animal lover, gardener, knitter, and gourmet cook

bookcase update

Well, the first phase of the project is done. The window seat is complete and all of the trim is in.

Next up, I have to finish the tops. The tops have visible plywood edges, so something has to be done. One thing I’m definitely going to do is to install crown molding around the top edge and cove molding along the back edge.

As for the rest of the top, I’m thinking tile would look nice. But, I’ve read varying opinions about installing tile on plywood. The safest thing to do would be to install cement board on top of the plywood, but the thought of having to do that does not appeal to me and I’m not sure if that will make the tile too high. Some say you can install it directly on the plywood since it is not going to be walked on, but there could be wood movement and that could cause cracking, which would not be ideal. So, I’m still trying to figure out what I’m going to do about that.

Another option would be to buy some decorative trim and install it over the visible plywood edges. Then the whole top could be painted. This would definitely be easier and cheaper to do, but wouldn’t look as nice as the tile.

So, I’m torn. I’m going to need to make up my mind soon, though. Before you know it, gardening season will be here and I’m not going to want to be dealing with this project when that happens.