I mustache you a question…do these bull horns make me look fat?!
I know, I know…mustache jokes are SO 2013 but I’ve always been one to hang on to a trend for FAR too long! Case in point, I’m still rocking my AC/DC baseball tee circa late 90s. Don’t judge. It’s my favorite tee. And it almost fits. It’s kind of like Ross’s Frankie Says Relax tee in Friends. But this post isn’t about my bad taste in jokes (or clothing) it’s about those bull horns. Those lovely, fabulous, I die, bull horns. Swoon! And the story behind those bull horns, as in where we found them.
Let’s step back a minute to about six months ago. One lazy Saturday morning, Colby and I were lounging in bed fighting the urge to get up and start the day. I’m staring down our dressers and in a half asleep daze turn to Colby and say, “you know what we need beside the dressers…bull horns”. Colby responded with his usual “yeah, uh-oh, okay dear, whatever you say, you’ll change your mind in three days”. But I had this crazy vision of bull horns hanging on the wall beside our dressers with maybe some chunky necklaces dangling from them. Fast forward six months and I haven’t let go of that idea yet. Enter the Portland, Maine Flea-For-All.
A couple weeks ago, Colby and I went down to a Bruins game in Boston and I begged and pleaded with him to stop at the Flea-For-All on our way home. Okay, so maybe it was more like, “hey Colby, there’s this indoor flea market of sorts in Portland just off the interstate, can we stop on our way through and check it out?!” Colby’s response, “Absolutely!”. He loves a good vintage shopping…more like scouring…excursion as much as I do. It was our first time at the Flea-For-All and let’s just say…I want ALL THE THINGS! Especially this little table and chairs set.
I can see it now in our back, back yard as a little bistro table set in the garden. But then from across the expanse on the third floor of the flea for all, I spotted them. Bull horns! BULL HORNS! They weren’t cheap, by any means. I think I paid about $78 for them…more like $80 something after tax. But after six months of searching all the antique stores, flea markets, and salvage yards for bull horns, I vowed that if I ever found them, as long as they were under $100, they were coming home.
Once we brought them home, I quickly realized that this set of horns wasn’t quite the right size. I actually needed them to be about half the size to fit in the dresser nook. Womp, womp, womp. But I still loved them. I may have pranced around the house the day we returned with the horns singing some sort of rendition of “this is the coolest thing we’ve ever found and I will never let you go”. Except I’m not going to let them go…like Rose did with Jack. Epic fail.
We finally settled on a spot for the horns in the parlor, over the doorway looking into the living room, here:
There was a perfect little void just the right size for the horns. As for hanging this sucker, it was super easy since it came with a little L-shaped bracket for hanging purposes. The horns were actually hanging on the wall when we found them so we knew it would work.
Then it was just a matter of screwing the horns into the wall using a sheet rock screw, which we always having hanging around the house. We have old walls and the screw went right into the wooden lathe behind the plaster. But if we had regular old sheet rock, it would have been better to screw the horns directly into a stud or use a sheet rock anchor for extra durability since the horns are kind of heavy.
And voila, bull horns hanging in our parlor, looking into the living room:
Here’s a bit of an angled shot for you so you can catch just a glimpse more of the parlor, a room that we rarely share with you since 98% of the time it’s an absolute epic mess! But I have plans to rectify that space. It’s currently where we house our his/hers double desk but the space lacks storage. Since Colby also works from home (the life of a road salesman), I would like to turn it into HIS space. You know, since I’ve pretty much taken over our ENTIRE home. He needs a man office. And what better way to kick off the man office than with a pair of bull horns?! But more on that later. We have enough half finished projects going on. Hello…kitchen pantry?! Maybe I’ll finish that first.
On another note, we can add bull horns to the ever expanding list of things that Goose is afraid of. For a hunting dog, he sure has an aversion to animal horns/parts! Can’t you see the fear in his eyes?! Poor Goose.
Pssst…Random side note. Since taking the self-employment leap I have been HORRIBLE about figuring out a blogging schedule. I’m trying something new. First thing in the morning, early hours blogging, since blogging at night doesn’t seem to be happening these days. I’m usually out cold, asleep on the couch 15 minutes into Downton Abbey. So I’m aiming to have posts up and live at 9:00 am each morning. Let’s see how I do! I’ve missed regular blogging and especially YOU GUYS! I love hearing from you so don’t be shy! Leave some love!
