We owe you guys a pantry update. Like a serious pantry update especially since we finished it this weekend (booyah!) AND organized it this weekend (double booyah!). But last we left off on this little pantry shelf saga we were just getting around to installing those pull out shelves. For those of you just joining us, you can catch up on pantry building phase 1 here and phase 2 here. Although the shelves weren’t quite finished, finished here. They were still missing fronts/drawer pulls, but close enough. So here’s how we made those little pull out shelves.
And just for reminder’s sake, here’s what the pantry looked like pre-shelving. Basically a big ol’ box framed out for the framing lumber drawer slides.
Since this post is all about how we made the drawers, here’s drawer making in a nutshell. We had bought chunky 2″ x 12″ framing lumber for the drawers. But the wall gap was 13-3/4″. 12″ is pretty much the widest, standard (aka…non special order) framing lumber at most lumber yards. Ruh-roh. Since 12″ wide boards are actually 11-1/4″ wide, we just added 1-1/2″ strip of lumber to the larger piece to better fill the wall gap.
We feared pantry items falling off the back of the shelf into the depths of the pantry never to be seen again. Like the sock behind the dryer situation all over again. To alleviate this fear and prevent our baking powder from permanent MIA status, we nailed on a 4″ tall piece of pine to serve as a back lip.
And with that, we had a shelf. Repeat that process four more times and we were left with a total of five drawers for the pantry. I envisioned the pantry shelves pseudo matching the exposed wood wall and thankfully, the Minwax Early American stain that we already had on hand was a perfect color match.
Next step…drawer slides. I have to admit, we did not…I repeat…DID NOT mess around with the drawer slides. Just envision that old high school basketball chant running through our heads while picking out the perfect drawer slide. You know the one…”we don’t mess around…hey…we don’t mess around…hey.” It’s that cheer that popped up on your Jock Rock CD in your Disc Man circa 1998 while you were jogging around the local track getting your workout on. Anyway…the drawer slides. We got the super heavy duty ones. The ones that could support 75 lbs a pair. They weren’t cheap by any means, $25 a pair to be exact, but oh so worth it for peace of mind. Thankfully we had a few Christmas gift cards to Lowes that helped pay the whopping $125 drawer slide bill. Thanks Mom, Dad, Grandma, & Pat!!! Here’s what we spent your gifts on:
Installation was much easier than expected. Especially for me since I did nothing but play Vanna and take screws out of the package and pass them to Colby. Totally important job. What would Colby have done without me?! If you answered “take them out himself” we can longer be internet besties. To install, we started with the drawers, lining up the drawer slide on the side of the drawer.
First drilling a pilot hole where each screw would hold the drawer slide to the drawer:
And then screwing in the screws that came with the drawer slides into the drawer. Side note…we later had some of the screws pop out because the wood shrunk, putting pressure on the screws. We have since upgraded the drawer slide screws to 1-1/4″ sheet rock screws which literally holds houses together so these ones are holding much better.
The hardest part of drawer installation was installing them inside the pantry nook. Not only was it super important for proper drawer functioning for the installation to be perfectly level, but we were also operating in a 13″ wide by about 29″ deep space. Not so easy for maneuverability. First step, leveling and marking. We had already installed spacers against the old wood wall where each drawer slide would attach to but needed to mark the pantry side where to install the other drawer slide side. Using a level, Colby marked each of the five drawer slide locations.
And then painstakingly held the drawer slide in position and level while screwing it into the pantry side.
There may have been a few cuss words flying and one swift kick to the pantry due to difficulties in holding/screwing the drawer slide in within such a tight space. So Colby, the master of jigs, built a little helper to hold the drawer slide while he screwed it into the wall. It’s just tacked up there temporarily with a pair of nails. Hash tag third hand.
After screwing each set of drawer slides into the walls, the pair looked like this:
And then it was just a matter of sliding each of the drawers into the pantry. Each worked without a hitch…phew! But if you did slide a drawer in and it was a bit tight, you could always tighten up your screws or take the drawer slides off and shave down the drawer width.
And scene…working pantry drawers in the house.
