After a handful of minor speed bumps, the paint rack is finished and mounted inside The Monolith.
After realizing the cabinet doors were mounted backwards, I swapped them (phew!), leaving myself with an interesting challenge: The rack was now mounted on the opposite side, upside down, and now interfered with the top internal shelf.
Luckily, the tie racks were reversible, so that meant all I had to do was move the uppermost rack to the very bottom, maintaining my 2.25" spacing. This left some marking and mounting holes in the birch frame, but at this point I wasn't too bothered by that.
I (hastily) picked up some wood stain to darken the frame a bit and kill the contrast. The color I got was a touch too dark and doesn't exactly match the cabinet, but it's still a marked improvement from the original light birch color.
The stain on the rails would be covered, so I wasn't overly careful in slopping the color on.
Stained, assembled, and mounted on the new, "proper" side. I'll populate the rack once I retrieve my paints from my buddy's place. Epic Dystopian Wars painting and gaming nights have transpired, and I've left most of my paints there to save time lugging stuff back and forth. I'll have to post my KoB fleet photos at some point. (I've pre-ordered the Russians, can't wait!) But I digress...
Another point: I've replaced the broken door pull hardware.
Old and busted on the left, new and groovy on the right.
Again, sorta matches, sorta doesn't. They're larger, and easier to pull. Given the double-panel type doors, they have multiple latches to close. The new hardware helps give a better grip. I like them! And now, the parting shot:
Next up is the slide-out work space. You can see the 2x4's in the bottom corner, I used a table saw to rabbit cut the corners so they sit flush over the internal braces. The work space will slide out on rails between them, and the cabinet base will mount on top. In my tradition of keeping project "soul" intact, I'll be cutting up the top of my old hobby desk to make the cabinet base. That way a little piece of the old is a part of the new. And fear not, the next pot of wood stain will be a better match!