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Tools and Materials That Will Take Your Built-In DIYs To The Next Level

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Built-in furniture is one of the best solutions that combines functionality with form. This can range from built-in bookshelves, wardrobes, window seats, dinettes and more and the best part is that you can customize them as you see fit for your space. While you may live in a home with built-ins, you can do it yourself relatively easily. Once you’ve done that, there are a few small ways to improve your work and make it look completely professional.

Built-in DIY

Crown mould

Adding crown molding, and also baseboards, can really take a project from looking like you did it yourself to a completely professional look. Baseboards cover any framing you’ve added, and crown molding elegantly covers gaps. Just be sure to line up the crown molding to the edge of the frame so that it blends seamlessly instead of looking like two separate pieces.

Crown mould

Crown mould

laser level

Using a laser level instead of a spirit level will allow you to check that things are level at much greater distances, which is very useful when installing cabinets and making sure that they are all aligned. The same goes for when you’re adding hardware.

laser level

laser level

Wood filler

Shelf holes are one of the biggest giveaways for prefabs. Although they are perfect for customizing drawers and shelves, holes are a shame if left in the final product. You can fill them with hole plus, but paintable wood filler is a much better solution. Wait until the filler has completely dried, about 24 hours, and then you can paint the filler or sand it to blend it completely.

Wood filler

Wood filler

Paintable putty

Using caulking is great for filling gaps and many DIY jobs forget to use it. If you end up using caulk for the finishing touches, be sure to get caulk that is paintable so you can match it with your final paint color. Be sure to use caulk between the ceiling and crown molding, baseboards and framing, and also shelves and framing.

Paintable putty

Paintable putty

Shellac-based primer

Be sure to never skip priming, even though it may seem like an unnecessary extra step, especially if you’re using 2-in-1 paint. However, priming will help the finish last much longer. You can get shellac-based primer to use with factory-finished frames, like the ones you’d get from Ikea.

Shellac-based primer

Shellac-based primer

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