Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Room for Improvement: Decorative Niche
Sometimes a minor quick fix can turn around the look of an entire room. So tonight, our makeover maestro, Martin Amado is showing us how a do it yourself project can save you big bucks an leave your bathroom looking brand new.
WSVN -- Martin Amado: "On today's Room for Improvement, its all about cosmetic changes that can make a big difference in your bathroom. Now, the homeowner already replaced with this vessel sink and espresso cabinet that I absolutely love, but in comparison she was stumped on what to do with the dated medicine cabinet. So, I'm going to show you how to turn this eyesore into an architecture feature in the bathroom."
Martin Amado: "So, first up, let's go ahead and remove the cabinet."
Martin Amado: "Now, this can go in the garbage."
Martin Amado: "Now, the idea is we are turning this recessed area in the dry wall and turning it into a beautiful decorative niche. Now, let me show you how."
Martin Amado: "So here are the supplies that you need. A piece of 1by 4 wood, some molding and glue on plywood. The basic idea is to create a box that we are going to stick in the recessed hole in the drywall, then we're going to frame it out with the molding. So, let's begin."
Martin Amado: "I made these cuts using a circular saw, but keep in mind as long as they're straight cuts, your local home improvement store can actually do them for free."
Martin Amado: "I'm using some brad nails inside my staple gun just to hold the plywood backing in place."
Martin Amado: "All right, let's do a dry fit."
Martin Amado: "Perfect, all we have to do now is to frame it out with molding."
Martin Amado: "I'm using molding for two reasons. It will give the box a more decorative trim and at the same tim it will hide any gaps we might possibly have between the box and the drywall, once we install it."
Martin Amado: "For a more professional look, you always want the corners to have a 45 degree cut, which is the reason I'm using a simple miter box that you can buy for less than $10."
Martin Amado: "We don't want to leave any of the nail heads exposed, so we are going to countersink them, fill it with some wood filler and we are done."
Martin Amado: "Make sure you remove any saw dust before beginning to paint."
Martin Amado: "Its already dry, so we can install it."
Martin Amado: "I'm touching up around the box and there we go. What use to be a dated medicine cabinet, now turned into a beautiful display niche. Let's decorate the rest of the bathroom."
Martin Amado: "I'm not a big fan of having these shower doors exposed so a shower curtain adds another layer of softness in the room and solves the problem."
Martin Amado: "And there you go guys for less than $25 we created a beautiful decorative niche where the old medicine cabinet use to be. So we took a negative and we turned it into a positive. So, I hope this inspires you to think outside the box as well. I'm Martin Amado and I'll see you next time on another Room for Improvement."
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