Thursday, 6 December 2012

My Hole-In-The-Wall Cupboard

hole-in-the-wall cupboard

I've decided to use Flickr to host my photos for now.  It's a little tedious though.  This particular project has been going on for nearly two years, I think.  When I was painting the living room, I could not resist poking a hole or two into this weird bump out between the front door and the living room to see whether it had a purpose.  It didn't.  It was empty except for a pipe at the very far back.  What a waste of space!  100 years ago, a craftsman would have built a gorgeous built-in cupboard or bookshelf or something there to provide a visual division.  Now they just slap up some drywall and call it done.

So I decided to be the craftsman.  I cut out the drywall as wide as the studs would let me...and there it sat for months.  Nick liked to climb inside to sit, which wasn't very safe due to a nail sticking out of one of the top studs.

hole-in-the-wall cupboard

Next I tried using the table saw to cut the 1/2-inch plywood panels.  Everything was going fine until--I don't know what I did--one panel kicked back from the saw hitting me hard in the stomach.  Thank heaven for strong sturdy denim!  I managed to convince Kevin to finish building the cupboard.  I can handle a mitre saw, but He can be the table saw operator from now on.  He did a beautiful job on it!  

Many many months later, as in October and November 2012, I finally sanded, patched, and painted.  I was going to do a door, but the idea of trying to figure that out intimidated me.  So I just picked out a narrow trim, to accommodate the space between the cupboard and the ugly baseboards.


hole-in-the-wall cupboard

I just love my little cupboard.  I wanted to call it a boot cupboard, like the one Jane is so proud of in Jane of Lantern Hill, but people just look at me funny when I do.  I'd like to fill it with pretty baskets or books, etc.  But I had to be practical in this crazy house with minimal storage.  So instead, it's the kids' craft cupboard, filled with plastic bins, paint, playdoh, and crayons.

hole-in-the-wall cupboard

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2 comments:

  1. It's fantastic! And I like that it's a useful cupboard, not just a decorative one. When the kids are grown (before grandkids arrive) we can be more decorative. LOL!

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  2. Good job on the boot cupboard! I love little holes that too. And who cares whether people look at you funny? They're the ones with the limited vocabulary and imagination. ;-)

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