Easy for You

Our carpenter friend was helping me on Monday get some spray painting done.

The 2 cabinets that make up the linen closet need to be painted and positioned correctly. (Or vice versa.)
The 2 cabinets that make up the linen closet need to be painted and positioned correctly. (Or vice versa.)

Just before he was getting ready to leave he asked me if I wanted him to do anything.

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

I wanted the top of the linen closet hung on the wall so I could remove the bottom and paint it (now that I know how to use the paint sprayer).

The kitchen cabinets are trimmed on the top with scribe molding, 1 by 6s, and crown molding (of which I have an extra piece).
The kitchen cabinets are trimmed on the top with scribe molding, 1 by 6s, and crown molding (of which I have an extra piece).

I explained that that I have a piece of crown molding left over from the kitchen and would like to use it to bring the height of the cabinet up to ceiling height.

The niche at the end of the hall in the maser suite before it was drywalled and painted.
The niche at the end of the hall in the maser suite before it was drywalled and painted.

Being a blogger I also have a photograph of the wall before it was drywalled and painted so he could see exactly where the studs are.

After getting the closet started in the up position each man wedged a carefully-cut 2 by 4 on each side.
After getting the closet started in the up position each man wedged a carefully-cut 2 by 4 on each side.
Two by fours support the cabinet until it could be screwed into the studs with 3-inch screws.
Two by fours support the cabinet until it could be screwed into the studs with 3-inch screws.

It took both friend and Charlie to hoist this extremely heavy cabinet up onto two 18-inch long 2 by 4s so it could be screwed into the wall studs. (Eighteen inches is the amount of space I wanted to leave between the top of the bottom cabinet and the bottom of the top cabinet.)

It never hurts to recheck the measurement. This placement was both level and measured the same on each side.
It never hurts to recheck the measurement. This placement was both level and measured the same on each side.

It fit perfectly.

 I couldn't wait to stash some towels in the linen closet.
I couldn’t wait to stash some towels in the linen closet.

Next step for me:  Mix the paint for the bottom section and paint it along with the lumber for the bedroom bookshelves.

Next step for the men: Trim out the top of the cabinet.

Do you enjoy inside or outdoor work better?

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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.

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