Five drawers in and the pantry is finally starting to look like a pantry. My itchy
trigger finger organizing hand is dying to get in there and load up the shelves with all sorts of kitchen pantry goodness. I’m envisioning a baking station, flour/sugar storage, and electrics storage. But alas…there are still more tasks to tackle before we can discuss all things organizing.
At this point we still need a shelf above the refrigerator for the microwave shelf, install a few more trim pieces, add drawer fronts, and attach some drawer pulls to each shelf. All in good time, dear readers, all in good time. In the meantime, we can be found testing out the strength of our drawers (75 lb max) by sitting our 50 lb pooch on the shelves. Goose does not approve.
So stay tuned as we try to wrap up our little pantry project, hopefully by the end of the year. I wish I was kidding. What we thought would be a quick little weekend project…about six weekends ago…is still in the works. Sheesh! Hash tag dragging our feet. Hash tag dude get on that already. Hash tag slow and steady. Hash tag I’m channeling that Subway commercial. Hash tag can you tell?!
Pssst…while we may have been spending our weekend wrapping up our pantry project, what did you guys tackle? Any cleaning or organizing projects happening in your neck of the woods? Lately that’s all I want to do. Purge, clean, and organize. Or anyone else taking a painfully long time to finish a project?! We can’t be the only ones!
This past Sunday, when I should have been making the Pioneer Woman’s queso fundido, picking out just the right beer at the local craft beer store, and bunkering down to watch the Super Bowl with Colby, I spent my day working on a little project for our master bedroom. And I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that if my mom was here, and I showed her what I did, I’m pretty sure her reaction would be something along the lines of “well…it’s interesting”. My mom is totally conservative when it comes to home decor and I’m totally not. In fact, lately I’ve felt that our master bedroom was a little on the bland side. Well folks, not anymore! Helloooooo accent wall!
We stenciled a little accent wall in our master bedroom behind a pair of Ikea dressers, which I also started impulsively painting. But more on that later. Let’s talk stenciling a bit.
Just before Christmas time when all hell was breaking loose in the Etsy shop and I was pulling out my hair trying to keep up with sales demand, I was contacted by the lovely folks at Royal Design Studio Stencils about doing a stencil review. You mean I get to try one of those gorgeous stencils I’ve been drooling over for months for free?! All I have to do is write about it and share my experience with my people?! Um…sold! I have to admit, I’ve never stenciled anything before and was a bit nervous. Although I have watched my mom do it several times, does that count for something?! My stencil of choice, the Rockin’ Roses Damask Stencil. Swoon!
Have you guys seen Joy Cho’s living room done by Emily Henderson? I loved that accent wall. Like wanna make out with it love it. So I envisioned an accent wall similar to that in the nook of our master bedroom. I didn’t have extra wads of cash kicking around so in lieu of the fancy metallic wallpaper, this stencil was a cheaper alternative with a similar vibe. So away went our dressers and off to work we went.
And the paint color of choice? Copper Kettle Stencil Cream. Meow.
The stencil came with some basic instructions which was great for a novice like me. The general consensus with the play by play was to start at the ceiling. The ceiling part is super visible but where the stencil meets the baseboards is often hidden by furniture or masked with baskets, bins, etc. Also included with my allover wall stencil was a ceiling stencil that was just one row of the pattern and easily matched up with the giant stencil.
I’m going on the record now to preapologize for the poor quality of “in action” shots and general lack of “in action” shots. I had a case of Edwardian Copper Hands, distant cousin of Edward Scissor Hands, which made for quick snapshots a little difficult without getting copper paint all over the camera. Colby tried to help…photography isn’t his strong suit. He…is…man. Man…build…things…with…hands. Man…no…camera…need. (That totally makes more sense if you say it aloud with a caveman voice).
So back to stenciling. The beauty of an allover wall stencil is that they’re cut out so you can easily overlap the stencil with what you just finished stenciling to repeat the pattern. So I worked my way down from the ceiling and off to the sides, one stencil section at a time. I liked working right to left. I felt I didn’t smudge the paint as much that way but I’m sure it’s a personal preference kind of thing.
As for the general “how I did it”, I kind of winged it. I had tried out this paint at the Haven Conference, and the general idea is to dip your brush in the paint (I was using the 2″ overall stencil brush), remove the excess with a rag, and work the paint into your stencil in a circular motion. I nixed the rag and just tapped off the excess paint on a piece of cardstock paper.
