DIY Wood Plate Rack

A Christmas platter (but not of cookies) expanded to a custom plate rack

Three years ago, I bought my wife a platter for Christmas.  (I know she loves platters and decorative plates.)  Little did I know that would prompt her to ask for a rack to display them all.   Since I had a lot of loose pieces of wood, and a little leftover Luan paneling, I said, “Sure.”

Wood Plate Rack-Process2-by Alden Design Studio-2

The overall dimensions are roughly 79 1/2“ tall, 28“ wide, and 4 1/2“ deep.  I started by figuring how many shelves would fit comfortably and then used my table saw to cut some dadoes in the sides to hold the shelves.  (This was before I had a router table or any dado blades for the table saw.)  On each shelf, I again used the table saw to cut a plate holder channel at the front of the piece, about an inch in and about 1/8” wide and deep.

Once I had the basic shape squared up, glued, and nailed together, I added the back with the piece of 1/4” Luan and attached some ribs on the front made out of leftover pine in the shop.  (The air compressor and pin nailer were lifesavers on this project!)  I ripped the pine board into 3/4” strips and 1/2” thick.  I figured three ribs per shelf: enough to give it some protection, but not so much that it overpowered the piece.  (She’s going to want to see those decorative plates, you know!)

Once assembled, I painted it a bright white gloss enamel.  The white makes a great contrasting pop against the colors, and the gloss makes it easy to clean, too.

Wood Plate Rack-Process1-by Alden Design Studio-2

I marked out the studs and hung it in the kitchen near the doorway.  Then I added a piece of trim to it; I just thought it made a smoother transition to the wall.  Lastly, I added another piece of trim to the top to give it a more finished look.

White Four Door Cabinet-After-by Alden Design Studio

Until next time,

Gary

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Whoa!-Pause Right There! (DIY Four Door Cabinet)

Building a Custom Four Door Cabinet

Weekend Home Improvement Shows and a cup (or 2) of coffee will help get the creative mind thinking.  Of course, we had other things to do (e.g., more furniture in the garage to be worked on, grass cutting, weeding flower beds, etc.), but right now, we were glued to HGTV (love that channel).  An episode of House Crashers came on and a flash of a four door cabinet they were building came into view.

 

Four Door Cabinet

“Whoa!! Stop!! Back up” is what came out of my mouth!!  “Wow, that is a very cool cabinet.” I then turned to Gary and immediately asked, “Do you think you could build one like that?”  After about 30 seconds of reviewing the picture he said, “Sure, I can make that”!  Woo Hoo!!

White Four Door Cabinet-process-by Alden Design Studio-2

So that afternoon the process began.  It was a lot of paint and we did not have our wonderful paint sprayer (Earlex)at the time, so this was all by hand.  It turned out Amazing!  The four door cabinet is not too deep, but just deep enough.  The storage at the bottom holds the “breakable” Christmas ornaments that I don’t have to box up!  It fits perfectly in our living room, and the piano hinged doors on this cabinet are so cool!  I love the frame edges around the doors.

White Four Door Cabinet-After2-by Alden Design Studio-2

Sometimes it just amazes me what my husband can do!

Until next time,

Julia

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Cabinet to Coffee Bar In No Time At All!

Coffee Bar Anyone??

I see open shelving, I see an off-white color, I see a new life for this old cabinet.        

I see a beautiful coffee bar!

It is amazing what will fit in the “boot” of my SUV. Yes, many years ago I was introduced to the word “boot” instead of trunk (or in this case, liftgate), as the “boot.” So, into the boot of my SUV went this wonderful little treasure that I came upon in October 2016! I was so lucky to find this one, and I knew it! 

Cabinet Before by Alden Design Studio

This old cabinet needed a good cleaning, but all-in-all was not in bad shape. The drawers needed a little “shelving rails” that my local home improvement store was very happy to provide, and I had to learn how to install them (explanation – had the hubby install because this was just not “clicking” in my head). 

Rails complete – oh yeah! 

Taking things apart is one of my favorite things to do; however, re-assembly, not-so-much. I was very excited that these doors would not be returning to this piece!! After removal, we decided to block cut the bottom apron. So glad the hubby loves me and loves to cut with that circular saw. I must admit, I am a bit apprehensive of that saw. I give him plenty of room when he starts with that saw. While waiting for the cut, my wheels were “a-spinning” for the color combination. I found myself wanting a deep dark stain color on the top and an off-white base. So, I went over the piece with my palm sander (that I absolutely love) from my local home improvement store and had my mahogany gel stain ready. 

Finished Coffee Bar by Alden Design Studio

A quick order from Amazon for the cup pulls and a quick trip to the Hobby Lobby on a mission for “dark” colored baskets and Viola-I had a coffee bar! Sometimes I find myself buying baskets just in case I need for a project. In this case, I “had” to find these for this piece. 

I just love the final product!

Coffee/Tea anyone?

Until next time…

Julia

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Wine Bar Cabinet-DIY Budget Design

Wine Bar – Why Yes Please!

My husband would say, “My wife gets me in more stuff,” and he would be correct. So in the Fall of 2016, when a co-worker messages me to check out an old hutch that she is getting rid of, we are “there”! No matter that it is a good 35 minutes away, no matter that it is an old hutch. Nope – not even a consideration (in my mind). So, off we go in the truck (love that truck) to see that “hutch.” We arrive and the hutch is not in plain view, as you would think a hutch would be. We found it in the most interesting place- in a bedroom closet. Love that part!! 

We agree to a very reasonable sale, and then must finagle to get the hutch out of the closet without:

1) breaking the hutch

2) marring up the woodwork/trim in the closet and

3) hurting me or the hubby!

Success!! The hutch is out and coming home with us!

Wine Bar-Before-Alden Design Studios

It is totally curvy like an older hutch would be, and we have an idea for its final look. It will be a Wine Bar!! Yep – Can you see it? 

Wine Bar-Shelf Build-Alden Design Studio

First things first, off with the “cupboard” top by taking that wonderful saw to it and, of course, saving the cupboard part because you just never know when you will need it! We removed the curvy apron on this piece and decided to try a new look for the doors. 

Wine Bar-Door Grate-Alden Design Studio

Inside our local home improvement store is an item called a “furnace” screen. Basically, it is a sheet of metal with a decorative pattern. Honestly, we had never ever noticed this before and just happened to be standing right beside the end cap one day and looked up. 

Yep, the inserts to the bottom doors will be set with the furnace screen, and the hubby did a great job cutting this out and inserting the grate. 

Wine Bar-Door After1-Alden Design Studio

Next, a quick wood fill in the drawer holes and a relocation of silver cup pulls with a smooth look of gray paint to work with the silver in the furnace screen and pulls and wow! 

Wine Bar-Bottle Rack-Alden Design Studio

Lastly, we added a wine bottle holder inside. Now it’s ready for a new place that is not in a closet! We must show off the new look you know! 

Until next time…

Julia

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Finished Coffee Bar by Alden Design Studio

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