Do you ever have one of those weekends where you should do something in particular? You put it on the list, have every intention of tackling “said something” and yet it never gets done? You know, something like utilize the most perfect, rain free weekend to finish painting your porch windows because it’s (look for the blue moon) not raining? But somehow you find yourself installing shelving in the Etsy office? That was my weekend. Obligatory before and after:
Did you also notice the return of the coral curtains?
I couldn’t help it. I needed some shelving. It was one of those if-only-I-was-organized-I-would-get-soooooo-much-done kind of things. Which I totally believe in. I feel I finish ten times as many iPad stands when I can see my go-to stain and don’t have to dig through piles of old t-shirts to turn into rags before getting to it. Of course, it didn’t help that I had recently picked up a mess of these beauties during a trek to the flea market. We got 17 of them for $25. I couldn’t resist. They were cheap and had flaky bits…and in my world flaky bits equals purchase.
Because I knew I wanted to store quarts of stain on the shelves we made damn sure that the brackets would attach to studs. Colby copping an attitude…I mean…finding a stud.
And screwing the brackets into the stud.
When it came to installing/placing the brackets, we used a very sophisticated method of eyeballing it height wise. Width spacing wise, the studs were equidistant apart so we just picked three studs that spanned the area that we wanted the shelves to go.
We decided that it would be best to first hang the brackets to help us decide the length of the pine board shelf. We opted to give the shelf about a 2″ overhang on each end (meaning the shelf is a total of 4″ longer than the space between each end bracket). Colby quickly cut down the pine board to the right size, 8-1/4″ x 68″ total size.
Then I quickly slapped some white paint on the board, not bothering to prime it beforehand. I was going for a ‘white washed” look in theory but in reality it was just shear laziness. Like a I-don’t-want-to-spend-more-than-20-minutes-on-this kind of laziness.
After letting the painted
lady shelf dry overnight, it was just a matter of screwing the brackets to the shelves, ironically using some brass screws that we use to assemble our iPad stands.
And scene…shelves installed. The entire shelf building, finishing and installing process took a whopping twenty minutes (minus the dry time). But that was the quick part of the project.
The longer part of the project…organizing what goes on the shelf!
Lining up my water based wood stains in ROY G BIV order is totally my idea of a good time on a Sunday evening.
My favorite part of the shelf organizing was utilizing a trio of green, metal storage bins that I picked up from Home Goods a month or so ago. They were only $9.99 each, so about $30 for the set. I organized them by task…for the most part. So when it’s time to stain, I grab the bin in the middle which has rags, my staining brush, drop cloth and stir sticks. No more rummaging through a box under the desk looking for that gosh darn staining rag! Which usually ends up me empty handed and running to our closet contemplating cutting up Colby’s Patriots tee (I’m a Giants fan…can you blame me?), but that could never end well.
I even spent a little bit of time organizing the green bookcase underneath the shelves.
I picked up a few old, wood drawers at a local antique store for about $4 each and used them to store like items. Like extra rolls of twine which I use assembling the iPad stands or stamping supplies for product tag making.
The beauty of the whole shelf building/reorganization is that it freed up soooo much space underneath the desk for product storage. The old, wood boxes used to hold stains and iPad manufacturing supplies mixed in with the stands. But now…all that space is dedicated to product.
Pssst…What have you guys been organizing lately? Craft supplies? Paints in ROY G BIV order?
Just call me Kevin Costner (circa 1999 when he filmed Message In A Bottle). Except nix the “message” part and replace with “vitamins”. And with that, I give you our “vitamin in a bottle” vitamin organization project result.
Shortly after installing the first aid cabinet in our bathroom, which was also going to house Colby’s vitamin collection, I scrounged up all the cabinet items and set it up to get a good judge of how everything would fit. I probably should have tested this out before altering the old wooden box with a shelf AND before painting it AND before attaching it to the wall. Thankfully things fit…just not so well.
Many of the the vitamin bottles were bulky and didn’t quite fit within the cabinet. Technically they fit, but they were just a little too pudgy to close the door. Poor pudgy vitamin bottles. They need a diet. Thankfully there are vitamins for that! Even our bottle of peroxide was a bit too hefty for the cabinet. And then the vitamin bottles that did fit inside the cabinet, wasted alot of vertical space since they were midget bottles.
And what precisely are you stashing in that baggie, Colby?! Hmmm? Suspicious…non?! We need to chat about this! Haha! Is this a “the snozberries taste like snozberries” situation?!
