New Laundry Room Storage

The storage over my washer and dryer looked like this


for months.  You can see that in addition to not being sturdy, that shelf wasn’t pretty either.

I’ve been searching for cabinets for a year now and haven’t found any second hand that I liked and I’m too cheap to pay full price for new so I lived with that shelf.

My dad has been in the hospital in Denver for the past few weeks undergoing his last cancer treatments (hence the sporadic blogging-sorry!) so I have been making a lot more trips to that side of the state.  One day while I was hanging out with him he told me to go find some cabinets.  I searched for thrift stores around the hospital and set out.  I couldn’t find any of them.  Some were closed down and some were only donation sites so I found myself driving further and further from the hospital in search of a thrift store.  I didn’t find one.  But, if you follow me on Instagram, you know I found IKEA.  🙂

And at IKEA, in the “as is” section, I found this:


I was willing to throw some elbows to get that thing but luckily that wasn’t necessary.  I looked it over and it was in excellent condition (and already assembled!) so I bought it.

I really wanted two cabinets over the washer and dryer but there wasn’t another one like this so I went looking for another solution.


I cracked open the box and found that this cube was white so I bought it too.  So, for $30 I found my solution!


You have no idea how hard it was to hang these alone.  I was sweating like I had run a marathon-between holding the cabinet up, keeping it level and getting the screws into the studs, I was ready to give up!  I had to walk away several times and call my dad for advice but I finally got it!

The cabinet didn’t have a shelf with it so I had to buy some pegs and cut down a board I had.


I did that!

It took me longer to style that cube than it took to hang it.


No, not right.  I hate that you can see the screws on the back and it just seemed off.


So I dove into my scrap booking paper stash and found this navy blue stripe.  I just stuck it up there with some clear tape and it seems to be holding!


I got the aloe plant from Trader Joe’s and I think it’ll be okay up there.  I’ve had other succulents that seemed to be happy in my laundry room so I have my fingers crossed that this will be too.

The frame has this printable.  I wanted a little something on that shelf but didn’t love any of those cutesy quotes that are all over Pinterest.  I really love it-and I’m hoping I’ll use it and save some of my clothes!


And here’s a view of the whole laundry corner now!  The cube needs to be moved up slightly (but I need another set of hands to do that!) and I need to replace that light bulb and I need to actually shorten those lights and finally get rid of the zip ties!

But for now, I’m just going to enjoy the hard work I’ve already done!



Big Picture Redo

Way back in November 2013 I made a big picture to put over my mantel.  It was nice to have something up there and I still love the picture, but I wasn’t loving how it looked up there anymore.

After several changes my mantel has looked like this for the last couple of months:

p1Not terrible but I just wasn’t loving it.

I decided to attach the picture to a piece of plywood and then build a frame around it.  All with stuff I already had.  And I didn’t have any plywood.

Improvisation #1:


I had a piece of bead board left over from my bathroom project that was slightly bigger than I needed it.  I still don’t own a table saw so I used a combination of an exacto knife and a hand saw.  Luckily it’s not really wood so it cut pretty easily (although not cleanly.)


Originally I was going to stain the trim around the edges but I had to use a combination of pine and redwood (improvisation #2) so I had to abandon that plan.  I had also planned on setting the picture down into the frame a little bit but since the back board wasn’t real wood I couldn’t nail into the edge so I just set the board on top of the frame and nailed it together (improvisation #3.)

Once everything was fastened it looked like this:

p4I caulked the edge between the board and frame and once that was dry I got to painting.  p5

First I sprayed it wit an aqua spray paint (obviously this was after I had already started to position the picture.)  Once the spray paint was dry I rubbed on a coat of Jacobean stain and let that dry.

Then I put it over the mantel!

p7I love it!  I’m looking for a frame in a size between the one holding the picture of me and Henry and the little one.


I really wish I had done this sooner!  It was so easy and looks so much better!


Half Bath

I have been continuing on with the Great Purge of ’15 and so far have tackled the hall closet and my bathroom.

That’s right, the two smallest spaces in the house.
mb1Before my bathroom was cluttered and disorganized.

mb2Now I know where everything is and I have room to spare!

I took the baskets from the laundry room (where they didn’t store enough) and added some little wooden tags so I can find what I need when I need it.

mb3I also added a little polka dotted white curtain in here, patched some holes and did some touch up paint.

And now I love my bathroom!

Tomorrow, the laundry room!


Hall Closet

I always feel like my house is a mess.  My nice friends would tell you that it’s not but I think they’re just being nice.

With two long haired pets my floors always need to be swept and vacuumed and I always seem to have random things lying around.  Last week I realized that I never put things away because I don’t have good places to put them.  So with that realization I started my major house reorganization.

