Boys’ Bathroom Update

November 3, 2014 AT 11:22 am 5 Comments

I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  This bathroom is just days away from being completely finished!  Whoop!

This has been the eternal project!

Last time I posted about the bathroom, I told you were going to be doing a little demolition.  Usually demolition happens in an old space, not a new one. 

Well, we had originally planned to have a tub/shower combo in their bathroom.  So we installed a tub.

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But neither Cy or I ever liked the look of the tub. 

It butted up right to the doorway and made the bathroom feel crowded.  It just didn’t look good. 

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We tried to figure out how to not have a third (back) wall in the tub so the space would feel more open, but we still didn’t like it. 

We both knew it had to go, but we didn’t want to make this project take any longer than it already had.

Well, we eventually bit the bullet and tore the brand new tub out.  And removed some of the tile from the wall.  And hung new drywall and layed new tile on the floor.  Ugh.

We bought a square shower pan and created a corner shower for the boys.  Even though we would rather have a tub in this space, the stand up shower just worked better for us. 

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I’m going to try and find a cute shower curtain for it.  :)

So here is what the bathroom looks like today. 

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I bought those oval mirrors at Home Goods.  I “think” I like them.  What do you think?  Should I go with a different shape?

They are framed in that old brown metal, which I like.  I’m just not sure about the shape.  We haven’t hung them yet, so maybe it will look better when we do.

Now that the tub is gone, the bathroom looks sooooo much bigger!

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Now I need to find some cute baskets to put on the vanities Cy made.

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I found this cute piece at Hobby Lobby. 

I am going to hang it on the wall and use it as a towel holder by the shower. 

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I still need to figure out a window covering and lights above the vanities.  But at least the bathroom will be “usuable” soon, and I can kick the boys out of the downstairs guest bathroom. :)

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Have a blessed day!


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Antique Lockers for the Boys’ Room

September 1, 2014 AT 8:09 pm 20 Comments

Hey friends!

I pray you had a wonderful Labor Day with your family and friends!

I certainly did.  Cy and I took the boys to the food court at the mall and had lunch, then walked around for a bit.  The boys had fun playing at the Apple Store.  Smile

It wasn’t anything super special, but was just a fun time together as a family.

Then we went over to Dad and Janet’s house in the afternoon to celebrate my dad and Luke’s birthday.  We have a LOT of family birthdays around this time of year. 

It was so wonderful being together as a family!  Our family is always crazy when we get together, and I love it!  Lots of noise and lots of laughter.  #doesn’tgetanybetterthanthat

I wanted to show you the lockers that I finally finished for Luke and Jonathan’s room, and I wanted to show you some pictures of the WHOLE room so that you can see how it is laid out.  I’ve had a ton of readers ask me to see the entire space, so I hope these pictures help you envision it.

I looked up the old post of when I found these old lockers/cabinets in our shed.  They were there from the previous owner and were full of old paint cans.  We just left them in there when we first moved in because we didn’t have time to clear everything out.  I had totally forgotten about them until I started to clean up the shed the next Spring!

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As soon as I saw the lockers, I knew I was going to use them in Jonathan and Luke’s room.  They were super-duper dirty, but that could easily be fixed.

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They made me think of these lockers from Pottery Barn…

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So, I cleaned them up real good, and added some shelves in the middle for more storage.  I left them the color they already were and just sanded them down a little because I liked the patina.DSC_0010I also left the sheet of galvanized metal on the back of the lockers, because DUH, that’s awesome!  The original owner had painted the galvanized metal the same color as the lockers, so I just removed the sheet of metal, turned it around, and attached it so the galvanized metal would be showing. You can sort of see the metal in the picture below…

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For now, they are full of the boys’ t-shirts and shorts.  The rest of their clothes are in their closet.

I left the old handles on them because I could see several layers of paint, and I just like that kind of charm.

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 So people would think that it looks old and dirty, but I see pure beauty! I have such a love affair with old things.  

The lockers are directly to the right of Jonathan’s industrial shelves.

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As you can see,  Jonathan and Luke’s room is very long and narrow. 

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Jonathan’s bed is on the far side of the room.

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Their new DIY Sawhorse Desk is against the wall in between their two beds.

 

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Luke’s bed is to the left of the desk.  I am standing in the doorway to their room in the picture below…

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The boys have been loving their new desk!

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Directly to the left of their desk is Luke’s side of the room.  His room is right by the door, thus the “exit” sign.  Smile

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The last thing we need to do in this room is add some doors.  They do not have a bedroom or closet door right now. I have some old 5 panel wood doors on our back porch waiting for a new coat of paint.  As soon as I get those finished, Cy will hang them for me.

