Living Room Built - Ins

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Project by jma213 posted 03-21-2014 06:43 PM 1937 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought I would post a picture of some of the other projects I have worked on recently. When we purchased our home the interior was very out dated – although the home was brand new. We decided to try to modernize the living room by putting built ins on either side of the fireplace. I hope to replace the fireplace in the near future with one that matches the stain of the built ins.

This was the second woodworking project that I completed – my first was the mudroom you will see in my projects file. I picked up the hobby and ran with it. I’m an engineer by trade and used numerous CAD programs in school – but sadly can’t remember how to use any of them. I built this in my head and then transfered the numbers and measurements onto wood. Total cost was probably under 800 dollars – I lucked out and found the handles at Lowes on clearance for 50 cents each.

The bottom was designed to match a buffett I found in a restoration hardware catalog, the top is designed on an antique cigar display I had seen online.

All in all I think it came out really well – the drawers fit DVD’s and the larger cupboards fit books / board games / blankets / toys.

Definitely helps clean up the room and make it look more modern.

I’m currently working on the basement – wait to you see this piece (hidden door / fireplace / bar ) – its big.

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#1 posted 03-21-2014 07:40 PM

Absolutely beautiful. Is that a new TV over the fireplace?

Very nice. Have a beer and pretend I bought it for you.

-- Life is what happens to you while you are planning better things -Mark Twain

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#2 posted 03-23-2014 03:18 AM

Very nice work. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#3 posted 03-27-2014 01:56 PM

Very nice upgrade. Get rid of the big horse TV and add some storage….....very well done.
Not sure I would change the fireplace surround. It stands out as a focal point and matches the crown molding. If you are dead set on it, before you rip it out, try painting it a different accent color. If you still don’t like it at that point, then destroy away. All you lose is cost of paint and some time. Just my added 2 cents.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#4 posted 03-27-2014 02:14 PM

Beautiful built-ins! Fantastic living room, great set-up. Like the style, great wood choice and finish. Great job!

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