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Janery Studio Makeover Part 9: Unifying the Faux Built-In Cabinet Wall

I am happy to tell you that the Janery Sewing Studio Makeover is back in full swing!    When we last talked about the space, I’d completed building my storage shelves, which were my attempt at imitating built-in cabinets in a rented space. So, being real . . . I was trying to complete this space in the month of September.  I lost a little momentum when Art on the Avenue neared, but that’s life. . . I guess there are always obstacles that can pop up and derail the best of projects, so I just have to forgive myself for not completing it in September and just move on. I’m trying to share it in real time, because OMG – do you ever feel completely incompetent when you see other bloggers whip out a totally fab room makeover in like 3 or 4 days?  I know I do. When you last saw the space, it looked like this: Sewing Studio The Borrowed Abode2 The doors and cabinets had looked so nice and tidy in my office (when it also doubled as a sewing room), but I needed to add drawers (for storage).  I couldn’t get matching brown drawer fronts, because IKEA has discontinued this color brown. I chose white simply because it would be calm and simple and bright in the small space. Janery Studo White Besta Doors-1 So far I’m liking the overall progression of this wall. What drives me crazy, however, is how imperfectly the Ikea cabinet doors hang when you install them.  It’s nearly impossible to get them all aligned so the tops and bottoms of each door line up perfectly.  Seeing imperfect “seams” between the doors bugs me, but oh well. Next up: I’m DIYing some door handles and pulls inspired by our mid-century modern TV cabinet.  It’s a crazy cheap idea I have. . . so fingers crossed that it works. Also, I need to finish off the middle shelf that separates the cabinets from my built-in shelves. The old one had to be removed for structural reasons. Regardless of how slow my baby steps may be, it’s a big improvement from what I first did to this wall!Janery-Studio-Shelving-Before In case you’re new here:

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6 Comments

  • Reply Kiri at 2:24 am

    Looking great!

    What are you planning do with the middle shelf?

    The gaps don’t look like different sizes from the photos – so you’re doing pretty well. 🙂

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