No More Card Table!

So it’s been about two weeks since I checked-in to share the very embarrassing situation in my bedroom…ย Bedroom BeforeIt’s kind of a long story, you can read WHY I have this card table in my bedroom in this post (not my proudest moment). Today I’m happy to move on from those dark days of homeowner embarrassment to celebrate the fact that the card table is finally gone and has been replaced with…bedroom_builtin_progress… a new shelving unit! Because I feel like I’m not even close to qualified to build something like this all by myself (I wish!), I hired a carpenter to build this unit. I gave him a sketch of what I had envisioned, he worked out the measurements and got to work. To my surprise he was able to get this whole project done in one day. <— ONE freakin’ day… I couldn’t believe it! This idea has been in my head for well over a year and in just 8 hours, DONE!

The cabinets are standard white cabinets and the carpenter built the shelves around those cabinets. Because the cabinets were standard size, the cost of the labor was far more affordable than if the carpenter had to build custom cabinets AND shelves. And since we’re DIY-ing the paint part, the project was very affordable, turned out far more professional, and was done a LOT faster than anything I could have done it.

So today’s pics are where we are today with this project — getting the shelves primed and painted white. So far the shelves have been primed once, but they still need caulk and at least two more coats of white paint to be considered completely done.Bedroom Beforebedroom_builtin_progress-001Once they’re painted, hopefully I can add hardware pulls (still undecided on the style), get the TV/wire situation hooked up, and then accessorize the shelves (my fav) to finally check this project off my list. ย Bedroom Beforebedroom_builtin_progress-002I know it’s hard to visualize all of that from these photos, but I’m loving the direction this look is going and if things continue to go as I hope they do, this completed project will be a gorgeous addition to our bedroom. <– let’s be honest though, any substitute for that darn card table is pretty gorgeous in my book.

I’m really excited to start styling these shelves, but I’m also a little nervous because the “boxes” are all such odd shapes — very different than any shelfies I’ve had experience with. And is it bad that since these have been up (and I’ve been watching Casey build her amazing bedroom), I kinda want to give my whole room a “refresh” aka mini makeover? <– Not a whole dramatic makeover, just mini changes to refresh the space just a tad. Eeek…. I guess removing that card table was the first step down a very slippery slope. Hahaha who would have thought that?! #dontanswerthat

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  • Where are the stock cabinets at the base from? They are perfect!

    • The carpenter picked them up from his wholesale cabinet place (he uses them in kitchens usually). He said that it’s been so hard to get his hands on them because this style (in grey or white) is out of stock all the time. Unless he gets them on the same day the shipment arrives, he says they’re MIA for a few weeks!! Crazy!

  • This looks so great! I can’t wait to see how it’ll look once you fill it up. HUGE improvement over the card table though ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Hahaha Thanks Gretchen, we completely agree!!

  • I love the idea of giving a room a “mini makeover” and LOVE the way that shelving unit looks in your room. I’m excited for the second installation in the series of styling the unit!

  • Oh my, they look great! Can’t wait to see them styled.

  • Ashley Sorrick

    These look amazing!! Can’t wait to see what you do with them!

  • This is awesome! I’ve spent waaaay too much time thinking about where we could have built ins in our house…and I’ve come up with nothing. So I’m living vicariously through you girls and your wonderful sets! Looking forward to seeing them done!!

    • haha you crack us up! You can absolutely live vicariously through us! We don’t mind one bit ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Amanda Risius

    Great idea to add the built-in! Love the sounds of a mini makeover ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Lower =)

  • Amy

    Can I ask, how much did it end up costing?

    • Of course! The materials came out to be about $450 and the labor was $500 so the total was $900. I think that’s a bit pricey but then when I think about buying a dresser from somewhere like West Elm, the price of the built-in is about the same (if not less!).

  • Gesa

    Would you mind sharing the dimensions? I’m trying to figure out built ins for our house (living room and play room) but am really bad at visualizing in 3D! I’m interested to see how deep and high your cabinets and shelves are. Thank you so much in advance and I love your blog and both of your spaces!

    • No problem!!

      The cabinets are approximately 35 inches tall and 13 inches deep. The side shelves are bout 17 inches high and 10 inches deep. Hope that helps!! Good luck with the planning — how exciting!

    • Gesa

      Thank you so much! This is very helpful, I appreciate it!
      I just saw your post about styling the shelves as well. They look beautiful!

    • Aw, thanks Gesa!