I Was Sure It Would Fit

My plan was to use the bottom of our green hutch to form the bottom of our new linen closet in the master suite hallway.

The 36-inch wide cabinet should fit into the new space.
The 36-inch wide cabinet should fit into the new space.

I measured carefully and found the opening is 37 inches wide and the cabinet is also 37 inches.

The bottom of the hutch will not slide back into place. There is an overhang of about 2-inches.
The bottom of the hutch will not slide back into place. There appears to be an overhang of about 2-inches.

That just shows what a good measurer I am.  The cabinet is actually 37 inches wide but the opening is only 36-1/2 inches.

A mocked-up version of what we're going for.
A mocked-up version of what we’re going for.

Now I have to make a few more alterations than I was planning. And of course they’re more difficult than I would suspect.

The trim around the bottom of the cabinet must be removed then reattached after the piece Is set in place.
The trim around the bottom of the cabinet must be removed then reattached after the piece Is set in place.

First I need to remove the trim around the bottom — I can get a spackling knife behind it but it won’t loosen up.  It must be glued on.  I’ll let Charlie tackle that chore.

The top also needs to be trimmed down. (It will probably need to be removed to do so.)
The top also needs to be trimmed down. (It will probably need to be removed to do so.)

The top is also too wide and needs to be cut down to 36 inches max.

This cabinet will hang above the bottom of the hutch.
This cabinet will hang above the bottom of the hutch.

And I want to paint it white to match the upper cabinet.  Or maybe I should paint it grey like the cabinets in the kitchen which are dark on the bottom and white on top.

The kitchen cabinets are dark grey on the bottom and white uppers.
The kitchen cabinets are dark grey on the bottom and white uppers.

So many decisions and tasks for such a small item.

The storage on the right is actually my inspiration picture.
The storage on the right is actually my inspiration picture.

Grrrr.

What simple project are you struggling with?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

4 thoughts on “I Was Sure It Would Fit”

  1. And then there’s the baseboard to deal with…. Maybe a change of plans and find something else to use? Whatever you decide, good luck!

    1. Charlie brought up the baseboard but I think this will actually be built-in so the baseboard will flow in front of instead of around the piece. Plus, I always have my feelers out for the perfect thing. Jo

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