Tuesday, July 23, 2013

My Built-in Cabinets!

Here is the before shot of my living room.  It's not bad but I envisioned more storage and better use of space.  Thank goodness for pinterest and all it's inspiration!
 Here is two during shots....
drinking
 and messes!
 The left side, under the TV, consist of drawers.  One side for dvd's and one side for cd's.  J put a lot of thought into measuring and calculating the best way to contain the two items.  He did an amazing job!  I think most of his time was spent on the planning.  I am so thankful that he took the time to do it right!
 The right side, under our fancy new fish tank, is shelves.  It was absolutely necessary that three plastic bins in there stack on top of each other, so that's how we divided up the spaces from there.
I was put in  charge of the bench cushion.  As you can see I hired out the work!  I used a drop cloth from the hardware store.  Some of it was used for the back part of the bench and I kept it the natural color.  The rest of the fabric I dyed using scarlet RIT dye.  I had just enough fabric with none to spare.  How's that for measuring and planning?! Just kidding it was mostly luck!


The cabinets in the middle house all of our games.  B seems to really like having quick access to his games and craft supplies.  I like having my music organized and easy to get to and play.


Here is a close-up of the side of the bench.  This was probably where we got the most stumped.  It was just wood but looked unfinished after it was painted. I got the idea when J was leaning against it and I thought about how uncomfortable it must be.  We took a piece of wood, some batting and stapled the fabric to the back.  The "tufting" it how we screwed it into the cabinet.  I covered buttons in coordinating fabric to my pillows, and added velcro to the back.  That way there is easy access if we ever want to drop another $20 bucks on drop cloth to re-cover.  
 One more note, the tops (and shelves on the right side) are made from the same cherry trees that were cut down on our property.  Just makes it extra special!

1 comment:

Abby Tourtellotte said...

Is that Aunt Rainy at a sewing machine?!!?!?!? Love it. It really looks fabulous. You guys all did a great job.