Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Small projects completed

I got a few small house projects completed this weekend, quite a few I got from Pinterest.

First was this spice rack on the inside of a pantry door. Here's the "pin":

Here's my version: 

Next was this custom utensil insert:

Here's mine:

The next two weren't found on Pinterest. First, I replaced the toilet paper holder in the grey bathroom because a normal sized toilet paper roll wouldnt fit on it and actually spin: 



Lastly, I added a clothes rod to the laundry room so that clothes could be hung up in there that needed to hang dry: 

Monday, February 11, 2013

The kitchen pantry

Nearly from the beginning of moving in, I've been frustrated with our kitchen pantry. It's super narrow and deep. What's worse, whomever built it added this 6 inch "wall" to the right side which makes it even narrower and prevented me from adding pull out drawers. So, like most folks, we use the first 4 inches of shelf space, when we buy new food we shove it in and whatever was there somehow finds its way to the back of the shelf. Rachel forbade me from sharing the oldest out of date food item I found when clearing out the shelves.

Two weeks ago I began disassembling the mini "wall" thinking there must be a logical reason for its existence. Perhaps there was, but after removing it, I haven't figured out what it was.

Here's the breakdown of how it happened:

This pic is after I began getting carried away with demolition --- the door and door frame have already been removed and I've begun to tear off the sheet rock at the bottom of the door jamb:

Stuff hiding behind the wall:

Here's another pic of the wall:

Sheet rock removed, two 2x4's:

2x4's removed, shelf supports removed

Added new spacers to make mounting the ball-bearing drawer slides easier and to space the slides out from the wall so that they'll clear the door trim:

First three drawers made and installed:

Everything put back together, all I need to do now is paint:

Friday, February 8, 2013

The hay is gone!

This no longer exists:

My parents came over on Super Bowl Sunday and my dad spray painted the ceiling in Behr Ultra semi-gloss white. Monday night, I began painting the hay wall a minty color.

Tuesday night after work, I finished painting the kitchen:

For now, were going to leave the tan lower half, were thinking either white or maybe even a grey. Now, the cabinets all need to be painted glossy white. Nothing like a fresh coat of paint to make old dirty cabinets look worse.