|THE AREA SURROUNDING THE WINDOW|
We used MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) to build the wine cabinets. We made a dado groove (a groove in one piece of wood that will support another piece of wood) in the vertical boards, and inserted the horizontal pieces into the groove. Those were then glued and nailed into place creating a system of grids. STOP! Before we glued and nailed the boards together, Nate and I suggested to Bob that it would be a lot easier to paint everything before we assembled the pieces. Bob responded with "I want these things out of my shop, so put them together now, and you can paint them at your house." So, we obliged. BIG MISTAKE! I, being the "painter" out of the two of us, was assigned to paint the already assembled wine cabinets. Let's just say that I put down my very small, custom made, piece of crap roller on several occasions so that I could review the divorce papers that I was about to serve to my dear hubby. Ok, maybe a slight exaggeration, but I was seriously miserable.
Nate, noting that I was on the verge of cracking, handled making the seat bench to go under the window and even surprised me with a fully functioning drawer in the bench for additional storage. Good man!
AnYways, once painted (Benjamin Moore Cloud White, which should be no surprise if you have been keeping up with this blog), we installed the lower cabinets and the drawer/seat bench.
|BOTTOM CABINETS AND SEAT BENCH|
The upper wine cabinets were a little trickier to install because of the weight. MDF is a very heavy material and we probably should have thought about that before building these. Oh well! Nate put blocks in each of the four corners and nailed the blocks to the wine cabinets. The blocks were then screwed into the studs in the wall. The upper cabinets were now securely attached to the wall (fingers crossed, we have a lot of cheap Trader Joe's wine in there!)
|UPPER CABINETS ARE UP!|
|FINISHED WITH AIR VENT HOLES|
Ready for the before and after? Ready or not...