November 4, 2010

::ribbit:: FROG is DONE!

Since the day we stepped foot into the FROG while touring our house, we decided if this was to be our house we would use this huge, 2 car garage sized finished room to be our Family room...And just to put a plan in action, after we purchased the house and moved in, we drew up plans and taped off our ideas for what we envisioned to be our custom built cabinet and bookshelf space.

FROG 2008
Well, I'm SO SO proud to say, that TWO years later, we have put this plan into motion! Since we had everything drawn up and priced out years ago, it was just a matter of finding the time to pull it together! All I have to say is WOW! For a little over $500, we were able to put this plan into action!

We started by hard wiring the internet wires and cable we knew we would need to have there. We then created a base for the cabinets to be placed on. This was probably the most time consuming part of the project because here we learned about the importance of accurate measuring and keeping things level. Since we were going wall to wall, we also learned that the corners in our house are NOT perfect 90 degree angles, so you have to accommodate for that.

Base work
The next part was fun...placing the cabinets on our base we created! That really helped illustrate our vision! When then worked on the counter top, ceiling board (our ceiling has the annoying popcorn, so we covered it for this built-in), shelves, and finishings (molding).

Placing Cabinets

Prepping Shelves

Prepping Shelves

Eventually, after a ton of caulk, liquid nails, screws, nails, kiltz, white paint, wood and saw dust in the room, and hammered thumbs, our FROG came to life and is even better than we imagined!

Completed Built-ins!Some shelf decorations
Now we have all this storage space, and just in time, too (because everything has to be moved out of our computer room to this room for the nursery)! We will eventually put a TV up here and this will be our new family and gathering room!

4 comments:

MiShellie Made said...

Hi! I found this post on Thrifty Decor Chick's Before and After Party! Your built-ins look great! I'm considering a similar project on a much smaller scale- we have 2 alcoves on either side of a fireplace. I'd like to build one side to hold the TV & media equip and the other side for storage and display. I've been contemplating various schemes to complete this. Are these cabinets the unfinished stock cabinetry from Lowe's or Home Depot or similar? That's what I'm thinking of starting with and building the plan from there.

Thanks!

Kim at Polka Dot Thought said...

Yes, the cabinets themselves are stock cabinetry, from Lowes I believe, and then we built around them. Best of luck! It was def. a time consuming project, but well worth it!

Jill of all Trades said...

Found on Thrifty Decor Chick. This room is AMAZING! I also have annoyng angled ceilings in my house and have been at a loss for 6 years as to how to maximize the space. This is an awesome, awesome inpsiration!

House Revivals said...

This really turned out terrific! You all did a superb job. Congrats, it's beautiful!

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