We are still working on their bathroom.  We have made a HUGE change of plans in that space that includes some demolition.  Yep.  You heard me right.

I will share the details soon. 

Have a blessed day, friends!!!


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BSHT Favorite Room Home Tour

August 26, 2014 AT 10:12 pm 12 Comments

favorite-room-edition-graphic I am so thrilled to be participating in the Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours!  It is hosted by Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co., (who is an absolute doll!) It has been fun seeing everyone’s favorite room in their house.   If you are coming from The DIY Playbook   blog, welcome!  And if you have never  visited my blog before, then you need to know that I am the mom of four amazing boys!  They are my world, along with their father! Smile

 

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So as you would expect, it is ALL THINGS BOY around my house.  And I love every minute of it!  (Okay, except for the smells.  Ahem.)

This past year, I was finally able to finish my two oldest sons’ bedroom.  They are now 13 and 15 years old, and I wanted their room to look more “grown up.”  No more dinosaurs or trains.  (insert frowny face)

To get the look we were going for, we built two sets of industrial shelves on opposite sides of their long, narrow bedroom. We started with Jonathan’s shelves.  He’s my music guy, so we built his shelves to have a place for him to store his guitars. 

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I made rolling storage crates to go under the bottom shelf for Jonathan to store some of his extra stuff.  I shared how we built these shelves in THIS POST. 

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We built Luke’s shelves a little differently and had them extend over his bed. We didn’t plan it, but we ended up decorating with a “travel” theme on Luke’s side of the room.

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I also made some rolling crates on Luke’s side.  I painted on some numbers in bright red and added rope for a handle.  I love these crates, and you can see how I made them HERE.


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One of my favorite items on Luke’s side of the room is the large EXIT sign that I got at Hobby Lobby.  It points right to his bedroom door.

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We live on five acres in the beautiful state of Kentucky, and my boys do a lot of exploring in the wooded area of our property.  There is nothing better than boys exploring the beautiful outdoors, so I had to get this “Explore” sign for Luke’s shelves.
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  In the middle of their room is a long wall between two windows.  I knew I wanted to put a desk in this space for them, but didn’t know what kind.  I finally (after two years) decided to go with this Sawhorse Desk.  The boys absolutely love it, and I do too!  I love seeing them use it each night to do their homework.  You can see how I made this desk HERE.

 

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It has been so much fun bringing this space together.  It is truly a one-of-a-kind room that my boys will be able to enjoy for years. 

The next room that I will tackle is Adam and Eli’s room.  I have some fun  plans in store for that room, so I hope you stick around and follow along. 

You can subscribe to my blog HERE.
 

Next on the tour is Sarah M. Dorsey Designs!

Thanks for stopping by!!


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Industrial Shelves {for a boy’s room}

February 23, 2014 AT 6:41 pm 44 Comments

 

I finally finished the industrial shelves on Luke’s wall!

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I’ve been dying to show them to you!

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They have been finished for quite a while now, but I was searching for the perfect light to go over his bed, and I haven’t been able to find it.  Sad smile

So I am still looking.  But for now, I am just using this silver pendant light from IKEA.  It works.

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I have had fun decorating his shelves with some old things and some new things.

The “Explore” sign was from Gordman’s.  The blue fan was a yard sale find for about five dollars several years ago.  I got the colorful, old books at the local antique mall.  The red truck we have had for a while, and I can’t remember where we got it.  The glass jar is from Walmart, and the blue frame I bought at Gordman’s.

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My favorite purchase for the room was the “exit” sign.  I love the color it adds to the wall, and it fits perfectly next to the door to the bedroom.  I purchased it half off at Hobby Lobby.

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The US shaped chalkboard and letter “H” were also from Hobby Lobby.  I got the bowling pin from Goodwill several years ago.

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I love how much storage the shelves hold!  We were able to add baskets, and books, a clock, a globe, and more.

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It really is such a fun space!

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The striped rug is from the Ballard Designs’ outlet.  The bedding is from Ikea, except for the grain sack pillow.  I bought the aqua grain sack at the local antique mall and made it into a pillow.

The bed was stained wood until I painted it black last year.  I got the bed frame at a yard sale over 10 years ago for $15.00.  You can’t beat that!

If you missed how I made the rolling storage crates for Luke’s wall, you can read about it HERE.  Or just click on the picture below.

