Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Playroom Kitchenette

Pine Hill has a large, open upstairs loft area, which is destined to become a playroom for the kiddos.  When we moved in, the wall that abuts our master bathroom was plumbed for a wet bar, but there wasn't anything beyond that.  I thought it would be so cool to have a playroom equipped with a sink - what kinds of messy play can we get into?

So as a "nesting" project for Clara's entrance, Travis, assisted by Gpa Jerry, decided to tackle it. 

We shopped around for all kinds of cabinets - new, reclaimed, etc - and found a lovely custom set on Craigslist for $125 with base cabinets, countertop, sink, and two sets of wall cabinets (even though we only had space for one) all included.  Because they were custom built for another space, we had to do some slight adjusting, but they turned out almost perfect.

There was a little bit of drama with the staining, which was my job.  I wasn't happy with the color of the first coat - it seemed slightly too light to me.  I had the brilliant, featherbrained idea that I was going to put on a slightly darker color over the top of the light color.  This of course looked absolutely terrible, and resulting in us sanding the whole thing down for the second time and me restaining the whole thing in the first light color.  Which, upon a second look, was pretty darn near absolutely perfect.  I may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, but I can be taught.

Andrew very much enjoyed helping out with this project.  He even got his own set of tools so that he could "help."  He is adept at driving screws with his little drill/driver, pulling out his measuring tape to the maximum length, plugging in the shop vac, climbing the ladder, and helping to "stain" the cabinets. 

Andrew's painting in action:

More "helping":

The finished product.

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