I’ll tell you what, I have been doing some real man’s work this week. I’m talking about framing out the opening in my daughter’s bathroom wall and doing sheetrock work: mudding and sanding. I felt as if I could really bond with those guys that use the contractor’s entrance at my local Home Depot.
Last week, I had completed the demolition needed to start the install of the built-in project. Here is what happened this week…
I had to do something with the flimsy, unsupported sheetrock. I added one 2×4 to one side (additions highlighted in blue above), as well as one at the top and bottom of the opening. I did this on Monday evening and it went very well. I did not toe nail the cross pieces – rather, I used scrap plywood to join these boards to the rest of the framing.
The stand for the cabinet was constructed using 2x4s which is a whole lot of wood for this thing. Let’s just say I don’t have to worry about it falling over.
On a side note, when I designed this stand, I did it totally in SketchUp and I used a new plug-in (new to me at least) called Cutlist (read more about this plugin here) and grab the link to the free download. Since my last blog post on cut lists, I thought it would be good to use one, gaining insight into why others like them so much. I found it useful for the little stand, cutting some components straight off the cut list.
Today, I applied some wipe-on polyurethane to select parts of the built-in and prepared everything for the move up to the bathroom.
In a prior post, I pondered the best way to attach the built-in to the wall. I had framed out the opening and had planned on driving two inch brads through the casing then into the framing. Quite by accident, I discovered a better way. This thing fits sooo snug that there is no way it is coming out – no matter that there is nothing attaching it to the wall or the stand.
With the drawers in place and a thin bead of calk added where the cabinet meets the wall – this project is completed. Prior to this addition, the small bath it resides in only had a vanity with two drawers and a small storage space beneath the sink cabinet. This built-in provides additional space for towels and space for all those hair dryers, skin care products, creams and ointments that some in our family need on a regular basis. This cabinet keeps them out of sight will be nice.