We’re about 90% finished on the new bar cabinet floating credenza in our downstairs hyphen, which is what I use to refer to this awkward space between our dining room and living room. It’s not quite finished, but I wanted to share the progress.
The bar cabinet under the open shelves used to be this bright yellow sideboard. It originated in my living room in Oakland and then became the changing table in the girls nursery. It now lives in my basement workshop and will eventually be used in our restaurant.
The credenza idea came about because I wanted something cleaner in this space and I needed more usable storage that I could customize for a very specific purpose. This cabinet needs to function in multiple ways; 1) As additional kitchen storage, 2) Office storage for both Jeremiah and I, and 3) Serve as a catchall for bar equipment. I wanted a more square look, so I purchased (2) 36x15x20″ 2-door cabinets from Ikea’s Sektion line and another 15×14 3/4×20″ cabinet frame to go in the middle. The whole system is attached to the wall using a suspension rail.
I haven’t yet gotten to the organizing step. I haven’t even purchased shelves or drawers or baskets or…well, anything, because I’m trying to be very careful and strategic. I’m planning the whole space out in my head and on paper before I buy anything. How novel of me, amiright?
Someday, we’ll be opening up our kitchen and this space will become a part of that, but until then, it’s an in-between that services both the dining room and living room.
So, the floating credenza is a home-blogger staple. Also called a “fauxdenza”, these bad boys can be found EVERYWHERE, so I’m not going to share the how to. You can find some great tutorials from Anna at Door Sixteen, along with some great versions from Dana at House*Tweaking, Julia at Chris Loves Julia, and Kim at Yellow Brick Home, just to name a few. The girls helped me put it together, so that’ll tell you how involved the basic white carcass is.
I had to do a bit of finagling with the cabinet on the right. The walls in our house are very wonky, uneven and other-than-square, but some shims did the trick and I’m happy to report the cabinets are pretty even.
I still need to do a bit of patching and screw-hiding. I was going to screw the top on from the inside of the cabinets, but I decided last-minute to do it from the top. I countersunk the screws (and accidentally tried to screw directly into the metal hardware), but nothing a little wood filler won’t hide.
The empty cabinet in the middle will become a wine cabinet, so I’ll be building some custom finishing pieces for that guy. That wine rack sitting in there right now is going away. I’m not even sure why it’s in there, but I suspect my daughters had something to do with it.
And we’ll be adding these copper pulls from Schoolhouse Electric.
I should have this piece wrapped up by next week, so stay tuned for the final reveal.