We have a big wall in our dining room that used to hold a picture rail. That somehow always bugged me, this picture rail hanging in the middle of no-freakin-where. Anyways, we FINALLY made a trip out to Ikea (its like a 2 hour drive!) and we got ourselves some Besta units and got down to making our fauxdenza. Now any one in the blogging world knows that fauxdenzas aren’t new – they’re basically floating Ikea cabinets topped or wrapped with wood. Honestly they are a great and inexpensive way to get a large picture of furniture to anchor a room. Tons of storage is also a huge plus!
So here’s what we got:
- 2 sets of 47 1/4″ wide Besta Frames
- 4 suspension rails
- 4 sets of high gloss Selsviken doors
- 4 sets of shelves
- 4 sets of hinges
- 3/4 inch plywood board cut down to size to fit the top and sides
Putting the Besta cabinets together were a breeze – Ikea actually has decent instructions for those. But then again I guess its kinda like putting a box together. Anyways, once you have your Besta built and hung on the wall with the suspension rails, its time for the fun part!
We had Home Depot cut our plywood to size for us. For reference, we used a 3/4″ furniture grade red oak plywood. 3/4″ in a good thickness, anything less than that would look weird in my opinion. Iron on your veneer edging to all exposed sides. Something to note that there are different types of veneer. Since we used a red oak plywood, we opted for the red oak veneer for consistency. If you use a birch plywood (our other option), look for a birch veneer edging.
Then we sand everything down using an orbital sander with a 100 grit sandpaper and gradually move our way up to a 220 grit. Be careful when sanding the edges of plywood, make sure you sand from the top down to the sides to avoid splintering the wood. Lesson learned for us. Then its time to stain. We used a preconditioner (very important especially for plywood) followed by 2 coats of Minwax’s Special Walnut stain. Follow that on with 2 coats of polycrylic seal sanding with steel wool in between each coat. Bam we’re almost there.
Then attach the sides and top with cabinet screws. As an extra precaution, we predrilled holes to make sure we didn’t split the plywood. We didn’t miter the edges of the plywood but kept it simple and perpendicular. Honestly I like it better this way.
Then finish it off with hardware if you like. We haven’t quite decided on hardware yet so for now its just staying naked. Style and there – you’ve joined the fauxdenza club too.