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A f e w t w e a k s t o r e a d y -
m a d e c a b i n e t s c r e a t e
a w i n d o w - s e a t r e a d i n g
n o o k t h a t l o o k s c u s t o m
c u t c o s t s m u c h l e s s .
These extra touches (with a little
help from a carpenter) give an old
cabinet block a new high-end look
• SMART CHANGES Get the
cabinet doors of one unit removed
for an easy-to-reach open storage.
• STOCK CABINETRY Stack the
two units, one on top of the other,
to create a bookshelf with open and
• PAINT INTERIOR Get the nail
holes filled with wax for a smooth
look. A high-quality primer painted
on the insides coordinates the colour
with the wood stain.
• EXTRA SEATING Have two wall
units installed adjacent to each other
on the floor to create a cozy comer.
Pull the cabinets away from the wall
by a couple of inches and top them
with a wider shelf to create a roomy
seat. Keep lots of cushions.
• ALL TOGETHER Have skirting
added under both cabinets so that
they look like one unit.
• LAMP Have a swing-arm wall
lamp installed for reading light. ■
LAUREN AUST AND MARY-BETH ROUSE
PHOTOGRAPHS MARTY BALDWIN
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BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS | DECEMBER