There’s A Answer For Each Downside (How I Fastened 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 uninterested in this summer time. Yesterday, after Matt and I had completed lunch and I used to be on the point of head into the studio to work, Matt checked the climate. It was 106 levels with a “seems like” temperature of 112. I believed I might push by, however quite a lot 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 time 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 under 100 levels, and all of these days had 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.

In the event you’ll bear 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.

Because the 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 hooked up them utilizing my scorching glue gun.

As a result of I wasn’t planning a toekick, I hooked up these entrance toes on the very entrance of the cupboards in order that the trim items might 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 so far, and realized that I’m truly going to be utilizing this countertop fairly a bit, and I wanted a toekick in spite of everything, I needed to discover a option 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 answer in order that I can have issues precisely like I would like them.

Fortuitously, this didn’t require a complete lot of thought. Since I solely hooked up them with scorching glue, and didn’t use any nails or screws to safe them, this was truly fairly simple.

I merely took my hammer, gave every foot a few good, sturdy whacks on the ends (not within the center the place such drive might 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 scorching glue doesn’t maintain properly?” Scorching glue holds simply fantastic, however after all, it’s not applicable for each single challenge the place you want to connect one floor to a different. It’s fantastic for some tasks, however not applicable for others.

On this specific case, it was fantastic, 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. The complete row of cupboards could be very safe, and these toes had been simply including help on the entrance. So there was no want in going overboard with securing the toes. It’s not like they’re going to by some means “stroll” their means out from below the cupboards. Scorching glue would have saved them in place for so long as the cupboards had been there…once more, had I not whacked them with a hammer.

They did require a few actually onerous hits with the hammer to get them free, however one purpose they got here free comparatively simply is as a result of they had been glued to plastic laminate, which is what IKEA Sektion cupboard packing containers are fabricated from. They use plastic laminate for a purpose — it’s a really sturdy, non-porous floor that’s simple to maintain clear. Because it’s a non-porous floor, meaning the recent 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 might get them free with a few onerous whacks with a hammer.

As soon as every one was free, I moved it again 3.5 inches, and re-glued it into place. To try this, I truly simply put the brand new scorching glue on the angle the place the toes met the ground. In different phrases, relatively than gluing the toes to the cupboard packing containers once more, I actually glued them to the ground this time. 😀 Hey, if it really works, I’ll strive it! And this labored simply fantastic.

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 below are the cupboards with the brand new, completed toekick…

The place there’s a will, there’s a means, my associates! That’s not just a few foolish little saying. It’s the reality. Generally downside fixing can take a couple of days for me to give you an answer. Different instances, the answer is apparent. And typically, issues could require a couple of good whacks with a hammer, and downside solved! 😀

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