After our last Part 2 post, we realized we left you all without one pretty important detail…we messed up! At the end, Page noted that he would need to make a notch into the trim to fit the bottom corner of the cabinet – something he hadn’t thought of. We realized later that same night, it’s because we had forgotten to put down two more 2x4s flat on top of the bases…this was how we were going to achieve the exact same height as our trim, allowing the cabinets to clear the 5 ” baseboards.
So, whoops – our bad! This is what happens when you plan out a project, then wait a month to actually begin it…and then only make progress once a week. Things slip your mind.
ANYWAY…here are the bases with the additional 2x4s in place…see how nicely the cabinet sits just above the trim now? It might take us a minute to mentally catch up, but we’ve got it under control now, hopefully.
A good chunk of the work this weekend was getting the second hole cut in the floors and the second base in place. Next, it was time to move all the cabinets upstairs – for good this time!
Although they’re awfully close, they don’t line up PERFECTLY (you can only expect so much from a pre-made cabinet), so the next step will be to add shims to fill in any micro gaps and get everything perfectly flush from all angles, before we add the “countertop” piece to the tops and continue on to the shelving.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves…first things first. We need these bad boys to have some power when they’re all done…literally. Rather than actually move the outlets that are currently on either side (right smack in the middle of each set of cabinets), we decided to keep them where they are. Page removed the faceplates, and took measurements along the wall…
…which he then penciled in on the backsides of the cabinets. We were sick of the vacuum sessions by this point (gotta love building in the middle of your only living space), so we hauled ‘em onto the deck where Page cut out the outlet holes in each set.
…and added a little time capsule-esque artwork to the backs in case anyone is ever crazy enough to pull these out someday (oh, the thought just makes my heart hurt!)
PS…I take it as a good sign that this far into my vision of a project, he still “hearts” me.
It was getting dark by this point, but you get the idea…
Then back inside they went…
Once the countertop piece is cut and in place, Page will drill through both it and the top of the cabinets to make a hidden spot in the back through which to feed any cords.
And while the backs of the cabinets are too thick to screw the face plates back on, we are debating on whether to forego them altogether (really? who’s going to look in the backs of our cabinets once they’re full of stuff?) or maybe glue the face plate in place, sans the screws, to give it a bit more finished look.
For now though, we have outlet-exposing cabinets in place on both sides of the room. Page seems to think it gets easier (and more fun) from here on out…you know we’ll keep you posted!
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