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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Pirate Room Update - Built Ins Part 1 and my new skills!!!

I've been working daily on the Pirate room and getting so excited.  
If you remember I planned on having a built in window seat and headboard shelves.  
We started with this short dresser we found at DI for $45.  
(We couldn't build all those drawers for that price.)
 (It was well built and offered lots of storage.)
  So we attached to the wall under the window.
Instant window seat!

Next, I helped Les build the bottom section of the headboards.
(We used 1/2 inch MDF for everything but the counter tops we used 3/4 inch MDF.)

This is where I put on my big girl panties and began to build without Les. 
 (Check out my last Post about my new inspiration)
I built the top section ALL BY MYSELF!!  

It's just a simple box which I cut out the front in the design I wanted.

I know, amazing huh?
(I know it doesn't really look that amazing yet, but I'm working on new ground here.)
Hardest thing by far in my new adventure is making all the decisions alone
 I just stop and think," I'll ask Les what he thinks", 
then I have say to myself,
 "Ronda just decide and do it or you'll never get done."

Oh, yeah back to my original post. 
 Let's see how I made that awesome cut out. 

 First, I drew lines where I wanted the edges to be. 
 Next I used my expensive curved template (a plate) on the the corners. 
 Once I had those lines set I used my fancy supports 
(trash bucket, wind toy and some magazines
to hold the piece as I cut out the inset.

Here's the top that I made, married to the bottom that Les made.  
(Get it? Married!!)
(I just crack myself up!)

We have some lights that will be mounted to the front, 
so Les who is still the electrician, added the light boxes.
I also added some wood decals on either side of the light boxes. 
 (See them held in place while the glue dries?)

After that I turned my attention to the ugly gap between the old and new. 
 That gap made it look like we took an old dresser and sandwiched it in between two book shelves. 
 (I know that's what I did, but I don't want it to look that way!)
I wanted it to look like one built in. 
 So, I ripped some left over bead-board down into two inch strips on the table saw.
 (Yes, all by myself!) 
I used the table saw and my chop saw to take out half the strip on the top half.
  I was left with a L shaped piece that covers the gap perfectly.
(I know that doesn't make sense, so just look at the pictures.)

I've been busy wood putting and sanding getting ready to paint. 
 I'm making good progress.
 I'm so glad I have such a supportive husband who puts up with me 
as I attempt to do so much on my own.  
I'm so glad that's his advice is only a phone call away. 
I love you babe!!!

So how am I doing with my new adventure?
 I could use some words of encouragement this is quite scary!

Thanks for stopping by!   


dee dee said...

Bravo Rhonda!
I'm so proud of you and your new skills! I knew you had it in you the whole time! I'm getting excited to see the finished project! I'm sure the boys are too!
Dee dee

Pine Tree Home said...

WOW, what a project. Keep at it, it's coming together!

Feral Turtle said...

You are really coming along. Good job. It is gonna be amazing. I can hardly wait!

Kelli@ahappyplacecalledhome.com said...

Hey Cuz,

I saw this on Craigslist tonight, and thought of you. Let me know if you want me to try to get it for your pirates room.



Emma said...

Ronda you are amazing! I think it is great you are overcoming you fears! I tell my self to pull up my big girl pants and just do it. I am always amazed by your creativity.

Here is my family blog www.enszer.com I need to get back to posting on it.

Anonymous said...

I am LOVING it! You are like super woman. :)

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Word: encouragement.

Does that help?

Thanks so much for joining our Impossibilities challenge and linking up your progress!

Seriously, when you finish up please link back to us!


Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

I am so impressed! You've made great progress, and look like you're having fun along the way.

Thanks so much for linking up to the challenge!
Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

luvthesouth said...

I wish you were my friend and lived next door to me. Seeing your work makes me wish I had "outside of the box" vision! Thank you for sharing your work. It all looks great.

luvthesouth said...

I would love to have you as my neighbor. Your work is amazing! I wish I had your vision! Thank you for sharing.