Thursday

Built-Ins Second Part - The Base Cabinets


This is where we left off last time. After removing the baseboards > A simple base, made out of 2 x 6's was added to support the cabinets. 

This is a cheap solution and welll, I like that it's very strong! I used pocket holes to screw it into the floor, of course, leveling it.

Kreg Rip-Cut  |  Ryobi Circular Saw

For the Boxes I used a lower grade plywood, they're going to be covered on the outside, no need to invest in better materials.
I usually ask the guys at the Home Depot to rip the big sheets in two pieces for easy transport. I made all the smaller cuts at home. For those, I got this new tool, the Kreg Rip-Cut, and it made this job way easier. 
No need to measure every single piece when they are the same size! It was a bit difficult to make precise cuts for the long boards, or when the blade of the saw was far away from the guide. But, overall, I really liked it.


Needles to say, this task went very fast.

How to build base cabinets for built ins
Right Angle Clamp  |  Spax Screws  |  Drill 
For assembling the four boxes I first used pocket holes on the lower piece, somehow I find it easier to maneuver and hold those pieces while screwing them together with the Kreg system.

For attaching the top cleats I used another new to me tool:  A right angle clamp. - Life changing. I LOVE it!


I used Spax screws, which I also love because there is no need to do predrills. went in like butter! :)

Ryobi jig saw outlet cut out for base cabinets

My Ryobi Jig saw is my go to for those outlet cutouts.

oak floors and white mirror in dining room where built ins are being constructed

The boxes were secured together with screws driven to the front and back. Then, they were secured to the wall and to the base.

My next step was to build the face frames, but somehow I have no pics of it. The first face frame went on smoothly - cuts- pocket holes - glue - screws.  But, I had trouble putting together the second frame. :/ While screwing the pieces together, the wood kept on splitting each time I drove a screw. GRRRR!
I had to go cut a new piece of wood, open the holes and drive new screws. It happened like three times! :(  So, I stopped working and resumed work the following day.

built ins countertop made out of two pieces of plywood

Ha, it pays to take a good break. Both frames were done and I began building the countertops.
I used two pieces of plywood that I glued and added like a hundred screws to make sure they'll stay together for life! :D

working in the garage building base cabinets.

countertop for built ins
Ryobi Cordless Brad Nailer  |  Gorilla Glue
The rough edges of the plywood were dressed with 1 x 2 material secured with lots of glue and brad nails.

I made the mistake of cutting the plywood too short. In order to solve this problem I added another 1 x 2 piece on the other long side.

oak floors and light grey walls in dining room

And here is how they were looking Sunday evening...

building built ins in dining room

When I began brainstorming decorative toe kick ideas with paper. My husband said the right side looked good. For me, it had to come down with a wider board and lowering the design.

But hey, we'll leave that for next time.

For more Home DIY ideas check these out:

boy room closet transformation with gray built ins for lots of storage

White kitchen makeover with blue duck egg blue island

Christmas table centerpiece on white and red with pinecones and white china



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5 comments :

  1. I LOVE your blog! It gives me hope that I too can build beautiful things in my home that do not scream DIY. Your work looks so professional and your instructions are easy to follow. As a matter of fact, I turned my coat closet into what I call our "drop zone" and I followed many of your techniques! Thank you!!!

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    1. Ann, thanks so much for your sweet words! I'm so glad you've been able to put some of those "techniques" to good use in your coat closet. One of my main goals when sharing my work is precisely that, to inspire people to go and do it! I don't call myself a builder, I'm more like a decorator that somehow has to build stuff to keep costs down. All this stuff is doable, of course lots of practice and the right tools will improve your results.

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  2. You are my inspiration! I love all that you've done to your home. I've been following you for a few years now (love your blog) and I'm planning on putting built-in's in empty wide hall and will follow your tutorial as an example. I can do this!

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    1. Awww thanks so much Lisa! Yes, you can do it!

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  3. This is going to be an amazing transformation! Love it!

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