we’re getting kind of good at this

After an entire weekend devoted to work on our entertainment cabinet, it is finally complete.

As many of you may have noticed, we live in a 104 year old cabin so much of the wiring could not be hidden in the walls since they are made of giant logs.  One wall contains huge tats of wires, panels and plugs.  We did our best to place the biggest pieces of furniture and curtains in front of it to both hide and keep the kids out, but it has been a thorn in my side since day one.  We originally thought we would pay someone to build a false wall there, then we thought we would build it ourselves, and then we decided to build a very large cabinet that would nearly perfectly cover most of the wall.  These plans fit the bill perfectly and since we had such great luck with Ana White’s plans for our harvest table and Poppy’s bed, we jumped right in.

With the addition of a chop saw (an early birthday present from Mike’s dad) and a Kreg Jig the project, though time consuming, was fairly simple for us newbies.  That being said I am glad it is done.  It contains a lot of blood, sweat, tears and maybe even a little piece of our marriage.

We used pine and finished it with two coats of “White Oak” stain.  We placed four drawer pulls and will be making the remaining door knobs from driftwood or cut antlers.  Though we don’t have a big television (actually it is just an old computer with a 20 inch monitor) we decided to leave the large opening since we may one day get a real one again.  It cost a bit more than we had anticipated, but when you factor in our learning of new skills, the quality and strength of the piece, and the feeling of pride we feel when looking at it, I would do it all over again.

Last night, the living room was put back together and, while I made supper, Mike chopped wood for the wood box.  We sat fireside last night and again early this morning.

Fall is no longer a whisper and I couldn’t be gladder.

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  1. Posted September 25, 2012 at 9:33 am by Amberlea | Permalink

    WOW! That’s awesome! Nice work! It certainly doesn’t look like it would be easy to make.
    I really love the white stain. And I really like your idea for drawer pulls. Super cool.

  2. Posted September 25, 2012 at 10:36 am by Meryl | Permalink

    This looks amazing–what a cozy place you have!

  3. Posted September 25, 2012 at 10:54 am by Desiree Fawn | Permalink

    Looks amazing!!

  4. Posted September 25, 2012 at 1:40 pm by pamela | Permalink

    beautiful woodwork! and how amazing that you did it all yourselves!

  5. Posted September 25, 2012 at 2:00 pm by Kim | Permalink


  6. Posted September 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm by Nicole | Permalink

    I love how you and Mike do these projects together, what a great way to spend time with your partner. It looks amazing, maybe the two of you should go into business…


  7. Posted September 25, 2012 at 6:10 pm by KC | Permalink

    Totally amazing! You guys rock and are such an inspiration.

  8. Posted September 26, 2012 at 7:43 am by Stephanie K. | Permalink

    I agree…especially if you live in the country, there’s just something about fall. Woodstove, gourds on the table, sweaters and wool socks in the morning, kittens in a basket beside the woodstove, watching my hubby swing the axe…must be primal love for the season of “rest” when pioneer women got ready to spend a season mending and knitting all winter long.
    Your cabinet is beautiful! We had a log home adventure this week…dreams of downsizing and moving even more rurally…but the “basement” was WET as were the supporting logs…lots of mold, so we had to say no. :( We’ll keep looking!

    • Posted September 26, 2012 at 7:48 am by erin | Permalink

      The old part/dirt floor cellar is wet in our place too, but we are told it is normal as long as it isn’t flooded…the mold on the logs is another story though. Apparently when one guy moved in here they wondered how the floor was still in tact so he redid all the floor joists. Good luck finding the perfect place!

  9. Posted September 26, 2012 at 8:03 am by Emmy | Permalink

    I’d say you’re getting pretty darn good! Your piece looks wonderful! Such a cozy home you’ve put together.

  10. Posted September 26, 2012 at 8:47 am by tameka | Permalink

    Gorgeous!!! I love the cabin and furniture. Great job!!! This definitely motivates me.

  11. Posted September 26, 2012 at 11:31 am by aunt cheryl | Permalink

    wow! looks great! hard work and problem solving and rewarding sense of pride can not compare to Sears prefab job.

    • Posted September 26, 2012 at 11:45 am by erin | Permalink

      Thanks Aunt Cheryl!
      It means a lot from you :)

  12. Posted September 26, 2012 at 11:33 am by dre | Permalink

    That is a cozy, inviting home.

  13. Posted October 12, 2012 at 11:27 pm by Martha Goudey | Permalink

    Beautiful!! Well done.

  14. Posted January 24, 2013 at 2:26 pm by an | Permalink

    Beautiful place!!!!

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