Living Room Cupboard – Part 5: Trim Piece

So, my Dad saw my last post about the living room cupboard, and my dilemma about the plywood edge [whether it should face up or out].  Here’s a visual reminder:

THE CUPBOARD:

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The first arrangement of plywood I bought included a top piece cut to match the size of the ugly blue laminate, and a front lip to attach at a 90° angle.  I stained and polyurethaned them before realizing this configuration would give the top an ugly “plywood edge border” along the front:

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Oops.  Hadn’t thought of that…  [I’m using unstained plywood scraps to demonstrate, so bear with me].

The 2nd arrangement of plywood I bought [and stained, and polyurethaned] included a slightly wider top and slightly narrower lip.  This configuration causes the ugly “plywood edge border” to face outwards, towards the couch:

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Better, but not much…

Thankfully, my brilliant father – the king of DIY – had a 3rd option.  I’m too inexperienced to have thought of it on my own, but should have, since I already owned the solution!

He told me to buy a piece of ¾” pine [sold at most hardware stores for molding, borders, crafts, etc.], stain and polyurethane it to match the plywood, and glue or nail it to the plywood edge.  Problem solved!  The ¾” pine he’s talking about comes in ¾”x⅜”x6′ strips – it’s what I used to build my DIY spice rack, add a border to the original cat platform, and add treads to the cat ramp fail.  Here’s what it looks like when it’s laid over the ugly plywood edge [again, I’m using an unstained scrap for demonstration purposes]:

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*MIND BLOWN*

Here’s a pic of the stained & polyurethaned ¾” pine laying on top of the finished plywood – it matches perfectly!  Woohoo!

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All that’s left is to decide which piece of plywood to use for the top and which to use for the lip.  It all comes down to whether I want the ¾” pine to blend with the top piece, or the lip piece.  I’ll keep you posted!  Whichever piece of plywood I don’t use, will be cut up into shelves for the upstairs bathroom.

Thanks Dad!  I love you!

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2 Comments

  1. Love you too, Dad

  2. We certainly know where you got your DIY talent !!!

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