Built-in and Sitting Room Progress – Week 3

One of my favorite things about my job is that it really challenges me — and I definitely like a good challenge.

Since I was a little girl I remember drumming up ideas in my head for go carts made out of my dad’s dolly, to crazy paint schemes for my bedroom and then ignoring everyone who doubted my plan and making it happen anyway.

Not always perfectly, not always without major screw-ups along the way, but eventually the idea in my head would come to life.

So when I set out to create a built-in in the sitting area I’ve been working on as a guest participant of the One Room Challenge with almost no furniture building experience I was well aware that it was probably going to take longer than I’d anticipated, that there would be a few frustrating mistakes, and I’d have to work in small chunks of time around my mom duties. But that I wasn’t going to let all that hassle get in the way. Eventually I’d have in real life the built-in I’d had in my head for over a year.

So we’renow  3 weeks in and I’ve managed to build most of said built-in and really stoked about how it’s turning out!

ORC wk 3 progress report

When we left off last week we were here…

how to make a built-in using IKEA kitchen cabinets

And now I’m here!

how to build a built in

All I’ve got left is trim, calking, and paint!

This project has been easier than I thought it would be and if you’re following my Instagram stories you know I’ve made some mistakes like realizing that one side of my shelf was cut 2 inches longer than the other side… oopsey.

shelf mistake

But I got it fixed…

This week I’ll be working on the finishing touches of the built-in, making a cushion for the bench seat, and making final decisions about the rug and art work that will end up in this space.

Better get to it! See ya next week!

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About Corey

Corey is the creative behind Hey There, Home where she shares easy-to-follow and beautiful home decor and entertaining ideas. Her mission? To make home decor accessible to everyone, even if you don’t consider yourself crafty, and to empower people to decorate their homes in a way that they can actually be lived in, not just looked at.

9 thoughts on “Built-in and Sitting Room Progress – Week 3

  1. Steph says:

    I love what you have accomplished. I have something similar that I would love to do, though no beautiful window to frame around. Definitely thinking this is maybe something I can do! Congrats 🙂

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Thanks Steph! You can definitely do this! Stay tuned for the remaining weeks!

  2. Holly Colvin says:

    Love this! It inspires me to get to the built ins I want!! I get intimidated with, all of it, but I’m just going to do it! 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration and I can’t wait to see the final version!

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Thanks Holly! Glad to have you along on this challenge!

  3. BSeabrook says:

    Are those electrical outlets inside the cabinets? For me that is a problem because I would still need access at times.

    1. Corey Willis says:

      We did cut holes in the back of each cabinet to access the electrical outlets. It’s a common solution and we do have to be careful not to store anything in the cabinet that make plug access impossible. But it works for us! 🙂

  4. Madeline | Teal and Gray says:

    Looks really good! It’s my favorite thing when an idea comes to formation.

  5. Do gia dung tien ich says:

    Still follow your progress week by week. Such a gorgeous thing and can’t wait till it finished. All the best and see ya!

  6. tim@designmaze says:

    Love built-ins! They just add so much character and up architectural impact in any room. Looking forward to seeing more progress next week!

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