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And if you want to know how I built these shelves, just click HERE or on the picture below.  It shows you how I built Jonathan’s industrial shelves, and how I used the same size pipes for Luke’s wall.

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I am so glad to have these two spaces completed!  I still need to build some desks and add some window coverings, but I am moving on to their bathroom for now.  I have GOT to get that finished!  Smile

If you have any questions, just leave me a comment below!

 

Have a blessed day!!!

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More DIY Storage Crates {and Cameo Winner!}

February 11, 2014 AT 7:03 am 9 Comments

*Silhouette Cameo winner announced at the bottom of this post.

Remember Jonathan’s Industrial Shelves that I showed you a couple of weeks ago?

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Well, I wanted to share with you how I made the DIY  storage crates for his wall.

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The first thing I had to do was figure out how big I wanted to make my crates.  Once I came up with my measurements, I went to Lowe’s to purchase a large sheet of 3/4 inch oak plywood.  I gave the measurements to the employee at Lowe’s in the wood cutting section, and they cut the board to the sizes I needed.

Then I took them home and started putting them together. You can see in the picture below how I nailed the sides to the bottom of the crates.

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I always add wood glue to each piece of wood before I nail it to another board to add extra strength…

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After I nailed the sides on, I added the back piece of wood to the crate…

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For the front of the crates, I used 1×4’s.  I cut each 1×4 to the size that I needed and then nailed it to the front of the crate.

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Adding wood glue, of course, before I nailed each board.

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I also left a little space between each board before I nailed it.

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Next, I added some wheels to the bottom of the crate.  This will make the crates super easy to get in to and will keep the crates from scraping the wood floor.

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I added a coat paint to the crate that was the same color as the walls.  I didn’t sand the wood before I painted because I like the “worn” look, but if you like things to have more of a clean look, you may want to sand your crate before painting. I also didn’t use wood filler to fill in the nail holes because I like being able to see the nails in the wood, but that is just a personal preference. Smile

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For the front of the crates, I added these cute little handles that I found at Target.  They come in packages of two.

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That’s it!  Super easy, but super cute!

Jonathan loves his new shelves and the extra storage!   The crates under his guitars hold his guitar cords and music sheets.  The other two crates hold his socks and shirts.

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Did you miss the tutorial of how I made the storage crates for Luke’s wall?  I went with a different look on his wall because I wanted each of their spaces to be unique, just like them! Smile
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You can see that tutorial HERE.

Both of these projects will also be featured on my organizing blog, Organize and Inspire.

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O & I is FULL of great organizing projects for every room of the house from talented bloggers from all over blogland!

You can visit O & I by clicking HERE.

If you have an organizing project that you would like to be featured on Organize and Inspire, you can submit it HERE.

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The winner of the Silhouette Cameo is…..

Katie McRae!

Congratulations, Katie!! I will be contacting you by email today! Smile

Have a blessed day!


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How to Build Industrial Shelves

January 21, 2014 AT 1:52 pm 57 Comments

Today, I am going to show you how to build industrial shelves.

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This was a new experience for me, so I just learned as I went along.  But first let me show you the inspiration that got my wheels a turnin’ for this project….

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I had considered doing pallet wood walls, but when I saw that picture last year, I KNEW that I wanted to build something like it that in Jonathan and Luke’s room.  Their room is a long, narrow room, and each side of the room is “their space.”

When we were building the walls in their room, {a veeeerrrrry long time ago} we covered one wall on each side with faux brick paneling from Lowe’s.

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To help the brick to not look like paneling, we filled the seams with wood filler.

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Then we sanded it smooth…

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And painted it the same color as the walls, Benjamin Moore, White Dove.

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I printed off some of the inspiration pictures I found on my computer, and then began sketching each of the boy’s walls.

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Jonathan wanted a place to hang his guitars, so I sketched his wall to look like this…

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Then I went to Lowe’s to purchase my supplies.  I chose to use 3/4 inch black iron pipes.  They come in 1/2 inch and 1 inch sizes as well, and you can also purchase galvanized pipes instead of black, if you want.

These are the main four pieces I used:

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They only had galvanized floor flanges, so I had to spray paint mine black.

I began laying the pipes out on the floor to make sure I had all the pieces I needed.  Lowe’s didn’t have enough of some of the pieces, but they ordered them for me and arrived within a day or two!

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I bought 2 inch thick pieces of wood for my shelves because I love the look of the thick shelves.  They come in different lengths.   You could save some money by purchasing a thinner wood, if you wanted.

I sanded each piece of wood before using it.

