One of the biggest projects on our list this year was a built-in for our entry, which was LONG overdue. In a 900 square foot condo, we need all the space we can get, and for the last (almost) four years we've been scheming and dreaming up possibilities for this space.
1. Chris works from home, so a workspace was a priority. He has two XXL monitors and one VERY large printer that I prefer to be hidden when he isn't working. We've been making due with this 300 lb Craigslist find that has been a bit of an eyesore.
2. Storage! Who doesn't need more storage?!?
3. A desk for me! I generally work from either the couch or dining room table, and I'm not the greatest at tidying up after myself, so a designated space for work and work-related items was necessary.
4. In terms of style, contemporary to modern tends to be my general style. We have plans to rent or sell in the relatively near future and those styles are a safe bet for our market.
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We picked up this gem on Craigslist. The initial goal was to hide the computers and printer - out of site out of mind ,right? While this was a functional short-term solution, we really needed to maximize the entry with a bit more style in mind.
We sold this armoire on Craigslist to the cutest couple in an old Ford truck (you don't see a ton of those around DC!) and they planned to turn it into bike storage!
Three 2 x 6" pine boards (we chose six inches to match the height of our baseboards)
Three Ikea Pax Wardrobes with Tyssedal Doors and Soft Closing Hinges
Desk Accessories: 2 Desk Shelves, 4 Drawers, 4 Storage Shelves
6 cabinet pulls, we chose these flat black numbers
Crowbar for removing baseboard, sometimes an Exacto knife can be helpful with caulk
Pliers for removing baseboard nails
Ikea tools included with kits
Nail, Wood Putty, Glue and Caulk for reattaching baseboards, some touch-up paint might also be necessary
Paint to match surrounding wall color. Our walls are Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter
1. Remove existing baseboard.
2. Assemble Ikea Pax wardrobes according to the super easy-to-use instructions included in the box ; )
3. Create wood base using pine boards and wood screws. I completely forgot to write down our measurements (ugh) but assembling the wardrobes first then measuring the base will do the trick.
4. Hire an awesome contractor to complete your drywall. We probably could have figured out the drywall on our own but with the additional tools, materials and steep learning curve of drywall, it made more sense to hire someone who could finish it quickly, and boy were we right! Our contractors finished in a day in a half and we are so happy with it!
6. Finish by attaching baseboard and re-caulking seams. We had to touch up both the baseboards and walls with some paint as well. The baseboard that you removed should fit nicely if your built-in runs the length of the same wall. We had to do some cutting along the edges, but surprisingly not a lot.
*We originally ordered and assembled four wall units because that was the exact length of our wall. Once assembled, we quickly realized they crowded the space and chose to remove one (sell it on Craigslist) and finish with drywall for a more high end look.