The story is my sister-in-law B and her husband P have a new baby, Lily, in a one bedroom apartment in NYC and although there is plenty of space, it was the use of the space that got me going. And of course all the inspiring pictures of other things people had made on Ana White’s blog which made me think I could make something great too.
I wanted to make the most use of the space so I started with 18″ x 18″ x 82″high and worked my way backwards. Which by the way is a tiny bit difficult because of the thickness of wood (nominal versus actual size) but slowly I got it. And actually 18″ is great for depth, anything deeper and stuff just gets lost back there.
1- 16″ x 48″
3 – 16″ x 80″ (although one came out at 15 1/2″ – nominal size thing again – but that was okay because I used that for the actual shelf pieces)
I also bought 10 (1’x2’x8′) #2 pine boards ($3 each) and 2 (2’x4’x1/2″) sheets ($33 each) for the doors. I had the beadboard for the backing from another project and I had 1/4″ for the door stiles from the kitchen renovation. I also had the closet rod leftover from previous owners in the basement.
For hardware I bought 1 box (50) 2″ (#8) wood screws ($5) , 6 hinges ($7), 2 sets closet rod assembly kits ($5), 2 wooden knobs ($2), and 2 door magnets ($3). I had 2″ finish nails, 1 1/4″ brad nails and 5/8″ brad nails.
By far my largest and most time consuming project but not too difficult. Lily now has much more storage and hanging space that was designed to fit and make the best use of the space we had. And all for a fraction of the retail price (pretty sure PBkids would charge about $750 for the towers, I paid under $200 for supplies). I would definitely do it again, so where do we need furniture in our house? I can probably think of a few things to make.
Beautiful, I love this! You did an amazing job, start to finish!
Late Bloomers says
I want to build a custom hutch/pantry cabinet unit in my kitchen.
I had a hutch, but sold it… and we miss the thing immensely, but most hutches you find on Craigslist do not allow for a coffee maker on the counter [coffee maker is too tall]
Still mulling over what I want, but if I was to build it going to the ceiling makes the most sense- why waste space? Then wrapping the crown molding I want in here across it as well….and glass doors with lighted sections… I hate having champagne taste on this beer budget.
Oh and I have NOT TOOLS! Wanna make me a 'Must have tool' list?
Sawdust and Paperscraps says
These are fantastic! Thanks for linking up and showing off your skills. I would actually love to see your must have tool list as well. It would be interesting to see if someone else has some awesome gadget that I've never heard of.
- Brittany says
Love those shelves Jaime! Nice job on them and a smart storage solution.