Small Media Table “found” in the left over walnut from the mantle

On of the last projects for the family room was a small table to hold the receiver, cable box, and Apple TV.   It needed to be small enough to not interfere with the in wall speaker and I wanted it to match the mantle.   I had about a 4 foot piece of 4″ by 8″ rough walnut left from when I put the mantle in so designed a table from just that single piece.   After a lot of re-sawing and planning I was able to build a simple end table that fits the space perfectly.

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Family Room Rennovation

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It ended up being the right time to renovate the family room.  The room had a red brick fireplace with dark mortar, and wainscoting that was made from oak flooring vertical on the walls.   The project started as a simple placement of a TV above the fireplace and quickly spiraled into a full room update.   When I went to install the wires in the wall for the TV I could not easily access the wall behind the wainscot.  The previous owner had replaced the sheetrock under the oak with 1/2 ply nailed with a framing nailer.  Then the flooring was liquid nailed and nailed to the plywood.  After a lot of nail pulling and replacement sheetrock I matched the wainscot from the home theater with a Sapele chair rail.  For the fireplace I used a stack stone veneer and brought it all the way to the ceiling.  The hearth is bluestone and the mantle is a solid walnut beam I bought from the same guy near by that milled my tree last year.   The final pieces were new  furniture and a gas log set.   This is quickly is becoming our favorite room.

Wall Leaning Poplar Bookshelf

Just completed a wall leaning bookcase out of solid poplar.    The customer wanted it stained in a dark red mahogany stain.   The challenge was aligning everything to have proper spacing and angles from the way it leans against the wall.

 

Shaker Style Bathroom Vanity

I just completed a bathroom project that I detailed in another post.  I wanted to show more detail related to the shaker style vanity I built for the project.   The cabinet is built from pre-finished maple ply overlaid with solid poplar.   The drawers are dovetailed maple and the top is solid walnut with a vessel sink.  The finish is painted and then covered in clear water based policy.

Full Bathroom Rennovation

I just completed our bathroom renovation.  The bathroom was in very rough shape and was original to the house from 1979.   This project required a full gut job, electrical, plumbing, tile, cabinetry and a lot of finish work.  I found a few surprises along the way including a liquid nailed drain part and a pan on the ceiling below to catch a leaking fitting.

All of the tiled surfaces were done with 12*24 porcelain tile and set on a waterproof red guard membrane.   The tub is a kohler cast iron tub that took six friends to get into place.  I build the vanity to look like a piece of furniture.  The main cabinet is poplar, the drawers are dovetailed maple, the top is solid walnut with a vessel sink.  It was a lot of work but now I don’t think I can wait to redo the master bath.

Update Laundry Room

I recently completed the laundry room project for our house.  I used the same porcelain tile that I used in the half bath and built custom cabinetry for the space.  The countertop is made from Sapele, and the cabinets are painted solid poplar frames and doors.   I added LED undercabinet lighting and build a storage bench for the space.

Half Bath Renovation

I finally got around to remodeling the half bath at our house.  The walls were covered in wall paper and didn’t match our style.   I removed the wall paper which was a horrible experience and repaired all the walls.  The floor is a porcelain tile made to look like wood.  I added a few wood touches (mirror and shelf) from the red elm tree we took down in our yard earlier this year.   The toilet is touch-less with a simple pedestal sink.

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