I got all of these pieces cut down in the store, which made life much easier – especially since their big saw locks in place, so I had more confidence that my pieces would be consistent widths.Luckily the Home Depot guy was having a slow day so he was happy to oblige.Occasionally you'll get lucky and find one in perfect condition (with a finish you like), but that's the exception rather than the rule. Refinishing is an option, but sometimes the wood isn't good enough — and sometimes you just want a different look.
Imagine a bright pink or bold blue piece in an otherwise understated room.
Or, if a soft, vintage look is more your style, opt for pale aqua or yellow with a shabby, timeworn finish.
On Monday the bases to our nursery built-ins were complete, and now (yes, you guessed it) so are the tops…
well, except for some caulking, paint touch ups, and crown molding to finish things off.
We’re really happy with how they’ve turned out, and Sherry is about to explode from waiting to fill them in (I’m making her wait until we’ve finished all of our final caulking and paint touch-ups along with the rest of the room’s crown – I know, THE NERVE).
But let me show you how we got to this stage, because the tops took a bit more planning than the bases did since I was building them from scratch.
Then I just pried off the quarter-round and the baseboard.
With both the back and side baseboard removed, I excitedly pushed the piece back into the corner…
A 4ft x 8ft panel of that eco plywood is so I figured out ahead of time how to get the most out of one piece.
I still had to buy another 2′ x 4′ piece to get my last two shelves, but otherwise I was pretty proud of figuring out this puzzle.
As you might recall, we bought two FJELL dressers because they were the size we needed and they were made of solid wood. I marked where it sat originally, but kept in mind that when I removed the side baseboard, the whole piece would shift to the left against the wall.