Pantry sides in the hizzah (hizzah = house in Snoop Dog terms because apparently Snoop Dog = Dr. Dre…you know…na na na na na the next episode). Anyway…we’re here unleashing pantry framing round 2…ding ding ding…after unleashing part 1 on you back here. So today we’re going to give you run down on how we made the sides for the refrigerator surround (really riveting stuff here…but alas…a necessary evil).
We used particle board for this project, which was our first go around using this material. We’re wood people. Nothing really beats playing around with real wood. But at $20 for a 4′ x 8′ piece of particle board compared to $60 for the same size of birch plywood (which has a smoother finish than pine), we went with the particle board. We opted just to purchase two sheets, one for each refrigerator side, and use the scraps to build the shelf above the refrigerator. After picking up our supplies, the first step was cutting down the board to size with a circular saw (making sure to prop the board up from underneath so we didn’t cut our workbench). Each refrigerator side measured 28-1/2″ deep x 91″ tall.
Next, we nailed a 1″ x 2-1/2″ piece of pine to the back side of the particle board, so the pine would lay between the wall and the particle board. This piece of pine not only helped provide an easy way to nail the refrigerator side to the wall, but also to help keep the particle board straight and prevent it from warping or swaying (insert joke in poor taste about wood going limp here).
Here’s the same particle board/pine piece combo dry fitted in place so you get the idea.
You know how I’m ALWAYS complaining about how our house isn’t level and our house isn’t square and our house is old so it’s not level or square (broken record say what?!), enter evidence stage right:
Holy gaps Batman! Thankfully trim pieces will cover this up.
Before permanently installing the side, I took a moment to prime and paint the pieces using a small foam roller. Why didn’t I paint after installing, you ask? Let’s just say my badonkadonk wasn’t about squeeze in that 20″ pantry space to paint it once it was already installed. I also took a moment to pre-prime and paint the other trim and support pieces that were TBI (to be installed).
Like this trim piece, which served the dual purpose of providing a solid wood surface to nail the refrigerator side into and also as the backing for the drawer slides, also TBI.
The unglamorous action shot of
Grizzly Adams my mangy husband…I mean…studly husband in weekend project attire nailing the refrigerator/pantry side into place. Random side note…I adore my husband in Carharts, swoon!
And the other trim piece we installed was another 1″ x 2-1/2″ piece of pine to cover the weird, angled gap between the particle board and the ceiling, and also to provide some needed support to the particle board.
Before we could push the refrigerator back into it’s little nook, we had a little drillin’ to do. The outlet for the refrigerator was on the exposed wood wall, on the other side of the particle board side. Nothin’ a little spade bit/drill action couldn’t fix.
One side done and installed and one more side to go. Random side note: notice the Carhart wardrobe change?! New day, new Carharts! Swoon continued! Random side note #2: I am THIS close to patching, priming, and painting the ENTIRE kitchen ceiling because of THAT stain! Even though the ceiling is completely coming down in just a couple of months to be replaced with bead board. Patience grasshopper…patience.
Once we got the first side of the refrigerator box up, it started to really feel like a built in pantry. Can’t you just see the pull out drawers, installed between the wall the fridge?! Filled to the brim with flour and sugar and pasta…oh my!
Back out came the refrigerator and we got back to work finishing up the framing for the shelf and also for refrigerator side number two. First by installing a piece of pine between the two sides to create an above-the-refrigerator shelf bracket.
Lather, rinse and repeat. We built and finished refrigerator side #2 in the same manner as refrigerator side #1. And with that, we have a framed-ish in refrigerator. “Ish” as in it’s still missing the shelf above the refrigerator, which we’re planning on using to stow the microwave to get it off our kitchen counter to free up more work space.
So what’s next? Great question! Glad you asked! Why, shelves of course! And since I love a good spoiler these days, here’s a kitchen pantry pull out shelf teaser:
Cannot…wait…to share more about them with you! They still need a little touching up and finishing, like end pieces and drawer pulls, but more on that later. Stay tuned for more details from the great pantry project of 2014.
Pssst…Okay my Northeastern-ly friends. Have you guys been having crazy weather too?! This weekend we bunkered down and watched all the crazies try to drive up our hill and get stuck, fire truck included, thanks to all the ice. It’s like winter’s revenge after having a couple of mild winters the past couple of years! Stay safe my friends.
