We bought a 32 inch flat screen. It looked normal size in the store but in the tiny house, it looks HUGE! When you're sitting only 7 feet away roughly...small is much bigger than you would think. We got a new small blu-ray player as well...move time!!! :D
We wanted to house the tv in a cabinet that had a small storage area and had a fold down table attached as well. Two in one kinda deal. So, the Hubby got busy! We used poplar and left over plywood. Poplar because it really does look great stained.
We built the cabinet to fit perfectly around the tv. There's enough room on the sides to put a standard 32inch in, in case we have to replace the one we have at any time. There's enough room under it for the remotes. Then we added a second shelf to hold a few boxes for odds and ends.
We wanted the front of the cabinet to match with our other doors in the house. Since the front is really a solid piece of plywood that folds down into our table, we decided to make fake doors on the front, Shaker Style.
We cut the pieces to make the fake door. We wanted to cover the ugly edge of the plywood so we beveled the edges of the trim pieces.
Laying the pieces out on the plywood to make sure they all match up smoothly.
You can see here how the pieces go past the edge of the plywood. The side ones will butt up flush to this beveled edge.
Better shot of the beveled edge.
Adding the edge band.
Gluing the table/fake door together and letting it dry. Hubby learned a great trick to keep the glue from oozing out the cracks and showing in the stain. Painters tape, that way you wipe it off the tape and it never touches the wood. Genius, no?? :)
We also added some slide catches to hold it up when we want to cover the tv. We inlaid the catch plates into the bottom of the shelf. The two pieces that stick down from the bottom of the cabinet are to keep it from swinging further back and hitting the wall or breaking the pins. This is where the swing out legs will be to support the table in the upright position, once we get them made, that is.
The table folded down. It actually lays down flat but the stack of wood is holding it out at an angle.
So there's our entertainment cabinet! I love how well it turned out. The tv is a great size for the space. We are enjoying being able to relax at night after a hard days work and watch movies..sitting on the sofa, not on lawn chairs!
Next up...our ladder to our bed. We've been using a step stool...which is kinda tricky for me. It's not quite tall enough for me so I have to do this weird heave motion to get into bed. It's funny to watch, so says the Hubby. Also, at night, it's tricky to locate in the dark and I've come close to falling and busting my bum a few times. I guess that would be amusing for the Hubby as well. :)
Here's our ladder. I don't have a lot of construction pics but I'll try to explain it well. We used framing 2X4s that we planned down to size. The ladder was made on a slant and we added rubber tread on the bottom to keep it from sliding when you step on it. The steps are inset into the side supports for extra support, other than just matching flush to them. We glued and screwed the ladder together, using our beloved Kreg's Jig.
Now...kitchen shelving! I wanted some of those metal bar shelves they sell on Ikea's website but none where the right size! Frustrating, until my wonderful Hubby said he could make me some out of wood and conduit! Yay! Again, no construction pics.
The one over the fridge will house our dishes and glasses. I plan to have some plexi-glass cut to size, so the they have a solid surface to sit on. It will still give the appearance of being an open space.
So, that's what we have been up to lately. We were glad to get a few smaller projects done during the rainy season here. Next up....PROPANE!!! Yes!! I'm very excited to finally have gas!! Hehe... ;)