Needless to say the vitamin situation and first aid cabinet contents needed a little organization. I was on a mission and thankfully not mission impossible since I already had a mess of glass bottles at my disposal to use to organize the vitamins.
I had originally purchased these bottles (from AC Moore on sale for $0.84 each) to use to display sand from some of the local Maine beaches I’ve visited along with beach sand from our Puerto Rican honeymoon. But apparently vitamins trump sand and the bottles quickly became vitamin storage instead. Have I said vitamin enough? Should we turn this into a drinking game where every time I say vitamin, we drink? Vitamin, vitamin, vitamin, vitamin, vitamin! Why yes…I am THAT person! No wonder I never got invited to drinking game parties!
Anyway…the project was as simple as (1) dump the vitamins into each bottle (post glass bottle cleaning of course), (2) label each bottle with the vitamin’s name/dosage using a strip of masking tape and a black pen, and (3) recycling all those hefty and half empty vitamin bottles.
And miracle upon miracles…everything fit! I even picked up a new, smaller bottle of peroxide so all of our BandAids and ointments fit nicely inside the cabinet.
I absolutely adore the impact of a consistent set of glass bottles for vitamin storage. The vitamins look SOOO much cuter all lined up in their matching bottles and labels than they did before in their random groupings of original bottles. Added bonus…now that the vitamins are all in one space, clearly labeled, and easy to get to (they were jammed into baskets on the bathroom shelves before) Colby has admitted that he’s already taking the vitamins more often than before. Apparently ease of access is key in vitamin taking. And now everything is one place, in the easily accessible old box turned first aid cabinet.
So I’m officially checking off “first aid cabinet” from the bathroom to-do list, which I don’t think I’ve shared with you yet (hanging…head…in shame):
Find a dresser/buffet to convert into a bathroom vanity(we found a buffet on Craigslist for $75) Hack up said dresser and paint it(vanity hacking post here and here during installation; the vanity is painted Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore which you can read about here) Demo out the old “temporary” vanity that had been in our bathroom for nearly three years and patch the sheetrock(vanity demo go boom…note…Colby challenge me to spoof the KFC “Game Day Bucket Go Boom commercial in every post…challenge accepted) Prime and paint the bathroom wall a cool, minty color(we painted the bathroom Mantis Green by Benjamin Moore)
- Add bead board above the built-in shelves and paint the bead board and the shelves glossy white (for shame that we haven’t yet painted the bathroom built-ins…it’s been three years!)
Build a first aid cabinet for the space above the toilet paper holder(we didn’t build it though…we found it…for six bucks… here’s the post)
- Organize, organize, organize!
- Build shelves for the blank wall space beside the vanity (coming soon…I’m tackling this for the Spring Pinterest Challenge)
- Build another shelf, maybe one out of driftwood, to hang over the back of the toilet
- Find or DIY some interesting towel hooks (picked these up during our recent Brewer School House Antiques shopping excursion, just need to paint and install them)
- Finish off the space by hanging a little art and accessorizing here and there (I’m sensing some Etsy art I’ve been drooling over in our future!)
Progress is being made! Woot woot! And I am SOOOO thankful we’re no longer knocking down walls, plumbing, electrical-izing, sheet rocking and all that other heavy lifting type stuff and now it’s all about the details and decorating! My favorite!
Pssst…Our Etsy shop is officially open and aptly named “Roostic“. We only have one product up so far, the iPad stands that we built back here, but we’re hoping to add a few more products in the near future. Baby steps, folks, baby steps! Have a great weekend everyone!
If you’ve learned anything around these parts, it’s the following…(1) we love us a good DIY project, (2) we’re crazy about our pooch, Goose, even though he’s off the charts on the obnoxious scale just a little more obnoxious than Heidi Montag but a little less than Paris Hilton, and (3) I have precisely zero point zero willpower at Home Goods (remember the pink mirror from a couple of weeks ago?)! Anyway…the other day I was on a quest for a bathmat…somehow upgraded to a cart to pick up a few baskets to organize the bathroom, and then these guys just magically jumped into my cart.
It happens. Mermaids are magical like that. I picked up the trio of mermaid canisters for $19 (they were sold individually for $9.00 for the large one, $6.00 for the medium one, and $4.00 for the small one. At first, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with them…but then when I brought them home I had an epiphany moment…dog treat canisters to corral the dog treat mess going on in the metal cabinets in the laundry room.
