If you’re new here, let me catch you up: we were halfway through our bathroom renovation when we got bored and decided to build an epic mudroom built-in. I built a bench, and then my Dad helped us hang the upper cabinets. And then we were here:
You can see we put up a board along the far wall before Dad hung the cabinets, and from there, it was just a matter of filling things in. I used the same board and batten pattern I used for the nearby half-bath.
Then Kenny helped me cut and place the giant board in the foreground. We attached it to the bench using pocket holes. It’s not going anywhere.
Then I spackled, caulked, sanded, and got to work with my paintbrush. Here’s how things were looking after a coat of primer:
After 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of paint (yes, I’m using some stupid cheap paint), here’s where we landed.
Now we just have to finish that area above the cabinets (long term plan: crown molding) and add cabinet knobs and hooks.
I keep having to restrain myself from packing this built-in with our mittens prematurely. There will be so much more storage space than what we had! And considering we got to this point less than 2 weeks after we started, I’m feeling pretty awesome about this project. Here’s a general timeline and budget:
- 3 months ago: find great deal on cabinets; pull trigger; pack 6 cabinets and 2 adults in Ford Fusion. Survive.
- Day 1: Decide to get to work, buy wood from Home Depot, and build frame for bench cabinets to sit on
- Day 2: Sunday=day of rest
- Day 3: Attempt moving outlet up. Have emotional breakdown but eventually succeed. Stress eat a lot of chocolate afterward.
- Day 4-6: Build out, paint, and stain bench.
- Day 7: Superhero dad swoops in and installs upper cabinets in about 10 minutes.
- Day 8: Sunday
- Day 9: Connect upper cabs to bench with board and batten and side boards.
- Day 10-11: Spackle, caulk, sand, and paint paint paint! Become BFFs with Spotify.
Our current budget for this project if you’re interested in doing something similar:
- $40 (wood)
- $220 (cabinets)
- $0 (things we already had–paint, stain, caulk, spackle, nails, screws, etc.)
Next post: the reveal? Gotta get my rear in gear to finish this one off! (am I the only one who gets 90% done with a project and have trouble finishing the final 10%?!)