Beth's built-in
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Beth’s built-in: the end is in sight

Construction zone: some tasks for this past week noted above. With these completed, the end of this project is in sight.

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…

“Frame me!” That is what the opening I created seemed to be yelling at me

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.

I hate sheetrock work.

After the sheetrock work, it is on to the stand the built-in will rest on.

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.

Just prior to installation.

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.

Completed – the built-in project is finished and my daughter, who was home from school this weekend, has already put it to good use.

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.

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During the week, I sell flooring products for The Dixie Group. Weekends, you'll find me in my basement workshop making furniture.


  1. The built-in looks great, Jeff.

    I know what you mean about drywall. I've done my share of it. I remember mudding the first house I did by myself–I was seventeen. You learn real fast when you have to sand entire house of it.

    I really like your coffered ceiling by the way. Really looks good.


  2. Thanks Alex. Could have used your advise on this. I need a wide blade knife for my mudding. I made a slender tool to get into the corner, but I always sand too much, roughing up the tape.

    And thanks for the comment on my coffered ceiling.

  3. Thanks Amy – that bathroom is so small that this built-in will be a big help to us. Just wish we had added it years ago.

    Now, it took me several months to build just this one cabinet and I have hopes to build new kitchen cabinets some day. I wonder how long that would take? 🙂

  4. Hi there Jeff. I'm a little late to the game, but this looks great!

    mmmmm drywall. My first job in the trades so I could pay for my undergraduate. That didn't last long (the job that is. Hence the student loans that still haunt me)

    I would say your 2×4 base should hold up long term. 🙂

    “Nothing succeeds like excess” as my dad always said.

    Keep up the great work!

  5. Jason – I still remember the amount I paid each month on my student loan: $88.17. It wasn't long after the wife and I married that we decided to take money out of savings to pay it off.

    Any now, we are looking at student loans for my daughter 😮

    Good to hear from you and thanks for the comment

  6. Michael Short says

    That built in looks super Jeff. Great use of the space.

    • Michael – it is a true built-in, not an inch of floor space was utilized. Just glad we found that empty cavity behind the wall there.

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