Apr 4, 2012

the built-ins {part one}

When designing the family room section of the basement I knew I wanted a wall of bookcases, storage and media storage. We decided that at some point we were going to bite the bullet and purchase a wall mounted television so I made space for that as well. I wanted built-ins, I just didn't want the built in price. I went to the IKEA site to see what I could find. I knew I wanted wood pieces that could be customized. The Hemnes line at IKEA is just that. This series is made of pine and painted either white, black or a lovely shade of greige (yes, that is a word).




I knew that I was going to have about 17 feet of wall space to work with so I picked the pieces I wanted and added up the dimensions. This took a little bit of figuring out. I went under 17 feet and decided that I would just add wall on either end. I chose a total of five pieces, a tv unit, two glass door cabinets with drawers and two bookcases. They totaled about 14 feet in width. 

Once the pieces came in and were put together we decided to space them out instead of building walls on either side. We were putting wood to cover the joints between each unit so those pieces of wood just became a little wider. 


The tv unit was also deeper in depth so the 4 units on the sides were bumped out a bit so they all sit flush in the front. Some pieces were added behind each of those pieces and then the sides were covered with more wood. The top of the tv unit was removed since the original width did not cover the strips of wood added in between each unit.  




Above the tv unit section are pieces to match the board and batten in the rest of the room. The tv will be mounted in the center of all that. The wires necessary for the television, cable, and whatever other things we will have like Wii, etc, will all run within the wall and come out from behind the tv unit. I didn't want all that woodwork to be ruined by wires hanging down!



A soffit was built across the top, completing the built-in look. This is hiding all those wires and pipes. One long piece of wood was also added along the entire bottom, hiding the legs and cleaning up the entire look.


Everything will be painted with a coat of white semi gloss paint. That should be happening soon. After that it is just flooring and some finishing touches. I'm drooling just looking at this next picture. The entire built-in unit will hold books, board games, some decorative touches, dvd's, and so much more! If I had actually had someone create a built-in I would have paid about 3 to 4 times what it cost for some well constructed IKEA pieces and wood strips! 


What do you think? Does it look like an original built-in?

23 comments:

  1. I think it looks terrific, well done. I love built ins. It's nice to see my ad on your sidebar sweetie. Thanks again. xo Please stop by and say hello at my Keepsakes By Katherine blog and I hope I will see you at Katherines Corner tomorrow for the hop :-)

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  2. Hi! New follower from the blog hop! Love your site :)

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  3. Oh. My. That is so beautiful! Totally looks built-in. (Can't wait to see it all prettied-up!)

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  4. WOW!! I love that you used more than just the Ikea shelves but the Hemnes with doors and drawers!! If you happen to remember, let me know when you post the final installment of this project, I'd love to feature it on one of the Bird Watching posts or Nest Files if you want--looks FANTASTIC!!!

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  5. OK I am in love!!! I don't have a basement but a great room with a 20ft ceiling and I need to do something. I adore this. ADORE! I will be showing this to my husband and seeing if he wants to do this with me. It's perfect for what we need. Well, almost. I would prefer the TV higher off the ground. I bet we could figure out a platform of some sort or double of a TV stand in some way. LOVE LOVE LOVE! Can I say this enough??

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    1. We will actually be mounting the tv onto the wall, centered on where you see the outlet. Hoping to have pictures of that soon!

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  6. Thank you so much for showing this! I, too, love it! Our ceiling is a bit higher than yours (8ft) and we want stained wood, instead. (It's my husband's ye olde library.) So, our challenges are a little different from yours. But thanks for the fantastic inspiration! :)

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  7. Ive followed this link from the AT comments about built ins - thats amazing! Looks great and now I have to add this to my very long list of blogs to read! :)

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  8. I love this! Can't wait to hear more about what you did here.

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  9. Beautiful! You aren't kidding about the custom prices either. We are going through that right now, needing a bookcase 8 ft. high and 7 wide. Outrageous! We have an IKEA nearby so I may have to take another look at them...

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  10. I saw your comment on Centsational Girl - love this! Ikea is fabulous and I love how versatile their pieces can be. I made my own hack too, both with the Rast dresser and Markor sideboard

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  11. I love your built-in look. We'll be moving soon, so I'm bookmarking your page for further reference. However, one question... how will/did you run the wires for your peripherals behind the wall? That looks like it would be a challenge to do after the fact.

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    1. The wiring and plumbing were already in place before the IKEA pieces were put up. Any wiring we had that we wanted to hide was brought to that spot to avoid having to make holes in the ceiling. The pieces were laid out along the wall and then were boxed in at the top with molding. I can send you some more pictures of the process in the "during" phase if you'd like...

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  12. Oh--I was SO inspired by this that I have started one of my own. Someday it will be finished. :)

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  13. Awesome Awesome... Well Done and Love It :-) Thanks 4 sharing :-). Will try it.

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  14. Very nice!!! You have my mind a thinkin' :)
    Hugs

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  15. Your design is stunning and the idea is brilliant - well done!

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  16. Did you have to prime the ikea pieces before you painted? What color/brand paint did you use? Beautifully done! I am so impressed.

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    1. Thank you! We did not prime the pieces before we painted. We sprayed the entire room, board and batten included, with Benjamin Moore Bright White. The top section about the board and batten was painted with Benjamin Moore Brandy Cream!.

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  17. Will you come do my living room? :)

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