Nursery Built-In Cabinet and Bookcase

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Project by KodaBear posted 08-08-2014 08:58 PM 1238 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since Baby #1 is about 2 weeks away from arriving, it is time to finish the nursery.

Our house originally had just a small coat closet adjacent to the kitchen and no pantry. Now we have a full size coat closet as soon as you enter the main doorway and a nice sized pantry. When I added the coat closet, it left a 3.5’ section of wall/nook. My wife and I planned that area to be a great space for a built in.

The challenge to overcome in the design is the hot water mini rad pipes coming out near that corner. I incorporated a space for the heat to escape and not damage the piece.

The cabinet is an up cycled project. I went to a surplus cabinet store and bought a 39” solid oak top cabinet for $50. It had a rectangular shape to the doors, but my wife wanted arches. I routed out the inside molding on the top of the door and fit an arched piece of poplar, then I routed in another groove to match the rest of the panel molding.

I incorporated arches into the shelving for aesthetics and stability. The shelves are 42” wide 3/4” ply. The arched face pieces are Poplar that are 2 inches on the ends and 1 inch in the middle. They are now very sturdy.

I think it turned out nice and my wife loves it.

Finish is Kilz Primer and Sherwin Williams Pro Choice Acrylic paint.

Overall dimensions are approx 43”wide x 94”tall x 21”deep

-- Kevin H. --Pennsylvania

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#1 posted 08-18-2014 01:01 AM

Nice built ins – great use of repurposed material. Had I not read otherwise, I would never have noticed your door mods… seamless. Congratulations on the upcoming baby!

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#2 posted 09-29-2014 01:19 PM

great job! Congrats on the new arrival.. hope baby and mom do well… You sir are on your own…lol

-- Kurt K.

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