Monday, February 3, 2014

Getting Nook-y

When we replaced the big boring master bathroom mirror with 2 cute mirrors, I realized the medicine cabinet in the adjoining wall stuck out too much to accommodate the new mirror frames.

It unscrewed really easily.

And then I was left with a hole in the wall.

Of course, I wasn't content with one hole in the wall.  I wanted two.

Time to break out the drywall saw.  Very important tip - if cutting into a wall with electricity, always do a tiny hole, see where the wires are, and then cut away from them.

 Hooray, 2 little nooks!

The stubby 2x4 was in the way, but wasn't really holding anything up.  So we cut it down to size.

 Then, in an effort to control the wires, we cut a channel in another piece of wood, and boxed it in.

We were all ready to add a shelf and call it a day.

Unfortunately, this solution had the small problem of the lights flickering every time we turned them on.  Pinched wires are no bueno.

We took out the wood pieces we just added, and the Mr. built some boxes out of scrap wood from our garage.
Lumber hoarding has its benefits
Thin plywood for the backs

3/4 inch plywood for the sides and shelves

Always make sure to dry fit all your pieces so you catch little fixes while they're still easy to cut and fix.

Screw and wood glue are all you need to hold everything together

We used some scrap quarter round trim as shelf supports

Because the boxes were slightly smaller than the openings, I used some shims to make them as even as possible.

Then, time for some quick 45 degree cuts to disguise the gaps

And some silicone for the gaps in the trim...

Two final coats of paint, and hello, storage!  I didn't want these to stand out too much, so I painted them the same color as the wall.

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