Yesterday I realized that I have five closets (one a big walk-in) in my 1000 square foot house.  And it’s still disorganized.  And it needed to change.

So I decided to start with my small hall closet.


This closet has held kitchen items, cleaning supplies, tools, a cat bed and boxes.  Obviously all important stuff.

I knew that I wanted to store my vacuum, broom and mop in here rather than my laundry room and that involved taking out that lowest shelf.  The shelf wasn’t attached to anything but it was too big to just lift out.  So I beat it with a hammer until i broke in half.


And it’s funny that even after removing a shelf I seem to have more room in here!

I love little projects like this-in less than an hour I removed some clutter and got one more space organized!


Something Pretty

When I read this post I started thinking about what I do when I’m having a bad day.  My stress was high last week so I made a list of things that make me feel less stressed.  At the top of that list is making pretty things.

Sure, I need to vacuum and de-clutter but neither of those things are going to make me feel relaxed.  They’ll also still be things I can do after I de-stress.

So, I had a unused frame, an hour of time and this:

gb3The wall above my guest bed has never really had an arrangement that I liked.  I tried lots of little frames

guest2but didn’t like it.

So I took the back off the frame and used a heavy duty adhesive to glue the glass to the frame.  Once it was dry I scraped off the dried glue that had squished out around the edges.  Then I searched for a quote that I liked.

gb1I used the Design feature on Picmonkey and then printed it out.  Then I laid it out until I found an arrangement that I liked and taped the words to the back of the frame.

gb2Then I used a chalk pen and traced over the words.  It seriously could not have been easier!

Of course to get to that point I had to fill in all the holes from the small frames and then touch up the paint.  That was seriously the most time consuming part of this project!

gb4Seeing this makes me instantly  happy.  I love how an hour of crafting can bring up my mood and make me feel like I accomplished something!


DIY Hose Holder

I have been dragging 100 feet of hose all the way around my house for the last several weeks.

I only had to water a couple of times before May turned into one constant rainstorm so I had conveniently forgotten what a pain it was to water until this week when the rain dried up.

I felt like I could be in an infomercial as the “before” person.  You know how they always look frazzled and frustrated?  I was.  It took me an hour plus to water and I’m sure half of that time was spent dragging, un-kinking, and cussing.

So when I found a pin for this tutorial I figured it was worth a try.

hose1This was my hose situation before.  I didn’t use it.  By the time I was done watering I was so frustrated that I just left the hose in the yard and walked away from it.

I went to Lowe’s this morning and bought

hose2a cedar post ($15)

hose4and some wood curtain rod finials ($8.)

hose3I cut the post in half and cut another board to a square and glued and screwed it on top.

hose5Then I glued the finial on top of that and caulked around it.

hose6I had this hose holder already so I screwed it onto the post

hose7and then made a second one (again with a hose holder I already had.)

I spray painted the first one and while it was drying I dug a hole.

hose8I thought about putting this several places but the other options would have limited how far the hose would reach so I put it here.  You’ll notice that the end of the hose is hanging into the planter.  I have a small leak at the hose bib and have found that if I leave the sprayer nozzle at the other end of the hose open my plants enjoy the extra drips of water (rather than the driveway.)  It’s not a good permanent solution but works until I can get a plumber here to fix it.

hose9The one for the front yard is still drying so I won’t be able to set it up until tomorrow but just having this one has already cut my watering time down!  AND I even put the hose away when I was done!


Window Box Table

Back in April I made a window box for my front window.

Then it fell down and my front patio looked like this for several weeks:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI had those railroad ties lying around and initially thought I could just prop them up and rest the window box on top.  Didn’t work.

So to the saw I went!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy confidence was high as I cut all the boards

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand then glued and screwed two pieces on each “leg” to hold the top and shelf.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAssembly was really easy…except the top wasn’t long enough.  I didn’t consider that while the shelf piece sat between the boards…the top needed to go all the way across.  So, I added some smaller pieces on each end to bridge the gap.

Then dark clouds started to move in so I scrambled to get my saw back inside and I hauled my table into the laundry room where it got a coat of exterior white paint.

The paint was dry this morning so I took put it in place.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA And now the patio looks like this!

I don’t think I could be happier with how this turned out!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI took my mom to a greenhouse over the weekend to celebrate (late) Mother’s Day and I picked up the habaneros and tomatillos (shown in yesterday’s post,) a tree for the front yard (more on that coming soon!) and some flowers to fill up my window box and flower pots.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy plan is to put more pansies in that white flower pot on that bottom shelf and that’s probably it-I don’t feel like I need to fill this thing up.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI still need to paint the corner post and hang up my shade cloth and I’ll be ready for summer!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANow I can finally enjoy my flowers from the inside too!