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Cabinet Installation – Two down, one to go

March 21, 2012

The cabinets for the basement arrived bright and early Monday morning, and after making a few decisions, we’ve got the entertainment center and wet bar cabinets (mostly) installed:

  This is the entertainment center.  We haven’t installed the doors on the side cabinets b/c they have glass, and the wall cabinets that sit on top of the counter haven’t been mounted to the walls yet.

In retrospect, I should not have guessed where the shelves can be installed — I should have asked.  You can see that I put A/V, speakers, and power in the right-most cabinet, and in doing so I guessed what height to place them at.  I had wanted the speakers to be on the bottom shelf (I’m going to put a subwoofer in the cabinet), and for my receiver to go on a shelf just above the woofer.  Unfortunately, I can’t put a shelf at the right height to make that work, so I’m going to put my receiver above the power and A/V hookups, and run wire down.

This is the wet bar.  Fortunately everything fit — I was a bit worried that I wasn’t going to have room to install the required plywood support around the fridge.  If you’re thinking of doing an under-counter fridge, note that you have to get one that is vented in the front — a lot look like they can be installed under a counter, but if you read the specs they say they should not be.  The fridge we got is made by Maytag.

We also found that the ceiling floated about a half inch side-to-side, which meant that we couldn’t install the cabinets flush with the ceiling as originally intended.   We dropped them about four inches down so that we could install the crown molding and not have the change in elevation be too noticeable (in fact, I don’t notice it at all).  This did, however, create a slight problem for me.  You might be able to see that I installed cement board behind these cabinets so that I can tile the backsplash.  Problem is, if you are standing far enough away from the bar, you can see the unfinished cementboard above the wall cabinets and crown mold.  Fortunately I have a scrap piece of the kickplate (basically a thin piece of wood) that will fit in that space.  So I’m going to paint it the same color as the finished walls and nail it in place.

Lastly — as I mentioned previously, we didn’t originally order filler strips for this part of the install.  I ordered them from Lowes (was able to do it over the phone since I ordere the cabinets from them) and hopefully it should arrive in short oder.

Next, on to the laundry room.  I’ve got a bad feeling about that one — I’m not sure when or how, but I did the math incorrectly.  I thought I had three inches to spare, but redoing the calculations I only left myself 1.5 inches — and that was before I knew I had to install an inch of plywood to support the countertop, and that the cabinets are actually an eighth of an inch wider than the specification.  So when it’s all said and done, I really only have a quarter inch of breathing room, so it’s going to be interesting, to say the least. 

I basically have three options:  (1) Try to jam everything in as originally planned.  (We’re going to see how that might work tomorrow).  (2) Relocate the rough-in plumbing so that I can reconfigure the cabinets, thereby gaining a half inch — a lot of work for not a lot of breathing room.  (3) Replace the 27″ base cabinet (where the plumbing is) with a 24″ base cabinet (and filler strip!), giving me three additional inches of breathing room.  The issue there is that the sink I bought (an 18″ undermount) calls for at least a 27″ base cabinet.  I actually find that hard to believe, but that was the main reason I went with that size base cabinet in the first place.  Of course, the sink was on back-order for about a month  (it just shipped yesterday) so I can’t really guesstimate what might happen until I get it.  And I suspect that if I have to re-order the cabinets, I’ll have to wait another 6-8 weeks for it to show up.  At least I know I have 90 days to return the cabinets if I need to.


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  1. Update: I decided to bite the bullet and replace the laundry room 27″ cabinet with a 24″ cabinet. I’m pretty sure I’m going to lose out on the deal — I got the 27″ at a pretty good price b/c I got a volume discount, but in the end I think it’s the right thing to do. Now we just need to wait…

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