Hang ‘Em High

Hanging Cabinet Doors | Storypiece.net

Today’s title comes courtesy of my rocker husband.  I told him I needed a good title and he said, “What about ‘Hang ‘Em High?”.  Sold!  Then Evan walked in and asked, “Van Halen?” to which Tyson replied, “Of course!”  The reference had been totally lost on me, but not on our son.  People… those are our proud parenting moments right there!

For those that are new around here, last spring we started with this wall:

Before Built-In's | Storypiece.net

We then created built-in storage and a standing work station for my husband’s studio.

Painted Built-In's | Storypiece.net

You can read all about how that went down here, here and we even added secret storage here.

Last we left off, the built-in’s were looking like this:

Finished Built-In's | Storypiece.net

We still needed to add doors that Tyson wanted to have custom built.  Trying to make them himself and get 8 perfectly sized and planed doors with 2 of those also needing to be grooved for glass panels was more than he wanted to take on.  So we waited until we were financially ready to have them made for us.

Once the doors arrived, we got to the business of painting and sealing them so they would be ready to install.

Doors to be Painted | Storypiece.netThis next part is my favorite… The entire installation took place while I was traveling last month.  It’s like the work just magically happened and I got to come home to a finished project.  Yay!  Of course, that always makes the blog details a little fuzzier, but I’ll do my best.

Tyson started with the glass panel doors.  He used liquid nail to adhere the glass and waited for it to fully dry.  He also added hardware and hinges before bringing the doors in to hang.

Adding Hardware | Storypiece.net

Glass Paneled Doors | Storypiece.net

On a side note, we invested in this template to easily mark hardware placement.  Since we’ll be adding drawer pulls and knobs in the kitchen (and eventually bathrooms too), this seemed like the perfect time to pick one of these up.

Hardware Template | Storypiece.netTyson chose an antiqued glass that he thought would look cool.

Glass Doors | Storypiece.net

To be honest, it’s not great and neither of us are loving it.  But it’s purchased and installed so it’s what we are going with for now.

Antiqued Glass | Storypiece.net

Next it was time for the doors.  Again, once the hardware and hinges were on, Tyson carefully hung each set and took photos for his vacationing blog writing wife.  Gotta love him!

Ready for Doors | Storypiece.netDoors Laid Out | Storypiece.netSet 1 Installed | Storypiece.netSet 2 Installed | Storypiece.netSet 3 Installed | Storypiece.net

Stick a fork in it, ‘cause… IT IS DONE!!

Installed Cabinet Doors | Storypiece.net

And it’s pretty from other angles too.

Completed Built-In | Storypiece.net

But the best is the Before & After, amiright?!

Before Built-In's | Storypiece.net

We took this weird wall and created a functioning work space with TONS of storage.

Installed Cabinet Doors | Storypiece.net

It’s a pretty dark piece, but totally works for the studio.

What projects have you been finishing up lately?  Anything that has taken some time, but has been worth the wait?  Do things ever get “magically” finished while you’re away?  Let me hear what you’ve been up to.

Congratulations to Teresa Cox for winning the custom architectural portrait by Becky at Sketchy Style.  I hope you enjoy your new art piece.

Sketch Etsy Store Graphic

If you are not the winner and would love to own one of these portraits, be sure to check out Becky’s Etsy Store.


  1. Stacey says:

    The doors look so good and they really finish off that amazing built-in. Such a huge difference and major improvement from what USE to be there. I just love the European hinges compared to what we use to use years ago. Everything is tucked away and hidden and they’re super easy to pop off if you need to take the door off. This is a guy’s dream studio! Perfect indeed. And even better that it was done while you were gone. MAN I wish I could get that kind of deal at my house. (giggle)

    • Danielle says:

      This is one of those spaces in our home that I still can’t believe we transformed and made so functional. It was the catch-all for everything that we didn’t know what to do with for years. Not very inspiring at all. So glad that it’s become a beautiful creative place for my hard working man.

    • Danielle says:

      Thanks! He’s a graphic designer & illustrator. Although he’s not a professional musician, he loves to play and he’s especially happy when he gets hired to do music to go with his artwork.

  2. Victoria • Restoring our Victorian says:

    The cabinets are awesome. But my favorite part is how you set the TV in there flush… it’s fantastic. (I have sort of an aversion to seeing the TV. It’s never a good look.) Especially since the rest of the wall is dark, it’s not even noticeable. That’s really one of the best solutions I’ve ever seen.

    We’re trying to figure out what to do with ours… it’s in the wacky addition off the kitchen right now, even though it would make more sense to have it in the living room… but I hate people seeing it first thing when they come in. (Plus, it doesn’t really go with the Portal or the Kingdom.)

    • Danielle says:

      The weird thing is that if you look in the “before” photo, the center square was built and designed for an old tube television. It’s ginormously deep and it was 2″ too narrow for our old TV. So what in the heck are you suppose to do with a big hole? Our solution was to add secret storage and a computer monitor, but I like that it can be converted back into whatever one needs.

      I have full confidence that you will dream up the perfect thing for Paul to build that will go with both the Portal and the Kingdom. 🙂

  3. ScrapAndSalvage says:

    looks great, danielle! that’s one rockin’ cabinet! looks perfect for a studio and also good for storage to keep the room clear of superfluous items. looks like a lot of work that paid off!

    • Danielle says:

      Thanks! It holds so much stuff and it helps that we said goodbye to a bunch of junk too. It’s funny how picky you get about what you will be storing once you’ve built the storage yourself.

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