DIY City!

It’s been crazy over at our house – between re-organizing, DIY, and just overall busyness, yup, crazy! But at the same time, it feels good to get things out of the way that should have probably been done a long time ago, but just never got done. Sometimes I think it takes a bit of frustration to get the final push to be inspired and to do something you’ve wanted to do for a while, because hey, we all get lazy or tired don’t we? Add to that a new job and a busy season, and it’s cause for chaos, but thankfully God is here! I have been praying non-stop, and asking for prayers too on different matters, and God is so Good! He has been letting us know just how much He cares, and though we know this, it’s been rough at times when we’re on the edge of our seats so to speak, waiting for answered prayers. Thank you to all who have been praying with us, you know who you are! 🙂 And so, I’d like to share a couple projects with you that I’ve been working on – here and there.

DIY Breakfast Bar

Every time we’ve dismantled an old TV unit or otherwise, we’ve been keeping the boards for future projects, and being someone who enjoys repurposing, here is one thing I came up with: a mini breakfast bar for our narrow kitchen! It was too crowded with the square table we had in the kitchen so I decided to use that as my sewing table now, and to put up a simple shelf in the kitchen to save space and for the boys to sit at/rest stuff on without taking up all our floor space – and the kids love it! (bonus!) It only took one evening to do too, so even if your time is limited, you can do something like this to free up space 🙂

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Basically, I used my stud finder to locate the wall studs, drew some faint pencil lines to mark where those were on the wall, then drew a straight line across the stud lines (using my level). Next, I held the shelf brackets against the wall at the stud points one at a time as I traced the screw holes onto the wall for drilling points, making sure to put the brackets evenly along the level pencil line. I pre-drilled deep holes into the wall studs, got out my drywall screws, screwed the brackets to the wall, then I found some short screws, layed the shelf carefully on top of the brackets, traced the bracket holes onto the bottom of the shelf, (making sure the shelf was sitting evenly across the brackets), pre-drilled shallow holes into the bottom of the shelf, then screwed on the shelf to the brackets – et voila! A mini breakfast bar!

DIY Inset Bedroom Shelf

My youngest’s room has always had a little nook sort of in the wall, so I finally decided to make it into an inset bedroom shelf to clear up his floor as his room is pretty tiny and it always gets messy. As I layed out the brackets (which were just repurposed baseboards), I got the idea to make the bottom shelf into an inset desk for him to sit at since there isn’t room for a separate desk in his room. So off I went to work measuring, leveling and cutting boards! This was way trickier than the other shelf as one of the walls is at a weird angle so the back of the shelf is slightly shorter than than the front, hence, I had to measure out the exact shape onto the repurposed shelving from my father-in-law. It worked, but it was a lot more complicated than I wanted it to be. However, that’s to be expected with an older house I guess lol! Anyways, in the end I’m quite happy with it, it’s not perfect, but its perfect for my little guy and he likes it so that’s all that matters 🙂

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As you can see, he can fit quite a bit of his stuff on there, plus there’s room enough at the bottom that he can work on his kid computer or play with his mini house. 🙂 Cute!

Hope your DIY projects are going well, and God Bless you!

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Keep Going!

~Roxy~

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DIY Closet Reno

So because we’re in a century plus old house, our closet rod at the front fell down the other day completely. But good thing it did in a way because it allowed me to see what the space looked like without it in. And I decided to move the bar to the other wall for something different. Sometimes what appears to be something bad is a blessing in disguise (actually most times it is). So I set to work thinking of how I was going to mount the closet rod again and planned what board I would use for the shelf on top etc.

After a day or so, I was able to go to the store and pick up a couple new closet rod brackets at the Home Depot which would work nicely ($10) and wouldn’t break my budget. By the way, I almost always try to do things the cheapest way possible because I love to see how I can repurpose things I find for free or laying around our workshop in the basement. So it just so happened we had an old but ding-free board from an entertainment unit in the basement which I chose for my shelf. Next I had to measure how long the shelf would need to be, so I took my tape measure and measured off the space for the closet, and asked my hubby to cut the board accordingly (he used our jigsaw which I cannot bring myself to use yet). So after that, I held up the board and took a bracket in hand, and drew lines under the shelf where the holes would be drilled for the screws to go in from the underside of the brackets. This part was tricky doing on my own, but I didn’t have much choice as my hubby was laying down with a headache/sore muscles. I finally managed to get everything lined up and marked the holes out. Then I got ready to drill holes into the shelf board, matching up the appropriate sized drill bits for the screws that came with the brackets. To make things easier, I first attached the brackets to the bottom of the shelf, then I decided to attach the brackets to the wall. I’m glad there was already some boards along the wall to rest the shelf on at one side, which helped when propping everything up. I was able to secure the top screws into the wall through this board, but next I had to cut some short boards to go in behind the bottom half of the shelf brackets along the wall since there was a gap there between the wall and the brackets. So I cut two equal-sized boards, and nailed them to the wall behind the brackets. Next I drilled holes for the screws to go into the bottom fo the brackets and put those screws in. Everything went pretty good overall, I just had a bit of trouble at one point when I went to drill some holes and the drill bit wasn’t quite lined up properly so when I went to drill, the bit came out sideways a bit and scraped one of my fingers which was holding the board… 😦  Thankfully I didn’t drill a hole in my hand! But lesson learned – always make sure the drill bit is in straight!!

So there you have it, I was able to finish putting up this closet in one evening and finished hanging back up all our jackets and sweaters. Next step will be to put in some hooks for my cleaning supplies since I don’t have a linen/broom closet. Catch you next time, folks!

Regards,

Roxy