|Project by DalyArcher||posted 03-16-2017 06:21 PM||310 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
We bought the house 5 years ago and the basement never got much love. With baby number two coming (due St. Pats day) my wife wanted the basement cleaned up to allow our 4 year old the opportunity to play and watch a movie out of the way. Plus it allows a place to send the kids to when we host dinner parties with friends rather than tripping over 8 kids in our living room.
Ripped off the brick overlay on the fireplace and the previous “built-ins” and set to work designing and crafting something more functional. I won the war on tile, wife wanted some fancy glass stuff at $20.00 a sf. I talked her into subway tile at a little over $1.00 a sf.
Built the mantle out of 3/4” mdf, really should have used 1/2”, I forgot how heavy that stuff is and the local home hardware has never heard of the ultra-lite stuff. Built out the wall above the fireplace and ran some wiring and mounted the flat screen. Ripped out the old wall sconces and installed the base cabinets. 5/8” melamine, pine face frames, pine cope and sick doors with 1/4” mdf panels.
My wife, for whatever reason, likes the Ikea style bookcases, so I built the upper shelves with this in mind. 5/8” melamine with 1/4” face frame and shelf nosing. Centre shelf is fixed. The adjustable dado jig I built for my router works great!
Columns and front of the hearth are poplar (ran out of pine) using the same stick and cope as the doors. In hindsight, I would have built everything using poplar, works much nicer than the pine. This is the only project I have built with a mind to paint it. A coat of primer and a two or three coats of a melamine paint. I picked up some Flotrol additive and brushed it on and was surprisingly pleased with the result. The Flotrol really allowed the brush strokes to even out and the paint to settle smoothly.