I’m back to share the latest progress on my storage wall.  If you have missed the last two tutorials you can visit Part 1 and Part 2.  I found the plans for this project on Ana’s blog Knock Off Wood.  Ana provides FREE plans for knock off furniture (i.e. Pottery Barn and  Restoration Hardware) so you can dress your house for less!  Go check out her site!…you’ll be addicted!
So, this is Part 3 of this system and I chose to tackle the cubbies this go ’round (see Ana’s plans for the cubbies).  If you are wondering what Part 4 will be…it’s not featured in this picture.  Ana designed her own plans for a media bridge to go over the TV, so that will be my final piece to this puzzle.  Believe it or not, I am a little sad to see this project coming to an end, however I’m sure I will no longer be feeling that way once it’s time to paint:/
I started by drawing out plans for the cut layouts.  Although I am only doing the cubbies this time, I went ahead and added the cuts for the media bridge to maximize the amount of cuts per sheet (those cuts are in red).  This will also make it easier for the guys that cut your boards at Home Depot.  The drawing above shows that I needed three 8′ sheets of MDF at 3/4″ thick and one 8′ sheet of plywood at 1/4″ thick.
3/4″ MDF
3/4″ MDF
3/4″ MDF
1/4″ plywood
I gave these layouts to the guys at Home Depot and they cut all of the pieces in about 30 minutes.  Price per cut varies per store.  My local Home Depot offers the first two cuts free and then charges $0.25 per additional cut.  They were wonderful and never charged me for a cut!
Now for the building!!!
Make sure to label each cut.  This will save you time and headache while you are building:)
I always mark off a line to follow when I am predrilling so that the screw will go through the very center of the board on the other side.  MDF is soft and if you get too close to one side it will raise up or split through (if this happens, no worries, just sand with 120 grit paper, fill with wood putty, sand and find another point to predrill).
Mark off all of your measurements before predrilling.  In this picture I am showing how I marked off where this board is to be placed.
I always use three fingers to measure how far away from the edge I should start predrilling.  If you get too close to the edge it will split.
ALWAYS predrill with MDF!!!  It is very easy.  Pick the right circumference for your drill bit (just a tad smaller than the screws you will use) and drill all the way in and pull back out while still pushing on the trigger.
After predrilling run a generous amount of Gorilla Glue Wood Glue down the edge of the board and put back in place.
Follow up with the screw.  I use these Deck Mate screws and they work great.
After the first step.
Second step (added the top).
This is after the third step.  It was a little tricky so I’ll show you my steps.
Ana says that wood glue is very important on this step so I added it here too.
I marked off where I needed to predrill.  This is the top shelf that I am securing and my drill would not fit between the bottom and middle shelf so I drilled one screw at the front and one at the back at a slight angle.  No problems.
Now for the trim.  Add the wood glue.
Secure with nails per Ana’s plans.  I set the cubby upside down to hammer the nails in.  These nails worked just fine.
Using the same nails, I hammered the back piece into place.
I just couldn’t wait to put it in place!
I have only finished one of the cubbies but I wanted to share it with you!  I will be back with updated pictures after I finish the other three!  I am still leaning towards adding drawers to the bottom outside bases but I won’t make the final decision until it’s done.  Well, I’m off to finish the other cubbies!  I hope you all have a great weekend!

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  1. looking good. I am thinking of building this for our bonus room. I think I might expand it out a little more to cover more of the wall, not sure yet just have to take all the measurements. I can't wait to see your finished project.

  2. Wow! You are such an inspiration! You make it seem so easy. I guess the hardest part is just believing I could do it! I'm not there yet, I still have to talk myself into it a bit more, but it's been fun watching you! You go girl!

  3. Thank you for posting so many details. Looking at the plans gives a great general idea of what to do but I don't know how you do it. Your pictures show it and say it in "Chick" talk instead of "Guy". I am dieing to give this project a try now.

  4. Hi Ashley,
    This is really taking shape and looks amazing. I can't wait to see it all finished and in place. I'm going to try to make the TV stand only but need to alter the plans to fit my kids teeny weeny TV room. Seeing you doing this is really spurring me on!
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. This is awesome. You make it look so easy to do and it is turning out so amazing. I love that you are constructing this in your kitchen! I have been wanting to try a bookshelf with Ana's plans, but figured I'd have to wait until spring b/c it's too cold in our garage. I guess if I get the wood cut at the store, I could also assemble it in the kitchen! Thanks!

  6. Looking good!! I hope you're going to make drawers for the bottom~ That's the part that I'm nervous about trying! Great job so far!

  7. I love her blog too…I am so glad to see you tackling this… I am trying to talk my hubby into making it for us and he is sceptical about it being as easy as the plans look…I am still working on him and this will help!

  8. Thank you so much for documenting your experience with building this unit. I've bookmarked it and want to make it after I've tried my hand at a few smaller projects first. I'm anxious to see your finished product!

  9. It looks fabulous so far Whitney. I love Ana's blog. Someday I will try one of her projects. It is awesome to watch yours unfold.

  10. Ashley, This is awesome! I have been following along for every step and anxious to see step 4!
    Looks great!!