Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Renovation Step #3 - Cabinets (Yippee!)

There have been a number of steps to this renovation already, including packing everything up (which took forever!), painting and pulling up the old flooring.  All of these were necessary and it was kind of nice to see the paint go up, but they didn't really give me an idea of what the room is going to look like.

Installing the cabinets was different.  Now I'm starting to see how the room is going to look and function.  Initially I purchased these unfinished cabinets from Home Depot that I was going to paint white.  Buying them unfinished saved some money as long as I was willing to put in some time and effort.

However, I didn't plan on getting sick for almost 2 months either.  By the time I had recovered enough to work on them, the renovation was already so far behind and summer had arrived with it's heat and high humidity (plus it's been raining pretty much every day for a month!)  Conditions just weren't favorable for painting outside anymore.  So to recoup some of the lost time, I returned those cabinets and purchased finished ones.

Originally I was only going to put cabinets on the left side of the window and bookcases on the right, but after more thought, you can see I decided on yet more cabinets.

And the scope of this project keeps changing, because just yesterday I decided that a window seat would be perfect there as well.  (Actually my husband suggested it a while ago.  It just took me some time to see how right he is!)  There's a great tutorial over at the DIY Network on how to build a window seat using wall cabinets, so I guess we're going to have to purchase yet another cabinet!

I've already ordered the counter tops, but thy won't be in for another couple of weeks.  I also installed pull out drawers in some of the cabinets to make them more functional.  I have these in all my kitchen cabinets and just love them!

The rest of the cabinets just have shelves...

My mind is already busy trying to figure out how I'm going to organize everything!  And as you can glimpse above, we've already got the floor installed, but I'll share more about that next time.  I think this weekend we're going to work on replacing the steps and on the new window seat.  We also need to pick up the baseboard molding.  And I'm finalizing plans for my sewing and cutting tables.  Busy, busy busy!

Don't sin by letting anger control you. Think about it overnight and remain silent. 
Psalm 4:4-5 (NLT)


  1. Your room is coming together quite nicely. You are going to love your new space. :)

  2. Lovely cabinets and I think a good call to get them finished. This is not the time of year to be painting anything! I also think a window seat is a brilliant idea. I love the cabinets with the pull out drawer, and I saw some drawer units, however, what are you going to do with the cabinets with the shelves? That is, how are you going to fill them? I ask because I get frustrated with them in my kitchen--unless you pile things up, there is a lot of wasted space, etc.

  3. Nice cabinets. Do all of then have the half shelves? are you planning on installing slide out shelves so they are the full depth of the cabinet?


  4. It's looking good! I'd be moving in already and for sure after the window seat gets put in. You'd find me in the window with a cat or two on my lap.

  5. Wow everything looks great! You are never going to want to leave your cheery room! :-) Did you specifically want some half shelves? Have a happy day!

  6. I need to take a look at your pull-out shelves. I reallt think they would make my new kitchen cabinets work better.

  7. What a blessing to have such a wonderful space to create in! It's going to be amazing!

  8. I'm SO JEALOUS! I'll talk to the Lord about that later ... but your room is gonna be FABULOUS! Congrats!

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