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Monday, March 3, 2014

Trimming out the cabinets!!

Making my used ReStore cabinets look custom built takes a little tweaking!
First, I primed and painted the front edges of all the cabinets gray.
Next I had a few issues with the ironing board cabinet.  
It is just kind of floating in the middle of the wall and you can see the rough cut edges of the drywall.  Let's talk about those rough edges first.  We may not have cut the straightest lines, especially along the bottom!  
I simply went through my stash of leftover trim and such.  I found some cove trim I actually bought at the ReStore for another project but didn't end up using.  I primed, painted, and glued it in place!!  
It really makes a difference.

Next, let's talk about how to ground that cabinet. 
 Not like so it can't play, but so it looks finished.
First step was designing some sort of header. And by designing I mean playing with some leftover pieces of trim and MDF from other projects.  I kept rearranging them until I found a layout I liked.  OK, the crown molding I bought, but everything else I just had on hand in the scrap bin.
Step two, build it!  
Next, I just painted it! 
 I also added a little black glaze to the rope molding, just to make it stand out a little more.  I had to build this out so it would be as thick as the cabinet with the doors on.  The only problem is that I didn't have finish nails long enough to reach through the header, drywall, and into the studs.  So I made the header in two parts.  
Here is a quick run down of how I installed it. 
 Hopefully this makes sense!!
(I'm sure the photo collage below will help.)
First, I marked the studs on the wall.  Then I put the base piece in place and nailed at each stud.  The base was basically a piece of MDF with bead molding.  
Next I slid the more decorative top piece over the base piece and nailed it to the base.  
It was good and sturdy and can I say, lovely!!


I love it when projects start to look finished.  
What do you think?  
I only had to buy the crown molding so this project was almost free.
I hope you come back later this week for an awesome tool review and giveaway!
Thanks for stopping by!

3 comments:

Diana W. said...

As usual, I stand in awe! You are fabulous! (golf clapping and smiling like an idiot)

OrangeBlossom said...

Fantastic! It's amazing the difference a little detail makes.

Cristina Garay said...

I love moldings, they make such a statement!It's looking great!