Disclaimer…no, we’re not big fans of the old school metal cabinetry nor our dated kitchen. We bandaid-ed the space with some paint, but plans for a complete remodel are in the works…woot woot! Anyway…I know we have a Goose treat problem…but seriously…how can you resist a face like that!
Thankfully the canisters were food safe, at least that’s what the sticker on the bottom said. So hopefully Goose won’t start acting deranged or grow extra toes. Goose’s treats easily fell into three canister categories…fancy “Goose is a good boy” treats (the veggies from Beneful), the everyday treats (the Beneful dog crackers…which Colby also finds tasty…seriously…he loves them…I wish I was kidding), and the “good for Goose’s teeth” dental sticks.
And the entire time I was organizing Goose’s treats…he was “supervising” to make sure I was doing it correctly. Such an overbearing dog.
After filling the canisters, I plopped the mermaid trio on the counter beside the stove, which fit oh so perfectly in the space.
Although I’m not convinced that they’ll stay there since (A) they’re in the stove top splash danger zone where one should be aware of spaghetti sauce splatters and (B) they also are in the even more frightening “Goose can reach these” danger zone.
I’m sensing imminent doom for those canisters. We’ll see how Goose handles them over the next couple of days before deciding if we should relocate them. Hopefully we won’t be reporting in with any mermaid destruction.
Pssst…So what has “jumped” into your cart lately? I don’t think I’m physically capable of coming out of Home Goods empty handed. Just doesn’t happen. Or anyone else have an overtly spoiled fur baby? Or a husband that enjoys dog treats? Sheesh!
Last week, or was it a few weeks ago, I can’t remember whether I’m coming or going these days, I posted about our trip to the Big Chicken Barn in Ellsworth, Maine. We shared all the cool goods that we wanted to come home with. But what did we actually get? This collection of stuff:
Oh…and one more thing. The Life Magazine from the month and year I was born. I still don’t know what I’m going to do with it, but everyone needs their Life Magazine, right?! I tried to find Colby’s but lo and behold, it was just about the ONLY month/year that the Chicken Barn didn’t have. Once I’ve got the complete collection I may have to whip up a little Life Magazine art display somewhere in the house.
But back to the goods, what we got and what we paid for them. First up, the rope knot which was originally $9 but with the 30% off sale, it was only $6.30.
You got a sneak peak of it in yesterday’s entry makeover post, where I hung it from one of the coat hooks on the shelf.
I’ve been swooning over all the rope knots that grace the pages of Country Living and Better Homes & Gardens magazines, so when I stumbled upon one at the Chicken Barn, I snatched it up quicker than a klepto at an unsecured jewelry store.
Next item up is the old pottery crock that I picked up, which replaced our old utensil holder in the kitchen.
The crock was priced at $30 but was also 30% off (thank you winter antique sale) making it only $21. I’ve been stalking these crocks for years now, ever since we moved to the house way back when in May of 2010. Every crock I’ve found has either been too big, too small, too pricey or chipped. But this one was the Goldilocks of crocks and was “just right”. The crock is so much spacier than the old, too crammed full utensil holder.
The next Chicken Barn score was that gorgeous coral/aqua shell we showed you during our Chicken Barn tour. It was $10 plus the 30% off for a final price of $7.
I love the shell…absolutely love the shell. Right now, it’s on our bathroom vanity. That is if you can call it a vanity. It’s just a painted piece of plywood with a $10 Habitat For Humanity Re-Store sink attached to it. It’s a “temporary vanity”….an air quoted temporary vanity because it’s been there for nearly three years. But I swear this year will be the year that we FINALLY finish the bathroom and build a real vanity!
Anyway, the shell is parked on the vanity to serve the purpose of jewelry holder when I remove my bling at night for face washing time.
And finally, my favorite score…drum roll please….the green metal cabinet.
I actually didn’t buy it during my first trip to the chicken barn. I came home without it, did nothing but think about it for the next seven days, dreamed about stroking it gently and whispering sweet nothings to it, and returned to the Chicken Barn the following weekend to pick it up. And thankfully it was still there and still on sale. It’s original price tag was $30 but with the 30% off discount, the price came down to $21.
As for the location, the cabinet became an office space organizer and I tucked it under my computer on my side of our shared, his/hers desk.
I’m really digging the cabinet in that spot. I love how it elevates the computer just enough so that it helps fill the awkward void between the top of the monitor and underneath the shelves. I can’t explain but that empty space always bothered me. I chalk it up to general weirdness.
Anyway…I knew exactly what I wanted to use the cabinet for when I bought it…CD storage.
