Well, I finally used many of my saved wood treasures when creating my
Message and Organizational Center
that is just inside the door in my mudroom.
1. First, I made a plan so I could communicate my idea to the carpenter, Jeff.
2. Next, I primed and painted some of the wood pieces that I hoped to use when creating the message center.
This 42 inch kitchen cabinet was bought at a Seigle Cabinet Center that features a "one of a kind" kitchen cabinet area. I was looking for a cabinet that could be purchased at a VERY reasonable price, and wasn't concerned about the color or finish. I knew that I would be repainting all the wood pieces that I used the same color. I did choose a cabinet style that is similar to my kitchen cabinets that are in the connecting room off the mudroom.
To prepare the cabinet, I took off all the hardware and used my small electric hand sander to rough up the surface. Then, I used a small roller to prime and paint the cabinet so the texture is very smooth, with no brush marks.
This beautiful antique piece has been in my garage for 5 years! I knew that I wanted to use it as the backsplash for the countertop on the bottom cabinet in my plan. Yet, it was way too thick. So the carpenter, Jeff, and I came up with a plan to cut off a slice that saved all the details, but was only 1 inch in thickness. That sounds easy doesn't it.... well it wasn't! The wood was very dense, and difficult to cut.
We used the table saw first, and then a
reciprocating saw. I then had to use a chisel and an electric plane sander to smooth and level the "slice." It was a lot of work, but I love the special detail it contributes to the message center.
Jeff then hung the 42 inch cabinet, and added crown molding to the top of the cabinet. The molding was left over from a kitchen remodel in our old house, and was 4 years old. I had primed several pieces of bead board leftovers, from 9 years ago, and Jeff cut and added the bead board to the side of the cabinet. He used a brad gun and glue to attach the bead board.
|We cut away the old baseboard so the new cabinet would be flush to the wall.|
The countertop was found in the throw away pile at the granite company that I had used previously, and I only had to pay to have it cut to size and edged.
I'm so tired of the mail being dumped on my kitchen countertops! Now, the mail is sorted to the current person, and one of the slot is designated for school papers that need to be read.
Inside the right hand side cabinet I have posted the current and the next two upcoming months calendar pages. I write any upcoming events onto those pages.
|Here you can see the letter sorter after I pained the whole unit.|
The shelves and wire baskets solve the problem of family members dumping their purses, school papers, sunglasses, and lunchboxes, onto the kitchen countertops. I also placed a basket with a lid on the countertop to hold my sunglasses.
Notice the shoes are now under the bottom shelf and not all over the mudroom.
I have a shelf outside in the garage for wet/muddy boots.
The left hand side has a whiteboard on the inside door.
I bought magnets with the days of the week written on the individual magnets. I use a dry erase marker to list the events of what is happening for the current week. I usually do it on Sunday after dinner, as all the family is together and I double check to see what everyone is doing for the upcoming week.
Well, that's it and I love it because it solved so many storage and communication problems!!!
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