Okay, that’s probably too strong of a word. Demolition usually brings to mind images of completely gutting a room. That’s not what I’m doing here, but I am going to reconfigure the entire wall with the built-ins, so those all had to come out. And while I didn’t get it all done yesterday, I did make quite a bit of headway.
I got the middle cabinets taken out, and the cabinets on the left removed from the wall. Hopefully I can get the rest removed today, and then be ready to re-install tomorrow.
Right now, the extra cabinets are just sitting off to the side. Talk about making an already-tiny home feel even tinier!!!
That’s one of the hardest things about living in such a small place — finding room to actually work. Add to that equation a husband in a wheelchair, and you can imagine how stressful things can get when I’m working on projects like this. So it’s imperative that I get this done soon!!
As I removed the cabinets, I also realized that I had never finished painting this wall! I originally painted this room a brighter yellow, more intense yellow, and it was just way too overpowering for this small space. So I opted for a lighter, softer, creamier yellow (called Rich Cream from Behr). But I obviously never finished painting this wall. It looks like I did all of the roller parts, but then neglected to do any of the parts that required a brush.
So after reading every one of your suggestions yesterday, here’s what I’ve decided to do…
First, the built-ins are staying. I know a couple of you said that they needed to go completely, but when you live in a place this tiny, added storage is a bonus. So they’re staying.
But I think one thing that makes them be so “in your face” right now is the color. Once they’re painted white, they’ll fade into the background rather than being so dominant in the room.
I’m still not sure about the exact configuration. (Will I build drawers under the two side sections? Will all of the cabinets be the same height, or will the outer sections be a different height than the middle secion? Will I bump out the middle section a little or keep them all the same depth?) What I do know for sure is…
- I won’t be re-using the base cabinets that were in the middle. I’ll save those for the house (I can certainly use them in my workroom or something), and I’ll be replacing them with more upper cabinets like the ones used on the sides that are only 12 inches deep.
- I’ll be using cedar 2″ x 4″ lumber to create a stained wood countertop. (This is what I used on the shelves in my bathroom makeover, and I loved how the wood turned out.)
- I’ll be building bookshelves to the ceiling on the two outer sections.
- The middle section will be left open (no bookshelf) for use as a television console.
- The two recessed lights above the outside sections will be removed, and I’ll actually find some pretty decorative lights to attach to the front of the bookshelves at the very top. This also solves a problem that I’ve had with those lights from the beginning. No matter what I’ve tried, they will not stay in the ceiling!!!
So that’s the plan. The details will be worked out as I go along. ‘Cause that’s how I roll. 😀