Last fall I read this article where Tom Silva from This Old House turned some stock cabinets into a sideboard. I LOVED the concept, but I wasn't going to pay hundreds of dollars for the cabinets. Ever the bargain hunter, I started checking out local thrift stores, including the HFH ReStore which has TONS of cabinets. The problem was, I couldn't find enough cabinets in the same size to make it work. So I kept searching.
One day I was hanging out with my friend Amy, and she said they were going to start remodeling their kitchen soon, and I was like, "WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR CABINETS?!?!?!?! I mean, uh, wow! Fantastic! Can I have some cabinets?!" Of course Amy was happy to have me take some cabinets, so I did. I took a couple, but as my design changed, I ended up using just the largest cabinet and donating the other.
Pardon the crummy pic. I forgot to get a before pic, so this is from my iPhone. Bad blogger.
Anyhow, I decided I would use this cabinet as the center of the credenza, and add some open shelving to the sides. A friend helped me with the design, and cut all of the pieces from scrap he already had on hand. So, if your counting, I spent $0 dollars on this project. Four hundred my foot, Tom Silva!
I primed and painted everything before assembly.
Once everything was painted, it was just a matter of attaching the shelves to the cabinet.
Have I mentioned the top of the cabinet? No? Same friend had several maple planks that were cut to size and joined together beautifully to create a top for the credenza. I love it!
I stained the top and some trim pieces, and all that was left was installing them and the hardware. Honestly! Doesn't that top look like one smooth, solid piece?!
We used to have a beautiful armoire that housed everything, but the armoire was so large that it only fit in one spot, and it was not functional. Well, not as functional as I wanted. So, we got rid of the armoire (sniff, sniff)...
...and in it's place, we temporarily used this. (Full on sobbing! Wahhhhh!)
Ugh. You can imagin my delight at my new piece. Tada:
So much better!!!! Eventually I would like to have some decorative items on the shelves, but for now, the shelves are heavy laden with Legos and Squinkies. Sigh.
Here is a current view of the family room. Still lots to do, but I am making progress.
Not bad, right? And, when you consider the cost, $0!!!!!, it's pretty much fantstic! What do you think?
Enjoy the Son!