Beckie’s AMAZING Craft Room-Studio Built-ins (part 3)

Beckie’s studio-craft room built-ins are complete and painted!  I don’t mind saying it — THEY LOOK AWESOME!




I’m so excited for her.  This was a BIG project and she (and Tim) has done an amazing job.  For the most part, Beckie has been great at following instructions and  “suggestions” (haha — I AM a bossy coach) and she’s had a good attitude about working her buns off to get this project finished!  ;-)


Just dropping in?  Read Part 1 and Part 2 to see how this project came together.



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Today we made the bases. Again I had every intention of trying to build these myself. But I cried uncle after I couldn’t clamp and keep the boards straight with my limited wingspan. I bought premium 2”x 4”s and they were still jacked up. One isn’t sitting straight but I figure once the cabinets are on the bases it won’t matter because the weight will keep it level. So once again we have a night time build. Tim leaves out of town tomorrow so I guess I am going to have to put the bases in place myself and then heave-ho the cabinets on top. I can do that right? We’ll see.


bases for the bullt ins


Next day:

I don’t know why I start every next step with fear and trepidation. Sandra wants me to cut openings for my outlets and cable jack. I want to fight her on this one and tell her it doesn’t matter. But I succumb to words like “if you ever sell the house” and “it doesn’t pass inspection,” “not up to code.”

So again we Skype. BTW…can I just tell you that I love that we both look our worse, with no make-up on, kids bothering us and our hair looking like we haven’t showered in weeks. {giggle}. I digress.

So she walks me through how to measure and cut out these rectangles for the outlets. I am not having a good attitude about this because I really just want to shove the outlets out of the way and cover them. After I do it and I realize how easy it is AND that I actually measured and cut it right I kind of feel a bit empowered. And I am glad I listened to Sandra…having outlets is always a good thing.




Next up is drilling the cabinets together. Sandra and I got cut off on our last Skype call after she told me how to screw the cabinets together. Apparently she was just about to tell me what a pain in the butt this part is. That is an understatement – it straight up sucks!

So mind you Tim is out of town so I am solo on this bad boy. Now I could wait three days for him to get home but I just want to see some progress going on in here. So I decide to tackle it myself. Holy &$%#%@….yes there was a whole lot of choice words for those cabinets – and I am not even the swearing type. The whole time I am whining in my head that I need another pair of hands. After two hours of pushing, tugging, clamping and cussing all 5 cabinets are drilled together. Halleluia!


left handed


So now the next step is drilling the cabinets to the studs in the wall. Major problem – my walls aren’t straight, neither is my ceiling, nor my floors. I am so ticked at this point because the cabinets are not lining up side to side so I called Sandra. Truth be told I wanted someone to blame. She told me that we have to take into account these things and that there are ALWAYS things that happen. I was in a pissy mood. I mean pissy. So I decide to get off the phone so that I don’t say anything stupid – I get like that when I am pissed. I also decide to call it a day.


Next day:

So I wake up the next day with a renewed vigor to tackle the problem. After some shimmying and beating into submission we have the back cabinets in place.

Ever since the beginning of this project Sandra keeps talking about the ceiling vent. In my head I am thinking “I am not moving that vent.” So today Sandra tells me her idea for the vent. It involves some fancy cutting on a table saw, some cut slits into the crown molding. After I realized she isn’t letting this go I decide phone a friend. He came right over and moved the vent for $50. Fancy cutting avoided, Sandra is happy. And even though I hate to admit it, she was right. I would have been ticked in the summer when it was smoking hot up there because there wasn’t enough air circulation.




While the electrician was there I also had him install 6 can lights. Again I was going to do a track light. But Sandra told me it would look ghetto. I think she used other words. But that is all kind of fuzzy. Sandra seems to be winning a lot lately though.

So I get all the cabinets nailed in place but not without pain, agony and calling Sandra some names under my breath (joking on the last part – I love that girl!). Then I added face frames on everything and caulked and wood filled all the holes.




So are you ready to see it all painted….








Next up: Building Doors for the cabinets. And guess what? I am scared. But Sandra has gotten me this far and I know she won’t quit on me now! So onward I build!


See Beckie’s options for Cabinet door styles.

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If you missed Part 1 and Part 2 of Beckie’s story, check them out to see how this project started and came together.


Working through the hard manual labor, the pain and the tears while continuing to run a business, take care of the kids, prepare meals, clean the house…  It’s a LOT!  Honestly, I couldn’t be prouder.  We aren’t done yet, but Beckie COULD stop right here and have an awesome studio.  But we are going for awesome to the second power — so stay tuned!



If you want to build something amazing like Beckie is doing in her studio and need a little (or a lot of) help and are interested in sharing your project on,  contact me to find out more about my DIY Coaching Services at

You can build it.  I can help.



kisses, Sandra


  1. Hello, I am about to tackle a project very similar to this and have a question. My room is carpeted and because I have no idea how to stretch carpet and not sure it matters, I’m wanting to build right over the carpet. Is this a bad idea?

  2. This is so awesome! Both of you inspire me!

  3. karen@somewhatquirky says:


  4. Leslie Stewart @ House on the Way says:

    Amazing! Absolutely gorgeous! What a great job!

  5. Holy cow!! That is amazing! And she built them…I can’t wait to see them taken to the next level of perfection! They are so beautiful. And inspires me to build my own shelves (not as intense, not built in! lol).
    Debbie :)

  6. Kristen @ Pink Toes and Power Tools says:

    It is looking great!! It is already an awesome space, so I can’t wait to see what is coming up next :)

  7. Great job Beckie and Sandra! My project pales in comparison, but I have felt much of the same emotions. I had someone comment to me yesterday “Why do you do the things you do? I mean, it might save a little money, but it’d be so much easier to pay someone to do it. The amount of time it takes…” Oh, I could have said so many things in response (which I did not), but the first one that comes to mind is – ‘Do you know the sense of accomplishment you feel at the end when you know YOU’ve built it yourself?’

    • That’s right. Booyah! And also, ehem… a LITTLE money? I saved $23,000 doing my closet myself. It depends on how big the project is though.

  8. Sandra!!!!!

    Great job!!!! Man, you held in there and the job is so awesome!!!!! There’s
    no stopping you once you get going!!!

    Have a much deserved rest this weekend!!


  9. Absolutely amazing! I’m following along with great interest since I’m about to do a build in my basement workroom/studio. I’m using old doors on mine but so many of your techniques are proving very helpful!

  10. JAW DROP!! Looks amazing!!

  11. It looks amazing, Beckie. :)

  12. Yea Beckie! You did a great job! I am sure Sandra had an idea you were cursing her! LOL! Glad you hung in there!

  13. Those are amazing! I hope to be able to build something like that in the way future, but first I need to learn to use more power tools :) Thank you for all the inspiration. I love all these building projects you share!

  14. Wow! I am so impressed!! We are just starting to figure out where we need to add storage to our “new” 6 year old house. When I saw your completed shelves, I thought “Wow! That house just got a ton more useful with all that storage!!”.

  15. Melanie Swank says:

    It looks amazing! What a beautiful studio

  16. Jann Newton says:

    Oh my gosh! They look great! I am really impressed.

  17. Val Fitzpatrick says:

    So impressed and so proud of you!

  18. Kimberly ~Serendipity Refined says:

    WOW! Just, WOW! They’re amazing…don’t you worry about building doors…or anything else…YOU’VE GOT THIS! xo

  19. This is totally fabulous! Wish you had the option for me to follow you by email.

    Have a Great Week end!!