I made a New Year’s Resolution this year to show more during pictures.
KariAnne I said. There is a whole lot of before and aftering going on around here.
There are tons of befores.
And tons of afters.
People want to see what happens in the middle.
So on the eve of June, I wanted to take a moment to honor that New Year’s Resolution I made a short six months ago when 2018 was young. I wanted to show you what the upstairs landing looks like now.
Here’s the before.
There were desks and chairs and cabinet doors pretending they were artwork.
Here’s a pulled back view so you can see more of the layout of the space.
The upstairs landing is the cutest mini-room. It’s always so happy to see you when you get to the top of the stairs. The challenge? It’s also a little awkward. It’s about 10 feet wide—big enough so you know you need furniture—but it has doors on each of its walls so it makes furniture placement challenging. So I came up with the brilliant idea of built-ins. Built-ins are substantial enough to take up visual space on the landing while leaving enough space to walk around.
Here’s the same view of the upstairs landing now.
The built-ins are installed and ready to paint.
Doesn’t it make such a difference?
Here’s the view from the top of the landing.
I love how they wrap the back of the landing and make the space feel intentional.
And having the built-ins go all the way to the top of the ceiling draws the eye upward and makes the landing feel bigger.
We had a friend of our families who just happens to be one of the most amazing carpenters on the planet build them in.
He started with these off-the-shelf cabinets from Home Depot. Each cabinet has a shelf inside behind the doors and a drawer at the top. The cabinets were about four inches short on each side, so he build a faux front and sides to give the appearance they are built-in.
He also added a piece of plywood to the top of each cabinet.
Then he framed out the edges.
And mitered the corners.
Next, the sides of the bookcase were added.
Each shelf is stationary with a cleat.
There’s also a hole drilled in the back of each cabinet so I can add a lamp on each side.
Crown molding is added to the top and quarter round to the bottom and more molding to the sides and everything has been sanded and caulked.
One more time.
Here’s the before.
And here’s the during.
Now I just need to paint.
I was thinking about white (obvi). But then? Then I had a brilliant idea that a gray like SW Mindful Gray might be a fun way to add a little dimension to the landing.
I painted the downstairs hutch that I got at a thrift store SW Mindful Gray.
So you can see how the color looks with the existing paint color and white trim.
What do you think?
I’m going to prime it first with white primer, so I’ll get an idea of what white might look like and I think that will help to make the decision.
I’m painting this weekend and next week I’ll post the finished built-ins.
Thank you my friend.
Thanks for listening.
Thanks for following along.
But most importantly, thanks for helping me celebrate my New Year’s Resolution. 🙂