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Project by Ebro posted 10-26-2013 08:49 PM 2069 views 18 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know this isn’t a normal LJ project, but when we finished our basement we decided on painted wainscoting with a narrow shelf. It is 5’ tall and wraps around all 1,600 square feet. I added some cabinets to help divide the open space. It’s built mostly of MDF and poplar with pocket screws and biscuits to keep the joints tight. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 10-26-2013 08:52 PM

Quite the project, it came out well. I can see a craftsmen influence.

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#2 posted 10-26-2013 09:21 PM

I agree with nailbanger2, The craftsman in you is showing! Someone who takes the time to do something special, despite the tricky measurements and alignment. Much better then just cutting and banging up some paneling. Very good job!

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#3 posted 10-26-2013 10:44 PM

Wow, that’s a real craftsmanship project. Looks beautiful! Did you make the curved mirror in the second photo as well?

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#4 posted 10-26-2013 11:11 PM

No, I didn’t make the mirror. My wife found it to go with the arches I had built in the wall and over the divider cabinets.

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#5 posted 10-27-2013 12:38 AM

Awesome work, looks like the interior of an older bungalow home when workmanship and quality used to be common place, unlike todays interiors.

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#6 posted 10-27-2013 02:58 AM

Really wonderful work! You’ve really made that space special. Thanks for sharing.


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#7 posted 10-27-2013 03:53 AM

Very nice work

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#8 posted 10-27-2013 09:50 AM

It looks amazing. Basement projects aren’t always so successful as this one.

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#9 posted 10-27-2013 12:18 PM

Quite nice : )

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#10 posted 10-27-2013 03:11 PM

Beautiful…showed it to my wife and now I think I have a new project!

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#11 posted 10-28-2013 03:39 AM

Great looking job. Really well done.

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#12 posted 10-29-2013 06:07 PM

nice work borther

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#13 posted 10-29-2013 06:08 PM

so you put MDF ap against the wall then added your “face frames” over top?

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#14 posted 10-29-2013 06:50 PM

Correct. I pretty much worked from the ground up. The baseboards are 12” tall, shimmed out flush to the rails & stiles. We had the electrical boxes mounted on their sides so they fit in the baseboard. I put the full sheets of MDF on the wall and built the face frame in place making sure the top and bottom rails fit tight. The corbels are attached with pocket screws on the top rail and then the shelf and wall trim attached to that. I tried to keep it simple since there’s so much area to cover. I didn’t show any details of the baseboard, corbels or trim, but I’d be happy to if you’re interested.

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