And just kind of tapped/rubbed the paint onto the stencil/wall.
I did find I was getting a bit of bleed through rubbing the paint into the wall so I started doing a bit more tapping straight down onto the wall. I blame part of this on the fact that this wall is nothing close to straight, even and level. Hash tag old home problems. This is where I could have benefit from using a temporary, stencil spray adhesive to help hold the stencil to the wall securely. Live and learn. But I powered through and finished the bulk of the wall in a couple of hours.
The easy part was done. Next up…the trickier cutting in parts along the baseboards, other walls, slanted ceiling, and regular old ceiling. This is when I started cursing the day that I decided to stencil an accent wall in the tiniest, most angular area of our home.
We learned quickly that we needed to protect the other walls from the stencil so before cutting in the corners we slapped up some painters’ tape. We also learned that four hands were easier than two for the corner parts, so Colby helped hold the stencil and fold it into the corner while I stenciled away. This was another case of spray adhesive would have been helpful. We also opted to tape a border around the stencil area so we didn’t have to stencil right into the corner, which was a bit tricky. I’m not gonna lie, I kind of regret the border and there’s a good chance I’m going to fix it this weekend. Blurry pic #2 of the post:
Just hours before kickoff and the beginnings of one serious Super Bowl beat down, the stenciled nook was finished. We moved the dressers back into our room and the space was looking a bit like this:
Loved the wall, didn’t necessarily love the particle board, faux pine, Ikea dressers in front of the wall. I just wasn’t feeling the faux pine/copper combo.
That’s when I impulsively started painting the dressers with Annie Sloan’s Pure White Chalk Paint. White went so much better with the copper rose wall than faux pine.
In the effort of full disclosure, I just barely started painting the dressers. They kind of look like this right now:
Cropping can be a beautiful, beautiful thing.
Let’s zoom in shall we?! So you can see our uneven wall a bit. Thank goodness the dressers hide that wonky part of the wall.
As for the next steps in our room makeover, we’re totally in that “the middle makes no sense” phase of the room, as Sherry from Young House Love would say. There is some serious crazy going on in here that needs to be fixed. Like red nightstand, yellow lampshade, mismatched lamp shades and nightstands, missing flooring, unfinished closet, and so…much…more. Ack! And the mirror finish…I’m not quite sure it really goes with the new copper wall.
But I feel like we’re heading down the right direction and things are coming together quite nicely all thanks to a copper rose wall. I’m hoping to finish painting the dressers by the end of the weekend, which should help them tie into the nook a bit better. And I also have some nightstand plans, lighting plans, and bedding plans coming down the pipe. So many exciting things going on in our bedroom (mind out of the gutter people…I repeat…mind out of the gutter).
Pssst….HUGE thank you shout out to Royal Design Studio Stencils for sponsoring this little post and sending me free supplies to make some magic stenciling in our master bedroom. We really appreciate it and LOVED our experience using your products. Thank you, thank you!
Badda bling, badda boom! The first (pink) glittery, Valentine’s Day crafty project is in the books. Love! Literally…in the form of a some gold and pink glittery “XO” letters which are currently hanging out on our bedroom dressers.
This past Saturday I had the house to myself thanks to Colby having to “do business” at a Bruins game in Boston. The perks of being a salesman. It’s a tough life. So that left me to my own devices. Never a good thing. So I let down my hair, poured a glass (or bottle) of wine, and whipped out the glitter jar. Yes…you heard me correctly…I said glitter jar.
There was way too much dust on the glitter jar. Both literally and figuratively. Time to rectify. Since Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, I thought a little lovey dovey art would be appropriate. Valentine’s Day is pretty much my favorite holiday since it’s the one time a year that I can get away with massive amounts of pink glitter. The remaining 51 weeks of the year we spend vacuuming up said pink glitter. So I picked up a couple of cardboard letters at Hobby Lobby, on sale for about $1.50 each, and went to town.
