Family Room: Fireplace Built-ins


The second set of built-ins are in! Yay! To help control and hide toys, games and other “stuff” we ordered two  Barker cabinet sets. Located in Oregon, Barker builds customizable wood cabinets with high quality hardware at reasonable prices. We ordered two-door sink base cabinets.


George cut and routed tops for each, which I stained a dark red mahogany, then added three coats of polyurethane.


In order to fit the built-ins snug against the fireplace brick, George had to cut both mantel ends off.

frm-mantel cut

Talk about trepidation! But, as usual, he did a fantastic job! 


With Thanksgiving and a business trip looming, George put together the cabinets and built the upper shelves. While he was out of town, I painted the cabinets, shelves and trim with two coats Glidden Gripper Primer & Sealer (love this primer) and three coats Behr Premium Ultra White, sanding between coats.

A fireplace surround and TV mount are our next projects – but after the holidays. 😉 We found many DIY ideas online, but really liked the simplicity of Cameras & Chaos‘ wall mount plans. George got an early start on the wood “wainscot-like” TV cable channels.


Family is coming to our home for Thanksgiving, and I wanted this room available for overflow. We screwed the last screw, pulled off painter’s tape and stowed the tools, paints and hardware this past Sunday.  We moved the furniture back in and filled the shelves. Just to see how far we’ve come, we started with this . . . 



. . . And have updated to this . . . 



Whew! Just in time for turkey!

Have a great Thanksgiving! – – Joanne 

 Family Room: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6




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