When I was like threeish years old, I was in this Church group thing called Awana (no “s”). I learned Bible verses and other important things. Like playing and running and such. It’s also where I probably broke my nose, but we have no real evidence of that. Except for this photo. (Also, my Brother was a baller and wore 3 piece suits and you just needed to see this.)
Regardless, anytime I hear “cubby”, I think of the song we used to sing…
So this post will most likely get split in a couple… because it’s intense. And when I say intense, there were just a lot of steps to creating the cubbies to surround the new range, and the shelves that were in the once-wall-oven-spot. Here’s where we left off:
So we first constructed the slots to the left of the range. In my brain, these two much-narrower slots (top and bottom) would house cookie sheets and possibly cutting boards. I also knew I wanted the total width of that countertop to be no less than 4″ wide. After we moved the stove from it’s [new] home for the day, we got to work and cut 3/4″ plywood to basically create a wall next to the range. We also had to notch the plywood out a bit to snuggle in to the tile and create a toekick.Once that was cut, we also cut supports for a shelf. (Depth of the entire shelf, just in case that was confusing.) We also went ahead and cut the shelf itself, knowing the depth and width it would need to be, based on the width of the bottom shelf.
We then brought out the nail gun to secure the shelf supports to both sidewalls. Still with me? Cool. After that, the shelf could rest on top of the supports. (We nailed it in, just to be sure.)Then came the finishing of this side… we cut trim pieces (we reused trim pieces that were demo-ed out earlier) to cover up the faces of the shelves. But because nothing in our house seems to be level or plumb, we had to use a couple of shims to get the trim pieces flush with the existing cabinetry. The process for the right side of the range is very similar. We just had to cut more supports and shelves (obviously), and spaced them evenly for the height of the cabinet.So once you get all the pieces in place for these shelves and the trim pieces on, it looks a little rough. This is the [most] discouraging part, because it looks like you just spent all this time creating a piece of junk that you’ll have to live with for years. But hark! All is not lost! Wood filler and caulk to the rescue. (Still lookin rough.)The shelving process was very similar for the microwave cabinet (where the wall oven once resided). Nail in the side and back supports, cut shelf to correct width and depth, nail that in to place. Add trim, wood filler, sand, wood filler again, sand, blah blah blah. BTW, this is a very dusty process. We now own three different types of vacuums to combat this situation.
Am I going to make you wait until next time to see how it turned out? YES. I know the anticipation will drive you bananas. Or not.
Also, in case you’re wondering, countertops are scheduled to arrive next Wednesday. Let’s all rejoice. No, but for real.