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To begin building the wall, I put the bottom row of pipes together and then lined them up where I wanted them on the floor.  I used some tape to help me keep them straight and a tape measure to make sure they were the same distance apart.

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Then I screwed the flanges to the floor.

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I used a 1 and 1/4 inch drill bit to drill holes in the wood where I needed them.  Sometimes I used a tape measure to figure out where I needed to drill the holes, and sometimes I placed the wood on top of the pipes and used a marker to draw around the pipe so I could see where to drill the hole.  Does that makes sense?

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You can see in the picture below how we added the first shelf.  You just continue doing the same thing for each shelf.

Pipe…T-ring….6 inch pipe…elbow…shelf….repeat.

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Then we created the open space on Jonathan’s shelf by using 18 inch pipes.  You can see how we still used the 6 inch pipes and the elbows underneath the shelf.

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Since the final pipe on top needed to reach the wall, we used an 8 inch pipe instead of a 6 inch pipe.  We attached a flange to that pipe and then screwed it into the wall.  On Jonathan’s wall, it was the perfect length, and we were able to drill into the wall perfectly, but for Luke’s wall, we had to add an extra piece of wood to the back of the flange to make it fit perfectly to the wall.  {Do not ask me why.}  Smile)

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After the shelves were built, I stained them with MinWax Provencial and sealed them with MinWax’s wipe on poly in Satin. Be sure to lightly sand in between each coat of poly.  I applied two coats.

In the picture below, you can see the sizes of the pipes we used.

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Lastly, I added some guitar clips and storage crates.  We’ve put some “décor” on the shelves for now, but I am sure we will be changing a lot of it.

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Jonathan is thrilled with his wall!!  He said he wants to add some more “music” stuff to it, so that is our goal.  I think it is a great use of space and makes his room look so “boyish.”

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I was trying to figure out how much this wall cost, and I think it was around $300 total.  Which is a lot cheaper than most pieces of furniture and makes a much greater impact in the room.  how to build industrial shelves

If you have any more questions about these shelves, just leave me a comment, and I will answer them.

Thanks!

 

If you love industrial shelving and want even more inspiration, Jen, from Tatertots and Jello, has a great post about them.  Just click on the picture below.

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“In accordance with the FTC Guidelines, I am disclosing that I received products from Lowe’s for this project. Although I have a material connection to Lowe’s, any publicly stated opinions of Lowe’s and their products remain my own.”

 

**Linking this project to Tutorials and Tips Link Party at Home Stories A to Z.

TDC Before and After

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DIY Industrial Shelves {Jonathan’s side of the room!}

January 20, 2014 AT 9:03 am 20 Comments

I wanted to show you the industrial shelves I made for Jonathan’s side of the room! diy wood rolling storage crates

I am not finished “styling” them, but it’s close enough. SmileI finally got the clips to hang his guitars yesterday, and Jonathan is thrilled to have the storage crates finished as well.

Today, I am guest posting at Tatertots and Jello and sharing how I made the rolling storage crates for Jonathan’s wall.

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Click HERE to check out my guest post at Tatertots and Jello!

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I will be sharing a post this week about how I made these shelves.  I tried to share it with you last week, but I just couldn’t get all my ducks in a row.

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I still have a little more to do to Luke’s wall, but I hope to finish it soon.  His bed comes out from his wall of industrial shelves, so I am trying to figure out what type of bedside lamp I want to use.

Hopefully, I will have an “a-ha!” moment and figure it out. Smile

That’s all for now, friends!  The boys do not have school today, so I am going to spend some time with them and get a few things done around the house.

 

I hope you have a blessed day!!!

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DIY Rolling Storage Crate {for the boys’ room}

January 8, 2014 AT 4:09 pm 26 Comments

I am soooo excited to finally be making progress on the boys’ room!!!  Jonathan and Luke’s to be exact. Smile

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I have created two separate walls of industrial shelves for each of the boys, and I will share them on my blog soon.  Today, I am showing you some rolling storage crates that I made for Luke’s wall of industrial shelves.

Since my boys share rooms, I needed to come up with some creative ways to provide extra storage for their stuff.

I decided to make some rolling crates for the bottom of Luke’s shelves.  We had a LOT of extra wood left over from making the shelves, so I decided to use some of those pieces to make  these crates.

We used our leftover 2×12’s for the bottom and back of the crate.  If I was starting from scratch, I would have used a thinner wood.

