Two weeks ago, we shared part one of our new "fauxdenza" in the living room made of 3 Akrum wall cabinets from Ikea floating a few inches above the floor. It was a great solution to a large credenza for hundreds (in some cases, thousands) less.
But the white cabinets alone, left a lot to be desired. For instance, the top of the cabinets--which normally aren't visible because they are so high--were very visible here. So, over the past two weeks, among other projects, we tracked down wood to cover the sides and top and also hardware to finish the look.
Now she's done! And she's a beaut, not to mention a storage goddess. Getting to this after point wasn't too hard, but it did take some brainstorming on our part. Lumber yards are seriously hard to come by around here. We were after one, solid piece of wood that was around 91 inches long, and here's the kicker--just over 13 inches wide--the width is what killed it.
We spent one Saturday driving around to as many obscure lumber/fence/deck suppliers we could find and no one had anything. We were absolutely sure our local 84 lumber would have something we could use, but we were met with this:
This past weekend, Chris attached veneer to the exposed edges and stained all of the pieces with Minwax Dark Walnut we had on hand and I sealed them all with water-based Polycrylic.
We actually love the look of the plywood. We were worried it would look so cheap, because it was. But it looks quite the opposite. Especially after the whole thing was sealed, it took on this incredibly rich tone. We attached the three parts (one on either side and one board for the top) with 1 inch screws through the inside of the cabinets and into the wood.
We are so glad we didn't settle for Ikea hardware. Not that there is anything wrong with Ikea hardware, or that we weren't tempted, we just wanted the whole piece to feel a little higher end than Ikea. We tracked down these Liberty Hardware pulls at Home Depot and la-hoved them. Both of us. Immediately.
Apparently, Greta wasn't completely satisfied until she saw every other option. That's my girl.
The end result is just as we hoped it would be. It's clean and slim and purty and has lots of storage. And since the wood and hardware wrap up this project. How about a budget breakdown in case you are considering doing something similar in your own home?
3 Akurum Wall Cabinets (30x24)
6 Applad Doors
6 Hinge Dampers (Soft close. OOoooo)
2 Akurum Suspension Rails--but we only used one
From Home Depot:
Pine Cabinet Plywood
Stain (we had)
Polycrylic sealer (we had)
6 Liberty Hardware Pulls
$66.10 , minus $10 gift card we had, $55.10
Grand Total: $333.10
Not too shabby for a custom piece of furniture this large, right? Especially since most floating (or standard) credenzas you buy will run you around and sometimes over a cool grand. So, needless to say, we're pretty happy with it.
Today, we're filling that bare wall above it and styling the whole she-bang and we'll hopefully be back with all those photos tomorrow. Last night I realized, we finally have a surface to decorate for the holidays that's almost like a mantle. Which doesn't for a second mean I'm about to get all crafty with it, but seriously bring on the garland, candlesticks and cloches.