Long time no kitchen talk! What gives?! It’s like we’ve been busy celebrating Christmas and New Year’s and an anniversary (Colby and I recently hit the five year mark…dating wise…we haven’t made it that far yet in the marriage department yet…fingers crossed!). When we last left off in our kitchen remodel, which I’m coining “Operation Lipstick On That Pig”, we had exposed the old wood sheathing underneath the sheetrock. We also talked about the kitchen remodel plan. Remember that plan?! Well…just scratch that. We’ve thrown the plan out the window and we’re onto a new plan called “winging it”. It’s a fabulous plan. In “winging it”, we’ve decided that the next step in our kitchen remodel process would be to build in a bit of a pantry situation around the fridge. Here’s the plan:
Mind…blown! I know, everyone and their brother has a pantry around their refrigerator. But we’re not going the cookie cutter, built in pantry cabinet beside the refrigerator route. Oh no. That’s way too boring for us. We’re opting to go with pull out slabs of wood with drawer slides that we’re going to call shelves. Trust us. It’s going to be legend…wait for it…dary. I tried to draw you guys a pic of the pantry plan, you know, to let you into my head a bit (be warned…it’s a scary place), but alas I am no artist. Just envision five pull out drawers between the refrigerator and the wall. First step in the pantry plan, framing.
Random side note…that’s Colby’s weekend “uniform”. I married Grizzly Adams! And don’t you love that he’s wearing leather mittens while installing the shelf framing?! It’s averaging about -20 degrees outside here in Maine so I can’t blame him. Anyway, since the old wooden wall was nothing close to straight, level or even, we couldn’t affix our pantry drawer slides directly onto the wall. It needed some spacers and framing. We wanted 13″ wide x 26″ deep shelves in the 30″ depth refrigerator cavity. So Colby nailed in a vertical piece of 1″ x 3″ pine with the outside edge of the board 30″ out from the wall (which lines up with the edge of the refrigerator), to define the pantry space.
Next, we installed the horizontal pieces of pine that would be the wood the drawer slides would be screwed directly into. These wood pieces essentially will serve as spacers for the drawers to sit a bit off the wall. It was imperative that these be perfectly level and even to ensure proper drawer slide-age. Nobody needs a crooked shelf. Out came the level and we marked each of the five shelves, an equidistant 15.5″ apart from each other, with the bottom spacer sitting above the baseboard.
As per usual in our old, not level and not square home, the old wood wall was a bit wavy and uneven. Meaning, to properly even out the spacers for the drawer slides, each piece of pine needed to be shimmed (see…this is why we couldn’t attach the drawer slides directly to the wall). Drawer slides just don’t work if the back width is an inch narrower than the front width. To shim the spacer, Colby just slid a pair of shims (or sometimes a single shim) behind the pine, adjusting them as necessary for a level fit.
Once the spacers were at the correct depth, we just used the nail gun to nail through the spacer, into the shim and into the wall behind it. Kind of like so.
Afterwards, we just cut the excess shim off with a utility knife and we were left with the finished drawer framing that looked something like this:
And the extended
warranty view (please ignore the nasty-a$$ ceiling…it’s gotta go):
Since the next step in the building process was to build in the refrigerator, which leaves about a 13″ gap between it and the wall, I opted to prime and paint all the framing before proceeding to the next step. It just took one coat of primer (after punching in all the nails, filling the nail holes, and sanding down the putty) and two coats of glossy paint in Valspar’s Betsy’s Linen (it’s our go-to white trim paint throughout our home).
I’m really loving how the bright white trim and framing is popping off that old wood wall. It’s such a fabulous contrast and I can’t wait to have the rest of the built in pantry painted too.
And that’s where I’m going to leave the framing post/tutorial for today. I could keep going, but this post has the potential to include over 40 pictures and be 5,000 words long so I’ll spare you. But I will spoil the surprise and share the built in pantry progress so far in real time. Actually it’s not really real time because we just installed the drawers a few minutes ago.
Does it make sense now? So you can see how we’re inserting five drawers between the refrigerator and the wall, with the drawers attaching to the white framing and the particle board box around the fridge, and eventually we’ll have some shelves above the fridge too. But one step at a time. We’re taking baby steps here with game plan “winging it”. Next up…refrigerator boxing.
Pssst…Stay tuned for more on the kitchen front, but enough about us. What have you guys been up to lately? Do share!
