Monday, February 18, 2019

Built-ins For Master Closet

Our closet is wrapped on two sides by the his and hers master bathroom. Actually, it's the only bathroom, but his bathroom can be closed off for use as guest bathroom. Each bathroom has an entrance to the closet and the storm shelter room also has a door.  So it's a little hard to photograph.  This is the not-to-scale plan.

We thought the closets would be the easiest to finish (little did we know) and then we would have a place to store things and get our clothes out of storage boxes.  First up was the narrow end between the two doors, Side A on my drawing.

To speed it up even more, I started with a couple of Billy bookcases from Ikea.  The plan was to use them for a short time, but after getting them in place, and seeing how well the adjustable shelves work for shoes, I decided to keep them permanently and built them in.  I left the backs off.  For one reason, the folded back on the 30 inch bookcase looked pretty cheesy, and it didn't match the back from the 15 inch bookcase in either finish or color.  But the main reason is that I wanted the full depth of the bookcase and I wanted access to the electric outlet on the wall.  Building them in was more trouble than they were worth though.  Their toe kick area isn't built in a way that makes it easy to add furniture style baseboard, and I wanted furniture style to make it easy for a robot vacuum.

While I finished the trim on the Billy bookcases, Hubby built the cabinets for Sides B and C.  Then, I finished out Side B, where the ladder is in the photo below.

Side C was a little more complicated because we wanted a laundry sorting cabinet that could be accessed from the bathroom on the other side.  You can see the cutout for it in the top photo.  Hubby built a hanging clothes cabinet around this laundry basket cabinet.  He hasn't put a clothes rod across the bottom section yet.

Here, you can see the laundry basket cabinet from the bathroom.  It is close to the washing machine and so far is working really well.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Painted Ceilings in Preparation for Wood Planks

I haven't been keeping up with everything we've done lately, but I'll try to go back and fill in.

This week I've been painting ceilings.  Either that extra foot in height makes a big difference or I'm just getting weak, but painting these ceilings is a lot harder than our last house.

We didn't tell my mother-in-law why we painted the ceilings brown and she looked at it, and then at us, with a strange look on her face, but she didn't say anything.  Then we told her we were going to put wood on the ceiling and didn't want white showing between the joints.  She was so relieved.  I know she wanted to tell us it looked bad. lol

This photo is dark but lightening it a little didn't seem to make a difference.

Afterward, Hubby couldn't wait to get the paper off the floor and see what it looked like, so against my better judgement, I agreed. It will make painting the walls a little harder though but we have tarps.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019