My Dad is a man who finds great value in working with his hands. He gets a lot of satisfaction from creating things and solving problems. He’s from a generation that fixed broken things, didn’t throw them away. I get a lot of my creative drive from him and I couldn’t be more grateful.
My Dad excels in woodworking. He spends his time off of work in the basement ‘making sawdust’, as we used to say when we were kids. He always has a project, whether it’s a piece of furniture for the house, a little wooden box for my trinkets, or something that needs fixing. His most recent project was a set of built-in drawers for our master bedroom. He built the drawers over the last month, complete with dove-tailed joints and soft-closing hinges. He even made room for two electrical outlets!
We installed the drawers over this past weekend by cutting into our little cape’s crawl space – wasted space that was formerly untapped. Once we opened it up, we could push these drawers into the space so their face was flush with the original wall. While the wall was open, we added more insulation and built a frame for the drawers. We then slipped the drawers in, trimmed them out and painted them. We replaced the foot molding and added drawer pulls to finish.
I couldn’t be happier with how they came out. They are practical, beautiful, and they improve our use of space more than I could have anticipated. We now have more storage space than our two dressers provided us combined!
For now, I’m trying really hard to keep these shelves with minimal junk on them. I’m glad our surface area is limited because we’re the worst with clutter. Let’s see how long I can keep this up. On the future to-do for this room: new bed with storage underneath, matching nightstands, and a little rug to put in front of these new drawers!
Have any of you guys tried built-in furniture? Would you?
Also, I don’t love this paint color, but I like it a lot better now with the white drawers…. should I keep it? What do you guys think? help!