Our son, Buck, was so good to me and sent me some pictures of this house and wrote a blog post for me last week when I was busy helping Kalissa with Gannon. I love that my kids pitch in and help however they can…including writing blog posts. I know many of you have been curious about how his house is coming along so here are a couple of small projects he has to share.
“It’s been a second since we’ve done a house update. First things first, I am not a trim carpenter. I feel like I need to preface this post with that statement because I am a framer. The difference between the 2 may seem small, but the difference between “okay” trim and “good” trim is often less than half a saw blade width away. Also, being a framer offers many advantages a trim carpenter does not have. When things aren’t perfect in framing a large hammer and a positive attitude goes a long way. When trimming a large hammer and a positive attitude results in scuffed trim, holes in drywall, followed by an existential crisis. I’m sure many of you have similar jobs in which you know someone who has a “like” job but you wouldn’t ever consider doing that job. That’s trim carpentry for me.
There are some things I pulled off that I didn’t think I could. This is probably what I’m most proud of. I was stuck on picking a bathroom mirror. The charcoal-colored trim is hard to match and in an effort to keep a flow to the house, I decided to just case a piece of glass.
I needed barn door hardware for the door going to the upstairs and while in that section of Menards I discovered mini barn door hardware.
On a complete whim, and with an entire pot of coffee, I decided I was going to build a built-in behind this mirror and put it on mini barn door tracks. I knew this was a 2×6 wall because this was an old exterior wall and I had to tear into it earlier.
This is the result…a custom-made bathroom medicine cabinet with a mini barn door sliding mirror.
Don’t mind the dust and touchup paint needed….we’ll get there eventually. Another thing I love is how the butcher block blends in so well with the rest of the kitchen.
He used these drawer pulls in his parade home (which won his price bracket) and I absolutely love them. They’re a very minimalist and more modern design but they are also dirt cheap and save the time of drilling holes into the cabinet face giving you the option to change later. At less than $1.50 each, it’s hard to beat. HERE is an Amazon link to the drawer pulls I used.
He also had soft close AND OPEN barn door hardware. Why I didn’t know about this, I have no idea. If you have small kids and are worried about them slamming the door off the rails, this is for you. Small disclaimer I have not installed these yet (on order) but they work great when tested at his house. You can find the soft closers HERE on Amazon. They have a little video there that shows you how they work. I’m super excited about them.
The house coming together overall is bittersweet. Of course, with any build, there are things I would have done differently, but I am finding it gets better each time. The carpet is expected this week…or next. In the meantime, I’m living here trying to get the final things all done so the kids can be here too.
I’ll do a better house update once it’s all together.
That’s the word from Buck’s house. I’m super impressed. That house is going to be great. When he first showed me those drawer pulls I wasn’t sure but now I think they are perfect for his house. We’ll be sure to show you more about the house in another blog post!