Tuesday, October 16, 2012

BEFORE, DURING & AFTER: Floating Cubby Buffet

BEFORE
This cubby shelf was collecting dust at the Nearly New Thrift Shop in Fayetteville, likely destined for a garage, maybe a playroom if it was lucky. It had lots of imperfections some nicks, chipped paint, and cubbies that varied in size and did not align. But it was sturdy and still had some life left in it. I decided I would elevate its status from utilitarian cubby shelf to floating cubby buffet fit for a dining room while doubling as toy storage.

DURING
The whole project took some re-imagining, rigging, and some help from my in-house handy-man.

Dan started by removing the cubby's base which was made up of 2x4s. He then mounted the 2x4's, originally used for the base, to the back of the unit, they would act as support to mount the cubby to the wall.
We elevated and leveled the cubby on some books while Dan drilled through the back of it, the 2x4's, and into the studs in the wall. It was mounted 2" below the chair rail to leave room for a custom countertop.
I painted the cubby the same soft cream color as my dining room walls so it would blend into the space and not call attention to its imperfections. All the while a very curious Frances kept watch.
For the custom countertop we found a stainable wood panel from Lowes that was 96"Long x 16"Deep x 3/4" Thick. Dan used his circular saw to cut it down to 74"Long x 14"Deep, ensuring we had a 3/4" overhang on all sides. I stained the top a Dark Walnut and added a semi-gloss finish.
To conceal the vibrant colored toys, puzzles, and stuffed animals that the cubby would house I purchased 10 dark woven bamboo baskets from Target. I decided to leave two of the cubbies open for books and larger toys. I ended up hot gluing some stiff felt sheets from Micheal's to the bottom of each basket because I found that sliding the baskets in and out of the cubbies was leaving marks on it.
AFTER
The end result is a piece of furniture that is as versatile as our dining room. The cubbies offer the toy storage needed for the space while the baskets help conceal them and give the unit a more uniform look. Atop the cubby I have a place to display objects that have otherwise found themselves hidden in cabinets since Frances went mobile. The fact that it floats and looks almost built-in gives my home some architectural character that it lacked. 
Check out the latest dining room updates: here and here.
-Griffin

17 comments:

  1. Love this! And where did you get that gold piece hanging above? Super cool looking

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    1. Thanks Heather! That's actually scrap from a classmate's school project. She cut a bunch of peices out of a sheet of basal wood to use for her project and I took the scrap and spray painted it gold.

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    2. Griffin! This is sooooo cool! I absolutely love it! You are so talented. Love Maddy

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  2. I WANT ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Leslie

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  3. Coming over from Better After. Genius and gorgeous!

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  4. Thanks for stopping by Sarah!

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  5. Saw the feature on Better After. Love it! I I have been looking for something for our formal dining room (that can also work for toys). Great Idea!

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    1. Thanks Ashley, so glad you stopped by my blog! It has really worked out great. When all the baskets are tucked nicely in their cubbies it feels very grown-up, you'd never know they are filled with toys and books!

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  6. Here from Better After... Love it!!

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  7. SO gorgeous. I love functional furniture. That gold artpiece on the wall is amazing also

    Britt @ Creating Space for Five

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    1. Thanks Brittany! The gold art has to be my favorite thing, it was headed for the trash when I grabbed it up from a classmate. It's just basal wood that I spray painted.

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  8. This is absolutely gorgeous!! Very clever and creative!

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  9. Just fabulous. I am having the same problem with baskets leaving skid marks on bookcases. Has the felt solution worked?

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  10. Thanks! Adding felt to the bottom of baskets has worked out great to avoid marks on the cubbies.

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