I envisioned two toned letters: gold metallic letters with a pink glittery front. I already had the gold metallic paint on hand, leftover from a Christmas craft project of yore, and I picked out the most complementary pink glitter I had in my collection. Both the paint and the glitter are from Jo-Ann’s Fabrics from the Martha Stewart craft line. And FYI…Jo-Ann’s currently has the 24 pack of Martha glitter on clearance for only $9! Super score!
Then it was a matter of slapping on a couple coats of the gold, metallic paint using a basic craft brush.
Then slathering on some glue and covering the fronts of the letters with the glitter. It totally helps to lay down a nice large piece of parchment paper or wax paper underneath your glittering project. The glitter doesn’t stick to the parchment at all…like at all at all. And it’s easy to roll up and make a funnel of sorts to pour the excess glitter back into the jar.
In total, this little project only took about 20 minutes of both active time and dry time. I shook off any excess glitter to prevent Colby and I sporting “strip club face” and then propped the letters on top of our bedroom dressers for a little festive love art in our master bedroom.
One more shot for the cheap seats in the back.
Love, love, LOVE! Even Colby likes it. So the moral of this whole story is when the husband is away, the wife breaks out the pink glitter!
And for the record, this was one of 4.6 million projects that I tackled this weekend. Not really…more like 4.6 million minus 4,599,994 projects. My point…it was a majorly awesome project tackling weekend and I can’t wait to show you some of the other little and BIG things that got done around these parts. There was stenciling, furniture painting, more furniture painting, and even some art making. I may have been bored without Colby here to entertain. So c’mon back now ya hear! No idea where that came from.
Pssst…Any Valentine’s Day craftiness going on in your neck of the woods? Or glittering projects? Do share!!!
This week has been one of THOSE weeks. You know the ones. The oh-my-goodness-I-can’t-believe-I-waited-until-a-few-days-before-quarterly-taxes-are-due-to-work-on-shop-accounting-and-year-end-stuff. Never again…never again. Now that I think about it, it’s actually been one of those WEEKS. An Excel and TurboTax overload kind of week. But it’s done. I’ve officially maximized my refund and taxed my brain (pun 100% intended). So I needed a little relief. And during one particular taxing section (did it again), I needed a break. So I turned to art and performed a little switcheroo in the bathroom art department with a brand spanking new print for behind the toilet.
Remember when I was talking about “Intentional” being my word of the year? And how I “intended” to do something different for above toilet art in the bathroom? Well folks, this is more like what I had in mind.
And for refresher’s sake, this is what we had hanging above the toilet before…trivets. I liked them…I just didn’t LOVE them.
Anywho, no sooner did I write my little post about being intentional, in both life and in general and decorating our home, I hopped on that trusty laptop of mine to a site I’m all to familiar with and purchased a print I have been drooling over for months.
The print hails from a little shop called Laura Amiss located in the Netherlands, and was relatively inexpensive art clocking in at $20 (broken down at $14 for the print and $6 for shipping).
No sooner did the print arrive, I hopped in the truck and scooted my little butt over to target to pick out a basic, white, $16 frame for my new art. Like I needed an excuse to go to Target. The truck is pretty much in auto pilot once I get behind the wheel. He’s all “must…go…to Target” which, for the record, I’m envisioning in a robot voice with human intonation kind of like Rosie’s voice in the Jetsons.
loose in the wall later and we had an updated toilet nook.
EXACTLY what I had intended. I love how the larger print/frame combo is so much more substantial than the previous four trivets. Having one larger piece really helps ground the nook and prevents it from looking too busy with four pieces on the wall behind the toilet combined with objects on the back of the toilet. Another view from the vanity area where you can just get a slight peak of the print:
Nothing like hanging a little art for a therapeutic yay-I-finished-our-taxes moment! Now I’m itching to do a little more noodling around in the bathroom. Mind out of the gutter people. I’m talking about possibly chalk painting the old, wood frame to the right of the print. Or maybe some craft up some Valentines Day art since it’s the one day a year I can away with pink glitter in our home. Ooooh….ooooh…GLITTER!
Pssst…Any big weekend plans for you guys and gals out there? I’ve got a couple of craft projects that I’m dying to work on, along with a couple other bathroom refreshes. That is, if I can get the other half of Casa Campbell on board.
