DIY Built-In For The Entryway

Sooo excited to share with you the finished product…a few days later than I hoped, but hey it’s done!!  (It feels so good to say that) Here it is in all it’s glory..
DIY built-ins to keep the entryway organized
wall hooks for coats and backpacks
DIY bench with cubbies below for hats, gloves, and shoes
Distressed wood bench DIY
hooks to hang coats and backpacks
cubbies for shoe storage
DIY built-ins to keep the entryway organized
It’s exactly how I imagined it!!  Surprisingly it makes the space feel bigger!  I am still on the hunt for baskets to put in the cubbies to hold hats and gloves and scarves, but I am okay with not having them yet, I know I will find something.  Thanks for those who stayed with me through the process.  This build cost around $125 to complete, baskets not included of course, and around 10 – 12 hours total for two amateur carpenters.  Not bad I think.  If you want to see more of the process you can check here.
This project had been on my home improvement project list for a long time, but the fluff stuff always took precedent.  But, as of late the things that will make our home function better for our family have been bumped to the top.  We have lived here 11 years and our kids are bigger, and so is their stuff.  We are working on getting rid of unnecessary stuff and making our spaces more organized and efficient -all the while looking pretty 🙂 …or at least that is the goal.  I want to be able to come home and feel relaxed, I want that for the whole family.  I no longer want to be controlled by my stuff – always having to pick up, clean, dust, move, stuff.  I want my stuff to work for me.  Anybody else feeling that way?

So, now I am turning on some music and cleaning house.  I don’t know about the rest of you but when I get into a project, everything else gets forgotten.  HA!!  So, until next time!!  Blessings to you and thanks for reading!!

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Halfway There {Partial Reveal}

Okay, so every-once-in-a-while my husband and I both get brave enough to tackle a larger DIY project than just painting. One that requires power tools. And this fall break weekend we did just that… (I feel like there should be some exciting music playing or something…I’m so excited!!)

We started with supplies.  Bead board paneling for the wall, 1×2 for the shelf and bench supports, and 1×6 for the bench slats.  We had some of the boards cut for us at HD because we just aren’t that accurate with the saw and some of the cuts needed to be done well.  But…most of them we saved for ourselves because I’m a visual person and even though I had a plan, I just wasn’t 100% sure how it was all going to come together.

 

 

I grouped the pictures of the process in collages so as to not flood you with pictures.  I got most of my methods from the internet or I made them up as I went along :).  I wanted this to be pretty and looked like it belonged in my house, but I also needed it to function.  As I showed you here, our entryway usually looks like a dumping ground.  My hope is that if I give them somewhere pretty to dump put there stuff then it won’t be all over the floor – we shall see.

 

I bought some stock molding at HD to cover the cut edges of the plywood and attached them with wood glue and some tiny finishing nails.  I caulked EVERYTHING.  Caulk is my best friend, it covers all the mis-measuring, mis-cutting, and wonky wall problems.  And, once you paint over it no one will ever know (shhhh…).
I decided to go with a dark stain rather than the faux treatment from my inspiration photo here.

I put hammers and chains in the hands of my 9 and 11yr. old and allowed them to go to town on these boards.  They loved it!!  We bought soft white wood that would distress and stain well.  I wasn’t worried about knots or variations because I like the character.

I’m hoping to get the finishing touches – poly, touch-up paint – done and then install the bench boards.  I shopped for hooks today and worked on number and placement of those, next is baskets for the cubbies.

Finished picture coming soon!!

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Entryway Madness {And Happiness}

In my last post I mentioned the disaster area that would be known as the entryway.  No method has been found in the 11 years we have lived here to keep all the junk off the floor.  In the past few months I have been thinking differently about the space.  Maybe instead of a piece of furniture, maybe I just need to create some sort of built-in…hmmm…

So, here is my idea board (my first attempt and I kind of like having all my inspiration pictures in one place)

I’m excited to say that my husband and I were busy building this weekend and make some serious progress.  I can’t wait to share the finished product and lots of pics of the process.  Beyond excited for the possibility of organizing all our stuff!!

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Progess…ha!

I’ve read several blog posts lately on progress.  This is very freeing to me since I almost always have something in progress and very rarely have anything finished.  So, I thought I would join the “progress” train.  🙂

As mentioned earlier I am working on lightening up the interior of my home, the biggest culprit of dark being the woodwork. So, last week when my hubby was across the ocean I decided to dive into the darkest place in our home…the hallway.

This is my hallway with the lights on…

 

This is my hallway with the lights off…

 

This is my hallway with the lights off and everyone’s bedroom curtains open on a sunny day…

 

This is what I decided to dive into…
Obviously this is progress, but who knows when I will be done 🙂
Especially since I believe there is another project that is going to trump finishing this one on the time line…the entryway…dun dun duh…
This is what it looks like right now.
We have had MUCH cooler temps the last couple of days. So much so that we are pulling out jackets, gloves and hats for those cold weekend soccer games.

 

This is where the magic will happen…hopefully
Have a blessed week!!  Hope to be sharing a finished product somewhere with you soon!!
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Happy Fall!

This has been an INsanely busy week for me at work!!  So I am looking at a very long list of to do’s for the weekend.  Hopefully I will make it through the not so fun stuff so I can get to the fun stuff.
With the cooler weather I have been itching to start decorating for fall.  It might be a touch early for that I know, so I decided to work on making some cute decor items.  I have pinned many on Pinterest and last weekend I took some time to make my own version.

 

I have seen many different burlap pillows floating around Pinterest.  But, it is kinda itchy so I didn’t really want to have them inside.  But I thought they would be great outside.  This glider bench is on my tiny front porch.  These were super easy to make!!
I started by cutting the burlap to the size I wanted the pillows.  I didn’t worry about being exact about the cutting because I knew I would trim it later, and because I didn’t really care if it was perfect 🙂
Then I found a font that I liked and typed my phrase “Happy Fall”, positioned the paper under the burlap and grabbed my orange sharpie.  (I used a piece of poster board that I had on hand to place under my work so the sharpie wouldn’t get on the table where I was working.)  This part went really fast.
Then I decided I wanted to line the burlap with something so I couldn’t see the stuffing through the burlap.  So, I searched through my stash of fabric and found some white cotton.  I cut it a little bit bigger than the burlap pieces.  Then I got my sewing machine out.
I chose to use a zig zag stitch that was wide and pretty close together, and of course orage thread.  I sewed almost all the way around, then I trimmed the edges with my pinking shears, stuffed and sewed up the hole.  Easy peasy!!

 

But then, my perfectionist kicked in.  Ugh.  All those little frays from the burlap were driving me crazy.  So…I decided to pull them all off to make a fringed look.  Love it!!

Well, that’s it for today.  Must get going on that to do list…

Fall Party

 

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