September 27, 2023


New Estate

I Have Pink Studio Cupboards!

7 min read

It’s taken a very long time to get so far, however I lastly have a wall of pink cupboards within the studio! The wall is just not utterly completed. I nonetheless have have a protracted record of issues that also should be completed (which I’ll element after I present you the painted cupboards). However at the very least this can be a main step in the direction of getting this wall completed!

And this wall being unfinished gained’t cease me from admiring the wall of decrease pink cupboards as a result of simply getting so far was this was fairly the feat. It was a protracted and drawn out course of, from putting in the cupboards, sanding the doorways and drawer fronts, including trim, caulking, priming and portray.

Nothing about that was significantly tough…besides this silly 6-drawer cupboard within the center…

I put the drawers collectively, disassembled them, and reassembled them so many instances I misplaced depend. I used to be satisfied that IKEA’s directions concerning the location of the drawer slides have been incorrect, so I put in them the place I assumed they made sense. They usually appeared fairly good! (The image above was taken after I went rogue, tossed IKEA’s directions on the garbage pile, and did it my very own means.)

However I simply couldn’t go away it alone. I couldn’t stand the thought that they weren’t put collectively in accordance with the directions. So I disassembled them one final time, and painstakingly went by each web page of directions once more.

And I lastly discovered my mistake. I had by some means missed that the very backside drawer entrance goes on a distinct means than the opposite 5. As soon as I made that correction, every thing else went collectively completely. 😀 However I assembled and reassembled so many instances that I’m fairly positive I now qualify as an professional at assembling IKEA Maximera drawers for the Sektion cupboards. I can assemble a Maximera drawer, drawer entrance and all, in about two minutes now. 😀

After I discovered that cupboard, every thing else went collectively very simply. Right here’s the way it seems up to now.

Like I stated, I nonetheless want to complete the trim on the perimeters and on the ground, and the cupboard doorways don’t have door pulls on them but. However take a look at this beautiful coloration!

I actually couldn’t be extra happy with how that is turning out. The colour is completely excellent for me. It’s pink and contemporary and female with out being too brilliant or too princess pink or too Barbie pink.

The colour is from Sherwin Williams (I discovered it at Lowe’s), and it’s referred to as Tuberose. I had it combined in Behr Premium Plus paint in an eggshell end (as a result of I’m at all times at Residence Depot and Behr is my favourite basic objective paint). After which I topcoated it with General Finishes High Performance Topcoat in a flat finish (affiliate hyperlink). I do know a lot of you have got requested in regards to the portray course of, and I’ll share all of these particulars very quickly. For the entire course of, I used a curler, a brush, and my little sprayer (affiliate hyperlink).

I’m so glad I waited to complete off this wall of cupboards on the backside as a result of I’ve modified my thoughts on how I need that to be completed. I had initially deliberate on the countertop on this wall to be a normal desk peak (30 inches excessive) with two desk areas and two desk chairs.

After which I made a decision to get rid of the desk areas, put cupboards all the way in which throughout, and use IKEA Sektion cupboards as an alternative of constructing my very own. That meant that the countertop can be larger than 30 inches.

So with out these desk areas, I figured that this 20-foot countertop can be extra of a storage floor the place I’d place issues like my stitching machine that I don’t need stowed away in a cupboard. What I didn’t depend on is that the brand new peak (about 33 inches) is the right peak for me to face and work. I’ve already gotten a lot use out of this countertop! Over the previous few days, I’ve used nearly each sq. inch of the 20-foot width of the countertop as a piece floor, and it has been completely wonderful.

So now, as an alternative of including trim to the underside and ending it out like I’d do on a built-in bookcase, I need to transfer these ft again (the 3-inch-high utilitarian ft that I made and added) about 4 inches and have a toekick like kitchen cupboards have in order that I can stand comfortably at this countertop to work on initiatives. I’m going to get a lot use out of this space!! And the truth that I used scorching glue to connect these ft as an alternative of nails or screws will permit me to make this adjustment very simply even at this late stage.

In all of those photos, the underside trim is sitting in the direction of the entrance (none of that trim is connected but) within the place I used to be initially planning. That is how I’d trim out the underside of bookcases and not using a toekick, however not the underside of kitchen cupboards that wants a toekick.

So I nonetheless have a couple of gadgets on the guidelines that I want to complete earlier than this wall is completed. I type of need to paint the black pendant lights gold. I like having a bit of little bit of black within the room, however I purchased these years in the past. Now that I’m lastly ending the room, I’m wanting issues to be extra gentle and ethereal and female, and the black appears heavy to me. What do you assume? Hold them black? Paint them gold to match the drawer pulls?

I do know I’ve stated many instances, however I’ll say it once more. I completely LOVE these IKEA Sektion cupboards. The 2 sections which have three drawer fronts even have 4 drawers. There’s a fourth drawer hidden behind that high drawer entrance.

And all the drawers include little plastic items that cowl these areas on the perimeters of the drawer packing containers that don’t look so fairly proper now. That’s the place the screws are that you just use to do the high-quality changes on the drawer fronts (shifting them left and proper, or up and down). As quickly as all of my changes are completed, and every thing is completely spaced, I’ll pop these covers on and it’ll look way more completed.

And I’m completely giddy about this center part with the six shallow drawers. These shall be excellent for organizing artwork pens and pencils, pads of watercolor and yupo paper, stitching gadgets and spools of thread, and a lot extra.

I really feel like I may sit in right here and simply stare at this wall all day. 😀 And it’s not even completed but! However that mural and the cupboard coloration make me so completely satisfied.

So what nonetheless must be completed on this wall? There are fairly a couple of issues!

  1. End the countertop (i.e., the 2 lacking items within the again corners),
  2. Set up the toe kick, paint and clear coat,
  3. Set up the facet trim on the cupboards, paint and clear coat,
  4. End the facet strips on the mural and end trimming the mural,
  5. Set up the knobs on the doorways,
  6. End wiring the retailers (three to go) inside the cupboards,
  7. Set up the countertop grommet retailers,
  8. Add the cabinets inside the cupboards,
  9. Wooden fill, sand, caulk, prime, and paint the window trim,
  10. Paint the pendant lights (possibly),
  11. Clear the home windows,
  12. Set up the window shades.

And that’s only one wall. 😀 Then I’ve three extra partitions, a again entry, a toilet, and a storage closet to complete. It’s a extremely massive room! At the very least I’m to a degree the place I can really see some fairly important progress and I not really feel like I’m caught in my very own model of the film Groundhog Day, so I’m feeling extra motivated with every passing day.

I’ll go away you with yet another look. (And please notice that the lights aren’t even put in proper now. They’re actually hanging by the wires. I needed to undo them to color the ceiling, however as soon as they’re put in, they’ll be raised at the very least six inches, as you may see by the location of the cover. And the ultimate peak shall be decided after they’re correctly put in, and shall be based mostly on my peak and the place they work finest for me.)

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