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We had some 3/4 inch birch plywood pieces that we cut for the sides.  {I would give you the measurements, but since you may need a different size crate, it doesn’t make sense for me to share the specific measurements.  You can create these crates any size you want.}diy rolling storage crate

Cy always applies wood glue to the edges of the wood before he nails them together.

You can see in the picture below that we used the 2×12’s for the base and back of the crate, and the sides were made of 3/4 inch birch plywood.  If we had had more plywood, I would have used it for the back of the crate as well, but it was late and cold outside, so we were not wanting to make another trip to Lowe’s. Smile

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For the front planks on the crate, we used some pieces of 1×4 exterior primed OSB trim that we had leftover from making shutters for our home. You can get these at Lowe’s as well.

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Cy nailed them to the front of the crate with a little bit of space between each one.

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Lastly, we screwed some rolling wheels from Lowe’s to the bottom of the cart.  It was about $5 for a package of two wheels.

I was originally going to paint the planks on the front of the crate, but I actually thought they looked good the color they already were, so I left them alone.

To add a pop of color to the crates, I decided to paint on some red numbers.

I used my Silhouette machine to create a stencil, but you could buy a stencil at Walmart or Hobby Lobby.

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Then I painted the number with some red Rustoleum paint that I had.

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The sides and back of the crate I painted with some paint I already had too.  It is Valspar’s Ebony Fields.

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Lastly, we drilled some holes for the rope handles.

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I inserted rope that I got from Lowe’s for an earlier project and tied knots on each side of the crate to create a handle.

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I love the look of the rope handle.

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That’s it!  So easy, but so cute.  Smile

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And now Luke has extra storage for his stuff.  {Luke wants me to tell you that those are not his toys.  Smile  I just put those in there for this post.  He’s 12, and well… he said he’s gonna put “cooler” stuff in his crates.}

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Now I need to make some crates for Jonathan’s shelves on his side of the room.  His will be smaller, but he needs four of them.  I’ll be sure to share them with you when I am finished.

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For now, Luke will be enjoying his and rubbing it in Jonathan’s face.  Brothers! Smile

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Disclosure:  Lowe’s provided me with a gift card to purchase supplies I needed for this project, however the ideas and opinions are 100% mine.

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Bookcase turned Yard Stick Coffee Table {DIY Wayfair Challenge!}

December 3, 2012 AT 6:00 am 33 Comments

 

I am so excited to share a fun little project I just complete for my boys!

I got an email a while back from Wayfair about participating in their first DIY Challenge. Of course, I said yes!

We had to pick one of three products to do a makeover on.  I chose this bookcase.

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When I first saw it, I planned on still using it as a bookcase, but then I got the idea to turn it into a coffee table for the boys’ soon-to-be playroom.

{When the boys’ move upstairs to their new rooms, we are going to turn one of their rooms downstairs into a playroom.}

So this is what I came up with!

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I just LOVE it!

I took the bookcase and created a rolling, yard stick coffee table with it.

I used the pieces of bookcase that came in the box to create the base of the coffee table.  I sprayed the whole piece with Kilz spray primer first, and then spray painted the whole thing with white spray paint.

Since the original backing of the bookcase was a little too flimsy, we used a piece of leftover beadboard that we already had for the bottom of the coffee table.

We applied PL Adhesive to the wood and then nailed the board to the bottom of the bookcase.

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Then we cut a piece of plywood about two inches longer on each side than the bookcase.yard stick coffee table

We attached the larger piece of plywood to the top of the bookcase with door hinges.

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Now the boys will be able to lift up the table top and use it for storing toys or blankets.

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For the top of the coffee table, I bought a bunch of yard sticks for .69 cents a piece and stained or painted them with my favorite colors.

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I spray painted some red and used Annie Sloan dark wax on them to make them look aged.  I used Ebony stain on some, Walnut stain on others.  I also used a gray stain, white spray paint, and green paint on some others.  You can use whatever colors you want!

Then I attached the yardsticks to the top of the coffee table using more PL Adhesive and the nail gun.

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I staggered my yard sticks because I didn’t want them to look all matchy-matchy.

Then we used an electric hand saw to cut the edges of the yard sticks straight.

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Next, we added wheels to the bottom of the coffee table.

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To cover the raw edges of the top of the table, I stained some yardsticks a little darker with the ebony stain and attached them to the sides with PL Adhesive and a nail gun.

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I also added a silver handle to the front so the boys can lift the top of the coffee table easily.

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I am so happy with how it turned out!

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It’s such a colorful and happy table!  Perfect for the boys’ soon-to-be playroom!

