44 PM

Beautiful room, and beautiful wall system. I’m envious!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 02-18-2010 06:58 PM

Very nicely done.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 02-18-2010 07:17 PM

It all came together beautifully!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 02-18-2010 07:36 PM

Very good looking outcome.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#8 posted 02-18-2010 09:52 PM

Looks very nice. How’d you finish it?

-- Making Wood Shorter, One board at a time

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#9 posted 02-18-2010 10:46 PM

Boy, a nice clean install Mike, they look great!

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#10 posted 02-19-2010 01:03 AM

Very nice! I’m looking at doing the same in my living room on either side of the Fire Place. What type of paint do you recommend for something like this?

The fireplace in our new house has white paint that seems to stick to everything you set on it. Builders usually use cheap paint, so maybe it just needs a better quality paint. For the record, I live in Colorado so humidity should not be an issue.

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#11 posted 02-19-2010 02:21 AM

Nice looking cabinets.

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#12 posted 02-19-2010 03:22 AM

Yes beautiful work, light colors and white wood work make this room a wake up experience. Very clean looking and comfortable place with lots of natural light. I see the back of the cabinets are green in one pic and white in another, I’m not sure what the final was. I plan on doing some of this work beside my fireplace so I just wondered.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#13 posted 02-19-2010 04:29 AM

In this case, I installed the cabinets unfinished, the client already had a good painter lined up to paint the room ( walls, trim, etc.) . They were first primed and then rec’d 2 coats of color. The cabinets and trim are white.

Regarding the quality of paint jobs, it’s all in the prep work. The paint will either have a chemical or mechanical bond. When mechanical it is essential that you have a clean surface, free of trash and other material. A good paint, when applied properly, and intermediate steps are allowed to dry, etc., should give you a very durable surface.

-- Matthew, North Carolina,

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#14 posted 02-19-2010 04:46 AM

Beautiful addition! Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#15 posted 02-19-2010 04:26 PM

great job!! I like the color, It looks like a great place to have morning coffee.

-- I was going for that distressed look

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