That Time Curtis Stone Had His Mitts On One Of Our iPad Stands & A Smorgasbord Of Other Awesome Things
And the award for the longest blog post title in the history of…ever….goes to…drum roll please…Angie Campbell! And I didn’t even prepare a speech! Lucky you for not having to listen to it. 2013 has been good to us and in particular good to our shop, Roostic (find us on Etsy here). I have to admit, in the thick of holiday shopping season working 16 hour days making stands, it didn’t feel so glamorous, but looking back…dang girl?! We had some pretty cool things happen to us and our shop. Enter exhibit A… Curtis Stone, Australian “Take Home Chef” from the Food Network. And yes, that’s my red stained iPad stand crafted by my own two hands sitting on the counter beside him. Coolest thing that has ever happened to me. Other than meeting Colby of course (can you hear the cheese police sirens? They’re coming for me). The stands were for an event that Netflix was hosting. Top Chef Masters host Curtis Stone was cooking up some Thanksgiving goodies for a room full of class participants and they used my stands to hold tablets at each station for recipe reading. You can read more about the event on Parade here and OK Magazine here.
Honestly, that red stand order was the order from…well…you know. Let’s just say, that everything that could go wrong did go wrong (aka…thank you UPS for damaging almost my entire custom, rush, overnight, bulk order that I spent four straight days working 20 hour days recreating and I’m still waiting for that larger-than-my-mortgage shipping refund two months later). But totally worth it just for the coolness factor! I love Curtis Stone. Curtis…if you’re reading this…and find yourself in Maine someday…you can totally come home and cook dinner for me anytime!
So that concludes our little foray into the coolest things that have happened to our shop in the last couple of months. All the fabulous features really make those unglamorous days when you drop and spill an entire quart of red stain on your floor a bit more bearable. Here’s hoping 2014 is just as amazing! Happy New Year to all of you and thanks for sticking around this little nook of the blogosphere! Virtual hugs to you all!
Pssst…Speaking of New Years, how did you guys ring in the new year? Any fabulous outings? Or a relaxing evening at home? Anyone else reflecting back on 2013?
I don’t know what it is. Human nature perhaps. But these days, I have buckets of motivation to spontaneously rip down sheet rock to expose an old wood wall, a project that took nearly half a day and is still under construction. But when it comes to doing a little decor project that would take 30 minutes…tops….it takes me nearly two months to get around to it. Enter project DIY deer postcards stage left.
Throughout the Christmas season, something always felt odd to me to have hula girl postcards up on the postcard ledges. Actually, it started way back when, before Thanksgiving while Colby was “upta” deer camp with his family.
I thought to myself, “self…you can’t keep these hula girl postcards up here throughout the holidays. Heck…you probably shouldn’t have them up there throughout winter. They’re just gonna make you all sad and depressed like because A) the sun sets around 3:30 pm everyday, B) it is precisely 30 below frigid outside and C) the dog keeps disappearing in the mountain of snow that is the back yard. It’s not hula girl season.” Self is so smart! That’s when visions of
sugarplums kraft paper deer postcards danced through my head.
It was a quick and simple switcheroo that I tackled intermittently during one of those 2 hour long episodes of Downton Abbey, which I’m currently catching up on and just finished season 3 and WTF mate?! The ending?! Really?! Anyway, the postcard project all started with a quick search of free deer sketches. Thank you Google images.
I dumped all those images in a folder on my desktop and then proceeded to drag and drop them into a little 8.5″ x 11″ template that I put together in Photoshop, complete with some cutting guidelines down the middle. Side note….if you don’t have Photoshop, Microsoft Word works too. I’m just an Adobe dork.
I ended up making about seven different sets of deer sketch postcard sheets, all of which I exported as a pdf since our printer doesn’t play nice with Photoshop. Then I printed a couple of each set out on some kraft paper card stock paper that I had hanging around the house, leftover from wedding projects I believe, and cut out each postcard utilizing those handy cut lines I drew out in the Photoshop file. Side note #2…if you don’t have kraft paper card stock hanging around your home, you can get a stack of it at any craft store. We got ours from Hobby Lobby in the scrapbook paper section for about $3 after using one of their mobile coupons.
Then I just swiped all of the hula girl postcards off the shelves and replaced them with the DIY deer sketch postcards for a way different look to our living room.
It’s definitely gives off a different vibe for the living room. I can’t say that I love them (or hate them), it’s just different. I think it’s just a bit too muted for me. I love color…lots of color and I really miss that vibrant corner behind the couch that was the hula girl postcard collection. But I am appreciating the more muted corner over the holidays so the Christmas tree and other holiday sparklies can really shine.
Pssst…You know how sometimes when you see a picture of your room (rather than just looking at your room in person), you have one of those “aha” moments? I’m experiencing that right now! I think the coffee table needs to go black…maybe a black polyshades stain? Thoughts? Am I crazy? Would that work?!