Thursday, June 13, 2013

Kitchen Built-in

A few weeks ago on Facebook I mentioned that I was cutting a hole in the wall. This wall to be precise:

I've admired shelves/built-ins that are built between the studs in a wall for a really long time and I've always wanted to attempt it, I just wasn't sure where.  This wall in my kitchen has driven me nuts since we moved in. There's a heating vent on the floor as well as a light switch there in the middle. See that baker's rack back there? That was my latest attempt at using the space but it cut down the walking space. This is the main thoroughfare to the laundry room and the door that will soon lead to the garage, so walking space is important.

 So I cut the hole. Cut through the dry wall on both sides of the wall above the furnace so my shelves could go just a little deeper. Oh and I had to remove a stud and move the outlet and the light switch. Erik re-wired the light switch for me. I probably could have figured it out but I really didn't want to. I've got a great husband.
 Then I built these "bins" based on this tutorial at
 Finally, yesterday I built the shelves and finished up the trim this afternoon.  Now I just have to decide if I need to paint it.  I almost want to paint the trim white to match the rest of the trim in the house, but I also like how the wood kind of matches my kitchen cabinets.

Any finishing suggestions?


CandiandCoffee said...

Lovin' the color you painted behind the shelves! And I'm going to look up remodelaholic thanks to you, too.

Karen Lewis said...

Emily, you never cease to amaze me! Your talents are remarkable.

Debbie said...

Em, you amaze me!!! Love what you've done here. Great ideas!

I kinda like the wood, too. I'd probably just give it a cleanable finish and let it be.

Lorene Nance said...

Oh my goodness, Emily, these look amazing! So glad to see people using our building plans, and in such creative ways, too! GREAT job!!

Thanks for sharing at the Remodelaholic weekend party!

Lorene and Cassity from Remodelaholic