There’s A Answer For Each Drawback (How I Mounted The Toekick On The Studio Cupboards)

I didn’t get a lot performed on the studio yesterday as a result of, if I’m actually sincere, I’m so bored with this summer season. Yesterday, after Matt and I had completed lunch and I used to be on the brink of head into the studio to work, Matt checked the climate. It was 106 levels with a “looks like” temperature of 112. I assumed I may push by, however a variety of what I wanted to do was outdoors work. And once I opened the again door and felt that wall of warmth hit me within the face, I misplaced all motivation.

I managed to get my miter noticed arrange, and minimize three items of lumber, and I used to be performed. I simply couldn’t push myself to do extra. I’m so over this summer season and this climate, and I’m prepared for some cooler fall temperatures to get right here. Since July eighth, we’ve had solely 5 days beneath 100 levels, and all of these days have been 97 to 99. I’m simply so prepared for a break from warmth.

Anyway, most days I can push by. Yesterday, I simply couldn’t make myself do it. However I did handle to do one factor that I needed to get performed, and that was to repair the toekick on the mural wall of cupboards within the studio.

If you happen to’ll keep in mind, I had initially not deliberate to do a toekick on these cupboards. I had deliberate to trim out the underside like I’d a bookcase, sans toekick, as a result of I didn’t assume I’d truly be utilizing that countertop a lot.

For the reason that IKEA legs for the Sektion cupboards didn’t match my want (I wanted mine to be shorter than their legs), I ended up making these utilitarian toes…

After which I connected them utilizing my sizzling glue gun.

As a result of I wasn’t planning a toekick, I connected these entrance toes on the very entrance of the cupboards in order that the trim items could possibly be nailed on to these toes and the entrance of the trim can be flush with the entrance of the doorways and drawer fronts.

So once I received thus far, and realized that I’m truly going to be utilizing this countertop fairly a bit, and I wanted a toekick in any case, I needed to discover a strategy to make that occur.

In all of my years of DIYing, I’ve discovered that there’s all the time an answer to issues. I’m usually fairly good at fixing these issues, and I’m the kind of one who gained’t relaxation till I discover a resolution in order that I can have issues precisely like I need them.

Happily, this didn’t require a complete lot of thought. Since I solely connected them with sizzling glue, and didn’t use any nails or screws to safe them, this was truly fairly straightforward.

I merely took my hammer, gave every foot a few good, sturdy whacks on the ends (not within the center the place such pressure may have damaged the entrance piece of wooden), and knocked every foot free from the cupboard.

I do know that may carry up the query, “Does that imply that sizzling glue doesn’t maintain properly?” Scorching glue holds simply wonderful, however after all, it’s not applicable for each single mission the place you might want to connect one floor to a different. It’s wonderful for some initiatives, however not applicable for others.

On this explicit case, it was wonderful, and would have held up completely had I not whacked them with a hammer. 😀 In spite of everything, these cupboards are all screwed to one another very securely, after which the entire row of cupboards is screwed to a horizontal board which is screwed into studs. All the row of cupboards could be very safe, and these toes have been simply including assist on the entrance. So there was no want in going overboard with securing the toes. It’s not like they’re going to in some way “stroll” their approach out from underneath the cupboards. Scorching glue would have saved them in place for so long as the cupboards have been there…once more, had I not whacked them with a hammer.

They did require a few actually laborious hits with the hammer to get them unfastened, however one purpose they got here unfastened comparatively simply is as a result of they have been glued to plastic laminate, which is what IKEA Sektion cupboard bins are made from. They use plastic laminate for a purpose — it’s a really sturdy, non-porous floor that’s straightforward to maintain clear. Because it’s a non-porous floor, meaning the new glue gained’t stick practically as tightly on it as it might have had I glued these toes to unfinished plywood or MDF. So I felt assured that I may get them unfastened with a few laborious whacks with a hammer.

As soon as each was unfastened, I moved it again 3.5 inches, and re-glued it into place. To do this, I truly simply put the brand new sizzling glue on the angle the place the toes met the ground. In different phrases, moderately than gluing the toes to the cupboard bins once more, I actually glued them to the ground this time. 😀 Hey, if it really works, I’ll attempt it! And this labored simply wonderful.

As soon as I had all of them set again 3.5 inches and glued into place, I minimize the items to cowl these toes to create the toekick.

As soon as I had all of them minimize to size, I eliminated them, painted them, after which nailed them into place utilizing 1.5-inch 16-gauge nails.

And listed here are the cupboards with the brand new, completed toekick…

The place there’s a will, there’s a approach, my associates! That’s not just a few foolish little saying. It’s the reality. Generally drawback fixing can take just a few days for me to provide you with an answer. Different occasions, the answer is apparent. And generally, issues may require just a few good whacks with a hammer, and drawback solved! 😀

I nonetheless need to fill within the gaps on the ends between the cupboards and the aspect partitions. There shall be no reduction within the climate this weekend, so I hope I can strengthen my resolve to get this performed. This wall is so near being completed!