I would like to preface this blog post with a round of musings from my mind. It’s a scary place, consider yourself warned. I’ve been struggling lately. REALLY struggling trying to figure out what I want in life. It’s been SO fun (she says sarcastically), just ask Colby. The biggest “what I want” debate has been my vocational choice, running our Etsy shop full time and leaving corporate marketing. While I LOVE Etsy, sometimes I feel like I lost my purpose. Was I meant to be a marketer? Was I meant to be an entrepreneur? Was I meant to do something totally different? Needless to say, I keep making decisions these days and second guessing myself.
My latest decision was that I was going to quit blogging. That was a week ago, right after my blog post about the bull horns. Most days with the blog I feel like I write to no one. Or that pantry we’re building in the kitchen…you know…the one that’s coming together at a snail’s pace….nobody wants to hear about. Or really cares about. It’s trivial. So why do it? While trying to figure out my next step career wise, I’ve started asking myself why I do things. Why do I blog? Hmmmm. Good question self. Is it for the business? No, not really, although it helps. Is it for my Mom (my biggest fan…hi Mom!)? Sometimes. But mostly, it’s for myself. Blogging is my zone out me time. To write witty words and publicly journal about our home (and sometimes our lives…especially when Goose does something especially odd). So I changed my mind and decided to keep going. Although I may not post every day or every other day, maybe just once a week, but I’ll still be here blogging my little heart out to my precisely 53 followers…and my Mom!
So this little prequel to the blog post brings me to this…my 2014 Word of the Year: Intentional.
Why yes, I have jumped on the “word of the year” trumps “resolutions” bandwagon. Lord I apologize. I feel like the last three or four years of my life I’ve lost the meaning of what I do. Career wise, hobby wise, life in general wise. Even with our home. When we first bought our house we couldn’t fill it. We had small apartment furniture…cheap, particle board, small apartment furniture. Mind you, our living room used to look like this:
It pains me to post that picture. So…painful. At least my photography skills have come along a bit. But that was pretty much all the furniture we had. Then Goose ate the couch and we started to make some changes and move forward. But alot of the time, we made decorating and house decisions based on what was cheap and not necessarily because it was the best decision or what we really wanted. Case in point…our bathroom toilet nook:
It’s not bad, but it’s not great. Every time I see the nook I’m reminded that it’s not what I intended that nook to look like. I had different ideas of a gorgeous framed print and a little half moon shelf beside it with maybe a puffer fish sitting there. I found those trivets for next to nothing at a flea market and we already had the frame and picture on hand so we went for it. But I’ve always felt that nook was too busy.
Another example of lost intention…the rope shelf in our bathroom:
I blame Pinterest for this one. With all the gorgeous pics of rope shelves that I collected on my Pinterest boards, we HAD to have one. We love the shelf, it looks cute and all, but it’s not functional nor what we intended for the space. The shelf is a little tippy and we probably should anchor it. Regardless, we’ve been too scared to put anything precious on those shelves like storage jars for Q-tips and cotton balls, things that would make our vanity nook more functional. We would rather have some chunky molding like shelves up there.
And then there’s the dining room curtains:
Not the best picture but they’re kind of hard to photograph with the ginormous window there. Same thing, not what I intended. But they were cheap and fun to make with my mom.
Anyway, you get the point. So this year, I am vowing to be more intentional. Intentional with my time. No more wasting time cruising Trulia. Do they have a 12 step program for real estate addiction?! Intentional with my career. I swear I’m going to figure it out. I’m close to deciding what I really want to do career wise and have even applied to a couple of jobs…although they may be a stretch for me to get. And intentional with our home. Our home could be so much better intentionally organized and decorated. We often complain that we don’t have enough space, especially since we BOTH work from home and have our own office spaces, but we can make it work.
So to sum it up…almost quit blogging but I’m back, word of the year is “INTENTIONAL”, and yes it was justifiable to write it in all caps. If I write it in caps…maybe I’ll actually do it!
Pssst…Enough about us, what about you guys? Did you make resolutions or pick a word of the year? On a similar note, do you guys read Edie’s blog, Life In Grace? I love here blog. She and a few other bloggers picked an Un-Word Of The Year. Love that! I also just read an awesome post at The Handmade Home about why we don’t need to move up to that bigger home. I felt like she was speaking to me!