I’ve been on a file backup/cleanup my computer rampage lately. Mostly because my computer is old, storage on it is maxed out, and I’m trying to burn all my files to CDs, organizing and storing them in the cabinet.
I was worried at first that placing the computer on top of the metal cabinet would place the screen too high for comfortably working at the computer. But because I have one of those old mushroom Macs, the monitor moves pretty easily up, down and around.
Go go gadget computer!
Pssst…What have you guys found at your local antique stores lately? Anything good? Or anyone recently leave something behind at a store only to think about non stop until finally going back for it?! Do tell!
It’s official…our entry is done! And done with pizazz, otherwise known as entrifical force. And an entrifical force our entry certainly is complete with some organization and Nate Berkus accessories. Bam!
Almost knocked you over there, didn’t she?! I told you the entry is sporting some serious entrifical force. Last time I say that, I swear. But let’s step back to the very beginning. Back to when Colby built a custom shelf for the entry.
It’s just wedged right in there, no screws necessary, it’s such a great fit. But why a custom shelf? One…because that’s how we roll, two…we like real wood as opposed to most of the fake wood/laminate big box store shelves, and three…because we fit the shelf around the beam in the entry thanks to a little notching.
So with the entry shelf built, I gave it my usual stain/poly combo using the same materials/method as when we finished the entry bench. Side note…it’s amazing how two different woods take stain so differently! The shelf has more of a reddish tint to it than the bench does.
Anyway, once the stain/poly dried, up on the
rooftop click click click wall the shelf went. Colby just wedged it right in there before whipping out the level to make sure it was properly positioned.
Then the fun part, attaching the shelf to the wall. We opted to just screw the shelf directly into the wall. But to kind of hide the screws that would be visible, we used these countersinks.
Countersinks, in my words not Colby’s official-like-technical-terms, is like a drill bit/hole saw combo. The bits drill a pilot hole into the wood for the screw, and also bore out some of the wood around it so you can sink the screw below the surface of the wood. Here’s a shot after using the countersink bit:
And here’s the shot after we screwed the shelf to the wall. Note how the screw “sinks” into the wood.
If we so choose, down the road, we could cover the screw with a wood plug, blending the screw holes in with the rest of the wooden shelf. But we don’t mind the pair of exposed screws so we’re leaving them for now.
With the shelf in place, our next step was to add some coat hooks. I ended up going with a couple sets of hooks from Target’s Threshold line, in an oil rubbed bronzed finish. They only set me back $3.99 each (before my 5% Target card discount).
And just screwed them into the wooden shelf, making sure to screw them in evenly and level-ie.
It’s easier to tell in the shot below, but we tried to line up the coat hooks with the pieces of wood we used for batten. You know, so everything kind of looked all even, spaced out correctly and professional like. You can also see how the same stain played differently with the two different types of woods.
With the shelf in place, I put away my wood finishing cap and unleashed some serious accessorizing fury. I had picked up a few items at Target to help organize the space but most everything we brought into this entry was “shopped” from throughout our house.
The basket was new. It’s a bread basket from Target that I picked up for $7.99.
It holds a flashlight, an umbrella and the charger to Goose’s magic collar (the only thing that keeps him from running into on coming traffic).
The other side of the shelf sports the Nate Berkus ram’s head I picked up a while back, a Martha Stewart for Staples white office box, and a recently purchased Nate Berkus for Target storage box (the larger one).
The white box holds all of our batteries in an organized fashion. I know it’s strange and un-typical-like to store batteries in an entry, but I wanted to add another box to the shelf and I HAD to organize our battery mess somehow, so this works for now. Maybe after the big kitchen remodel someday we’ll have a nice little spot in a junk drawer for battery organization. Until then, the box in the entry is working.
The Nate Berkus box holds our sunglasses. It keeps them out of Goose’s zone of terror and also keeps them dust and dirt free.
I hung up a rope knot (which you’ll learn a little bit more about tomorrow) on one of the hooks as well as the small Pottery Barn burlap sack that we use to hole all our winter hats and mittens.
It’s so comforting to have a nice little spot once we come in our house to drop bags, hang up our coats, and dump the mittens and boots. It’s taking a little bit of time to get used to our new little dumping zone, we still tend to leave things on the kitchen table, but we’re coming around. What’s left on the entry to-do list? The only task left for this space is to add a little art on the walls, which I’ve been scheming ideas for a few weeks now. You know I’ll keep you posted. But until then I’m reveling in our entry joy.
Pssst…What have you guys been organizing lately? Any mudroom projects?