Thursday, April 19, 2012

Fauxdenza

We've had bookshelves in our dining room since we moved in but our computers quickly took up residence and the mess has been getting to us. When D suggested that we attempt this project, I happily agreed. And by happily agreed I mean I said I was happy to spend the money on it if I could have a free pass to not feel guilty about not helping, because I do not voluntarily put together Ikea furniture. D, who actually enjoys putting together furniture but heartily dislikes listening to me sigh and complain about it, was completely on board.

And so we have this.

fauxdenza
{fauxdenza}

Which hides all this.

the hidden parts
{the hidden parts}

I'm thrilled.

We ended up leaving one cabinet open because our speaker needs to live there and we can use it to display a few of our most favorite serving pieces.

The cabinets are from the Besta line at Ikea and they are deeper than the cabinets used in The Brick House fauxdenza because the measurements just ended up working better for us.

beveled edge
{beveled edge}

D made the top from walnuts planks that he glued and sanded and cut with a beveled edge. He used a food safe finish because we plan to use it as a sideboard. Not to brag or anything, but he did win the "best in woodshop" award when we were in 8th grade. Of course, we don't have a woodshop in our apartment, so he used knowhow shop, which is a communal workspace here in LA that lets you purchase day passes. It's such a genius idea, given the number of apartment dwellers around here. They're fully set up with all the standard woodworking equipment along with some fancier gadgets (we've used the laser cutter a couple times). You can also hire them to do custom designs if you're not comfortable doing it yourself. They do really beautiful work.


No, I have not yet taken down the shower decorations. I'm getting to it!

The cost breakdown:
$140 on cabinets + doors (we got one cabinet from the as-is section)
$120 on the walnut planks
$60 for the workshop time (D did a couple other projects at the same time, so this is a little higher than it really should be - he used two days off his punch pass)

We sold the old bookcases on Craigslist and got $110 to put towards the project. One of the nice things about Ikea furniture is that it tends to sell quickly and at a decent price. We usually aim to charge 50 - 75% of the original price in store. And since we always buy as-is or off Craigslist if possible, it works out pretty well for us.

14 comments:

  1. Looks great! I love it! I know a little about organizing and finding places to hide stuff - I just did an office/craft room combo which required a lot of that: http://honeysuckleblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/officecraft-room-makeover.html

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  2. this is (unsurprisingly) one of the best iterations of the fauxdenza i've seen - well done, D (and well-delegated, rachel)!

    you leave those shower decorations up as long as you need to, woman. they continue to look fabulous.

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    1. I am excellent at delegating assembly projects. Anything kitchen related? Not so much.

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  3. um, i think i need a fauxdenza now. thanks.

    ps - can you send some woodworking skills this way, they'd be greatly appreciated.

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    1. I wish I could! D has all our skills. I am terrified of all woodworking equipment (I have a decent excuse - both my dad and my stepdad are serious woodworkers, and I think early exposure to multiple injuries scarred me).

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  4. Fauxtastic! Having a woodworking husband def has its perks.

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  5. wow, he won best woodshopper? now tell me, did he save the mason jar gumball machine? my mom still has the one my brother made. i always laugh when i see it because i'm reminded of this: http://www.etsy.com/transaction/24626162 haha

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    1. He did! I *think* his parents still have the mason jar gumball machine! I have the wooden piggy bank. Hilarious.

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  6. That looks awesome - well done, D!

    I have a bunch of wood pieces for bedside tables cut & waiting assembly in the garage - they've been waiting for probably about a year. I should probably get on that, huh?

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  7. looks good & is functional...can't ask for much more!


    xoxo from nyc & http://www.the-beautiful-things.com

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  8. I am really happy you posted about knowhow shop. my poor boyfriend has been building stuff in his parking space. its awful. He was so excited when i told him about this place. And the fauxdenza looks great.

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  9. This is amazing! I showed it to Brock and was like, LOOK! WE NEED TO MAKE THIS! We are looking for something similar, after all. And we both got excited for a second... until we remembered that we can't even find a stud in our walls. (We prefer exploratory drilling and dry wall screws). Ruling out possibility of DIY floating fauxdenza, unfortunately. But, tis very impressive.

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  10. This is amazing! Did you use the Besta suspension rail to attach it to the wall?? http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10124585/

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    1. Yes, we did - our wall is definitely not even and we have a chair rail, so D had to do some weird adjustments with shims, but the suspension rail worked great!

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