Under The Sink Built-In Shelf

I’ve got a fairly easy building project to share with you today. Another goodie from our bathroom makeover. One that honestly you probably never saw, since I don’t think I shared the inside of the cabinets. Today we are addressing that blessed area under the sink.

Cabinet space under the sink is a space that always goes under-used I think. We never know what to do with that big open space. 

Since we removed the cabinet above the toilet, I knew I was going to need to use this space. And, if I was going to use this space, it needed to be more useful!!

So, we dug through our scrap wood and found enough pieces that would work to build an extra shelf! I didn’t really care that much what the wood looked like or if it matched, since I knew it was all getting painted out.

The bottom of the cabinet had sustained some water damage and was no longer flat. To solve this issue, we cut a piece of wood to fit and slid it into place. Nailing or gluing was not necessary. The weight of the wood will hold it in place.


Then we measured and cut a few more pieces – top of shelf, side of shelf, and two support pieces to help hold it all in place – under the shelf on the left side and beside the side piece on the right side.


We nailed all the pieces together in place and there ya go!


Way better available space now!

I just realized I never took a picture of it after it was all painted out! Bad blogger! I’ll be back soon with that and pics of how I organized the space inside the vanity to make it work for our family. Thanks for stopping by today!!

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Trying Things On For Size

Hey there! Today I want to chat about furniture. Sometimes I get in a rut with furniture. I have things placed and I like them and I don’t change them. I used to move furniture around all the time in our previous home, but this house doesn’t seem to offer as many options. However, a month or so ago I got the bug to try a few new things.

While we were painting the family room, hubby and I started brainstorming and came up with a new layout.


It took a couple of days to adjust, but we love it. Here is what it looked like before. 


It really functions better – all of the furniture is actually used now!

I had a bookshelf sitting in the garage that had moved out of one of the kids rooms, and one day I had a light bulb moment, and I moved it back inside.


I have been trying to find a solution for photo album storage. I don’t want them in a closet, because then they don’t get looked at, and if they are not being looked at then what’s the point. 


This little corner of the hallway has served well as the “Greenwood Gallery” but now that the kids are older, this might be a better purpose.

Hubby picked up a basic kitchen cart this summer at a garage sale for $10. I had planned on using it outside on the patio, but I decided instead to try it out inside. In the kitchen.


I’ve always toyed with the idea of an island. Our kitchen is big, but not too big so there wouldn’t be room for anything large. Before I do any refinishing of this piece I’d like to live with it in this spot for a while to see if it’s going to work.

Sometimes it’s good to try things on for size and fit before making a big commitment. We shall see how these things go. 🙂

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Functionality At It’s Best

This month has been fun!!  I hope you have been inspired to love what you have rather than to just live with it.  Maybe you’ve noticed throughout this series that I have made it a point to say things must work for YOUR family.  I truly believe that!!  I don’t think there is a right or wrong way!!  I do think that you should love where you are.  Make it work the best way you can.  Make it a space that not only works, but that you love.  Can I say that again??  Don’t get stuck waiting for the next best thing, love what you have now!!  


Go and do and inspire others!!  Thanks for tagging along this month!  And, now, for a long winter’s nap….Ha!!  Just kidding ;).

To see other posts in this series click on the link below
http://frazzledjoy.blogspot.com/2014/10/31-days-series-launch-2014.html

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Kitchens – The Heart of the Home

We all know that food brings people together. So, it’s natural for guests to congregate in the kitchen!

For 11 years or so, I put up with our kitchen.  I did little things here and there to make it more efficient and functional for our family.  All the while dreaming of something better.  

But, this was another space that was an all or nothing space.  I wanted to take down walls, moved appliances, and add a pantry.  If I couldn’t do that then I didn’t want to do anything.  I would just wait. 

Wait for what??

To win the lottery??

So, finally one day in December, I took out a bucket of primer and a brush and took the first stroke.


The most terrifying thing – DIY wise – that I had ever done.  Of course, once that first stroke had happened, there was no turning back.  

Not only did I not stop, I never looked back, and I don’t regret a thing.  Except for the fact that I waited so long!!


We went on vacation this summer for the first time after the kitchen was completed and it was the first time that I actually smiled when I walked into the house, into my kitchen.  Strange huh?  

Sometimes you need a little form to make a space function.  If you don’t like being in there then how are you ever going to want to do anything in there??  

My mood is so much different in my kitchen now!!

To see other posts in this series click on the link below
http://frazzledjoy.blogspot.com/2014/10/31-days-series-launch-2014.html



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The Gathering Spaces

Today I’d like to chat with you about our gathering spaces.  Some call them living rooms and others call them family rooms.  Some people have two or three of these spaces and others one. No matter what you have, this is the place where the family gathers for all sorts of things.  Games, Television watching, conversation, napping, reading, etc.  

The #1 priority of this space is comfort!!  If people are not comfortable in the space they won’t use it.  You’ve been in those houses with the ‘formal’ living area – so pretty and pristine that it feels more like a museum than a living space.  

We all want beautiful spaces, but we must find a balance between design and function. And yes, you can have both!!

Again, as with all our spaces, begin with evaluating the main uses of the space.  We all love a pretty fire place, and design tells us it should be the focal point of the living room, but if you rarely use it, then why??  It can still be a lovely accent to the room, but focus on what is used in the room.  If we are honest, we would all say that the TV is the most used item.  So, arrange the seating so that plenty of people can view it.  I’m not saying that ALL the seating in the room has to face the TV just enough.  

But, TV’s are not pretty.  At least the newer flat screens are not quite as obnoxious.  But, still we would prefer for them to at least blend in a bit, right??  I know it’s not ALL about the TV, but today it is ;).  Here are some ideas.

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doors or artwork that slide in front – source

TV and fireplace in one 🙂 – source

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Which works as a great spot for our TV.


I’ll be back on Monday to talk some more about making our gathering spaces functional. Have a fabulous weekend friends!!

To see other posts in this series click on the link below
http://frazzledjoy.blogspot.com/2014/10/31-days-series-launch-2014.html

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