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The Great Wall of Storage; Guest

18 May 2010

I love me some built-ins!  adn Check this out... Need to store something?  I think there is plenty of room here.  Sandra at Sawdust and Paper Scraps has organized quite well, check out her new storage wall......

 I said I wanted to finish it in one week.  Thought it would probably take three.   It really took five, but who's counting?  After wasting the last 5 days shopping for baskets, trying them out, shopping some more, trying some more and returning all the ones I didn't want...I'm finally done. 

Here's what I did.

This is the wall of choice.  (For reference, the playhouse is on the same wall as that door on the left.)

I sketched a plan and started building.

(Please note the floor behind me---see, I really am very messy when I craft.)

Ha ha ha... I just threw together a quick sketch of what I wanted.  Didn't draw anything to scale.  My original plan was 2 shelving units with a craft counter in between.  Clearly that "in between" space is too wide.   I took a pencil and drew right on the wall to get a real size visual of my plan B.  (You may have to enlarge to see it.)

Built some more.

Maddie helped me iron on the edge banding.

Built and installed the upper cabinets.

Installed lights,


I made a template so I could cut the countertop to the perfect shape and size.  It is just a stock counter piece from Lowe's.

 Created a magnetic/chalkboard/whiteboard/corkboard backsplash.

Installed moulding.

I applied upside-down baseboard and then crown to add some height as I wanted the moulding to go all the way to the ceiling.

Cut and installed shelves, then loaded them with "stuff".

  And this is the perfect spot for all those ugly plastic toys that don't fit in any bins.

Now we just have to gather up all the toys and kids craft supplies from their random hiding places throughout the house and move them in here. 

Beautiful!  I think I have died and gone to storage heaven!
What do you think?


Carrie May 18, 2010 at 2:07 PM  

I am so jealous!!! I want that in every room in my house. Love it!!

Sandra May 18, 2010 at 2:28 PM  

Thanks for the nice feature Cassity. I spent about $250 not including all the baskets and bins which I have to say added up. There are a LOT of baskets and bins.

Keri "The Coupon Lady" May 18, 2010 at 2:38 PM  

Amazing! And $250 is not bad - you'd pay that for a wooden bookcase much smaller!

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com May 18, 2010 at 3:41 PM  

This is a ton of storage for your buck and space saving to boot! Love it! Great job!


Pam @ diy Design Fanatic May 18, 2010 at 6:32 PM  

Wow! A wall of shelves will hold a huge amount of stuff! How wonderful to have so much storage!

Rebecca@This Present Life May 18, 2010 at 7:54 PM  

I would LOVE to have that kind of storage at my house! I am so jealous! When you have a chance, Cassity, go check out my blog. I'm awarding you the Versatile Blogger Award because I think your blog is fantastic!


Tales From My Empty Nest May 18, 2010 at 11:51 PM  

I would feel the same way. Storage heaven here you come!!! It looks wonderful. Glad things are shaping up. Take it easy this week!! Love & blessings from NC!

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