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And I like that they will be able to easily roll it out of the way if they need more space to play games, like their Wii.

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Here is another look at the before and after…

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A special thanks to Wayfair for letting me participate in this challenge!! Be sure to follow Wayfair on Pinterest and/or Facebook for news and products.

Disclaimer—Wayfair provided the bookcase and Giftcards.com provided a giftcard to go toward the supplies for this project. All opinions are 100% my own.


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Burlap Lamp Shades {Pottery Barn Copied Me!}

March 11, 2012 AT 9:21 pm 27 Comments

Okay, ladies.

Last night, I was looking through the latest Pottery Barn Kids magazine for some decorating inspiration, when I saw something that caught my eye.

It was something that looked very familiar to me.  A boy’s burlap lampshade.

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I recognized it because it looks eerily similar to the lamp shades I made for my boys’ room 3 years ago!

 

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Yep!  It was my idea first!

(Okay, maybe not.  But I’m am TOTALLY claiming it as my original idea!)

I had never seen anything like them before.  I just had some lamp shades for my boys’ room that needed some updating.  So I decided on burlap, (since it is my favorite material in the world.)  But they were still a little too plain, so I decided to paint some red numbers on them to match the colors in their room.

So ya see?  My idea.  Smile

These lamp shades were featured a lot in blogland, so I think the folks at Pottery Barn saw them and was inspired by ME.  (A girl can dream, right?!)

Anyway, since I completed this project “pre-Pinterest” days, I thought I would share the post with my readers again.  (Especially since I have about 4,000 new readers since I first published this!)

 

 

Updating Lamp Shades for the Boys’ Room

I am loving the new update for the lamp shades in my boys’ room!

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It’s exactly what I had envisioned in my head. I bought some lamp shades from Target for the boys’ room a couple of years ago. They weren’t exactly what I was looking for, but they were the right size and shape, (and price).

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They were covered with a tan paper that began to bubble. I tried to ignore it, but it was driving me crazy.

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I began to think about how I could recover them…maybe with new material? blue? red? khaki? And then it hit me….BURLAP, BABY!

If you don’t know about my obsession with burlap, just click on “burlap projects” in my archives, and you’ll get a good idea.   Smile

I already had some leftover burlap, so I quickly got to work. First I pulled the navy blue trim off of the lamp shade. That was super easy.

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Then I took my burlap and wrapped it around the shade.

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I covered each side of the shade with fabric glue and a sponge brush and pressed the burlap to the shade.

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Then I let it dry. I tucked the edge of the material under and secured it with my glue gun.

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Press the seam down and it will lay nice and flat. Just be careful because the glue can seep through the holes of the burlap! Trust me…I know!

 

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Once I had the whole shade covered in burlap, it was time to put the trim back on.

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First, I trimmed the burlap around all of the edges with my scissors.  Next, I got out my trusty glue gun and glued the ribbon back on.

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They were already looking sooooo good to me!

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But it needed something else.  They were just a little too plain for me.

Sooooo. I bought some stencils at Michael’s (with a coupon) for 4 bucks. Then I got out my sponge brush and the same paint that I used to paint the boys’ collector’s shelves. (Colonial Red)

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I let the boys picked out a number that they wanted stenciled on their lamp shade, and I got to work.

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I taped the stencil in place and applied the paint with my sponge brush.

 

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Then I used a smaller paint brush to go over the edges of the numbers to make them more even.

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They are perfect! To me, at least.

 

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It was nighttime when I took the pictures of the lamp shades in the boys’ room, so I used my flash for some of them. ( I usually try not to do that, but in this case I thought some of the pictures turned out better with the flash.)

 

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The boys are thrilled! They love having those lamps beside their beds to read at night.

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If you want to learn how to make a collector’s shelf similar to the ones in the boys’ room, click HERE.

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I bought the swing arm lamps at Goodwill for $2.50 a piece. They were an ugly brass, so I spray painted them with a metal spray paint from Lowe’s. It was called “hammered metal” or something like that. It was two years ago…

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Well, that’s it! It took me about 30 minutes to complete this project. It was well worth the time and $4.00 I spent on it. Don’t you agree?

 

 

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So there you have it!

What do you think?  Do you agree they copied off me?  (I’m not looking for honesty here, y’all!)

Maybe I should change their picture a little (hee,hee)…

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Pin that, Baby!

 

(P.S.  If you were to find out that Pottery Barn had these lamps shades for sale before I made mine, please do not leave a comment telling me so.  It will burst the little happy bubble I am living in right now.) Smile


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